The national awards programme which promotes and celebrates Scotch Whisky has announced its winners as part of its second annual competition.

The Scottish Whisky Awards is a comprehensive year-round programme which assesses Scotch whisky producers in both business performance and taste.  This year, it involved a rigorous judging process with a panel of 40 experts and the blind tasting of 155 Scotch whisky products.

The ultimate award in the competition, Whisky Distillery of the Year, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, was presented to Glasgow Distillery after a tremendous year of business progress and having won two Gold medals in the taste competition.

The team behind the 1770 Single Malt Scotch were praised by the judging panel for their great progress in product development, marketing and securing a range of new international deals.  They were also the highest performing distillery in the taste competition, securing two Gold medals. Their new Blended Malt whisky, Malt Riot, won Blended Malt Under 12 Years Old and their 1770 Peated Release No1 Single Malt won in the toughest category in the competition - Single Malt No Age Statement with 31 finalists. 

Chair of the judging panel, Professor Alan Wolstenholme, commented,

“Congratulations to all our winners for their success in this most challenging of years.  Winning a Scottish Whisky Award is a significant achievement given the intense competition and rigorous judging. 

“This year, we have seen distilleries, suppliers and producers step up to support their local communities when they needed it most.   Scotch Whisky continues to demonstrate its strength, resilience, creativity, and community spirit.  It is an industry which continues to shine brightly in good times and bad. We in Scotland can all be very proud of this.

“I applaud all of our winners and encourage them to make the most of this recognition by promoting Scotch worldwide as the whisky of choice.”

The Scottish Whisky Awards, unlike many international drink industry competitions, only presents three medals per category making the awards tough to win and highly sought after.

19 distilleries collected medals in the taste competition with Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glasgow Distillery collecting the most.  Glenmorangie collected Gold for their Quinta Ruban 14 year old Single Malt, its taste profile described as mint chocolate, walnuts, rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges. 

Islay’s Ardbeg Distillery won Gold in the Single Malt Under 12 category for Ardbeg 10 Year Old a popular peated dram which delivers smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas, and currants on the palate. Also in Islay, Bunnahabhain Distillery won the Gold Medal for its Single Malt Over 21 Year Old for its 25 Year Old dram delivering a smooth and sweet profile with sherry, caramel, berries and cream balanced with roasted nuts.

Other Gold Medals winners were Tomatin and Deanston Distilleries while Hannah Whisky Merchants collected Gold in Single Cask and Speciality Whisky for their June 2020 bottling of Tomintoul 2005 with First Fill Amontillado Sherry Casks.

The Independent Bottler of the Year went to North Star Spirits who also collected a Gold medal for Sirius in the Blended Malt over 12 Year Old category.

In the business competition, awards were presented to Diageo for Community Contribution in 2020, Isle of Raasay Distillery won Best Brand Experience and Angus-based Arbikie Distillery collected the award for Excellence in Sustainability for their field to bottle values.

The awards are supported by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers.  Graeme Dempster, Account Executive, commented,

“Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s Scottish Whisky Awards. In this highly challenging year, the industry can be proud of all its achievements to deliver our world class Scotch whisky from across Scotland.” 

The news of the winners was announced at a live digital broadcast from Glasgow’s Hilton by Doubletree Hotel by comedian and presenter, Des Clarke.  Over 200 people from across the Scotch whisky industry participated in the event, which was highly interactive, allowing guests to chat to each other privately and in groups.  Live interviews were broadcast with distilleries across the country as the medal winners were announced.

The annual awards are supported throughout the year by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, Cara Technology, Scotland Food and Drink, Wolffe Design and Vision Events Glasgow.  The event was also supported on the night by Rankin Brothers and Sons, Bruni Erben, Halewood, Michael Laird Architects, Bairds Malt, Close Brothers Brewery Rentals, Sanderson Weatherall, Muntons, Cooper Software and Cask and Still Magazine.


The Winners in Full

Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

WINNER:  Glasgow Distillery 


The GlenAllachie Distillery

Ardbeg Distillery


Product Launch of the Year

WINNER: Loch Lomond Group Glen Scotia Malts Festival


Glasgow Distillery 1770 Triple Distilled Release No.1

Glasgow Distillery 1770 Peated Release No.1.


