Barry Crockett, former Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery, has become the 17th inductee into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.
Barry was recognised for his contribution to the growth of the Irish Whiskey category during his 47 year career with Irish Distillers. The Award was made by ex-editor of Whisky Magazine, Rob Allanson, at their annual awards ceremony in London.
Rob praised Barry for “redefining Irish whiskey by combining technology, innovation, and craftsmanship with a deep sense of history” and overseeing operations at Midleton during “some of the most eventful times in Irish whiskey’s history”.
Barry who was also recognised for his Outstanding Achievement at the International Spirits Challenge last year, said: “I am deeply honoured to join the list of whiskey greats in the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. 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, once again, everyone at Irish Distillers who has supported me over the last 47 years.”
Irish Distillers, the owners of Midleton Distillery, also won ‘Whisky Distiller of the Year’ for the third year running and ‘Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year’ for the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin. Final tasting results for the World Whiskies Awards were also revealed, with Redbreast 15 Year Old scooping ‘World’s Best Irish Pot Still’.
This follows a historical medal win at New York’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge earlier this month, with Redbreast 21 Year Old awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the Irish Pot Still Whiskey category.
With an amazing perfect 100 score, Redbreast 21 Year Old became the first Irish whiskey to achieve this feat and is the only spirit from any category to do so this year – it also marks the fifth consecutive year that a Redbreast expression has received the top Irish Pot Still Whiskey score.