In de aanloop naar Whisky Live Londen is BenRiach in de prijzen gevallen, en nog niet de minste. Ze werden verkozen tot World Icon of Whisky. Ik wens hen hier hartelijk mee te feliciteren, deze prijs beloont de ploeg van BenRiach voor de vijf jaar van hard labeur om BenRiach weer op de whiskykaart te brengen. Trisha vertelde me dit nieuws telefonisch net toen ik gisteravond terugkeerde van ‘t concert van P!nk …
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BENRIACH IS WORLDWIDE “ICON OF WHISKY”
THE BENRIACH Distillery Company last night beat off competition from around the world to win the coveted “Icons of Whisky” award in London.
Organised by Whisky Magazine, “Icons of Whisky” seeks to find the best distiller of the year from distilleries in Scotland, the USA and Japan.
Earlier this year, the Elgin distillery, with its headquarters in Larbert, won the Scottish title and last night it went on to scoop the global award, beating the Nikka Whisky Distillery Company of Japan and Heaven Hill Distillery, Kentucky, USA.
The “Icons”, launched six years ago, are a highlight in the whisky calendar and are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world.
BenRiach Managing Director Billy Walker said: “We are delighted to be recognised by such a prestigious whisky publication. The award reflects the incredibly hard work of our team and is the culmination of a fantastic five-year adventure.”
BenRiach has already won a number of top industry awards.
It was “Distillery of the Year” in the 2007 Malt Advocate Whisky Awards.
Whisky Magazine named it the “Best Rare Speyside” (for BenRiach Authenitcus 21 Year Old) at its World Whisky Awards, also in 2007.
And it won Gold Medal (for BenRiach 16 year old) plus silver (BenRiach Heart of Speyside, 12 year old, Curiositas and Authenticus) at the 2006 International Wines and Spirits Competition.
The BenRiach distillery has been producing quality single malt Scotch whisky since 1898. Five years ago it was acquired by Billy Walker, Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter.
Today, in addition to the superb aged bottlings at 12, 16, 20, 25 and 30 years old, the company also includes two peated single malt expressions within the portfolio – the aptly-named ‘Curiositas’, aged 10 years old, and its big brother, the 21 years old ‘Authenticus’.
Last year, BenRiach completed the acquisition of GlenDronach Distillery, a move widely regarded in the industry as the awakening of a sleeping giant.
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