The Scottish whisky industry joined together in celebration on Thursday 5th September 2019, as the winners in the first annual Scottish whisky Awards were revealed.

The Scottish Whisky Awards welcomed over 400 guests to celebrate and to hear who had been crowned the best in the wide-ranging competition which assesses taste and business performance.

Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year 2019 was presented to The GlenAllachie Distillery in recognition of an outstanding year of business and after winning five medals in the blind tasting competition. The distillery has successfully served a full range of single malt into the market, opened a visitor centre and created a strong distribution network.  Their awards haul included two gold medals for their 18 and 12 year old single malts.  Craigellachie, Glen Scotia, Highland Park and Loch Lomond Distilleries were also nominated in the category.

All the winners such as Glen Scotia Double Cask for Single Malt No Age Statement, are listed online and can be viewed by clicking here.

Chairman of the Scottish Whisky Awards judging panel, Professor Alan Wolstenholme, commented; “The experience of chairing the first annual Scottish Whisky Awards has been an immense honour and pleasure.  Our distinguished judging panel has reviewed, first-hand, many excellent initiatives which exemplify major successes for Scotland’s whisky businesses.  The taste competition presented the technical challenge of storing and pouring over 100 samples under strictly controlled conditions for the judges to blind taste.  The quality of the entries was at a very high standard and the outcome of the day’s efforts was a great success.

“With 38 distilleries in the inaugural competition, we are looking forward to welcoming very many more in future years as we take on the important job of shining a light on the Scotch whisky industry at home and abroad.  It is vitally important that we realise that while, as a nation, we are very good at protecting the Scotch whisky industry, we need to do much more to promote it.” Professor Alan Wolstenholme

The awards, created by the PR and Events company KDMedia, is also an important fundraiser for two charities,  The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by rugby legend Doddie Weir to help improve the lives of those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

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