The Artisanal Spirits Company scoops clutch of global awards


The Artisanal Spirits Company, the owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (“SMWS”), is celebrating after SMWS won a record haul of five Gold medals and one Silver in the International Spirits Challenge, which promotes outstanding quality spirits from across the globe and receives thousands of entries from over 70 countries worldwide. The Company’s Gold award-winning entries included Cask No. 36.193 Juggling Oranges in a Humidor and Cask No. 94.31 Ice Cream by Candlelight.

SMWS also achieved its best-ever result in the Scotch Whisky Masters 2023 with seven medals including five Masters medals, one Gold and one Silver. The competition, hosted by The Spirits Business, was judged by four panels of specialist drinks experts.

In the US, the Company was recognised at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the largest competition of its kind with more than 5,500 entries globally. SMWS won ‘Best in Class: Independent Merchant Single Malt Scotch’ for Cask no 4.346 Savoury and Sweet.

SMWS has also won five medals at the 2023 The Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (TWSC) in Japan, including three Superior Gold, one Gold and one Silver award. One of those Superior Gold medals went to the Society’s Vaults Collection bottling, Cask No. 24.169:Bonkers for Conkers.

Andrew Dane, CEO of The Artisanal Spirits Company, commented, “These awards are testament to the outstanding quality of our single cask Scotch malt whiskies which are appreciated around the world for their unique flavours. We are extremely proud to receive these accolades and third party endorsement from prestigious global competitions, judged by many of the most respected professionals in our industry. In particular, the high-level awards we have received for our extra matured offering highlight the enduring quality of our premium whiskies. I would like to extend my gratitude to our excellent team for their craftmanship and dedication in curating the most exciting whisky blends and tasting experiences for our growing numbers of discerning customers and whisky-loving connoisseurs globally.