What better way to round-up the best of the rest this week than to take a peak at Thursday’s release of the International Wine & Spirit Competition winners. These respected awards are in their 45th year and in their words – “The IWSC receives entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide. No matter where the entry originates, whether it is youthful or aged, it is judged according to its class and treated with respect and consideration.”
Let’s get straight to some of the whiskies we noticed first…
Worldwide Whisky Trophy – Three Ships Single Malt Whiskey 10YO
The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa is home to Three Ships whiskey production. Established in 1886 they’re hard on the heels of the Scots in time spent perfecting the art of whisk(e)y, and with this award it shows.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Years & Under Trophy – Bowmore Tempest Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay 10YO
A whisky narrative that captures a versatile image of wild and calm shores representative of island terroir. For us it’s an image that reminds us also of Talisker Storm, and our soon-to-be Raasay Distillery with the raw Hebridean weather – you never know what you’re going to get. Good company to keep!
Single Malt Scotch Whisky No Age Statement Trophy – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
One of the winners we’re most interested by is the NAS category for Single Malt Scotch. Is it Glenfiddich? Aberfeldy? Jura? No. your local supermarket – Sainsbury’s. ‘Surely not’ we hear you say, but we’re wondering if this lovely dram might in fact be a rather good example of Dalmore. We can’t say for sure, but taste the difference and see if you agree.
On the Single Grain Train
Joining the best of the rest in the Single Grain Scotch Whisky category is our own Tweeddale Single Grain Scotch Whisky 16YO, which won a Silver Award alongside Diageo’s (and David Beckham’s) Haig Club, and five Girvan expressions including: The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps Scotch Whisky, The Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength Scotch Whisky, The Girvan Patent Still Scotch Whisky 30YO, The Girvan Patent Still Scotch Whisky 28YO, and The Girvan Patent Still Scotch Whisky 25YO.
This Tweeddale Single Grain makes up 50% of the current Batch 4 of the Tweedddale blend, and is a light and sweet whisky we’re delighted has been recognised. As a grain, it’s sometimes met with a preconception but we love consistently seeing surprised faces post sip that exclaim; “Oh, that’s actually really nice.” Want to try it for yourself? Just click here to buy direct from us, or if you’re on the continent, we have a number of friends you can buy from, including the recent addition of WhiskySite in the Netherlands.
The Gold Award in the grain category was swooped up by the Invergordon 50th Anniversary Single Highland Grain. Our R&B crew confess we haven’t tried an Invergordon in a while, time to remedy that fact perhaps and get our hands on this one.