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Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Scoop 19 WWA and SFWSC Awards


17th May 2019
Ardbeg and Glenmorangie scoop 19 awards between them from two of the most influential industry competitions.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have between them won 19 coveted accolades at two of the most influential industry awards which are usually a good indication of which whiskies are worth adding to your must try list.

Among a host of category wins and gold medals for both Distilleries, Glenmorangie was hailed as the Best Scotch Highlands Single Malt by the World Whiskies Awards (WWA). Meanwhile, Ardbeg was handed a rare platinum medal by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) – an award reserved for a handful of spirits – deemed near the pinnacle of achievement. These successes are recognition of the industry’s respect for both Distilleries, which are owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Glenmorangie, which has been crafting its single malt whisky in the Highlands since 1843, delighted WWA judges with Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989, which they described as "mind-blowingly good". The whisky, from its Bond House No. 1 Vintage Collection, won Best Scotch Highlands Single Malt, as well as the 21 Years and Over category.

At the SFWSC, Glenmorangie won a total of nine gold and double-gold medals. Again, Bond House No. 1 performed strongly, with double-golds for Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 and 1993, alongside Glenmorangie Signet and the latest Private Edition release, Glenmorangie Allta. Gold went to three whiskies from the Distillery’s core range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, with two more for the prestige expressions Glenmorangie 18 Years Old and Glenmorangie 19 Years Old.

Ardbeg also won two WWA categories. Ardbeg Ten Years Old triumphed in the 12 Years and Under, and Ardbeg Corryvreckan in the Non-Age Statement section. Limited edition Ardbeg Twenty Something won a gold. Meanwhile, at the SFWSC, Ardbeg Uigeadail outshone the competition. Receiving a double-gold, it was then lauded with a new platinum medal, an achievement awarded only to a few which have won double-gold for three consecutive years.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at The Glenmorangie Company, said: "I’m delighted to see the judges celebrating so many whiskies across our Distilleries’ ranges. Not only did they praise Glenmorangie’s Vintage Collection, Bond House No. 1, designed for connoisseurs, but also Glenmorangie Lasanta, which appeals to whisky newcomers and aficionados alike. And Ardbeg Uigeadail’s outstanding platinum award demonstrates that for smoky malt fans, there’s almost nothing better."

World Whiskies Awards Winners:
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989
    Best Scotch Highlands Single Malt – Winner
    21 Years & Over – Winner
    The second release in the Distillery’s exclusive Vintage Collection, Bond House No.1, this limited expression is created from spirit distilled in the last days of Glenmorangie’s former still house. Rich and complex, it is Glenmorangie’s first whisky part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks. WWA judges described it as “mind-blowingly good”, adding: “It’s smooth, thick, chewy, with creamy vanilla, toffee pudding and bright fruity aromas.”
     
  • Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
    12 Years & Under – Winner
    Formerly a 12-year-old whisky, this port-cask finish is now matured for 14 years – its bold and velvety taste further enhanced by another two years of ageing. The 12-year-old whisky was judged by the WWA.
     
  • Ardbeg Ten Years Old
    12 Years & Under – Winner
    This expression is revered around the world as the smokiest, peatiest, most complex malt whisky of them all.
     
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan
    No Age Statement – Winner
    The namesake of a treacherous whirlpool situated off Islay’s coast, it has swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste.
     
  • Ardbeg Twenty Something
    21 Years & Over – Gold
    This 22-year-old limited edition is the third in Ardbeg’s Twenty Something series. Matured in bourbon casks and released in 2018, it is available only to the Ardbeg Committee.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Winners:

  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1993
    Double-Gold
    The third release in the Distillery’s exclusive Vintage Collection, Bond House No.1, this 25-year-old Travel Retail exclusive has a rare depth and minerality created by its uniquely long finish in Bual Madeira casks.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991
    Double-Gold
    The fourth release in the Distillery’s Vintage Collection, Bond House No.1, this limited expression is created from two profoundly different whiskies – one long finished in oloroso sherry casks, the other in burgundy casks. Married with a hint of whisky aged in new toasted oak, their contrasts create a mellow and deep 26-year-old whisky.
     
  • Glenmorangie Allta
    Double-Gold
    Marking the tenth anniversary of the acclaimed Private Edition series, this rich and fruity single malt is the first Glenmorangie created from the yeast which grows wild on the Distillery’s Cadboll barley.
     
  • Glenmorangie Signet
    Double-Gold
    Hailed as Whisky of the Year by the International Whisky Competition 2016, Glenmorangie Signet was the first to use high roast “chocolate malt” barley in its production. It includes some of Glenmorangie’s rarest whiskies and most exceptional casks.
     
  • Glenmorangie Lasanta
    Gold
    Finished in select Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks, this is a spicy and rich 12-year-old whisky.
     
  • Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
    Gold
    Formerly a 12-year-old whisky, this port-cask finish is now aged for 14 years – its bold and velvety taste further enhanced by another two years of maturation. Only the 14-year-old expression was judged by the SFWSC.
     
  • Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or
    Gold
    Finished in rare Sauternes wine casks, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or is a sweet and sumptuous whisky.
     
  • Glenmorangie 18 Years Old
    Gold
    This whisky is matured in bourbon casks for 15 years, before a select parcel is chosen for finishing in oloroso sherry casks. The parcels are reunited when they are 18 years old, to create its full, rounded taste.
     
  • Glenmorangie 19 Years Old
    Gold
    Aged in the finest ex-bourbon casks, this Travel Retail exclusive augments Glenmorangie’s renowned character with a deep complexity and surprising zestiness.

    Ardbeg Uigeadail
    Platinum & Double Gold
    Named after the Distillery’s unique water source, it marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisin tones of ex-sherry casks.
     
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan
    Gold
    The namesake of a treacherous whirlpool situated off Islay’s coast, it has swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste.
     
  • Ardbeg Drum Committee Release
    Gold
    A limited-edition bottling released to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2019, the annual, global celebration of all things Ardbeg. Created with whisky from ex-bourbon casks, rested in ex-rum casks, this is available only to Ardbeg’s loyal following, the Committee.

If you fancy trying any of the award winning Ardbeg and Glenmorangie line-up of whiskies for yourself you will find them available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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