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Three gold medals for Ardbeg and eight for Glenmorangie at international whisky competitions

Glenmorangie’s exceptional single malt has been awarded an array of accolades at three influential industry competitions.

Glenmorangie’s whiskies were honoured at:

  • the San Francisco World Spirits Competition [SFWSC];
  • the International Spirits Competition [ISC];
  • and the International Whisky Competition [IWC].

The Scottish Highland Distillery won a total of eight gold medals for expressions, including Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or and Glenmorangie Lasanta at the SFWSC and ISC.

At the IWC, Glenmorangie Signet was named Whisky of the Year, scoring 97 points out of a possible 100.

Dr Bill Lumsden, pictured above,, who oversees the creation of Glenmorangie’s exceptional single malt at its Scottish Highland home, won the competition’s Master Distiller of the Year award, in recognition of Glenmorangie Signet’s achievement.

Glenmorangie Signet copyGlenmorangie Original’s elegant, floral spirit won golden praise from the judges in San Francisco, as did the rich spiciness of Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, extra-matured in Sauternes casks – and the warmth and elegance of Glenmorangie Lasanta, which is extra-matured in sherry casks. Glenmorangie 18 Years Old was lauded with a double gold medal at the competition, while Glenmorangie 25 Years Old also achieved gold.

At the ISC, Glenmorangie 25 Years Old and Glenmorangie 18 Years Old were again singled out for gold medals, alongside the Distillery’s latest Private Edition, Glenmorangie Milsean – the first Glenmorangie expression ever to be extra-matured in deeply toasted wine casks.

The IWC saw a tasting panel of ten experts spend three days blind-tasting more than 160 whiskies and assessing them against 15 criteria. Glenmorangie Signet scored higher than any other. Glenmorangie Signet represents the very essence of Glenmorangie. It is the culmination of the Distillery’s 170-year dedication to crafting exceptional malt whisky. The first whisky to be created from high-roasted ‘chocolate’ malt barley, Glenmorangie Signet epitomises the Distillery’s reputation for combining innovation with tradition. Previous praise for Glenmorangie Signet includes a Gold Outstanding award at the renowned International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2015.

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, was also honoured at the competitions, with gold medals for Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail at the SFWSC and an ISC gold for its limited-edition release Ardbeg Dark Cove – the darkest Ardbeg ever created.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, says: ‘These awards recognise our dedication to creating exceptional whisky both for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.’

These accolades are the latest to recognise the excellence of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Glenmorangie is the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s most-awarded single malt Scotch, having won more ‘best in class’ and ‘gold outstanding’ awards than any of its key competitors. Ardbeg, known to its loyal following as the Ultimate Islay Malt, is the only single malt to win World Whisky of the Year four times in the last six years.

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