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Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, founders of Shortcross Whiskey.

Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, founders of Shortcross Whiskey.

Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, founders of Shortcross Whiskey.

Rademon Estate Distillery’s first whiskey, Shortcross Single Malt Whiskey, has been named winner of the New Irish Whiskey category at The Irish Whiskey Awards, held on November 11 at Powerscourt Distillery, Co Wicklow.

The first new whiskey to be released from a Northern Ireland distillery in over 100 years, it is produced by the Co Down-based producers of Shortcross Gin.

With the first two casks of Shortcross Single Malt due to be opened in the coming weeks, just 700 bottles from the first release of Shortcross Whiskey are available to reserve via the Rademon Estate Distillery website.

Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this summer when organiser Celtic Whiskey posted out several hundred blind-tasting packs to members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, Irish Whiskey Society — Dublin and Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Waterford Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Ennis Whiskey Club, 1875 Whiskey Club and Belfast Whiskey Club.

David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, the founders of Shortcross Gin, announced plans back in 2015 to expand into whiskey production. Following an investment of £1.5m at the Rademon Estate Distillery in Crossgar, the new single malt whiskey has been entirely produced onsite.

“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,” said David Boyd-Armstrong, head distiller and co-founder.

“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.”

Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, co-founder and managing director, said: “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.”

A total of £3.5m has been invested in Rademon Estate Distillery since it was established and the Estate now houses the distillery, a state-of-the-art visitor centre and bottle shop.


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