four awards in Scottish Fields 2013 Whisky Challenge.
Two GlenDronach single malts have won a
total of four awards in Scottish Field’s
2013 "Whisky Challenge".
The 21 year-old ‘Parliament’ won three
prestigious awards – Whisky of the Year,
Distillery Bottling of the Year and Gold
in the £40-£80 category – while
GlenDronach’s Cask Strength Batch 2 took
Silver in the same group.
This continues the Aberdeenshire
distillery’s success in the annual
competition, for last year a 1990 single
cask bottling also won three top awards.
Now in its thirteenth year, the
Challenge has an outstanding reputation
industry-wide for its credibility and
‘Parliament’ is matured in a combination
of the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez
sherry casks for a minimum of 21 years
and bottled at 48% vol. Interestingly,
the name has nothing to do with
politics; this exceptional single malt
is named after the collective term for a
flock of rooks which nest in the trees
around the distillery in Forgue.
Non-chill filtered and of natural
colour, it offers an incredible
concentration of aromas. Darren Leitch,
one of this year’s judges, highlights
Parliament’s "good depth and balance
with really nice spices – cloves,
tangerines and a bit of ginger."
It has many admirers worldwide and one
comment, from an American customer, sums
up Parliament’s unique appeal.
"Without question, it’s the single
greatest thing I’ve ever drunk under any
capacity. If I were stranded in the
desert, seconds from death, I would
choose a sip of this whisky over gallons
Cask Strength Batch 2 followed up
GlenDronach’s critically-acclaimed first
batch of cask strength single malt. Also
matured in a combination of Oloroso and
Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, Batch 2 was
bottled at 55.2% and comprised 16,500
bottles. Mark Angus, another of the
judges, describes this special malt as
having: "A huge burst of chilli and
pepper, sweet honey through to a vanilla
Cask Strength batch 3 was released
earlier this month, another truly
delicious sherried Highland single malt.
GlenDronach Sales Director Alistair
Walker said: "These were the only two
expressions we entered in the
competition this year, so we couldn’t
have done any better!
"We’re especially pleased to win the
Whisky of the Year award because it
means that Parliament is the best of the
best. The awards are important to us
because they represent a highly credible
guide to Scotland's top whiskies as well
as being an event that’s eagerly awaited
by connoisseurs and whisky enthusiasts