Friday, July 25, 2014


The BenRiach Distillery Company has won 11 medals, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. It exists to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products.

BenRiach 12 Year Old Wins Gold Medal - Outstanding

Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

The company’s full list of awards:

Gold Medal – Outstanding BenRiach 12 Years Old
Gold Medal – Outstanding Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old
Gold Medal Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old
Silver Medal – Outstanding BenRiach 17 Years Old Septendecim
Silver Medal – Outstanding BenRiach 15 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Finish
Silver Medal – Outstanding BenRiach 10 Years Old Curiositas
Silver Medal – Outstanding GlenDronach 15 Years Old Revival
Silver Medal – Outstanding GlenDronach 18 Years Old Allardice
Silver Medal – Outstanding  Glenglassaugh Torfa
Silver Medal Glenglassaugh Evolution
Silver Medal Glenglassaugh Revival
The judges described the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, winner of a Gold Outstanding medal, as; “A complex fruity and spicy whisky with dried fruit and raisins, aromatic pipe tobacco and a spicy oaky mouth feel. Some fine vanilla toffee with a long spicy finish.”
The BenRiach 12 Years Old impressed the competition’s judges with: “Currant buns, a light whisky with hints of raisins and sultanas, spicy citrus fruits and a lightly waxy mouth feel. A very well balanced spicy finish.”
Notes of “Fine spices in a great nose of chocolate, liquorice and vanilla toffee aromas. Lovely wood phenols and well balanced tannins, sandalwood and nutmeg tones in a long lasting aftertaste”, resulted in a Gold Medal for the Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old.
BenRiach’s Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We are delighted to win these awards, especially as they are spread across all three of our brands. A number of these products are relatively new releases, such as the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, 40 Years Old and Torfa, so it is nice to see them getting some industry recognition. To receive a Gold Outstanding Medal for the BenRiach 12 Years Old is also particularly satisfying as it is one of our core range expressions. It’s a major achievement for a small independent to make the UK spirits producer shortlist and we are thrilled with these results.”
Source: The BenRiach Distillery Company