Helen Mulholland, master blender for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, has been named as the first woman to be inducted into the Whisky magazine Hall of Fame.
The award comes at a fitting time for Helen as she is celebrates her 25th year at The Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
Known for her passion for innovation, Helen has overseen a number of new product launches during her time at the distillery, including The Steamship Collection, the brand’s first global travel retail exclusive range, and the new Bushmills Distillery Exclusive, a limited edition single malt whiskey aged in acacia wood.
Speaking about the honour, Helen said that she was delighted to find herself among so many ‘titans’ of the industry:
‘I have truly enjoyed my 25 years at The Old Bushmills Distillery and I look forward to many more,’ she added. ‘I often say I have one of the best jobs in the world and it is an honour to see my work recognised in this way.
‘Since I started at the distillery, my passion has been to develop new whiskeys and experiment with different casks and flavours. There’s nothing better than introducing a new Irish whiskey to the market as it’s such an exciting time for the Irish whiskey category.’
Whiskey magazine is the world’s leading publication dedicated to whiskey. The Hall of Fame was introduced in 2004 and those who are inducted into it are selected by an independent panel of experts.