Whyte & Mackay takes top international prize at IWSC 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Whyte & Mackay takes top international prize at IWSC 2019 

Whisky maker Whyte & Mackay has been crowned Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) Producer Awards 2019, hosted in London’s Guildhall on Thursday 28 November.

Currently marking its 175th anniversary, Whyte & Mackay beat off strong competition to land the title at the ceremony which is billed as the Oscars of the wine and spirits industry.

Founded in Glasgow in 1844, Whyte & Mackay’s whisky brands include international recognised single malt’s The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn, Tamnavulin and blends including Whyte & Mackay, The Woodsman.

The 50th IWSC Wine Producer Awards was attended by the world’s leading producers, retailers and distributors. A panel of 400 international judges reviewed entries for seven months of the year, with a rigorous process including blind testing, chemical and microbiological analysis.

In recent years Whyte & Mackay’s whisky portfolio has seen significant growth and investment with the notable relaunch of Tamnavulin Single Malt Whisky, Fettercairn Single Malt Whisky and Jura Single Malt Whisky – produced by the tiny island community of 212 people off the West Coast of Scotland. In 2019 Jura released a ‘212’ limited edition to celebrate the number of people that call Jura home.

The Dalmore Single Malt Whisky continues to produce exceptional releases, with a landmark auction at Sotheby’s of The Dalmore L’Anima achieving £108,000. The Dalmore will launch a series of events and whiskies to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the Distillery in December.

Within the wider parent company, Bodegas Fundador won Brandy and Fortified Wine producer of the year. The producer’s brands include Harvey’s Very Old Amontillado and Spanish brandy, Fundador.

Collecting the award Bryan Donaghey, Chief Executive Officer, Whyte & Mackay, said: “We’re incredibly proud to come home with the most prestigious whisky honour the industry has to bestow. To receive such recognition from industry is testament to the incredible whiskies we have released, and the dedication of each and every person behind them at Whyte & Mackay.

“Our success across 175 years is built on our shared entrepreneurial spirit. That is as true today, as it was in 1844. That spirit is at the heart of our whisky and our people, producing great whisky in Scotland, to be enjoyed by our consumers right around the world.

“Equally the awards recognise the excellent work of our colleagues in Spain, and we extend our contratulations to the team at Bodegas Fundador.”

In August this year Whyte & Mackay toasted the success of its whisky portfolio after landing fifteen Gold and Gold Outstanding IWSC medals. Highland Single Malt Whisky, The Dalmore was the whisky maker’s most notable success, scooping four Gold Outstanding awards and three Gold awards.

Whyte & Mackay’s premium whisky portfolio also includes its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky and the popular John Barr Blended Whisky. It relaunched single malts Tamnavulin, Fettercairn and Jura in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in addition to launching a boutique whisky brand – Whisky Works, led by whisky maker Gregg Glass.

Whyte & Mackay were founded in Glasgow, Scotland, where their global head office is located today. In November 2019 Whyte & Mackay and Bryan Donaghey celebrated their continued success, speaking at the Glasgow Growth Summit, hosted by The Times of London and KPMG.


About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The award-winning whisky makers are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years their focus on pioneering innovation has seen them reveal a plethora of brand extensions and new to world brands. From an exclusive 50 Year-Old Highland Single Malt from The Dalmore celebrating the career of Master Distiller Richard Paterson to a full range revamp on Jura. In the last twelve months, more than five new brands have been revealed, to name a few – Shackleton, Woodsman, and Wildcat, as well an independent boutique bottling arm The Whisky Works, fronted by whisky maker, Gregg Glass.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange).

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