Whisky Focus - Dewar's Stephanie Macleod Wins The Whisky of the Year Award

Dewar's Stephanie Macleod Wins The Whisky of the Year Award

2nd July 2020
Dewar's Master Blender, Stephanie Macleod, becomes the first woman to win the Whisky of the Year Award at the International Whisky Competition.

International Whisky Competition Whisky of the Year John Dewar and Sons Double Double 32 Year Old

Quite surprisingly given the number of skilful female Master Blenders in the Scotch whisky industry today who are creating some outstanding whiskies it is only now for the first time in the history of the 'International Whisky Competition' that a woman has ever blended a Whisky of the Year. That woman is Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender for John Dewar and Sons, and the Whisky of the Year which Stephanie has created is the John Dewar and Sons Double Double 32 Year Old Blended Scotch, I haven't had the pleasure of it myself but I do recall the stunning Dewar's 25 Year Old expression which replaced the Dewar's Signature which Stephanie created back in 2017 and given this latest accolade I would be confident she has produced yet another stunning, mature, Dewar's blended whisky.

The International Whisky Competition has just released its results for this year's most respected blind tasting judging event. The top recognition, Whisky of the Year, was awarded to John Dewar and Sons Double Double 32 Year Old (Blended Scotch), which scored 96.4 points, the highest-scoring whisky of the competition.

The 11th edition of the International Whisky Competition took place in Estes Park, CO, over four days, from June 10th to 14th, and received whisky submissions from all over the world. A world-class tasting panel made of whisky, spirit, beer, and wine experts blind tasted each whisky on an individual basis (8 minutes per whisky).

Each whisky was scored using a comprehensive 100-point scale system developed by Sebastien Gavillet, IWC Head of Tasting Panel. This process and the fact that only three medals are awarded in any category make the International Whisky Competition the most followed whisky competition and one of the most professional competitions of its kind in the world.

The International Whisky Competition warmly congratulated Stephanie Macleod, as well as her team, for crafting what they described as such a complex, unctuous, and perfectly balanced whisky. John Dewar and Sons will receive the Golden Barrel Trophy for winning Whisky of the Year during a ceremony to be held this Autumn in Aberfeldy, Scotland.

The International Whisky Competition is the most followed Whisky Competition on Social Media. It brings whiskies from around the world to be blind tasted and rated by a professional tasting panel using the most comprehensive tasting method available. Fifteen criteria are required to produce the tasting notes as well as aroma and flavour profiles for the International Whisky Guide. Unlike other competitions, the judges are presented with one whisky at a time to ensure each whisky gets the proper attention. It's the only competition in the spirits world to deliver unique medals designed to promote each of the winning whiskies. Only three medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze) are awarded per category. The Whisky of the Year (highest score during the competition) gets rewarded with the Golden Barrel Trophy.

Dewar's blended whisky's main marketplace in the world is undoubtedly the US and although it is amongst the best selling Scotch whiskies in the world it is often overlooked even in Scotland and the UK but if you are looking for a quality blended whisky I would recommend checking out Dewar's 12, 18 and 25 year old which are all outstanding blends, all of which and more you will find available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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