04-02-2013

Knockeen Hills Poteens Product Awards

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Gold Winner 2003

Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength, 60% Vol. Other Spirits - Poteen (category)

‘A gold medal is a serious award, which essentially describes a world-class product.

There are some product categories that do not really lend themselves to this accolade: basic neutral table wines for example. In other words, there is a judging context of global quality in the back of judges’ minds’

David Wrigley MW, Chair of the Competition’s Technical and Judging Committee, and Director of the WSET.

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Note: Our Farmers Strength 60% vol. Irish Poteen secured the sole ‘Gold Medal‘ in the Other Spirits – Poteen (category) and was the only Irish Sprit drink to be awarded this highest category medal, at the esteemed 2003 International Wine & Spirit Competition. With over two decades of unparalleled craftsmanship, it continues to maintain the record of a Gold Medal, for uniquely, the lowest alcohol by volume spirit drink in any poteen category. Elevate your spirits experience with our award-winning legacy.

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Awards

Mr. & Mrs. A Stibbe, receiving the only IWSC Gold Medal for any variety of poteen in production, from J. A. Sinclair 3rd Viscount Thurso PC, Chairman of the IWSC 2003.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Silver Medal 2002

Knockeen Hills Poteen Silver Award

Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength, 60% Vol. Other Spirits - Poteen (category)

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The certificate presented to Knockeen Hills can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Silver (Farmers’ Strength 60% Abv.)

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Commended Award 2002

Knockeen Hills Poteen Spirit 2002 Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Strength 70% Vol. Other Spirits - Poteen (category)

The certificate presented to Knockeen Hills can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Commended (Gold Strength 70% Abv.)

For background information on the award criteria, click here

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Bronze Medal Winner 2000

Knockeen Hills Poteen Spirit 2002 Bronze Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Strength 70% Vol.

In the Millennium I.W.S.C. 2000 competition, ‘Other White Spirits’ category Knockeen Hills triple-distilled Gold Strength 70% Abv. poteen won the ‘Bronze Award’.

It is the only Irish Poteen to have won a ‘Bronze Award’ in this category. This certificate can be viewed here.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Silver Medal 2002

Knockeen Hills Poteen

Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength 60% Vol.

Bronze Medal 2002

Knockeen Hills Poteen Spirit 2002 Bronze Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Extra-Strength 90% Vol.

Commended Medal Winner 2002

Knockeen Hills Poteen Spirit 2002 Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Strength 70% Vol.

In the I.W.S.C. 2002 Competition, ‘Other Spirits – Poteen‘ category, Waterford bottled Knockeen Hills was the only award-winning poteen brand.

The Farmers Strength 60% Abv. won the Silver Medal, the Gold Extra-Strength 90% Abv. (Ireland’s strongest produced spirit) won the Bronze Medal, and the Gold Strength 70% Abv. was awarded the ‘Commended Certificate’.

In the history of the I.W.S.C. it is the only time a single brand has ever taken these three awards in one category.

The certificates presented to Knockeen Hills for its award-winning entries in the 2002 Competition ‘Irish Poteen’ category, can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Silver (Farmers’ Strength 60% Abv.)

Bronze (Gold Extra-Strength 90% Abv.)

Commended (Gold Strength 70% Abv.)

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Bronze Winner 2004

Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength 60% Vol.

In the I.W.S.C. 2004 Competition, ‘Other Spirits – Poteen ‘ category, Waterford bottled Knockeen Hills was the only award-winning poteen brand.

The Farmers Strength 60% Abv. won the Bronze Medal.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Bronze Medal 2005

Knockeen Hills Poteen

Knockeen Hills Gold Extra-Strength 90% Vol. Quadruple-distilled (79.0 points) & Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength 60% Vol. Triple-distilled (79.1 points)

(The Farmers Strength 60% Vol. triple-distilled was submitted by www.thedrinkshop.com)

Seven medals have been won at the International Wine & Spirit Competition by Knockeen Hills since their first entry in the year 2000.

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In the I.W.S.C. 2005 Competition, ‘Other Spirits – Poteen’ category, Knockeen Hills was again the only award-winning poteen brand.

