ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® 2020 Whisky Results Announced – Whisky News


July 23, 2020 (Hawthorne, NY) – Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), since 2010 the world’s most prestigious global spirits competition, today releases the results of the 2020 Challenge. This year proved to be the eleventh consecutive year of record entries from more than 45 spirit-producing nations.

The judging, held throughout June and July, determined 45 Chairman’s Trophy winners, 237 Finalists, 167 Great Values, and 88 Tried & True Award winners. USC was once again held at the custom-designed Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY.

Says UBC Founder and Judging Director F. Paul Pacult, “This year’s USC was the most international, with a dazzling array of quality distillates from as far away as Indonesia, India, and Iceland. Virtually all categories saw substantial gains in submissions, in particular, American whiskey, Ready-to-Drink cocktails, gin, and all brandy categories.

“Since producers enter their best marques into USC, it’s clear that they look to us for the most accurate and unbiased data in the industry. We look forward to USC 2021!”

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Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020 Chairman’s Trophy Winners


Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series 2019 Edition 26 Years Old


Blended: Jameson Bow Street Cask Strength 18 Years Old

Single Pot Still: Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Single Malt: Teeling Single Cask 


Blended: Dewar’s Double Double 27 Years Old

Blended Malt: Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney

Single Malt-Highland: Oban 18 Years Old

Single Malt-Island: Highland Park 21 Year Old

Single Malt-Islay: Kilchoman Sanaig

Single Malt-Speyside: The Glenrothes 18 Years Old 


American/Other: Barrell Dovetail

Bottled-In-Bond:  Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon: Stagg, Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Rye: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

Single Malt: Westland Garryana 2019 Edition 4|1


The Matsui Mizunara Cask Single Malt

All products are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry’s most renowned judges including buyers, journalists, educators, and bar owners. All spirits rated 80 points and higher receive an individual results page which provides all downloadable marketing material. Spirits designated one of the year’s Top 100 Spirits also receive a tasting note. USC results are promoted globally. In addition, high scoring products are featured in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide to the World’s Best Spirits in the November issue of Beverage Media, which reaches more than 70,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers. 

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE…No shortcuts. Just honest, impartial judging.


Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of spirits for producers, importers, and marketers through its innovative annual competition: Ultimate Spirits Challenge. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley and David Talbot.

The Whisky Exchange August 2020 Tasting Packs! – Scotch Whisky News

Thursday 6 August 5.30pm – Benromach with distillery manager Keith Cruickshank: join me and Benromach manager Keith for a dive into the distillery’s range of whisky, including our Whisky of the Year, Benromach 15 Year Old. The line-up: Benromach 10yo, Benromach 15yo, Benromach 2009 Cask Strength Batch 4, Benromach 2009 Peat Smoke, Benromach 2011 Organic, Benromach 2011 Sassicaia Finish.

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Thursday 20 August 5.30pm – Glenfiddich with malt master Brian Kinsman: Next up is me again, this time in conversation with the man behind Glenfiddich’s whisky, Brian Kinsman. One of the most respected whisky makers in the business, he’ll be leading us through the upper end of the distillery’s classic range: Glenfiddich 18yo, Glenfiddich 21yo Gran Reserva Rum Cask, Glenfiddich IPA, Glenfiddich Fire and Cane, Glenfiddich 23yo Grand Cru and the incredibly limited Glenfiddich Spirit of Speyside 2020, launched this year and sold exclusively through a charity auction.

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Glenfarclas Online Tasting hosted by George Grant 19/08/20 at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

 George Grant on Glenfarclas 
19th August Wednesday @ 19:30 (GMT)   

Glenfarclas has been a steadfast favourite here at Milroys since we opened in 1964 we have always shared the same ethos of bringing single malt to the forefront of the spirits industry.  Being one of the longest-running independent distilleries in Scotland, it has been  curated by the Grant family for over 150 years. Even though they boast some of the largest stills in Speyside they remain true to the independent family craft.

George Grant is the 6th generation to lead this one of a kind Speyside whisky.

George and the Grant family have been perfecting their process since 1865, there are few who can share stories of the industry in the same way. It will not be an evening to forget! Every bottle that comes out of the distillery is aged in sherry casks, a practise started by George’s grandfather. If you are a fan of fantastic sherried whisky, this tasting will not be one to miss.

Online tasting
Milroys & Glenfarclas tasting hosted by George Grant

19th August Wednesday @ 19:30 (GMT)   

The Flight
Glenfarclas 15
Glenfarclas 25
Glenfarclas 24 Milroys edition
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1998
Glenfarclas Family Cask 2003

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The Party Source “Need some E.H. Taylor Small Batch?” 🥃 – American Whiskey News


Does your collection need a bottle of E.H. Taylor Small Batch?

