By SAM BUTLER
Two Northern Ireland distilleries producing whiskey and gin have won prestigious awards in the annual World Spirits Awards 2021.Boatyard in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, won for its unique double gin, which won two golds in the Design category for its Bottle Design and Best Label Design for Northern Ireland, the overall Best Range Design as well as the gold in Northern Ireland.
The small company, which is based in a converted boat house overlooking the picturesque Lough Erne, was successful in the World Gin Awards.
It was formed by Joe McGirr on the back of a lengthy career in the UK industry. Boatyard also produced an Old Tom Gin, a vodka from organic Irish grain and is maturing Irish whiskey.
Two Stacks First Cut from Belfast gained silver for the Best Label Design and bronze for Best Bottle Design in the World Whiskies Awards.
The company, which is headquartered in Belfast, distils pot stilled whiskey at the Killowen Small Batch Distillery, near Rostrevor in County Down, overlooking the scenic Carlingford Lough.
First Cut was the first whiskey distillation by Two Stacks, a craft-based business established by Shane McCarthy, Liam Brogan and Donal MacLynn, to revive the tradition of independent bottling and bonding in Ireland by smaller producers.
The company has developed business relationships with several smaller distilleries in Ireland.
Killowen is experimenting successfully with different whiskey blends on a limited edition basis and has also distilled gins, vodka, Irish poitin and hard seltzer.
The annual World Spirits Award are designed to showcase quality and originality in the global spirits industry.