Scottish Whisky Awards
Glasgow Distillery wins top honour in whisky awards
Winning dram: Glasgow Distillery
The Glasgow Distillery won the top accolade – Whisky Distillery of the Year – in the awards celebrating Scotland’s national drink.
The Scottish Whisky Awards is a comprehensive year-round programme which assesses Scotch whisky producers in both business performance and taste.
This year, it involved a rigorous judging process with a panel of 40 experts and the blind tasting of 155 Scotch whisky products.
Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Alan Wolstenholme, commented: “Congratulations to all our winners for their success in this most challenging of years. Winning a Scottish Whisky Award is a significant achievement given the intense competition and rigorous judging.
“This year, we have seen distilleries, suppliers and producers step up to support their local communities when they needed it most. Scotch Whisky continues to demonstrate its strength, resilience, creativity, and community spirit. It is an industry which continues to shine brightly in good times and bad. We in Scotland can all be very proud of this.
“I applaud all of our winners and encourage them to make the most of this recognition by promoting Scotch worldwide as the whisky of choice.”
The Scottish Whisky Awards, unlike many international drink industry competitions, only presents three medals per category making the awards tough to win and highly sought after.
Nineteen distilleries collected medals in the taste competition with Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glasgow Distillery collecting the most.
The news of the winners was announced at a live digital broadcast from Glasgow’s Hilton by Doubletree Hotel.Over 200 people from across the Scotch whisky industry participated in the event, which was highly interactive, allowing guests to chat to each other privately and in groups. Live interviews were broadcast with distilleries across the country as the medal winners were announced.
Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year
Product Launch of the Year
Loch Lomond Group Glen Scotia Malts Festival
Excellence in Branding
Wemyss Vintage Malts
Brand Experience of the Year
Isle of Raasay Distillery
Tourism Destination of the Year
The Clydeside Distillery
Community Contribution of the Year
Independent Bottler of the Year
North Star Spirits
Excellence in Sustainability
Single Malt – No Age Statement
GOLD: Glasgow 1770 – Peated Release No.1.; Glasgow Distillery
SILVER: Ardbeg Blaaaack Committee Release; Ardbeg Distillery
BRONZE: Laphroaig PX (GTR); Laphroaig Distillery
Single Malt Under 12 Year Old
GOLD: Ardbeg 10 Year Old; Ardbeg Distillery
SILVER: Arran 10 Year Old; Isle of Arran Distillers
BRONZE: Ledaig 10 Year Old; Tobermory Distillery
Single Malt 12 Year Old
GOLD: Deanston 12 Year Old; Deanston Distillery
SILVER: Glenmorangie Lasanta; Glenmorangie Distillery
BRONZE: The Deveron 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Macduff Distillery
Single Malt 13-16 Year Old
GOLD: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban; Glenmorangie Distillery
SILVER: Highland Park Saltire Edition 2; Highland Park
BRONZE: Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020; Glen Scotia Distillery
Single Malt 17-20 Year Old
GOLD: Tomatin 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Tomatin Distillery
SILVER: Craigellachie 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Craigellachie Distillery
BRONZE: Glenmorangie 19 Year Old; Glenmorangie Distillery
Single Malt 21 Year Old and Over
GOLD: Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old; Bunnahabhain Distillery
SILVER: Royal Brackla 21 Year Old; Royal Brackla Distillery
BRONZE: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1995; Glenmorangie Distillery
Blended Malt – Under 12 Year Old
GOLD: Malt Riot; Glasgow Distillery
SILVER: Clydebuilt Coppersmith; Ardgowan Distillery
BRONZE: Peat Chimney; Wemyss Vintage Malts
Blended Malt 12 Year Old and Over
GOLD: Sirius; North Star Spirits
SILVER: Velvet Fig Aged 25 Years; Wemyss Vintage Malts
BRONZE: GreatDrams Blended Cask Series Batch 03; GreatDrams Ventures
Speciality or Single Cask Whisky
GOLD: Tomintoul 2005 with First-Fill Amontillado Sherry Finish #19A; Hannah Whisky Merchants
SILVER: Crabbie 40 Year Old Speyside Single Malt; John Crabbie & Co.
BRONZE: Tomatin Decades II; The Tomatin Distillery