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Bunnahabhain, Tobermory and Deanston’s distilleries are among Distell’s 11 award wins at this year’s World Whiskies Awards.
The group’s range of Scottish single malts featured heavily across numerous categories.
Tobermory Distillery, which produces both Tobermory Whisky and Ledaig, uses the island’s natural beauty as inspiration throughout the distilling process. The Ledaig 10-year-old came out on top of the Scotch Islands (Non-Islay) category for a second year in a row, while the 18-year-old won a gold in the same category.
Among Bunnahabhain’s five awards, their Toiteach A Dhà, which is created on the island’s most northerly point using spring water and the tallest stills, was the winner in Islay’s Non-Age Statement grouping.
Derek Scott, Distell’s brand director for malts, said: ‘This wave of awards reflects how hard those in the Tobermory, Bunnahabhain and Deanston distilleries have been working in their search for perfection.
‘We’re incredibly proud to have some of the best distillers in whisky as part of the Distell team. So we are extremely pleased these efforts have been recognised on a global scale and we are over the moon that our whiskies have been deemed award-worthy.’
Deanston was also recognised in the Scotch Highlands category, receiving a bronze certificate for both the 15 Years Old Organic and 12 Year Old from its core range.
While Distell’s individual distilleries were celebrated for their outstanding efforts this year, the group was also praised, being highly commended in the Distiller of the Year category.
Andy Watts was singled out for his role as global head of whisky intrinsic excellence, taking home the coveted title for World Whisky Ambassador of the Year.
This year is set to be a major one for Distell’s portfolio, as Bunnahabhain’s new visitor centre opens in the spring, while all three distilleries have an extensive range of limited-edition expressions in the pipeline.
The world’s best whisky in each category will be announced on March 26, with the brands competing against international opposition.