IWSC announces results from its biggest year for spirits awards entries

Elite Whisky & Wine are proud to have a selection of IWSC Gold Outstanding Award-winning Single Malt’s available for our collectors. If you are interested in expanding your portfolio by adding one of these award-winning whiskies to it, please get in touch as we are expecting high demand after the announcement of the 2022 awards.

Over two weeks, 85 of the world’s leading spirit experts were gathered to assess over 4,000 spirits from over 90 countries, entered into 21 different categories. Each spirit was tasted and awarded a score, translating for many entries into a Gold Outstanding, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. This year IWSC received its most considerable number of entries.

In the Scotch whisky category, traditionally one of the competition’s largest and most competitive segments, 38 single malt Scotch whiskies were awarded the coveted Gold Outstanding medal.

The IWSC is an annual wine and spirits competition founded in 1969 by Anton Massel, and it has grown to be the largest of such competitions in the world. Spirits are evaluated on a 100-point scale, and awards are given out for Gold Outstanding (98-100 points), Gold (95-97 points), Silver (90-94 points) and Bronze (85-89 points).

Surprisingly, the top three Scotch whiskies, each scoring 99 points out of a hundred, were from two of Scotland’s lesser-known distilleries: Tomatin and Deanston.

Ranking Third was Deaston, Virgin Oak, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is a NAS, peated whisky produced at the Deanston distillery in Doune, a small-town northwest of Edinburgh. Distell has owned the company since 2013 – a South African based beverage conglomerate recently acquired by Dutch brewer Heineken.

The Deanston Virgin Oak is a young whisky matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and then finished in brand new American oak casks from Kentucky. The official tasting note described the whisky as:

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