Excellence in Branding sponsored by Wolffe

WINNER:  Wemyss Vintage Malts


Colonsay Beverages

Cu Bocan

Distell International

Eden Mill St. Andrews

Glasgow 1770, Glasgow Distillery Company

Malt Riot, Glasgow Distillery Company

Isle of Arran Distillers

The GlenAllachie

Tobermory Distillery


Brand Experience of the Year sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

WINNER:  Isle of Raasay Distillery



Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

Loch Lomond


Tourism Destination of the Year sponsored by Michael Laird Architects

WINNER: The Clydeside Distillery


Glen Scotia Distillery

The GlenAllachie

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery


Community Contribution of the Year sponsored by Bairds Malt

WINNER: Diageo 


Chivas Brothers


Deeside Distillery

Highland Park

Loch Lomond Group


Independent Bottler of the Year

WINNER:  North Star Spirits


Douglas Laing & Co

Great Drams

Hannah Whisky Merchants

John Crabbie & Co


Excellence in Sustainability sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink

WINNER: Arbikie Distillery



Tomatin Distillery



Single Malt - No Age Statement sponsored by Bruni Erben

GOLD: Glasgow 1770 - Peated Release No.1.; Glasgow Distillery

SILVER: Ardbeg Blaaaack Committee Release; Ardbeg Distillery

BRONZE: Laphroaig PX (GTR); Laphroaig Distillery


2019 Release Single Malt; Eden Mill Distillery

Ardbeg An Oa; Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Blaaaack; Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Committee Release 2020; Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Corryvreckan; Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Supernova; Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Uigeadail; Ardbeg Distillery

Arran Barrel Reserve; Lochranza Distillery

Auchentoshan Three Wood; Auchentoshan Distillery

Bunnahabhain Stireadair; Bunnahabhain Distillery

Chaos; North Star Spirits

Crabbie's Yardhead; John Crabbie & Co.

Cù Bòcan Creation #1; Tomatin Distillery

Deanston Virgin Oak; Deanston Distillery

Dream to Dram; Kingsbarns Distillery

Glasgow 1770 - The Original; Glasgow Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Classic; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Classic Cabernet Cask Finish; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Classic Peated; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Finish; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Scotia Double Cask; Glen Scotia Distillery

Glen Scotia Victoriana; Glen Scotia Distillery

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or; Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake’; Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie Signet; Glenmorangie Distillery

Highland Park Orkney Rowing Club; Highland Park

Highland Park Scottish Ballet 50; Highland Park

Laphroaig Quarter Cask; Laphroaig Distillery

Laphroaig Select; Laphroaig Distillery

Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond Distillery


Single Malt Under 12 Year Old sponsored by Muntons

GOLD:  Ardbeg 10 Year Old; Ardbeg Distillery

SILVER:  Arran 10 Year Old; Isle of Arran Distillers

BRONZE:  Ledaig 10 Year Old; Tobermory Distillery 


Ardbeg Wee Beastie; Ardbeg Distillery

Benromach 10 Year Old; Benromach Distillery

Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2009 Batch 4; Benromach Distillery

Crabbie 8 Year Old; John Crabbie & Co.

Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old; Glen Moray Distillery

Glenmorangie Original; Glenmorangie Distillery

Laphroaig 10 Year Old; Laphroaig Distillery

Loch Lomond 10 Year Old; Loch Lomond Distillery

The GlenAllachie Wood Finish Batch 2 - 9 Year Old Rye Wood Finish; GlenAllachie Distillery


Single Malt 12 Year Old sponsored by Cooper Software and IFS

GOLD: Deanston 12 Year Old; Deanston Distillery

SILVER:  Glenmorangie Lasanta; Glenmorangie Distillery

BRONZE:  The Deveron 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Macduff Distillery


Aultmore 12 Year Old; Aultmore Distillery

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old; Bunnahabhain Distillery

Crabbie 12 Year Old; John Crabbie & Co.

