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Barry Crockett Honoured By Industry

22nd July 2013
Whisky industry honours Barry Crockett on a night of success for Irish Distillers.

Barry Crockett, former Master Distiller at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, was announced as the winner of the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2013 Outstanding Achievement award at a ceremonial dinner which took place in London on the 16th July 2013.

The award paid tribute to Barry Crockett’s significant contribution to the growth of the Irish Whiskey category, following an illustrious career spanning over 47 years, during which time Barry has witnessed the phenomenal worldwide success of Jameson and overseen the creation of the revered Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton range.

Barry Crockett commented "I am deeply honoured to have received this Outstanding Achievement award. The success of Irish whiskey around the world in recent years has given me a great deal of pleasure and I am particularly proud to have been able to contribute to its development. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Midleton distillery and I would like to thank everyone at Irish Distillers who has supported me over the last 47 years."

Anna Malmhake, CEO and chairman of Irish Distillers, comments: "I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Barry Crockett to receive this award for Outstanding Achievement. Barry has played such an important part in Irish Distillers’ success and his contribution to the Irish whiskey category is unrivalled. Barry will be missed around the distillery by us all but with Brian Nation now taking over after years of mentoring from Barry, we are confident that our Irish Whiskeys will continue to achieve great acclaim from the industry in the years to come and will be a true legacy to Barry and his ancestors."

Irish Distillers had further reason to celebrate after scooping a total of nine gold awards in the ISC, with three expressions – Jameson Gold Reserve, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare all awarded Best in Class status, highlighting the outstanding quality of the company’s Irish Whiskey range.

Irish Distillers’ success at the ISC follows an excellent gold medal haul for Jameson in this year’s Beverage Tasting Institute, with Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve rewarded with a Platinum medal, while Jameson Gold Reserve and Jameson Select Reserve both received gold medals.

International Spirits Challenge 2013 Results For Irish Distillers:

Gold – Best in Class

  • Jameson Gold Reserve
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
  • Midleton Very Rare


  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old
  • Yellow Spot
  • Powers John's Lane Release
  • Midleton Single Cask Release (1991 48750)

Beverage Testing Institute 2013 Results For Irish Distillers


  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve


  • Jameson Gold Reserve
  • Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel

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