Mourne Dew Distillery have won yet another internationally acclaimed award, and it’s another biggie! Our Mourne Dew Single Malt Irish Whiskey has just been awarded the gold medal at the recent IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition). It scored 95 of out of a possible 100 points and was the highest scoring peated Irish Single Malt in the competition. The Judges made the following comments about our Mourne nectar: .
“An exceedingly elegant profile with deft application of peat. A highly fragrant nose, with floral, habanero, medicinal and sweet peat aromas, is concluded by a delicious, gentle and long finish”.
Mourne Dew Single Malt has a lightly peated flavour with a phenol count of 8-10 PPM. Peated whiskey is now mostly associated with Scottish Malt Whisky for the simple reason that peat was the most accessible fuel in many parts of Scotland. However, the very same thing was true for Ireland and there is a long history of peat being used as a heat source for distilling in the Mourne Mountains. As well as heating the still, peat was used to dry malted barley and the smokiness adhered to the skin of the drying barley which was passed on to the distilled final product. Thus, both Mourne whiskey and its more clandestine sibling poitín, would often have delicate smoky flavours that were appreciated by the aficionados of the day, The Mourne Dew Single Malt is a homage to these bygone days and has now been recognised by one of the premier worldwide spirit competitions as being an Irish Whiskey of the very highest quality.
This is the second Mourne Dew Distillery spirit to win gold in the IWSC awards. Rostrevor Ruby Irish Gin won gold with a score of 96 points back in 2020 whilst in 2019 their Pooka Poitín won Gold for the best clear spirit made on the island of Ireland and their Kilbroney Premium Irish Gin won “Best Contemporary Gin Worldwide” in the International Gin Guide Awards also in that year.