Straw boys Vodka, which is produced by The Connacht Whiskey Company in Belleek in Ballina, has been named the best Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards. The 2016 awards took place in the Tullamore Distillery recently.
The Irish Whiskey Awards, which are in their fourth year, recognise the excellence and innovation from indigenous producers and distillers. The awards spanned a total of 20 categories, including recognition of the best in Irish gin, Irish vodka, Irish liqueur, craft beer, and Whiskey Bar of the Year.
Ally Alpine, managing director of Celtic Whiskey Shop and the Irish Whiskey Awards, said: “Each year the Irish Whiskey Awards have gone from strength to strength and with over 100 entries to this year’s awards, it made the competition tougher than ever. We are proud to have this platform to showcase the very best in the industry.”