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Independent Bottlers Challenge 2010

We showcase the results from this year's Independent Bottlers' Challenge

Reaching its sixth year, this competition has really set the benchmark for Independent bottlers. The challenge was created to show off the best this sector has to offer. The Independents are widely acknowledged as offering the whisker lover something different from their favourite distillery. Despite increasing pressure to find and buy casks, this year's competition has show that this sector of the market is offering some phenomenal whiskies for the connoisseur.

Each company was allowed to enter one whisky for each category, and it was then assessed by members of the judging panel. The whiskies were tasted blind, the bottles were only marked with a category number and ABV. In each category a gold, silver and bronze medal has been awarded for the top scoring whiskies.

In each section a scoring system was applied to the medal winners and the highest scoring was awarded the section trophy.

This year we have again honoured the independent bottler who scores the most points across all the categories in the competition with an Icon of Whisky, see Icon results on page 8. A broad spread of companies won medals, and there were five different trophy winners across the six categories and a score too close to separate the winners in one, reflecting the diversity and quality in the market place offered by these companies.

INDEPENDENT BOTTLER OF THE YEAR

INDEPENDENT BOTTLER
OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Again this year we honour the independent bottler who scored the most points across all categories in the competiton with an Icon of Whisky.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

The Judges

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CAMPBELTOWN

William Cadenhead Ltd

12 YEARS & UNDER
GOLD - Hazelburn 9 Years Old - William Cadenhead Ltd
SILVER - 126.2 Puff the Magic Dragon - Scotch Malt Whisky Society
BRONZE - NC2 Springbank 1996 - Duncan Taylor & Company

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - Glen Scotia 18 Years Old - William Cadenhead Ltd
SILVER - Glen Scotia 18 Years Old - Douglas Laing & Co.
BRONZE - Glen Scotia 1992 - Dewar Rattray Ltd

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - Glen Scotia 1977 - Dewar Rattray Ltd
SILVER - Rare Auld Glen Scotia 1991 - Duncan Taylor & Co.
BRONZE - No bronze was awarded in this category

HIGHLAND

Dewar Rattray Ltd

12 YEARS AND UNDER
GOLD - Caol Ila 2000 Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Laphroaig 1998 - Dewar Rattray Ltd
BRONZE - 127.1 Harbourside Barbecue - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - Bowmore 1994 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Bowmore 13 Years Old James - MacArthur & Co
BRONZE - NC2 Laphroaig 1997 - Duncan Taylor & Co

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - Caol Ila 1980 - singlemaltsdirect.com
SILVER - Caol Ila 1979 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
BRONZE - Bunnahabhain 30 Years Old - Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

ISLANDS (NON ISLAY)

Gordon & MacPhail

12 YEARS & UNDER
GOLD - Ledaig 2005 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Ledaig 11 Years Old - William Cadenhead Ltd
BRONZE - Highland Park 1998 - Dewar Rattray Ltd

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - Scapa 1993 - Gordon & MacPhail
SILVER - Highland Park 13 Years Old - Douglas Laing & Co.
BRONZE - Ledaig 13 Years Old - William Cadenhead Ltd

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - Runrig Highland Park 1987 - Duncan Taylor and Company
SILVER - 4.143 Honey on Hot Stones - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
BRONZE - Secret Stills 1.2 1986 - Gordon & MacPhail

ISLAY

Berry Bros. & Rudd

12 YEARS & UNDER
GOLD - Caol Ila 2000 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Laphroaig 1998 - Dewar Rattray Ltd
BRONZE - 127.1 Harbourside Barbecue - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - Bowmore 1994 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Bowmore 13 Years Old - James MacArthur & Co.
BRONZE - NC2 Laphroaig 1997 - Duncan Taylor & Co.

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - Caol Ila 1980 - singlemaltsdirect.com
SILVER - Caol Ila 1979 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
BRONZE - Bunnahabhain 30 Years Old - Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

LOWLAND

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

12 YEARS OLD & UNDER
GOLD - Whisky Galore Auchentoshan - Duncan Taylor and Co.

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - 25.54 Dressed to Impress - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SILVER - Bladnoch 17 Years Old - Ian Macleod Ltd
BRONZE - Littlemill - MWBH Bottling Co.

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - 97.20 Around the World in 80 Noses - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SILVER - St Magdalene 1982 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
BRONZE - The Octave Cameronbridge 1978 - Duncan Taylor & Co .

SPEYSIDE

Berry Bros. & Rudd and Robert Graham

12 YEARS & UNDER
GOLD - Glenrothes 12 Years Old - Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
SILVER - NC2 Craigellachie 1999 - Duncan Taylor & Co.
BRONZE - Auchroisk 1999 - singlemaltsdirect.com

13-18 YEARS OLD
GOLD - Dancing Stag Speyside Distillery - Robert Graham Ltd
SILVER - Spiced Apples - Wemyss Vintage Malts
BRONZE - Aberlour 1993 - singlemaltsdirect.com

19 YEARS PLUS
GOLD - Glen Grant 1972 - Berry Bros. & Rudd
SILVER - Glen Grant 20 Years Old - Douglas Laing & Co.
BRONZE - Glen Grant 1974 - singlemaltsdirect.com

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