2022 Izzy Results

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We are happy to announce the results of the inaugural 2022 Irish Whiskey Society America Awards. The IWSA Awards or Izzys recognize and celebrate the brands and contributors to Irish Whiskey in the USA. Nominations were taken during the month of November across 13 different categories. The top 3 in each category were then open for voting during December by anyone residing in the USA.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process and Congratulations to all the nominees and favorites.
The Izzys as voted by the Irish whiskey community in the USA are listed below. 
Midleton Distillery garnered the most praise amongst voters as it took home Favorite Distillery and 6 of 10 favorites in the whiskey categories. In all, 11 different whiskeys were nominated from Midleton Distillery cementing it as the established leader in the industry which should come as no surprise. 
Teeling Distillery had a strong showing with nominations for favorite distillery and in three whiskey categories. Established brands with strong distribution across the USA were a consistent theme with Connemara and Bushmills also being recognized. 
Still, it was great to see some relatively new brands break through and get nominated like JJ Corry's The Gael, Slane Triple Casked Blend, and two from WD O'Connell: Bill Phil and 10 year Single Grain. 
Since this is a USA voting base, established brands and distilleries with wide distribution have an advantage. However, as more new distilleries bring product to the USA and distribution widens, the IWSA expects more drinkers in the States to experience the great new brands available. 
If your favorites were not recognized this year, make sure to participate in the 2023 Izzys.
If you would like to see the award results show and discussion of the Izzy favorites and categories you can watch the video below.

From the Red Carpet: 00:05

Your Hosts - Allan Dwyer & Andrew Healy: 06:01

Favorite Everyday Drinker Irish Whiskey Under $35 Nominations: 09:12 | Favorite: 11:48

Favorite Irish Cream Liqueur: Nominations 13:43 | Favorite 15:58

Favorite Single Grain Irish Whiskey: Nominations 17:01 | Favorite 21:46

Favorite US Release in 2022: Nominations 22:52 | Favorite 27:20

Favorite Liquor Store: Nominations 31:25 | Favorite 35:07

Favorite Blended Irish Whiskey: Nominations 35:45 | Favorite 39:47

Favorite Peated Irish Whiskey: Nominations 40:29 | Favorite 45:24

Favorite Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey: Nominations 46:12 | Favorite 49:49

Favorite Pub/Bar: Nominations 52:10 | Favorite 55:53

Favorite Single Malt Irish Whiskey: Nominations 56:58 | Favorite 59:58

Favorite Premium Irish Whiskey ($35-$100): Nominations 1:01:45 | Favorite 1:03:28

Favorite Super-Premium Irish Whiskey ($100+): Nominations 1:05:17 | Favorite 1:07:45

Favorite Distillery: Nominations 1:09:15 | Favorite 1:11:04

Awards Wrap: 1:12:49


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