Teeling Whiskey's 24-year-old Single Malt has claimed the key World's Best Single Malt award at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards. 

This marks the first time an Irish whiskey has won the Single Malt award.  

The company said the accolade marks a momentous occasion not just for Teeling Whiskey but for Ireland's whiskey industry overall. 

Single Malt is considered the gold standard of world whiskey due to its production process as well as its character and flavour profile.

The single malt category has become synonymous with Scottish whiskey and more recently has been the style of whiskey driving the emergence of Japanese whiskey and other new age whiskey producing regions.

"To be honoured as the world's Best Single Malt and in the process become the first Irish whiskey to ever have achieved such world-wide acclaim is very humbling and reflects the global resurgence and revival of both Teeling and Irish whiskey," commented Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of Teeling Whiskey.

"We are now right back at the top table of global whiskey and we look forward to continue leading this new golden era for Irish whiskey," he added.