Glen Scotia named Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year

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Staff at Glen Scotia Distillery are raising a celebratory glass after an ‘unbelievable’ year of accolades.

At last week’s third annual Scottish Whisky Awards, the Campbeltown distillery won the ultimate award of the night when it was named Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year.

Part of the Loch Lomond Group, the distillery won praise for its commitment to the community, excellent product development and high-quality standards achieved in a challenging year.

It also collected a gold medal and a silver medal in two taste categories.

Glen Scotia Distillery staff Iain McAlister, Hector McMurchy, Hannah Young and Archie MacBrayne, all based in Campbeltown, joined colleagues from the Loch Lomond Group at the awards ceremony in Glasgow on Tuesday November 30.

The winners in the national awards programme – which included the blind tasting of 200 whiskies and the assessment of 58 distilleries and whisky producers – were announced following a St Andrew’s Day dinner and celebration.

Scotch whisky supplied by Glen Scotia, Johnnie Walker and Glen Garioch distilleries was paired with a three-course Scottish meal which was enjoyed by more than 300 people.

Glen Scotia’s Scottish Whisky Awards win comes comes just seven months after the distillery’s 25-year-old single malt was named Best Whisky in the World at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

‘It has been a fantastic run for all of the team at Glen Scotia,’ said visitor centre manager Miss Young. ‘I’m proud of everyone’s hard work and I’m delighted at our success throughout this year; it’s a really exciting time for us.

‘Winning the award for Scotland’s best distillery is such a positive way to end another tough year.

‘We really do hope this award will be beneficial for Campbeltown as a whole, and we can’t wait to welcome more visitors than ever before in 2022.’

Mr MacBrayne, a production operator, said: ‘I have a huge feeling of pride in winning the Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year award, as it recognises the hard work and effort that our small team at Glen Scotia puts into making whisky.’

Mr McAlister, distillery manager and master distiller, added: ‘It has been a unique experience to work on developing the distillery over the last 15 years, something that has brought Glen Scotia to the wider public attention and shows what happens when you have the perfect balance of a good team and a world-class dram in a special location!’