A good reason to celebrate!

We have scooped the top prize in the annual Malt Maniacs Awards 2009 announced today (1st December 2009).

The international awards, gave Duncan Taylor’s Glen Grant 36yo the overall top scoring premium whisky – a massive achievement for a wee Aberdeenshire-based company as the competition saw more participants than previous years and they believe “participants are sending us a ‘better class of whisky’ year after year.”

Thousands of whiskies were blind tasted by eleven experts over the course of the awards, but it was us that came out tops on the night.  In addition to the overall award, we were also awarded a gold medal – again for the Glen Grant 36yo – attracting an unheard of 91 points from the judges.  And a further three silver medals were awarded for Glen Grant 34yo, Glenrothes 39yo and Carsebridge 30yo and bronze medals for the Caol Ila 26yo and Bowmore 11yo.

Malt Maniacs are an International group of whisky lovers that represent thousands of whisky clubs throughout the world.  Once a year they carry out this prestigious competition called the Malt Maniacs Awards, this is an intense competition with around 12 jurors from all over the world sampling and judging each whisky over the course of 4 to 8 weeks and collectively generating an average score for each entry.  Each jury member spends at least an hour with each whisky and each entry is sampled at least two or even three times – 100% blind to guarantee the taster is not influenced by brand, distilleries or bottlers.  All whiskies are rated on a 0-100 points scale, if they score 90 points or more they will receive a gold medal, 85-99 points means silver and 80-84 points means bronze, scoring just better than average (=75 points) isn’t good enough to earn a Malt Maniacs Medal, Malt Maniacs want their medals to really mean something.


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