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Cork-based Irish whiskey victorious in San Francisco

By Business & Finance
05 April 2016
HYDE Whiskey
Karl Cummins, Hyde Irish Whiskey US brand ambassador

Hyde Single Malt Irish Whiskey swept the boards at the prestigious San Francisco World Sprits Competition and was named Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey in the World 2016.

The whiskey also won the top Double-Gold Medal for outstanding taste 2016.

The 2016 competition featured more than 1,850 entrants –over 200 Irish whiskey products entered – representing the best of the global sprits industry.

Since its launch in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) is considered one of the most prestigious and influential spirits competition in the world and is judged by a panel of 39 judges drawn from all parts of the worldwide spirit industry.

Conor Hyde of Hibernia Distillers explains the background to Hyde Irish Whiskey, a family business run with his brother Alan. “Hyde No. 1 is a very special, 10-year-old, pure single malt Irish whiskey, finished in a carefully selected Spanish Oloroso sherry cask that gives it a subtle yet complex flavour with a very distinctive personality,” he said. “The Cork region is famous for its very temperate climate, creating the ideal temperature conditions for maturing whiskey casks in.”

“We have carefully selected the very best vintage wooden casks from around the world to create a new Irish whiskey taste that is rich in character and truly unique in flavour. We do not chill filter our whiskey, unlike 95% of all other whiskies on the market, and we produce in very small limited batches of just 5,000 bottles. For at least ten generations we have been vintners selling whiskey in west Cork and both Alan and I have been involved in the Irish artisan food sector for most of our careers.”

Hyde Single Malt Irish Whiskey is already available in fifteen markets around the world with plans to launch in more countries over the coming year.