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International Acclaim For The Classic Malts Collection

The Classic Malts Collection has been recognised at the world's most prestigious spirits competitions – with our Single Malt Scotch Whiskies winning awards from some of the industry’s most expert palates.

We think we make the best whisky in the world. But it’s fair to say the distilleries behind the Classic Malts Collection don’t produce their fine Scotch whisky for the sake of accolades. In fact, like any compliment worth receiving, awards come when you’re least expecting them.

And, though we’re only four months in, 2016 has seen us awarded some very high praise indeed.

Let’s start with the 3rd Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition. Held in February, it saw 200 spirits from around the world judged in a blind taste test by a trade-only panel from more than seven countries.

Choosing between some of the finest spirits available, the panel awarded two of the highest rosettes to our Island whiskies.

Double Gold Award
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Gold Award
Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Berlin award

Just one month later, excitement was growing for the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – certainly one of the most influential international spirits competitions, and the biggest in America. Once again, every entry was blind-tasted under highly focused conditions.

With a 20% increase in entries over the prior year, the 2016 event was even more competitive.

Out of the record-breaking 1,899 entries, only 201 were awarded the prestigious Double Gold medal by the 39-person judging panel. Four of those were from the Classic Malts Collection.

Double Gold Award Winners 

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Gold Award Winners

Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Awards range

Finally, the Classic Malts Collection Single Malt Scotch Whiskies have won high praise at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. A competition set up by the people at Ultimate Beverage Challenge, its aim – as the name suggests – is to create a new platinum standard of integrity and quality when it comes to international spirits competitions: a benchmark for consumers and trade buyers alike. The USC’s panel is a who’s who of the American drinks intelligensia, including award-winning bar men, journalists, commentators, industry buyers and mixologists. Their rankings and awards follow a more detailed criteria, but as you can see from the list below, you get the idea even without reading up on the rules.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge Award Winners

1. Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky
98 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation 

2. Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
97 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation 

3. Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
96 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

4. Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
96 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

5. Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

6. Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points Excellent, Highly Recommended

Ultimate Spirits Challenge Range

Every single award for a Classic Malt Scotch is a testament to the hard work and passion of generations of craftspeople – from our coppersmiths and cooperage to the distilleries and warehouses. And a mark of the high standard to which all Malts in the Collection are made.

So, though we never go looking for them, we hope to keep winning awards, year after year.

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