Distell malts portfolio secures 11 accolades at San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Scotch Whisky News

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Distell malts portfolio secures 11 accolades at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Leading spirits producer, Distell has scooped 11 awards at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). This follows triumph at the Icons of Whisky Awards, the World Whiskies Awards and the Òran Mór Whisky Awards, receiving widespread recognition across its malt whisky portfolio.

Overall, eleven of Distell’s malts were recognised at the annual SFWSC event including four Double Gold, four Gold and three Silver accolades.

Located in the most northerly point of Islay, Bunnahabhain won five awards including a Double Gold for its Stiùireadair for the second year in a row. The Stiùireadair single malt is the latest addition to the range and pays homage to the distillery’s shoreline showcasing the coastal nature of the liquid.

Double Gold honours were also awarded to Ledaig 10 Year Old, as well as Deanston 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

These latest wins follow a successful period for the business as it was crowned ‘Overall Distiller of the Year’ at the Icons of Whisky Awards on 28 March. Distell also won 13 awards at the World Whiskies Awards and three awards at the Òran Mór Whisky Awards on the same night.

Derek Scott, Brand Director for Malts at Distell International, said: 

“We are passionate about our malts portfolio and are continually working to provide exceptional whisky for new and loyal audiences alike.

“SFWSC is one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, it is judged by the industry’s top experts, so winning is high praise indeed. We are immensely proud to have so many of our malts recognised on this global stage.”

Almost 3,000 entries were received, the largest amount in the history of the competition, and the whiskies were blind-tasted by experts from across the globe. The full results were announced in San Francisco on 15 April 2019.

Distell’s full results at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition were:

Double Gold

Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland [46.3%]

Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islands, Scotland [46.3%]

Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland

Deanston 18 Year Old Bourbon Cask Finish Single Malt, Highlands, Scotland [46.3%]

Gold

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland [46.3%]

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland [46.3%]

Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland [46.3%]

Black Bottle Blended Scotch, Scotland [40%]

Silver

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland [46.3%]

Deanston Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland [46.3%]

Deanston 15 Year Old Organic Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland [46.3%]

Notes: 

About Distell: 

  • Distell is Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders, scotch whisky and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with a portfolio of close on 100 brands.
  • Within the portfolio, Distell owns four single malts and a number of scotch brands produced across three distillery sites.
  • The three distilleries include: Bunnahabhain on the Isle of Islay; Deanston in Doune, Perthshire and Tobermory based on the Isle of Mull.
  • With a global network of offices and distribution partners, the company employs nearly 5000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of R14.2 billion. (£1.09 billion)
  • In Scotland, the company’s operations are based in East Kilbride where it has a bottling hall, with blending and warehousing facilities at Airdrie, both near Glasgow.
  • Distell is the 2015 “Distiller of the Year” award winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
  • Bunnahabhain Distillery was named the 2016 Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).

For more visit: www.distell.co.za

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