Glenmorangie and Ardbeg triumph with gold wins


Glenmorangie and Ardbeg have swept the boards at three influential whisky competitions: the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), the International Spirits Competition (ISC) and the International Whisky Competition (IWC).

Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie 25 Years Old all won gold. Glenmorangie 18 Years Old was lauded with a double gold medal.

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.

At the IWC, Glenmorangie Signet scored higher against 15 criteria than any of the other 160 whiskies judged in a blind tasting by ten experts, scooping the Whisky of the Year title. Glenmorangie Signet is the first whisky to be created from high-roasted “chocolate” malt barley.

The awards mark Glenmorangie as 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 is the only single malt to win World Whisky of the Year four times in the last six years.

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