A family-run distillery has become the first in Ireland to win an award for the best new make whiskey in the world.

Co Meath-based Boann won the accolade in the World Whiskies Awards for its single pot still 'New Born' spirit. The new win comes just weeks after it won six prizes in the national category of the same awards. 

Boann founder Pat Cooney said the distillery merges the old ways of whiskey production in copper pot stills, with cutting edge, 21st century nano-technology.

"It is an incredible achievement for our team that we have produced the best new make whiskey on the planet," Mr Cooney said. 

Boann employs just over 20 people at its €20m plant just outside Drogheda, with plans underway to open a new visitor centre and roll out a new gin, Silks, named after the nearby Bellewstown Races.

Last month, Boann unveiled a collection of long-lost Irish whiskey recipes unearthed by a historian. Casks were produced using ingredients - or mashbills - dating back to the 1800s. 

The distillery recently started a programme of cask sales, offering the world award-winning new make spirit laid down to mature in one of 12 different cask types. 

The awards were streamed from the World Whiskies Awards offices in Norfolk in England, after a record 1,000 whiskies were entered across 16 different categories.