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BenRiach & Glendronach Win in 2012 Malt Maniacs Competition

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THE BenRiach Distillery Company, which produces the award-winning BenRiach and GlenDronach single malts, has won two main awards and eight medals in the 2012 “Malt Maniacs” Awards.

The ten accolades are:

Supreme Winner - Ultra Premium Category: GlenDronach 40YO 1972 (2012) cask #713, 50.2%, Oloroso sherry butt, 476 bottles

Best Peated Whisky – Ultra Premium Category: BenRiach 27YO 1984 (2012) cask #4050, 52.2%, Hogshead, Tawny Port finish, 283 bottles

Gold Medals:
GlenDronach 40YO 1972 cask #713
GlenDronach 40YO 1971 cask #1248
GlenDronach 41YO 1971 cask #1247
BenRiach 27YO 1984 cask #4050

Silver Medals:
GlenDronach 18YO Allardice

Bronze Medals:
GlenDronach 8YO Octarine
BenRiach Septendecim 17YO
BenRiach 16YO

An international collective of thirty-two malt whisky enthusiasts, the Malt Maniacs have been enjoying and discussing the pleasures of single malt whisky with whisky lovers worldwide since 1997.

Their awards, sometimes called “The Formula One Grand Prix of Whisky”, have taken place every year since 2003 and, they claim, have become “one of the most important, influential and independent whisky competitions in the annual whisky calendar”.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “Winning these Malt Maniacs awards rounds off a great year for the company and they’re especially important to us because they’re given by passionate and independent-minded whisky enthusiasts who really know their malts. The awards also reflect the skill our people bring to the art of whisky creation and are testament to the huge amount of time and energy we dedicate to our wood management programme.

“I’m especially pleased that a 1972 GlenDronach bottling has won the top award for the third year running. Last year, 713’s sister cask 712 won best overall whisky and in 2010 cask 700, a Taiwan exclusive, was the overall winner. There’s no doubt that the early 1970s was a golden age for GlenDronach when it produced some expressions that are absolutely phenomenal.

“And the 1984 BenRiach is a wonderful bottling too. Loaded with peat, with powerful citrus, chocolate and coffee notes, this tawny port finish is spicy and smoky, leading some people to believe it came from a Hebridean island instead of outside Elgin! Only 283 bottles came from this fantastic cask, so thanks to this latest award it’s bound to become a real collector’s item.”

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