Cooley in US Gold Rush
Irish distillery collects 12 Gold Medals at San Francisco World Spirits Competition
This week Cooley Distillery, Ireland’s only independent whiskey distillery, continued its phenomenal strike rate on the international circuit by claiming 12 gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The 11th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition brought together a panel of 33 judges from across the industry to taste and score a record number of entries, 1,106 products from 61 countries. The judges awarded Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the participating brands and special awards to the most outstanding spirit in its class.
Cooley won the top award, the coveted Double Gold Medal for its Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Madeira Finish Single Malt, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Port Finish Single Malt and topped it off with a Double Gold Medal and Best in Class for the Michael Collins 10 Yr Old Single Malt it produces for US importer Sidney Frank.
In addition, Cooley collected Gold Medals for its Kilbeggan 15 Yr Old, its Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Sherry Finish Single Malt and for two further expressions of its Connemara brand.
Jack Teeling, Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, commented, “This latest success proves that Cooley is consistently producing some of the finest whiskeys in the world today.
These awards will further elevate the profile of Cooley Distillery in the US which is now the largest market for Irish whiskey in the world and continues to grow by double digit figures year on year. In 2010, we doubled our sales of whiskey to the US and our recent awards will help us continue this growth in 2011.”
About Cooley Distillery
Cooley Distillery is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an awarding winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com.
About San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Celebrating its 11th year of awarding spirits excellence, the 2011 Competition was held at the distinguished Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco on March 18-20th. A record number of entries, 1106 products from 61 countries, were evaluated by 33 of the finest palates from the spirits industry.
The judging panels were comprised of spirits experts from noted restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists from major national media, spirits buyers for large purveyors, and spirits consultants.
Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity, making this competition one of the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry.
Cooley Distillery San Francisco World Spirits Competition award winning whiskeys: Double Gold Medal & Best in Class, Michael Collins 10 Yr Old Single Malt Double Gold Medal, Connemara Cask Strength Irish Whiskey Double Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Madeira Finish Double Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Port Finish Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Sherry Finish Gold Medal, Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey Gold Medal, Connemara 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey Gold Medal, Kilbeggan 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, Connemara Turf Mor Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, Greenore 15 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Silver Medal, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Bronze Medal, Greenore 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey