Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt Wins Double Gold Medal

Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. a leader in ultra-premium spirits is proud to announce that its authentic Irish Whiskey, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey has received top honors and accolades at the 2011 San Francisco Spirits Competition for its 10 year old Single Malt. Not only did the newly introduced Single Malt win a Double Gold medal, but swept the category and earned the title of “Best Irish Whiskey.”

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition held its 11th annual competition at the Hotel Nikko on March 18, 19, and 20. A record number of entries, 1106 products from 61 countries, were evaluated by 33 of the finest palates and spirits experts from noted restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists from major national media, spirits buyers for large purveyors, and spirits consultants including Executive Director of the competition – Anthony Dias Blue , Director of Judging – Tony Abou-Ganim as well as Bridget Albert, Stephen Beal, Kent Bearden, Julio Bermejo, Mark Bowery, Joseph Brooke, Derek Brown, Jerry Cooper, Aidan Demarest, H. Joseph Ehrmann, Ziggy Eschliman, Michael Feil, David Grapshi, Thomas “Mac” Gregory, Kim Haasarud, Richard Carleton Hacker, Steven Izzo, Misty Kalkofen, Geoff Kleinman, Francesco Lafranconi, Drew Levinson, Jordan Mackay. David Mahoney, Meridith May, Tim McDonald, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Nick Passmore, Patricia Richards, Jim Romdall, Trudy Thomas and Kevin M. Vogt . Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity, making this competition the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry.

“We are thrilled and delighted to be recognized as the ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ from this amazing collection of judges and industry greats,” says Bill Henderson, SVP Marketing and Advertising of Sidney Frank Importing Co, Inc. “Winning this title at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition comes on the heels of receiving extraordinary accolades at the Ultimate Spirits Competition, where Michael Collins Irish Whiskey took top honors with the Chairman’s Trophy award just last week.”

Michael Collins Irish Whiskeys are proudly handcrafted at the Cooley Distillery. Recognized by Malt Advocate as “2010 Distillery of the Year” and as “European Distillery of the Year” for the last 3 consecutive years by the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards, Cooley is the only distillery in Ireland to double distill their whiskeys and use peated malted barley. Made with locally harvested Spring barley, Michael Collins Irish Whiskeys are distilled with local mountain spring water that is soft and pure and matured in small bourbon seasoned casks where the cool, moist Irish air brings the whiskeys to maturity.

Introduced in January of 2011, Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt is double distilled in small, long-necked copper pot stills, from both malted barley and peated malted barley and matured in small bourbon seasoned casks for a minimum of ten years. The result is a single malt, with a slightly sweet nose, that is rich and complex with hints of ripe fruit, meadow flowers and peat. Clean and smooth, the medium to dry finish has a lingering light smokiness.

Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt is available in the 750ml size with a suggested retail price of $39.99.


Michael Collins Irish Whiskey 40% Alc. /Vol. Imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY 10801 http://www.michaelcollinswhiskey.com/

About Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc .

Founded in 1972, Sidney Frank Importing Company Inc. of New Rochelle, NY, currently imports Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur – the number one selling imported Liqueur and shot brand in the United States, Gekkeikan Sake – the world’s largest sake, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey – the award-winning double distilled single malt and blended whiskeys named for the Irish legendary hero and produced at Ireland’s last independent distillery, JC Cognac – the VSOP known for its unmatched quality and unique flavor extensions of Apple and Jasmine, Barenjager Honey Liqueur – the German imported vodka based honey liqueur made with generous amounts of premium natural Yucatan honey, Henri Savard Blanc de Blancs – the sparkling wine produced with the best French savoir-faire since 1907, Jacques Cardin Brandy – the French brandy of uncommon distinction defined by its rich color and superior flavor, Hudson’s Bay Scotch – a smooth blend of 100% Scotch Whiskies distilled and blended in Scotland and St. Vivant Armagnac – the premium French brandy steeped in tradition dating back to 1559.