Glenmorangie and Ardbeg strike gold at two influential competitions – Scotch Whisky News

Distilleries’ single malt whiskies honoured with 15 golden accolades

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have triumphed at two prestigious industry competitions, winning a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals. This clutch of awards from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), is a testament to the outstanding whiskies crafted at the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distilleries, owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Glenmorangie, which has been creating its fine single malt whisky in the Highlands since 1843, won ten awards – five at each competition.

Its success at the SFWSC began with a prized double-gold medal for Glenmorangie Signet. Judges also honoured three of the Distillery’s core expressions – its signature single malt Glenmorangie Original won gold, alongside Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or from the Extra-Matured Range. Glenmorangie 19 Years Old was also given gold. At the ISC, Glenmorangie Signet won further renown. It earned gold alongside Glenmorangie 18 Years Old, Glenmorangie The Tayne, Glenmorangie Spìos and Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989.

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, won five further prestigious accolades at the SFWSC. There were plaudits for all the Distillery’s permanent expressions, with Ardbeg Corryvreckan celebrated as Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement. It was awarded a double-gold medal, alongside Ardbeg An Oa and Ardbeg Uigeadail, while Ardbeg Ten Years Old earned gold. The 2018 Ardbeg Committee Exclusive release of Ardbeg Grooves, released in February this year, was also handed a double-gold medal.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, said: “This haul of medals, from two such influential competitions, is a fitting reflection of the dedication with which all at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg pursue their craft – and the exceptional whiskies which result. I’m delighted that industry experts have again rewarded Glenmorangie Original’s smooth and rounded taste, alongside whiskies from the Extra-Matured Range and Glenmorangie Signet. It is inspiring to see Ardbeg’s untamed spirit commended, with awards for all the permanent expressions. Ardbeg Corryvreckan’s peaty, peppery character is undoubtedly worthy of the judges’ highest praise.”

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Barton 1792



 BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (May 17, 2018) – Judges awarded six bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named three to be “Great Values.”

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1792 Small Batch and Kentucky Tavern were deemed to be “Great Values.”  Kentucky Tavern also earned the distinction of “Tried True.”

This competition, in its eighth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit

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Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival

The 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival begins this week but you don’t have to travel all the way to Argyll to enjoy the whiskies! Double matured in Ruby Port casks, this peated 2008 vintage expression from Glen Scotia distillery is in-stock and ready to go. Glen Scotia 2008 vintage Campbeltown single malt Scotch whiskey. Double matured in Port Casks, limited edition for the 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival.

Buy – £49.63

Glen Scotia Distillery was established in 1832 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Kintyre Peninsular on the west coast of Scotland. Situated on the south side of Campbeltown’s High Street beside the lost Lochrin and Dalintober Distilleries where their rear walls were lapped by the tides of Campbeltown Loch. Glen Scotia Distillery is now one of only three whiskey distilleries in Campbeltown where a further thirty have come and gone. Both peated and un-peated malt whiskey are produced for its expanding range of single malt whiskies such as Glen Scotia Double Cask and the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old.


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Johnnie Walker launches Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition- Scotch Whisky News

New York, NY (February 26, 2018) — Johnnie Walker is proud to unveil Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo. The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of our award-winning Black Label blend. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available to whisky fans nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.

For more than a century, the Striding Man has been a Johnnie Walker icon and an important part of the brand’s history. While his look has had subtle changes over the years, he has always conveyed the brand’s unique point of view and symbolized moving forward. As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand’s commitment to progress.

Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming. Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop. Today, nearly 50% of the brand’s 12 expert blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and C-Level executives.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” commented Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker. “We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”

To support this effort as part of Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organizations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000. One organization Johnnie Walker will be supporting is Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman. Johnnie Walker is proud to partner with this incredible organization on a historic initiative that will make public representations of important women and people of all backgrounds a reality in the future.

“We are here to move history forward. Our project honors Stanton and Anthony as well as all the women who fought for the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation, when over half the population won the right to vote. It’s an instant history lesson. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. Monumental change is coming. We thank Johnnie Walker for their support and recognizing the importance of Women’s History,” said Pam Elam, President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women Campaign.

The introduction of the first-ever female brand icon and the Jane Walker Edition bottle represent Johnnie Walker’s commitment to inspire and champion the diverse communities moving our country forward. In addition to celebrating historic female figures through the Monumental Women partnership, Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, who are dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide starting March 2018 wherever fine spirits are sold, with a suggested retail price of $34.00 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV). For more information, please visit

This article is posted on Whisky Intelligence as a matter of interest, the original publication date was much earlier in 2018 ~ WI

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Port Askaig 14 Years

Released this week, Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask is a new bottling from a distillery in the north-east corner of Islay, better known for its unpeated whisky. Sounds like Bunnahabhain to me.

