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Ardbeg Named Distillery Of The Year For Third Year In A Row

20th July 2020
Ardbeg Distillery named 'Distillery of the Year' at the International Whisky Competition and the recently released Ardbeg Wee Beastie named 'Best Single Malt Scotch Under 10 Year Old'.

Ardbeg Distillery named International Whisky Competition 2020 Distillery of the Year.

Ardbeg Distillery has been named Distillery of the Year for the third year in a row at the International Whisky Competition (IWC) 2020 industry awards. Furthermore, Dr Bill Lumsden, who creates Ardbeg and Glenmorangie whiskies, was hailed as Master Distiller of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time by the IWC.

Between them the two single malts which Dr Bill oversees has won 10 categories at the awards, which illustrates the whisky industry’s continued admiration for both distilleries, owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Even Dr Bill's latest Ardbeg creation, Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old, the latest addition to the Ardbeg core range of whiskies scooped an award in its debut at the competition, scoring 92.6 points and being named "Best Single Malt Scotch Under 10 Year Old".  In his tasting notes head of the IWC tasting panel, Sebastien Gavillet, described Ardbeg Wee Beastie as a "peat and smoke bomb", adding: "Very intriguing and powerful. Experimental to say the least."

Ardbeg, the peaty Islay malt whisky, was hailed by the IWC judges for its "exceptional craftsmanship, passion, and mastery in the art of assembling phenomenal whisky". It was handed the award after its untamed range scored an overall average of 92.9 points out of 100, described by judges as an "incredible feat", with six category wins. They singled out "brilliant" Ardbeg Corryvreckan as the winner of five categories including Best Single Malt Scotch, giving this deep, peaty whisky the highest score of any single malt – 96.1 points. In addition, Ardbeg Wee Beastie, the youngest ever Ardbeg, was chosen as Best Single Malt Scotch Under 10 Year Old.

Glenmorangie’s Highland single malt Scotch whisky also came in for high praise, with four category wins. The recently launched limited edition Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996, which aged in the Distillery’s famed designer casks scored 92.4 points, winning two categories including Best Highland Single Malt. There was a win apiece for its 14 year old port cask finish Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban and Glenmorangie Lasanta, its 12 year old sherry cask finish.

Dr Bill said: "At Ardbeg and Glenmorangie we are passionate about creating great-tasting single malts for whisky lovers old and new – and it’s so rewarding to see our efforts recognised with this record-breaking award for Ardbeg. I’m delighted judges enjoyed our new release, Ardbeg Wee Beastie. Aged in some of our first designer casks, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 embodies the lengths to which Glenmorangie goes in search of delicious whisky – and it’s great to see Quinta Ruban’s bold taste praised. I am honoured to be recognised for the part I play in our dedicated teams."

You will find all the Ardbeg and Glenmorangie award winning whiskies available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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