Glen Scotia whisky named best in the world

Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister says the Grand Tour will allow whisky lovers to experience Campbeltown. NO_c09glenscotia01
Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister described the award as 'the absolute proudest moment for the distillery to date'.

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A Campbeltown whisky has been named the best in the world at a prestigious US spirits competition.

Up against 3,800 entrants across 31 separate categories at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), Glen Scotia Distillery’s 25-year-old single malt whisky was recognised as the ‘best in show’, with judges awarding the Campbeltown whisky as the overall winner of the competition and therefore the best whisky in the world in 2021.

The SFWSC is one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions. Its judges are renowned experts in their fields with decades of industry experience.

The competition started in 2000, making it the second oldest spirits competition in the world, and the oldest and largest spirits competition in the US.

Iain McAlister, master distiller and manager at Glen Scotia Distillery, said: ‘To receive such outstanding recognition and be awarded as ‘best in show’ at this prestigious competition is an honour, and a tremendous boost to the entire team here at Glen Scotia Distillery.

‘The Glen Scotia 25-year-old is a really outstanding whisky and has collected a number of prestigious awards over the years, but this has to be the absolute proudest moment for the distillery to date.’

Glen Scotia 25-year-old wasn’t the only whisky from the distillery to receive an award at this year’s competition with the distillery’s 15-year-old receiving a gold medal, and the Glen Scotia harbour single malt picking up a silver medal.