The Scotch Malt Whisky Society continues to wow judges at international tasting competitions, with a string of awards in this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), now in its 50th year.
The IWSC’s top award of Gold Outstanding went to Cask No. 35.224: Fata Morgana, our 23-year-old bottling from the Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits flavour profile.
The IWSC judges’ tasting notes found “an explosion of tinned fruit salad, with apples, grapes, pineapple, peach apricot and mango. There are more delicate and subtle tones of aromatic incense and dried fruitcake, with a touch of cedarwood and vanilla. The finish is sumptuous and long.”
Another bottle from the same distillery, Cask No. 35.226: Nocturne du Elgin en B flat minor added to its impressive list of awards with a Gold, having been named the overall award of the best whisky across all categories in the recent Scotch Whisky Masters.
The IWSC judges said: “The nose has beeswax, tropical fruit, crystallised pineapple and ginger, and dried apples with mango. Wood-driven, with spices and furniture polish. Volatile aromas, with lively warm alcohol on the palate. Water helps it open up, and it becomes sweet with lovely wood spices, cloves and cassia bark, plus nutmeg and hazelnuts. The finish is long, harmonious and complex.”
The Society also picked up Silver awards for Cask No. 77.53: A delectable confection, Cask No. 53.289: ‘Speck-tacular’, Cask No. 29.258: Remembrance of fruits past and our grain whisky, Cask No. G14.5: Butterscotch crumpets.