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Whisky Advocate’s 19th Annual Award: Lifetime Achievement

February 2nd, 2013

Barry Crockett, Midleton master distiller

Heritage_BarryCrockett_MasterDistiller2Search Wikipedia for “Barry Crockett” and you’ll be asked if you mean “Barry Crocker,” the Australian singer and actor. There is no Wikipedia entry for Barry Crockett and that’s a serious, almost shameful omission. Barry Crockett has had a part in celebrations around the world for over 30 years. Every time folks lifted a glass of Jameson, Powers, Paddy’s, Crested Ten, Redbreast, or Midleton, they were lifting Barry’s work, and the celebration was happier for it.

There are families of distillers — we know the Grants, the Beams — but while some are born into distilling, very few are born on the distillery grounds. Crockett was born in the Distiller’s Cottage at Midleton distillery, where his father Maxwell was the master distiller. When he turned 17, he started working at the distillery, and succeeded Max in 1981. The Crocketts, father and son, have been shaping Irish distilling for over 70 years.

That longevity alone would be enough to earn him recognition, but as master distiller at Irish Distillers, Barry Crockett was the most influential whiskey maker during the incredible explosion that took place in Irish whiskey over the past 20 years. That success has given Crockett and Midleton the freedom and incentive to bring us a blossoming of new Irish whiskeys; especially a whole new stable of single pot still whiskeys. One of those, of course, is the aptly named Barry Crockett Legacy. Wikipedia really needs to get up to speed; they’re missing important information.

10 Responses to “Whisky Advocate’s 19th Annual Award: Lifetime Achievement”

  1. john cashman says:

    Well done Barry; one of the true gentlemen of the whiskey world!

  2. johnm says:

    A gentleman. Extremely modest too.

  3. Jim Clarke says:

    Great choice. His impact on Irish and world whiskey has been nothing short of profound.

  4. Peter T. says:

    Never met the fellow and never heard of him but I now know what he is responsible for. And I would say congratulations are definitely in order. Keep up the excellent work.

  5. Luke says:

    Excellent choice! 🙂

  6. Stevely says:

    Congratulations Barry – well deserved.

  7. Truly a well-deserved honor…outstanding choice!

  8. Fionnán says:

    Brilliant distiller and an absolute gentleman. Sad to see the man who’s brought us everything from Redbreast Cask Strength to Powers Johns Lane retiring this year and its great to see that he’ll be stepping down on a high

  9. Leo Phelan says:

    Best wishes Barry, a proud but modest man, end of an era, but departing with a huge legacy, one of the men to whom Irish Distillers owe a great debt. Hope to have the opportunity to see you in the future if IDL have you back in an ambassadorial role.

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