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Issue 82 - Class of their own

Whisky Magazine Issue 82
September 2009


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Class of their own

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

Reaching its fifth year, this competition has set the benchmark for Independent bottlers.

The challenge was created to show off the best this sector has to offer. The Independents are acknowledged as offering the whisker lover something different from their favourite distillery.

This year's competition has shown that this sector is offering some phenomenal whiskies for the connoisseur.

Each company was allowed to enter one whisky for each category, and it was then tasted blind and scored by members of the judging panel.

Dominic Roskrow
Tom Morton
Darren Leitch
The Whisky Shop
Chris Goodrum
Gauntleys of Nottingham
Jim Anderson
The Anderson,
John Clotworthy
Drumchork Lodge,

Independent bottler of the year
William Cadenhead Ltd

12 Years Old and Under
GOLD Hazelburn 7 Years Old
William Cadenhead Ltd
SILVER Harbour-side Harmonies
Scotch Malt Whisky
BRONZE Springbank 1996 Duncan
Taylor & Company

13-18 Years Old
GOLD Glen Scotia 1992 Berry
Bros.& Rudd
SILVER Glen Scotia 17 Years Old
William Cadenhead Ltd
BRONZE Men Wrestling on a
Pebble Beach Scotch
Malt Whisky Society

Independent bottler of the year
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

12 Years Old and Under
GOLD Ben Nevis 1996 Robert
SILVER Glen Ord 11 Years Old
Dewar Rattray Ltd
BRONZE Dalmore St Etienne Rum
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

13-18 Years Old
GOLD Clynelish 17 Years Old Ian
Macleod Distillers
SILVER A Chocolate V...

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