Cooley Distillery is proud to announce that the Kilbeggan 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey has been selected as the "World's Best Blended Irish Whiskey" by an illustrious panel of independent Whisky experts at the World Whiskies Awards in London.

This panel of judges chose Kilbeggan 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey over competitor bottlings, such as Jameson 12 Yr Old and Bushmills 1608, that had made it through to the last round.

Jack Teeling, Marketing Director for Cooley Distillery, commented: "Kilbeggan is an ancient brand from the golden era of Irish Whiskey. It is only right that a bottling, released to celebrate the distillery's 250th birthday, would now emerge as the World's Best Irish Blended Whiskey. It is rewarding to see that in the renaissance for Irish Whiskey Kilbeggan is again rising to the forefront".

Kilbeggan will now represent the Irish as it goes head to head with the "World's Best" Blended Whiskies from around the world at the World of Whiskies Conference in Glasgow in April.

The Whisky Magazine, which run the World Whiskies Awards, assembled some of the best noses and experts in the Whisky business to form an independent tasting panel.

These were the brave souls who tackled the large number of Irish Whiskeys that entered the competition. Chaired by Dave Broom, this annual selection of the very best proprietary Whiskies evolved out of Best of the Best, the biannual tasting held since 2000.

The judging process started with the independent panel receiving samples at home and judging blind. This enabled the panel to whittle down the large number of entries to a select few that were then tasted by an invited panel from the International Whisky Industry on the eve of Whisky Live London 2008.

This award coincides with the launch of a new website for Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey,, that offers a virtual tour around the oldest licensed distillery in the world, the Old Kilbeggan Distillery and a question and answer session with Noel Sweeney, Cooley's Master Blender.