3 August 2016
Five IWSC gold medals for Highland Distillery
Glenmorangie has been honoured with five gold medals in a renowned industry competition. Glenmorangie Original, the hallmark expression of the Scottish Highland Distillery’s elegant floral spirit, achieved a prestigious gold award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) alongside four more of Glenmorangie’s innovative whiskies and a limited-edition expression from Ardbeg.
Glenmorangie Original, the backbone of the Distillery’s range, was praised by the competition judges as a “remarkably easy drinking whisky”. They complimented its “delicate nose of poached pear, vanilla and polished gold” and its “wonderfully relaxed palate”. Glenmorangie’s extra-matured range also shone at the awards, with Glenmorangie Lasanta’s finish of “pure Christmas cake and brandy butter” and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban’s nose of “stewed plums and rich velvet” rewarded with gold medals. Glenmorangie 25 Years Old and Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram also won gold at the IWSC.
Meanwhile, Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, received a gold medal for Ardbeg Dark Cove – the Distillery’s 2016 limited edition. For the judges, the expression conjured up a succulent vision of “eating jam roly-poly on a field…in the late autumn heat, with a peat fire…in the background.”
Now in its 47th year, the IWSC receives entries from almost 90 countries worldwide and is renowned for rewarding excellence and recognising quality. Its distinguished judging panel includes master blenders, whisky writers and wine and spirits buyers from across the industry.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, said: “Glenmorangie has been distilled in the same uncompromising way since 1843 – and these gold medals are a testament to the Distillery’s pioneering spirit and long tradition of excellence. We are delighted that the floral elegance of Glenmorangie Original, the backbone of all our whiskies, has achieved recognition once more, alongside a further four of Glenmorangie’s exceptional expressions. We are, of course, equally proud of the accolade awarded to Ardbeg Dark Cove.”
Ewan Lacey, managing director of the IWSC said: “2016 has been a bumper year for the IWSC, where we saw a 17% increase in spirit entries, but fewer gold medals than previous years. This demonstrates what an amazing achievement has been made by The Glenmorangie Company, which has scooped five gold medals for Glenmorangie – and a total of six overall.”