The International Wine & Spirits Competition has announced its annual list of top-rated spirits, selected by a panel of renowned industry experts. There’s quite a lot to unpack when it comes to Scotch whiskey winners. Results are quantified on a 100-point scale, and out of hundreds of entries this year, there were only two formulas that scored a near-perfect 99 points (assuming 100 points is theoretically impossible) let’s).
First, let’s consider the bigger surprise of the two. Actually, that’s an understatement. After blind tastings, these judges shocked the industry by awarding top marks to the whiskey, which is bottled almost exclusively for supermarkets. Glenfean Floral is the champion, an age-declared single malt bottled at 40% abv and available at Tesco and other select UK retailers.
A little cursory research reveals that there is actually no Glenfearn Distillery. This whiskey is produced by the Whyte & Mackay Group, responsible for Jura and Dalmore. But they also own two other Highland malt makers, Ben Wyvis and Fettercairn. Since it’s a private label release, for Because the company is a retailer, it doesn’t reveal exactly where its scotch comes from.
Enthusiasts online have speculated that it probably came from Vetterköln, but why bother speculating? All we know for sure is that the people who were at the IWSC tasting table According to what it tastes like. In their words, Glenfearn Floral is “a wonderful aromatic scent on the nose with a tropical mango base and creamy toffee flavour, sweet and smooth with great balance and a rich floral character. It ends with that.”
Easily available across the UK for around £22 a bottle…not too shabby for a 99 point whisky. Underscoring this point is the fact that the highest scoring product regularly trades for more than seven times its value. We’re talking about the Glenturret Triple Wood 2022 release. And indeed, even at $173 per 700ml, it’s a treat. What’s so special about it? IWSC states:
“A summer Turkish dish with notes of sweet raisins, marmalade, and orange blossom. Rich fruitcake flavors, hints of brown sugar and honey, and a creamy toffee texture on the finish.”
So that’s fine with that. that’s nice. In fact, Glenturret has been on a roll lately since he was acquired by the Lalique Crystal group in 2019. Since then, the storied operation, said to be the oldest of all Scotch producers in existence today, has undergone a complete redesign, overhauling its core lineup and earning the world’s first Michelin star. The acquired restaurant was born. in Distillery.
If you haven’t had a chance to sample the product yet, Triple Wood is an effective way to understand what you’ve been missing. As the name suggests, it is aged in three types of barrels. and European oak and former bourbon barrels. It is vatted in small batches in a blender with the aim of achieving a delicate wood spice. The final liquid finesse and grace assure us that they calmly meet those standards.
The Glenturret release also has the added benefit of looking elegant in flashy new packaging. But if IWSC judges can learn anything from the 2023 results, it’s that great Scotch can come in all shapes and sizes. Even in the most modest presentation. And in fact, even while walking down the aisles of your local supermarket.