Glenglassaugh Distillery in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, is raising a glass in toast to its success in the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The distillery's 1966 45 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky - part of its Rare Cask Series achieved a Gold Award in the prestigious annual competition.
A panel of international judges awarded the honour after being impressed by the quality of the spirit - a powerful whisky which is reminiscent of the finest rich fruit cake. IWSC medals are awarded on a points system, and are considered to be one of the highest honours in the industry because entries are judged solely on the taste and characteristics of the spirit.
Glenglassaugh 45 Year Old, which has an alcohol strength of 49.2%, is a very limited edition. Only 202 bottles - each individually numbered - from a single cask bottling are in existence. The bottle is packaged in a satinlined wooden box with two cut crystal glasses and a certificate of ownership, and retails at just under £1,500.
The distillery has not entered the competition since its success in the 2009 contest when it won two gold medals for its Aged Over 30 Years and Aged Over 40 Years single cask whiskies.
Glenglassaugh Distillery managing director Stuart Nickerson says, "To win a Gold Award for a whisky from this range of single cask releases for a second time is a truly remarkable achievement and one of which we are incredibly proud. IWSC is renowned as one of the most prestigious events in the industry, and we feel honoured to be acknowledged by such a respected panel of judges from around the world.
"This award has been part of an incredible year for Glenglassaugh. Just a few months ago we launched Revival, which is the first single malt Scotch whisky that has been produced at the distillery since it came out of mothballs in 2008. To have produced our youngest whisky and then to go to the opposite extreme of having our oldest whisky honoured in this way is very pleasing.
"There may be decades between them, but the methods that were used to produce whisky in 1966 and the methods that we use in the present day have not changed at all. Tradition and heritage is important to us."
Glenglassaugh, which is Scotland's most coastal mainland distillery, had lain silent for 22 years before being bought by a group of private investors and brought back to life. While Revival spent three years maturing, the distillery focused on selling a stock of around 500 casks of high quality spirit which had been acquired along with the distillery. The 45 Year Old is part of that stock.
A specialist Spirits' Tasting to celebrate the success of this year's IWSC winners is being held at the Innholders' Hall in the City of London today (Thursday, 26th July 2012).
More information about Glenglassaugh Distillery's awardwinning range of aged whiskies and younger spirit drinks is available at www.glenglassaugh.com or 01261 842367.
It has been a day of double celebration for Glenglassaugh Distillery after it scooped a second honour in the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The distillery's 45 Year Old has been announced this morning (Thursday, July 26th 2012) as the winner of The Whyte & Mackay Trophy for cask strength whisky.
The trophy comes on top of the Gold Award which was presented earlier today for the 45 Year Old, which is part of Glenglassaugh's Rare Cask Series. The IWSC is regarded as one of the industry's premiere competitions, as medals are awarded purely on the quality of the spirit.
Stuart Nickerson, managing director of Glenglassaugh Distillery in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, says the accolade is complete unexpected. He adds, "To win the Gold Award is a huge achievement, but to also get the Whyte & Mackay Trophy for the 45 Year Old is remarkable. It has come as a complete surprise and is a great honour for everyone at Glenglassaugh, both past and present.
"We last entered the IWSC in 2009 and collected two gold medals at that event, and also two trophies - The Whyte & Mackay Trophy for cask strength whisky and also a special trophy for the 40 Year Old Scotch whisky.
"We take great care of the small number of aging casks that we acquired when we purchased the distillery and have a very rigorous system in place before we allow any whisky to be bottled. Winning prestigious awards such as this underlines our belief in the quality of the whisky which we have and also our process of single cask selection."
Glenglassaugh 45 Year Old has an alcohol strength of 49.2% and comes from a single cask bottling. Only 202 bottles - each individually numbered and packed in a satin-lined box with two cut crystal glasses and a certificate of ownership - are in existence. The 45 Year Old, which is renowned for its rich, fruity taste, retails at just under £1,500.