It is peated, distilled in 2004 and as always it is a limited release, composed from 11 first-fill bourbon casks (Port Askaig batches are never bigger than 40 casks).



Port Askaig 14 Years - Bourbon CaskPort Askaig 14 Years - Bourbon CaskPort Askaig 14 yo ‘Bourbon Cask’ 2004 (45,8%, Elixir Distillers 2018, first-fill bourbon casks)

Nose: quite bright and orchardy, think juicy lemons, stewed pears and apples. Hints of lager and coastal notes (sea spray, shells on the beach). Ink and gentle peat which works nicely alongside the bright fruits. Mouth: smoky and earthy, showing plum sweetness and crème brûlée before moving towards crushed peppercorns and a charred, slightly acrid note. Malty notes, mild peat, all-spice. Slightly less balanced than on the nose. Finish: long, with salted caramel and brandy poached pear.

Sometimes I have difficulties with peated (Moine) Bunnahabhain, especially when they release it with an unnecessary wine finish. This bourbon version is gentle, fruity, and really sparkles. Around € 80 from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 265 ‘Anglo-Canadian Whiskies’ – Anglo Canadian News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 265 ‘Anglo-Canadian Whiskies’ – This week’s episode of the show is an Anglo-Canadian episode featuring the English Whisky along with the Glenora distillery and Two Brewers Yukon single malt from Canada

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Golfers always hope to pull a good shot out of the bag and a special edition collection will make it easier for them while playing at the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The four-time Scottish Open venue has partnered with world famous distillers Tomatin to produce a new set of miniatures featuring artwork of Castle Stuart and the course and Tomatin’s award-winning 12-year-old single malt.

The new dram has been launched ahead of World Whisky Day tomorrow (Saturday 19 May) and will be on sale at the course’s starter hut as well as in the clubhouse where Tomatin’s award-winning malts are prominent.

Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart’s general manager, said: “We are long-standing partners with Tomatin and it has always been our goal to get our own miniatures available for our visitors. They are a great addition to our bar offering and our ever- popular half-way pavilion as well as fantastic presents to take back from Castle Stuart.

“We are proud to be associated with such a celebrated brand which is a great ambassador for the Highlands and a natural partner for the golf industry.”

Stephen Bremner, sales director at Tomatin, said: “We are delighted to have been working with Castle Stuart on this local collaboration – with our long-established partnership, our premium brands are a natural fit. We have no doubt that the miniatures will be popular with golfers both on and off the course.”

Tomatin’s 12-year-old single malt received its fifth gold medal in a row at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. The distillery’s 18-year-old single malt was also awarded ‘Double Gold’ for the fifth time.

Tomatin’s 36-year-old single malt, which is available in the Castle Stuart golf shop, was named Best Scotch at the same event last year.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Balblair – Scotch Whisky News


Balblair, a distillery, that for those who know it are aware of it’s powerhouse presentation and delightful craft when it comes to delivering whiskies that are ready to bottled to suit them rather than the rest of the current market. Previously, the 1990, 2003 and 1997 have all received high praise from myself and Joe, let alone the rest of the whisky world. This bottle is laced with classic Balblair contrast, a nose of sweet chocolate orange and sticky toffee – backed up by a luxurious palate that continues the flavours from the nose – the finish is spicy and herbaceous which for me takes us back to classics like the 2003 2005 vintages which lure you in with a sweet style and then hit you with classic Highland clout towards the end. She’s a beauty! Cheers!

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday ~ ~ ~

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20 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery awarded 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 15, 2018) A total of 20 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Four of those were named “Trophy Finalists,” including, George T. Stagg, Stagg Jr , Sazerac Straight Rye and Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream Liqueur.

            Those awarded as “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” include:

  • George T. Stagg Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller “Old Weller Antique” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Sazerac Straight Rye
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Sazerac Straight Rye, Eagle Rare 10 Year Old, W. L. Weller 12 Year Old, Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream were all deemed to be “Great Values.” Receiving a designation as “Tried True” were Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s Single Barrel, E. H. Taylor Single Barrel and E. H. Taylor, Jr. Rye.

This competition, in its eighth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at 

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

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Auchentoshan is on the hunt for the best bartending talent to enter its global cocktail competition

May 2018: Auchentoshan® is on a mission to find creative bartenders to join its international bartender collective as it announces the launch of its New Malt Order 2018 competition. Launched in 2016, the New Malt Order is a growing community of likeminded bartenders who share a passion for shaking up the world of single malts.


