This is a headline that will turn heads. To be able to say "Best Whisky in the World" you know you're going to be up against some stiff competition. So at this year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) with 3,800 entrants across 31 categories, only one could possibly be named "Best Whisky in the World".
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. Surely though, one of Scotland's finest will come through for us, but there can only be one overall winner of the competition, and therefore The Best Whisky in The World in 2021.
Alas it's now official, the Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky has been recognised as the ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s event, with judges awarding the Scotch single malt whisky from Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s smallest Scotch Whisky regions, as the overall winner of the competition, and therefore The Best Whisky in The World in 2021. This is no small feat and one which should be celebrated with a dram or two.
Iain McAlister, Master Distiller, Glen Scotia Distillery told Taste Magazine “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 (70cl, 48.8% ABV) 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 Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old a Gold Medal, and Glen Scotia Harbour Single Malt picking up a Silver Medal.
Campbeltown, although Scotland’s smallest whisky producing region today, was in its heyday during the Victorian era known as “The Whisky Capital of the World” and home to more than 30 distilleries. Although now only three remain, Glen Scotia Distillery, who has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832, captures the knowledge, experience, craft and passion learnt over the centuries to produce an exceptional range of Scotch whiskies, all perfect examples of the classic, maritime Campbeltown style.
The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old is available to buy online priced at £400. It is accompanied by an exceptional range of other whiskies from the distillery which are all award winners in their own right, including the Glen Scotia Double Cask (46% ABV, £40), Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old (46% ABV, £55) and Glen Scotia Victoriana (54.2% ABV, £65).
Nose: Bracing Atlantic breeze gives a strong maritime influence.
Taste: Red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness.
Finish: Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger.
For more information, please visit www.glenscotia.com