This year is looking good for Kilkenny’s Ballykeefe Distillery, as the company recently added another award to their shelves after taking home gold at the 2019 World Gin Awards.
Ballykeefe Distillery, which is now in its second year of operation, produces Irish gin, poitín, whiskey and vodka. Last year saw owner Morgan Ging take home several awards from all over the globe, including Best Irish Vodka 2018 at the Irish Whiskey Awards and a bronze award for the Ballykeefe Extra Dry Gin at the San Francisco World Spirits.
Now, Ballykeefe Distillery has kicked off 2019 on the right foot by winning gold at the World Gin Awards which were held in London recently. Gins from all over the world were nominated in various categories, with only the best taking home certifications of their quality. Some of the other Irish gins that also received awards on the day included An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and Dingle Distillery Original Gin, who respectively took home silver and best awards.
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Ballykeefe Distillery has also won awards for its sustainability, including the Bronze Award for Sustainable Factory at the Food & Drinks Business Awards. Ballykeefe Distillery is located on a cattle farm; the beef business and distillery have a symbiotic relationship, where each uses by-products to ensure total sustainability. So important is sustainability to the Ging family that they recently changed all of their labels to paper instead of plastic to their already-small environmental impact.
Speaking about Ballykeefe’s recent win, Ging told us:
"We are absolutely thrilled to win gold for our Ballykeefe Extra Dry Irish Gin at the 2019 World Gin Awards. It is an honour to be recognised at such a prestigious awards ceremony, and particularly as we were competing with some of the best producers in the world. Last year was a stellar year for us, we picked up a number of awards both at home and internationally and we're delighted to get this year off to such a great start by bringing home this much sought-after accolade."
"2019 will mark only our second year in operation and we have some really exciting projects in the pipeline. We've just released our new labels and branding, which we changed so that we are using sustainable paper. Our commitment to minimal environmental impact is a core focus for our business, and while changing the labels was somewhat expensive, it is in keeping with our sustainability ethos. Throughout 2019 we'll be focusing on new markets for the brand and wider distribution, so watch this space and hopefully, you’ll be hearing lots more from us very soon.”
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