Co Down distillery celebrates triple world win
Co Down distillery Echlinville has announced plans to launch three new products as it raises a glass to its victory at the World Whiskies Awards.
The honours mark the third year in a row the Kircubbin firm's Dunville's PX 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey has been singled out by the awards, which aim to reward and promote the best quality whiskies across the world.
Echlinville, which is believed to be Ireland's only 'field-to-glass' distillery, is launching a 16-year-old single malt expression as well as a peated blended whiskey and a rum-finished whiskey later this year. It comes shortly after the firm launched Dunville's Three Crowns, a premium blend of superior aged whiskeys.
Distillery owner Shane Braniff said the triple win was a rare achievement in the industry.
He said: "Until recently, the only place you could buy a bottle of Dunville's whiskey was at auction, but we are proud to have restored the spirit of Belfast to its rightful place among the premier whiskeys of the world.
"To win three consecutive World Whiskies Awards in such a competitive category is almost unheard of and we are incredibly proud of that achievement."
Mr Braniff also plans to open a visitor centre at the distillery.