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The Whisky Club Scores Five Gold Medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition

March 27, 2023
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Huge news! A whopping five whiskies created exclusively for the Club in the past year won gold medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

 Another four of our whiskies we secured for our Member also scored gold: Glenfiddich Orchard Experiment, Glenfiddich Grande Courone, Fettercairn 16 Year Old and the Aberlour 18 Year Old!

We're thrilled and we want to thank and congratulate all of our Members for achieving this gold-medal haul. Thanks to YOU, we're able to get the world's best whisky makers to create exclusive, award-winning whiskies just for us. Together, we make whisky better. 

Every year since 1969, the International Wine and Spirits Competition tastes, scores, recognises and crowns the world's best drinks and receives tens of thousands of entries from more than 90 countries. 

Widely renowned as the pre-eminent and most prestigious blind tasting challenge, each year's tasting is led by an industry stalwart which over the years has included Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Facundo L. Bacardi and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. 

This year the judging was overseen by industry legend Richard ‘the nose’ Paterson OBE, Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery.

The judges awarded our whiskies five gold medals for our Westward Whiskey Tempranillo Single Barrel, Paul John Port Cask, Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Amontillado Sherry CaskGlenburgie 17 Year Old and the Bushmills 2012 Burgundy Cask.

The biggest spirits category in the world, whisky judging at the IWSC extends across several days of the two-week spirits judging. See the full results here.

Westward Whiskey Tempranillo Single Barrel — 98 pts

Westward Whisky is an absolute Club favourite, looks like they’re the judge's favourite, too. This is Westward’s first-ever Tempranillo release, and they made it exclusively for the Club. Get a load of these huge accolades it received.

-Highest-scoring American single malt
-Equal Highest Scoring American Whiskey overall, matched by two 12 Year Old Bourbons
-Only one of four American whiskies to be awarded Gold Outstanding
-Only American single malt to be awarded Gold Outstanding

Paul John Port Cask — 95 pts

 A vibrant, sticky and bursting with flavour, Paul John Port Cask was made exclusively for the Club by one of the most highly awarded distilleries on the planet. Now they can add another medal to their tally.

- Equal highest scoring Asian single malt
- One of only 16 new world whiskies to be awarded gold
- One of only two Asian single malt whiskies to be awarded gold

Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Amontillado Sherry Cask — 95 pts

This is the first time in history Glenmorangie has ever collaborated on a single malt. And it was Created Exclusively for the Club using ultra-rare Amontillado Sherry casks from the south of Spain by the world’s most-awarded whisky maker, Dr Bill Lumsden. 

Our Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Amontillado Sherry Cask is in an elite category of single malt Scotch whiskies to be awarded 95 pts. Some of the other 95-point-scoring whiskies were twice the age of our Glenmorangie and 14 times the price! Check out our Glenmo’s whisky peers:

-Bunnhabhain 30 Year Old – $1000+
-Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Year Old - $815
-Glengoyne 25 Year Old - $875
-Balvenie 25 Year Old - $2000

Glenburgie 17 Year Old — 95 pts

This was the first time Scotch superbrand Ballantine's collaborated on a unique whisky for anyone, and it's the first in our world exclusive trilogy set of Ballantine’s signature single malts. It’s also the first time that the world’s first and most awarded 17 Year Old blended whisky, the legendary Ballantine’s 17 Year Old, has been broken down into single malts. 

Looks like our Glenburgie 17 Year Old is a winner just like its inspiration, too. Like our Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Amontillado Sherry Cask, our Glenburgie was also in an elite category of whiskies to score 95 pts.

Bushmills 2012 Burgundy Cask — 96 pts

The final release in our legendary Heritage Casks trilogy, the Bushmills 2012 Burgundy Cask was made exclusively for the Club. Bushmills Master Blender Alex Thomas called it "one of the best whiskeys that Bushmills have produced to date." And Members voted it our 2022 Whisky of The Year. It impressed the judges, too.

-Top-five highest scoring Irish whiskeys
-Only three Irish whiskeys scored higher - Redbreast 27 Year Old, Redbreast 21 year Old and Teeling 30 Year Old 

The news gets even better. We have a handful of Paul John Port Cask, Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Amontillado Sherry Cask , and Glenburgie 17 Year Old to celebrate this massive coup for the Club. If you’re a Member, head here to get a gold-winning bottle now. 

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