The Best Scotch Whiskies According To The 2021 International Wines & Spirits Competition

The Best Scotch Whiskies According To The 2021 International Wines & Spirits Competition

There was a total of 37 Gold Outstanding medalists and 140 Gold medalists in the Scotch whisky category at the 2021 International Wines and Spirts Competition (IWSC) judging.

The IWSC is an annual wine and spirits competition. Founded in 1969, by Anton Massel, it has grown to become the largest such competition 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).

The competition employs over 250 judges, drawn from all over the world, who evaluate thousands of wines and spirits across 1,500 different categories.

Thirty of the Gold Outstanding medalists were single malt whiskies, while seven were blended whiskies.

The medalists ranged across a broad mix of price points from budget priced, retail branded expressions, like the Lidl Great Britain Ltd, Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky or the Aldi Glen Marnoch 12 YO Speyside Single Malt, to entry level bottlings, like the Bowmore 12 YO or the Aberlour 14 YO, to more expensive bottlings, like the Bunnahabhain 25 YO or The Balvenie Forty Rare Marriage.

Bottling strength ranged from the standard 40% ABV to cask strength expressions as high as 61%+. Some of these expressions, like the Balvenie Rare Marriage series are only now being released and are not yet available in the US. Are bottlings are reserved for travel retail outlets although they will eventually graduate to a broader distribution.

Unlike last year’s judging, which saw an almost complete sweep of the Gold Outstanding medals by Speyside distilleries, this year’s results were more balanced, showcasing distilleries from virtually all of Scotland’s whisky producing regions.

A complete listing of the Gold Outstanding whiskies is below:

Single Malts

Bowmore, 12 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Aberlour, 12 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Aberlour, 14 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Speyburn Distillery, 15 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

Bunnahabhain, 25 YO, Small Batch, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46.3% ABV

Aberlour, A’bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 61% ABV

Ardbeg, 19 YO, 2020 Edition, Traigh Bhan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46.2% ABV

Isle of Arran Distillers, Arran Quarter Cask “The Bothy” Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 56.2% ABV

Isle of Arran Distillers, Arran Sherry Cask “The Bodega” Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 55.8% ABV

John Dewar & Sons, Aultmore, 18 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

John Dewar & Sons, Aultmore, 21 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

Lidl Great Britain Ltd, Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Chivas Brothers, Caperdonich, 18 YO, Peated Whisky, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48% ABV

Chivas Brothers, Glen Keith, 25 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% ABV

Aldi, Glen Marnoch, 12 YO, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Ballantine’s Glenburgie, 15 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

White & Mackay, Glencairn Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Glenmorangie, Signet, Ristretto Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

Glenmorangie, The Lasanta, 12 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% ABV

Glenmorangie, The Tribute, 16 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% ABV

Ballantine’s Glentauchers, 23 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Tomatin, Highland 1978, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 47% ABV

Tomatin, Decades 2, Highland, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

Chivas Brothers, Longhorn, 18 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48% ABV

Glenglassaugh, Octaves Batch 2 Classic, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 44% ABV

Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Islay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48% ABV

Ian Macleod Distillers, Tamdhu, 10 YO, Gran Reserva, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% ABV

White & Mackay, Tamnavulin No. 1 French Cabernet Sauvignon Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

William Grant & Sons Distillers, The Balvenie Doublewood, 12 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

William Grant & Sons Distillers, The Balvenie Forty Rare Marriage, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 48.5% ABV

Blended Scotch Whisky

Matisse, 21 YO, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Royal Salute, 62 Gun Salute, Blended Scotch Whisky, 43% ABV

Clan Campbell, Dark Whisky, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

William Grant & Sons Distillers, Grant’s Triple Wood, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

William Grant & Sons Distillers, House of Hazelwood, 18 YO, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

MacDuff International Islay Mist, 8 YO, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

Bardinet, Sir Edward’s Smoky Whisky, Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV

A complete listing of all of the Scotch whisky medalists can be found on the results page of the IWSC website.

Sláinte

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