Rademon Estate buoyed by whiskey awards win
A new single malt whiskey from the home of Shortcross Gin has been named best new Irish whiskey at the Irish Whiskey Awards.
Rademon Estate Distillery Founders David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong picked up the accolade at the event at at Powerscourt Distillery, Co Wicklow.
The award comes after they first announced plans to expand into whiskey in 2015, three years after setting out as a specialist gin distillery.
The creation of Shortcross Single Malt Whiskey follows an investment of £1.5m at their Rademon Estate Distillery in Crossgar.
Mr Boyd-Armstrong said: “We have been working on bringing the first new release of whiskey from a Northern Ireland distillery in over 100 years since we casked our first barrels almost seven years ago, and to be awarded this top accolade by our peers, just before our first release goes on sale, is fitting timing.
“Fiona and I have invested so much time, effort and funds into the creation of our whiskey distillery and to see our first bottles go on sale in a matter of weeks is just incredible.”
Co-Founder and managing director, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, added: “This has been a long time coming, and we are delighted that our fantastic Irish malt whiskey has already been acknowledged by industry, in what we hope is the first of many awards for Shortcross Whiskey.
“Our early December release is the first in a series of exciting plans that we have for Shortcross Whiskey. We have a packed cask room, full of barrels of whiskey, and throughout our journey, we have used a variety of casks, enabling us to release new and innovative flavours in 2022 and beyond.”
With the first two casks of Shortcross Single Malt due to be opened in the coming weeks, just 700 bottles from the first-ever release of Shortcross Whiskey are available to reserve at the Rademon Estate Distillery website.