The urban malt from the city of Glasgow, is challenging entrants to create a cocktail that captures the essence of its triple distilled malt whisky and takes inspiration from the bartender’s home city. Successful bartenders will be given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the home of Auchentoshan® in Glasgow, be immersed in the city’s culture and create an exclusive liquid with Master Blender, Ron Welsh (pictured below). The winners will go behind the scenes at the distillery and select from casks, blend, bottle and even have their say on the final packaging of this rare and unique single malt.



This year Auchentoshan® will celebrate its urban heritage and challenge bartenders to share their own city’s unique character captured in an Auchentoshan cocktail. The competition is now open and bartenders from the UK, Canada, Russia, Australia and Germany are being encouraged to enter via Instagram for a chance to become part of the New Malt Order global collective.

Judged by the best in the business, winners of this once in a lifetime experience will be announced this September. 

Auchentoshan The Bartender's Malt 01


Launched in 2016, The New Malt Order is not only a competition but a growing global community of passionate bartenders who are pushing boundaries, breaking rules and taking single malt whisky to new places and new faces.


Bartenders’ Malt 01 | Released July 2017

In 2016, the inaugural 12 bartenders from some of the world’s best bars designed a punchy 47% ABV malt to stand-up in cocktails including Bobby Burns, Vieux Carré, and the classic Old Fashioned.

Colour: Gold- copper with subtle grassy reflections

Nose: Dried apricots, milk, chocolate, honey and green tobacco leaf

Palate: Delicate floral cherry blossom and buttery brioche undercut by zesty notes of ginger

Auchentoshan NMO

Bartenders’ Malt 02 | Released later in 2018

Bartenders’ Malt 02, created by 2017’s cohort of international bartenders, will be released exclusively to the on-trade later in 2018.

Speaking about the upcoming release, Master Blender Ron Welsh, said: “We’ve put together a blend that matches their requirements as bartenders, so nice high strength and lots of flavour. It’s one of the best Auchentoshan®’s I’ve ever tasted.”

Charles Roche from Scout in London, a member of The New Malt Order: “Being a member of the New Malt Order is amazing. It’s about blending a whisky by bartenders, for bartenders.”

Scott Milne, International Brand Manager, Beam Suntory: “We are excited and proud to announce that Auchentoshan®’s New Malt Order competition is returning for the third consecutive year in 2018. We are passionate about building an army of single malt advocates and championing creative bartending on a global scale. We’re looking forward to seeing how the entrants capture their city in a cocktail and welcoming the winners to the home of Auchentoshan®.


The competition is open from Tuesday 1 May, with entries to be submitted by Saturday 30 June.


Enter on Instagram by posting:

  1. A photo of a cocktail that embodies your city (no branding or people to be included)
  2. Tag @theauchentoshan and use #newmaltorder so we can track your entry
  3. Tag your bar (e.g. @scoutldn)
  4. Post details of your cocktail’s ingredients and methodology
  5. Post an outline of your City inspiration behind the cocktail

To find out more and to enter, visit or 


The Auchentoshan New Malt Order collective:

Name                          Country                      Bar

Jack Wareing UK Dandelyan (2016)
Georgia Billings UK Plateau (2016)
Jan Jehli Germany Parlous Bar (2016)
Lucia Schurmann Germany Galander (2016)
Michele Heinrich Germany Kinly Bar (2016)
Oliver Stern Canada Toronto Temperance Society (2016)
Valerie Alvardo USA Terminal Bar Union Station (2016)
Kristina Magro USA Fulton Market Kitchen (2016)
Jonathan Shock USA Gallagher’s Grill (2016)
Tommy Klus USA La Moule (2016)
Linus Morgan Sweden Tap Room Kungsholmen (2016)
Charlotte Halsius Sweden Ling Long (2016)
André Duncan Canada Bar consultant (2017)
Karl-Martin Edin Sweden Open/Closed (2017)
Sascha Geiersberg Germany Luna Lounge (2017)
Christian Herberholz Germany Das Schwarze Schaf (2017)
Nicholas Incretolli Canada Bar Sazerac (2017)
Robert Kramer USA The Brick Yard (2017)
Charles Roche UK Scout (2017)
Lachlan Rooney UK The Voodoo Rooms (2017)
Jeremiah Schenzel USA Daps (2017)
Nathaniel Smith USA Spoon Stable (2017)
Filipp Vovnenko Russia The Balance (2017, pictured above)
Kimber Weissert USA Butcher and Rye (2017)

Awards for Auchentoshan:

Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2018 | Silver for Auchentoshan Bartenders’ Malt 01

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan American Oak

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 

About Auchentoshan®

After 200 years of urban life in Glasgow Auchentoshan is part of the city and the city is part of Auchentoshan. It is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to triple distil every last drop to create its delicate flavour. Smooth, but gusty. Approachable but deep. Auchenstoshan is the alternative malt for newcomers and whisky lovers alike. 

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

© 2016 Beam Suntory Inc., Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60654

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