Medal points awards

Bronze Medal 75-79.9 points

Silver Medal 80-89.9 points

Gold Medal 90 +

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Silver Medal (Best In Class) 2006

Knockeen Hills Poteen Spirit 2006 Silver Award

In 2006 the above medal was won by the following entries and no other award was made in the Irish Poteen category. Gold Extra-Strength 80% Vol. Gold Extra-Strength 90% Vol. 110 US PROOF Special Reserve. 180 US PROOF Special Reserve.

In 2003 the only Irish Spirit to be awarded a GOLD Medal was Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength 60% volume. No other Irish Poteen is produced having won a GOLD medal at the I.W.S.C

In 2006 the number of marks out of 100 and awards, are made using the Competition’s previous existing point system, described below:

90-100 GOLD Outstanding example; setting the standard

80-89.9 SILVER Fine example; excellent quality

75-79.9 BRONZE Good example; well above average.

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In the I.W.S.C. 2005 Competition, ‘Other Spirits – Poteen’ category, Knockeen Hills continued its run since 2000 of being the only award-winning Irish Poteen brand. Ten medals have been won at this Competition, by Knockeen Hills since entries commenced in the year 2000.

I.W.S.C. Irish Poteen (2006 Results) awards results here 2006 Results.

International Wine & Spirit Competition. 2006 Award Winners / Spirits

Award Legend.
Gold (Best in Class)
Gold
Silver (Best in Class)
Silver
Bronze


Irish Poteen Category.
Poteen – 55% Ireland – Silver (Best in Class) – 110 US Proof Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Special Reserve Knockeen Hills Poteen (UK) Ltd
Poteen – 80% Ireland – Silver (Best in Class) – Gold Extra-Strength 80% vol Quadruple Distilled Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Knockeen Hills Poteen (UK) Ltd
Poteen – 90% Ireland – Silver (Best in Class) – Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Special Reserve Knockeen Hills Poteen (UK) Ltd
Poteen – 90% – Reserve Ireland – Silver (Best in Class) – Gold Extra-Strength 90% vol Quadruple Distilled Knockeen Hills Irish
Poteen Special Reserve Knockeen Hills Poteen (UK) Ltd
Note: Knockeen Hills was the sole winning medallist in the ‘Irish Poteen’ category.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Silver Medal (Best In Class) 2008

Knockeen Hills Poteen IWSC 2008 Silver Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Strength Triple-Distilled 70% Vol.

Judges’ Tasting Notes Below:

Colourless. Delicate aromas giving impression of super clean spirit. This is confirmed in the mouth with creamy spirit with a sweet, smooth, clean delivery. Soft and velvet like texture yet lively movement across the palate. Some sweet notes towards the finish with almost vanilla-like character. Distinctly dry, clean finish.

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Note: Commencing with effect from the 2008 Competition; the Technical and Judging Committee of the I.W.S.C. has renamed the previous category ‘Poteen’ to ‘Irish Poteen’ , to reflect the awarding of G.I. Status to this specific type of Irish Spirit, by the European Commission in January 2008.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Silver Medal (Best In Class) 2009

Knockeen Hills Poteen IWSC 2008 Silver Best in class Award

Knockeen Hills Gold Strength Triple-Distilled 70% Vol.

In 2009 the above medal was won, being the only ‘Irish Poteen’ award.

Judges’ Tasting Notes Below:

Colourless. Aroma of vanilla has subtle base notes of grain and a touch of fudge. These aromas give an impression of sweetness on the palate which is exceedingly soft and clean. A classy spirit deserving of its awarded status.

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Note: Commencing with effect from the 2008 Competition; the Technical and Judging Committee of the I.W.S.C. has renamed the previous category ‘Poteen’ to ‘Irish Poteen’ , to reflect the awarding of G.I. Status to this specific type of Irish Spirit, by the European Commission in January 2008.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

Bronze Medal Winner 2013

Irish Poteen Bronze Medal

Knockeen Hills Oak Rested Farmers Strength 60% Vol.

The certificates presented to Knockeen Hills for its award-winning entries in the 2013 Competition, can be viewed by clicking here Bronze Medal 2013 Oak Rested 60% vol_

USA 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Knockeen Hills poteen ultimate beverage challenge award

SCORE: 92

ACCOLADE: EXCELLENT, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.