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Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Whiskies ISC and IWSC 2021 Gold Haul


21st July 2021
Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Scotch malt whiskies have scooped an impressive Gold Medal haul from 2021’s International Wine and Spirit Competition and the International Spirits Challenge.

Glenmorangie - Dr Bill Lumsden. Photo credit Carol Sachs

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Scotch malt whiskies have scooped an impressive Gold Medal haul from 2021’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

These competitions celebrate and bring together the very best products in the spirits industry and these awards are usually a good indication of what is worth seeking out so if you are a fan of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt whiskies I have listed the award winning drams below many of which are still available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021 Medal Haul

  • Glenmorangie The Tribute 16 Year Old IWSC Award IWSC Gold Outstanding
  • Glenmorangie The Lasanta 12 Year Old IWSC Gold Outstanding
  • Glenmorangie Signet Ristretto IWSC Gold Outstanding
  • Glenmorangie The Accord 12 Year Old IWSC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer IWSC Gold
  • Glenmorangie The Elementa 14 Year Old Award IWSC Silver
  • SpiritX By Glenmorangie Award IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Year Old IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Marsala Cask Finish Limited Edition Award IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Cognac Cask Finish Award IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate 2020 IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie 19 Year Old IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Signet IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie The Nectar D'Or IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 14 Year Old IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old Award IWSC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 Award IWSC Silver
  • Ardbeg 19 Year Old 2020 Edition Traigh Bhan IWSC Gold Outstanding
  • Ardbeg 25 Year Old IWSC Gold
  • Ardbeg Limited Committee Release IWSC Gold
  • Ardbeg 8 Year Old IWSC Gold
  • Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! IWSC Gold
  • Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Main Release IWSC Gold
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail IWSC Silver
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old IWSC Silver
  • Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Committee Edition IWSC Silver
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan IWSC Silver
  • Ardbeg An Oa IWSC Silver

International Spirits Challenge

  • Glenmorangie The Accord ISC Double Gold
  • X by Glenmorangie ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Signet Ristretto ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Marsala Cask Finish ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Signet ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Lasanta ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie The Tribute ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie 19 Years Old ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie 18 Years Old ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie The Elementa ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate Batch 2 ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Cognac Cask Finish ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer ISC Gold
  • Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake ISC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Original ISC Silver
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Committee Edition ISC Gold
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan ISC Gold
  • Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Main Release ISC Gold
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail ISC Gold
  • Arrrrrrrdbeg! ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg An Oa ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg Wee Beastie ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg 8 Year Old ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg 25 Year Old ISC Silver
  • Ardbeg 19 Year Old Batch 2 ISC Silver

Glenmorangie’s Travel Retail range was awarded a number of Gold Outstanding and Gold awards across the two competitions. An IWSC Gold Outstanding medal was awarded to The Tribute, Glenmorangie’s zesty and rounded 16-year-old whisky created from a heritage spirit batch, while an ISC’s Double Gold and IWSC’s Gold was awarded to The Accord, a fruity and rich 12-year-old whisky marrying bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.

Other expressions from Glenmorangie’s Travel Retail range were also celebrated at the awards. Glenmorangie Signet Ristretto, with its deep undercurrents of coffee and waves of extra dark chocolate, is to the original Glenmorangie Signet as ristretto espresso is to coffee – even more full-bodied and intense. It celebrated a Gold Outstanding award at the IWSC and a Gold award at the ISC. Limited to only 1,500 bottles, the expression has been released exclusively at the Glenmorangie Signet boutique in South Korea’s Incheon Airport

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, was hailed by both awards bodies for its innovations. Gold medals from both the IWSC and the ISC were awarded to Ardbeg Scorch Main Release, the limited edition created especially for the Feis Ile, Islay’s annual Festival of Music and Malt. This whisky, matured in heavily charred ex-bourbon American oak casks, creates a taste profile like no other and one which has certainly impressed the judges. The exclusive and rare-aged Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan, launched in late 2020, was also celebrated by the IWSC with a Gold Outstanding medal and an impressive 98 points out of 100.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, said: "We are delighted that the Glenmorangie Travel Retail whiskies have received this clutch of awards from the prestigious IWSC and ISC. This is a testament to the outstanding whiskies crafted at the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distilleries. The total number of ‘Double Golds’ awarded in the ISC this year was only 3%, which makes these commendations even more pleasing. These bold, velvety single malts are simply delicious drams.

"It is fantastic to receive such positive feedback about our carefully created Ardbeg whiskies from globally respected competitions. Ardbeg Scorch’s bold notes of black liquorice and medicinal lozenge is undoubtedly worthy of the judges’ praise."


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