You could win a chance to purchase a bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch by doing one simple thing…downloading the new Party Source mobile app (and creating an account). All downloads and registered accounts made by Wednesday, August 5th at 11:59 PM will be entered for a chance to purchase a bottle. Those selected will be notified via email by August 7th.

Take the party on the go with the new Party Source app

Download the new Party Source app for easy ordering and exclusive deals. Available on Apple and Android.

On Sale Now: WhiskyCast’s Future Forward Masterclass – Whisky Show News

On sale now

WhiskyCast’s Future Forward Masterclass

We are delighted to introduce our collaboration with veteran journalist Mark Gillespie to bring you WhiskyCast’s Future Forward Masterclass! This year at the show, we are focusing on the way that whisky never stays still, with something new around every corner…

WhiskyCast’s Future Forward
Host: Dave Broom with John Glaser, Dr Bill Lumsden, Mark Gillespie, Ichiro Akuto and Sukhinder Singh
Sunday 4 October

Join veteran drinks writer, Dave Broom, alongside four of the most influential people in the whisky world to examine the shifting nature of whisky.

Joining us will be:

John Glaser: whiskymaker and founder of Compass Box.

Dr Bill Lumsden: director of distilling for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.

Mark Gillespie: founder of WhiskyCast which will be marking its 15th anniversary during The Whisky Show as the world’s longest-running whisky podcast series.

Ichiro Akuto: distiller blender and founder of Japan’s Chichibu distillery.

Sukhinder Singh: co-founder of The Whisky Exchange and Whisky Show.

Come with questions and an open mind, and discover what the panel thinks we have in store for us in the future of whisky.

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Please note: you must have a Sunday ticket to Whisky Show to attend this class.


The Whisky Shop #SFO “Glen Grant Tasting with Robin Coupar” August 8th, 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday August 8th, 5:30PM: 

Glen Grant with Robin Coupar

Join us for a virtual tasting of Glen Grant single malt scotch, presented by whisky expert and renowned brand ambassador Robin Coupar! Delve into the world of Scotch whisky at our our expert presented virtual tasting!  Join us for a virtual tasting of Glen Grant single malt scotch, presented by whisky expert and renowned brand ambassador Robin Coupar. Established in 1840, the centuries-old Speyside malt remains one of the biggest selling single malts in the world. Guests will be treated to behind-the-scenes knowledge of Glen Grant distillery, new and rare single malts, and a chance to answer all your whisky questions.

About Robin Coupar:

Robin Coupar has spent over 26 years in the scotch industry focused on innovation and developing new liquid expressions. A native of Edinburgh, his passion and knowledge of whisky started in Scotland but extended well beyond to famous international brands, including Moet Hennesy and Diageo before accepting his current position as Global Whisky Advocate for Campari Group’s whisky portfolio. In 2016 he was inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich.

Tasting Pourlist:

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Glen Grant 12 Year Old

Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength 1st Edition

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

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Virtual Whisky Show Has Arrived! – Virtual Whisky Show News


Book virtual tickets now 

Can’t make the London show this year? No problem!

We are delighted to announce that, for the first time ever, Whisky Show will also be taking place online! For just £20 you can join whisky lovers across the globe for a three-day immersive experience that features the biggest tasting line-up of ANY virtual festival.

Our action-packed virtual show will also include live-streamed demonstrations and masterclasses, the opportunity to meet ‘face to face’ with some of the world’s top distillers and industry legends, educational sessions, the ability to taste alongside the experts with our 30+ Perfect Measure Tasting Packs and much, much more.

It’s everything you love about Whisky Show, but with more pyjamas.


Expecting an email about the Mortlach Masterclass today?

Ticket sales for the Mortlach Masterclass have now been postponed, and we will update you as soon as they become available. In the meantime, you can find our full selection of masterclasses below.

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Show details
2-4 October 2020
Friday: 4-9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11.30am-6.30pm

Old Billingsgate
London EC2R 6DX

Cotswolds Distillery WELCOME BACK! – English Whisky News


We’re very much looking forward to opening our doors again on the 3rd August to everyone who has booked a place on one of our distillery Tour & Tastings – we can’t wait to welcome you all back!


In light of the COVID-19 situation, part of the Tour & Tasting will now be taking place on an upper mezzanine floor which cannot be accessed by lift. Please get in touch with us if you have any queries regarding accessibility by ringing us on 01608 238 533 or emailing us at to discuss your options.

Our café remains closed until further notice.

To book a place on one of our tours from the 3rd August onwards, or to buy a tour voucher as a gift, head to our website by clicking the link below.


Deadline Nears in 2020 Scottish Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News

Entry Deadline Approaching

The national competition for Scotch Whisky is assisting distillers in finalising their entries for the second annual competition which will be assessed by a world class judging panel next month.

Businesses have three weeks to register for the 2nd annual Scottish Whisky Awards and should submit entries in the wide ranging business and taste competition which celebrates the Scotch industry.

