SMWS awarded Independent Bottler of the Year 2012
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has scooped 12 awards in Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottler’s Challenge including the overall Icon of Whisky title for the Independent Bottler of the Year.
The awards, now in their seventh year celebrate the best of independent whisky bottlings, acknowledging their treasured place in offering something different to the world’s whisky connoisseurs. Split into six regional categories – Campbeltown, Highland, Islands (non-Islay), Islay, Lowland, and Speyside – with three age groups in each: 12 and under, 13 – 20, and 21 and over, each bottler was allowed to enter one whisky for each section, which was then assessed by members of the editorial judging panel.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was one of only two independent bottlers to receive an award in each of the six categories, highlighting its offering of the widest selection of single cask, single malt whiskies in the world.
The Icon of Whisky Award, awarded to the independent bottler who scored the most points across all the categories also went to the Society along with an award for category winner in the Campbeltown region. Gold awards were given to two of the Society’s bottlings, 93.42 Explosion in a honey factory (Campbeltown, 12 years and under), commended for its smoky notes of candy floss, crème brulee and banana, and 50.41 Winter fireworks (Lowland, 13-20 years) in which the judges enjoyed the sweet touches of cardamom, mint, and farm yard notes.
Paul Miles, Managing Director of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society said; “This award is testament to the dedication and hard work of the Society and our revered Tasting Panel of independent connoisseurs and experts who are under no obligation to bottle anything that doesn’t meet the Society’s high standards. In hand selecting the best single cask, single malt whiskies the Society ensures that our unique fellowship of whisky lovers experience only the finest.”
Independent Bottler’s Challenge awards list:
Icon of Whisky: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Independent Bottler of the Year, Campbeltown: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Campbeltown 12 years & under GOLD: 93.42 Explosion in a honey factory
Highland 13 – 20 years BRONZE: 125.43 Dancing dolls in flower meadows
Highland 21 years & over SILVER: 77.21 Crispy duck and jasmine tea
Islands (non-Islay) 13 – 20 years SILVER: 4.143 Honey on hot stones
Islay 13 – 20 years BRONZE: 3.169 Pagoda Reek Drifting over Loch Indaal
Lowland 13 – 20 years GOLD: 50.41 Winter fireworks
Lowland 21 years & over BRONZE: 22.29 Bringing in the barley
Speyside 12 years & under SILVER: 1.158 Cricketer’s dram
Speyside 13 – 20 years BRONZE: 7.66 Harmonious co-existence of flavour
Speyside 21 years & over BRONZE: 104.13 An angel fallen to Earth
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