In fine spirit: Whiskey hall of fame first for Helen
The master blender for Irish whiskey giant Bushmills has become the first woman to be inducted into the 'Whisky Magazine' Hall of Fame.
The recognition for Helen Mulholland is the highest honour awarded by the magazine with the winner selected by an independent editorial panel.
It comes at a time of celebration for Helen, who is also marking her 25th year at The Old Bushmills Distillery - the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
Helen began her career in a small laboratory at The Old Bushmills Distillery and crafts both Bushmills Irish Whiskey premium blends and aged single malts.
Helen is known for her passion for innovation and has overseen a number of new product launches during her time at the distillery.
The award was presented to Helen at the 2019 'Whisky Magazine' Awards Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin on November 22. "I'm honoured to be among so many titans in our industry," she said. "I have truly enjoyed my 25 years at The Old Bushmills Distillery. I often say I have one of the best jobs in the world and it is an honour to see my work recognised in this way."
Helen said it was an exciting time for Irish whiskey: "Demand continues to soar, especially for premium malts, so we will continue to innovate and create new expressions for whiskey drinkers around the world."