The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the representative body for the Irish whiskey industry has launched the inaugural IWA Chairman’s Awards.
Established by IWA Chairman and Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan, they are set to take place biennially. T
This year’s awards were presented to the six legends of the Irish whiskey industry, who were pivotal in kick-starting the Irish whiskey renaissance in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They are Richard Burrows, former CEO of Irish Distillers;John Chamney, former Export Director of Tullamore D.E.W., currently Director of Walsh Whiskey Company, Barry Crockett, former Master Distiller at Midelton Distillery, Irish Distiller, Gill Jefferson, former Managing Director of Bushmills Distillery, Willie McCarter, former Executive Director of Cooley Distillery and John Teeling, founder of Cooley Distillery, currently Executive Chairman of Great Northern Distillery.