Whisky Focus - Strathearn Distillery's Liam Pennycook Named Young Distiller Of The Year

Strathearn's Liam Pennycook Named Young Distiller Of The Year

19th May 2017
Strathearn's Liam Pennycook wins Young Talent award at Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Strathearn Distillery's Liam Pennycook named Young Distiller Of The YearStrathearn distillery has announced that their young Head Distiller, Liam Pennycook, has won the "Young Talent" award at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, which took place last night (18 May).

Liam, who is 24 years old, was one of only three individuals shortlisted for the award, out of a record number of 272 entries across all 22 categories. The awards took place at a glittering ceremony and dinner held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

Liam joined the team at Strathearn Distillery, which is widely considered the home of handcrafted spirits in Scotland, nearly three years ago and quickly helped diversify the small Perthshire-based distillery. Acquiring the role of Head Distiller, he has been at the forefront of spirit production, creating unique products such as Distillery Strength Gin at a whopping 60.5% ABV, Strathearnís first single malt and now, a spiced and golden rum.

Liam, commented on the awards saying, "Iím absolutely over the moon to be crowned winner in this category.

"Iím so proud to work in this progressive industry that promotes and praises innovation and creative thinking. An industry which is experiencing increased productivity, innovation and profitability is an obvious attraction to anyone starting out in their career. Thatís what attracted me to Strathearn. I am now able to say Iím Head of Distilling at Strathearn but also involved in innovating the industry as a whole, contributing to market development and export.

"Winning this award will only further drive myself and the team at Strathearn Distillery. It encourages me to do everything I can to be a part of the growing movement to establish Scotland as the land of food and drink and to make my mark on the industry."

Organised by Scotland Food & Drink and in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the Awards celebrate innovation, enterprise and quality in the Scottish food and drink industry.

Strathearn Distillery produces handcrafted, artisan single cask, single malt whisky by using traditional methods and ideas. The small copper stills at Strathearn are used to create individual batches of spirit matured in small casks.

As they wait for their whisky to fully mature, the Strathearn distillery have released a series of malt spirits which Liam has produced, aged in a variety of different wood types as well as a selection of Strathearn Gin which are available from online whisky specialist shops such as Master of Malt

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