Companies must submit at least one written entry to qualify for the blind tasting competition.  With the judging panel now confirmed, entries are now being welcomed in the hugely successful new awards programme which last year welcomed over 100 whiskies from 40 distilleries.

The 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.

View the 2019 Scottish Whisky Awards Video

For information and advice on categories, guidelines and how to compose your entry for maximum marks,  please contact Pippa.

Registration and entries close on Friday 14th August 2020.

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The Whisky Lounge “What’s New?” – Scotch Whisky News

What’s New?…

And just in case you missed it!

Greetings from Whisky Lounge Lock-Down HQ!

We have news of our latest virtual tasting pack and event, plus information on ACTUAL tastings and festivals! You remember those, where we all get together in one real space at the same time for a dram!

We also wanted to update you on what we have raised so far for The Drinks Trust and The Ben – through our virtual tasting pack program – and a little comp for those with time on their hands…



We have partnered up with the good folks at Inverhouse Distillers to proffer up a truly global quiz! Join us on the 30th July as we trot across the globe and join Brand Ambassadors in their native lands to ask you their whisky quiz questions.

All of this whilst you taste some rather fine stuff from the Inverhouse stable of single malts.

There will be ‘on the spot’ giveaways and various prizes such as Glencairn tasting glasses, exclusive clothing and whisky-inspired stuff – as if you needed enough reason to take part.

With £5 of each tasting pack going to The Drinks Trust, to help those in the drinks and hospitality trade in the UK, there really is no excuse for not getting involved!

The list of whiskies on tasting;

AnCnoc 12 Years Old
Speyburn 15 Years Old
Balblair 15 Years Old
Old Pulteney 15 Years Old

The packs are only £25 plus £6.95 delivery (up to four packs to one address), so hit ‘BUY’ below to secure your place!

Just to note that these packs do take a little while to get together, so please be patient. You will receive it before the tasting, but do not expect it within a day or two of ordering it. Thanks!

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Charity Update

As you are hopefully aware, very early on, we decided to give £5 from each tasting pack sold, through the website, to one of two charities. This has been steadily accumulating and we can now proudly announce that – thanks to you – we have raised just over £2500 for the two charities. Both support Hospitality and Drinks workers, who have been hard-hit during this crisis, The Drinks Trust works primarily in England, The Ben in Scotland.

We hope you’ll agree this is a fantastic result so far, but we would ask you to please continue your support by getting involved in these tastings.
It’s hardly a chore is it?!

‘Real’ Tastings and Events

It seems like an aeon since we held our last physical tasting, all the way back on the 16th March in Sheffield. Of course, we are desperate to re-start our events, for a great many reasons, however, we do not want to rush something out only to put you, our venues, and us at potentially great risk. We firmly believe that we will be able to roll out events slowly in September onwards, but we are also realistic in the knowledge that it is going to be sometime before we reach anything approaching ‘normality’ again.

Regardless of what happens in the coming months, please be assured that we are not going anywhere. Your booking is safe and we are more than happy to move you to a virtual tasting or an event later this year, or even into 2021. Just email us on if you would like to discuss options.

If you have a ticket for the Bristol Festival, which was due to be held this Saturday (18th July), you should have received an email a couple of weeks ago to inform you that it has had to be postponed once more. We have been in regular contact with the venue and it is clear that it would be impossible to run this event under current circumstances.

We had therefore made the difficult but correct decision to move it to 24th April 2021. If you don’t get in touch to say otherwise, we will move your booking to the corresponding session in 2021 and, if you’re happy with that, you need do nothing else. There are plenty of other options, including tasting packs with virtual tastings, gift vouchers and more, as well as a virtual whisky festival in the works, so do get in touch if in doubt –

Competition Time

We have 20 Kavalan face masks, various sample drams, and goodie bags to give away. We want to record this extraordinary time, and also send a message of hope, with the amazing amount of money you have raised for our very hard-hit friends and colleagues. The competition is very simple – please just send us a picture of a rainbow, or your favourite lockdown dram, or message of hope. You can send this to or as a message to our Facebook page.

We will put this together into a TWL lockdown album which you will be able to see on our Facebook page. Our favourites will receive something nice in the post.

That’s it!

Don’t forget to catch up on the latest whisky news from Connas HERE.

We look forward to seeing you – on-line – soon!

In the meantime – Stay Safe. Stay in. Have a dram.

Sláinte and best wishes,
Eddie, and the whole Whisky Lounge Team


Current/Old Dates           New Dates
Bristol  18th April     24th April 2021
London  15th-17th May   4th-6th September 2020
Edinburgh   6th June  27th-29th Nov 2020

Liverpool 19th September 2020
Manchester 23rd-24th October 2020
York  31st October 2020
Nottingham  14th November 2020

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