Wow! The Folklore series must truly have a touch of the Fae because it entrances the judges on Scotch Whisky Panels year after year!
We are very proud to report that our Laphroaig 19, finished in a first-fill Château Léoville-Las Cases Bordeaux barrique, was given a score of 94 by the judges at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. They let us know that this ‘is a genuinely significant achievement’ as they ‘tasted hundreds of spirits at IWSC’ and that any score over 90 had to be ‘re-tasted by the Judging Committee to ensure consistency’. It sounds like a very rigorous process!
What a Year for the Industry
The Scotch whiskies that have been released in the past year have been truly fantastic – we didn’t try them all, not for lack of trying, but we are whisky fans at heart and we have had a lot of tasty drams from some excellent distilleries this year. Great products have been released despite the adversity that we have all faced. So to be chosen as one of the best spirits of 2020 is truly an honour.
Have You Seen the Youtube Video?
If you would like to learn more about our Laphroaig 19, designed in honour of the Scottish Winter Queen, have a look here. Or if you prefer your whisky facts in the form of Youtube entertainment we interviewed Laphroaig expert and whisky journalist Caroline Dewar and manager of the Islay Whisky Academy Rachel MacNeill for the release of the Cailleach Beira. Also featuring some stellar acting from the Cask 88 team…
It’s Actually A Very Impressive Family
If you cast your mind back to our Ben Nevis 45, inspired by the Cù Sith, our commitment to excellent spirit and stunning design was recognised from the start. The Ben Nevis won 2 gold awards in the 2018 Wine & Spirit Competition: one gold in the “Design & Media Awards” category and another gold for taste in the “Highland Single Malt 30 – 45 Year Old” category. Our terrifying hound also earned Gold in the “Single Malt 21 Years & Older” category at the 2018 Independent Bottlers Challenge.
The second release was the Arran 22 – a complex and alluring whisky which hoped to capture the mercurial and seductive nature of Scotland’s shape-shifting seal creatures: the selkies. The Selkie also took a gold award for taste at the Scotch Whisky Masters in the “Highlands and Islands – Premium” category.
A Toast to You
So tonight we are raising a toast to our clients, friends and industry colleagues for always setting the bar, always inspiring us and always keen to join us in having a laugh!