Glenmorangie The Accord; Glenmorangie Distillery

Highland Park Ness of Brodgar's Legacy 12 Year Old; Highland Park

Inchmoan 12 Year Old; Loch Lomond Distillery

Inchmurrin 12 Year Old; Loch Lomond Distillery

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old; Loch Lomond Distillery

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old; Royal Brackla Distillery

Tobermory 12 Year Old; Tobermory Distillery

Tomatin 12 Year Old; Tomatin Distillery


Single Malt 13-16 Year Old sponsored by Cooper Software and IFS

GOLD:  Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban; Glenmorangie Distillery

SILVER:  Highland Park Saltire Edition 2; Highland Park

BRONZE: Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020; Glen Scotia Distillery


Aberfeldy 16 Year Old,; Aberfeldy Distillery

Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16 Year Old; Aberfeldy Distillery

Benromach 15 Year Old; Benromach Distillery

Bowmore 15 Year Old GTR; Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore 15 Year Old; Bowmore Distillery

Crabbie 15 Year Old; John Crabbie & Co

Craigellachie 13 Year Old; Craigellachie Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 15 Year Old; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Scotia 15 Year Old; Glen Scotia Distillery

Glenmorangie The Cadboll Estate; Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie The Elementa; Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie The Tribute; Glenmorangie Distillery

The GlenAllachie 15 Year Old; GlenAllachie Distillery


Single Malt 17-20 Year Old sponsored by Cask & Still Magazine

GOLD:  Tomatin 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Tomatin Distillery

SILVER:  Craigellachie 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Craigellachie Distillery

BRONZE:  Glenmorangie 19 Year Old; Glenmorangie Distillery


Ardbeg 19 Year Old 2020 Edition; Ardbeg Distillery

Aultmore 18 Year Old; Aultmore Distillery

Bowmore 18 Year Old; Bowmore Distillery

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old; Bunnahabhain Distillery

Deanston 18 Year Old; Deanston Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 18 Year Old; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Scotia 18 Year Old; Glen Scotia Distillery

Glenmorangie 18 Year Old; Glenmorangie Distillery

Ledaig 18 Year Old; Tobermory Distillery

Royal Brackla 18 Year Old; Royal Brackla Distillery

The Deveron 18 Year Old; Macduff Distillery


Single Malt 21 Year Old and Over Sponsored by Sanderson Weatherall

GOLD: Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old; Bunnahabhain Distillery

SILVER:  Royal Brackla 21 Year Old; Royal Brackla Distillery

BRONZE:  Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1995; Glenmorangie Distillery


Aberfeldy 21 Year Old; Aberfeldy Distillery

Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 21 Year Old; Aberfeldy Distillery

Aultmore 21 Year Old; Aultmore Distillery

Bowmore 25 Year Old; Bowmore Distillery

Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 21 Year Old; Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old; Glen Scotia Distillery

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996; Glenmorangie Distillery


Blended Malt – Under 12 Year Old sponsored by Cara Technology

GOLD:  Malt Riot; Glasgow Distillery

SILVER: Clydebuilt Coppersmith; Ardgowan Distillery

BRONZE:  Peat Chimney; Wemyss Vintage Malts


Big Peat; Douglas Laing & Co Ltd

Nectar Grove Batch Strength; Wemyss Vintage Malts

Scallywag; Douglas Laing & Co

Spice King; Wemyss Vintage Malts

The Hive; Wemyss Vintage Malts

The Scalasaig - Maiden Voyage; Colonsay Beverages

Waterproof; Macduff International


Blended Malt 12 Year Old and Over sponsored by Halewood

GOLD:  Sirius; North Star Spirits

SILVER:  Velvet Fig Aged 25 Years; Wemyss Vintage Malts

BRONZE: GreatDrams Blended Cask Series Batch 03; GreatDrams Ventures


MacNair's Lum Reek 21 Year Old; GlenAllachie Distillery

MacNair's Lum Reek 12 Year Old; GlenAllachie Distillery


Speciality or Single Cask Whisky sponsored by Close Brothers Brewery Rentals

GOLD:  Tomintoul 2005 with First-Fill Amontillado Sherry Finish #19A; Hannah Whisky Merchants

SILVER: Crabbie 40 Year Old Speyside Single Malt; John Crabbie & Co.

BRONZE: Tomatin Decades II; The Tomatin Distillery


29.269 - It rubs the lotion on its skin; The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

37.127 - Coconut curry down the Douro valley; The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Arbikie Highland Rye 4 Year Old; Arbikie Distillery

Crabbie 30 Year Old; John Crabbie & Co.  

Hip Flask Series No. 15; Eden Mill Distillery

Isle of Jura 1992 #1857; Hannah Whisky Merchants

Knockdhu 8 Year Old; GreatDrams Ventures

Lochindaal 2009 Bourbon Barrel Cask #59; Hannah Whisky Merchants

Longmorn; North Star Spirits

Robert Graham's Dancing Stag Selection 2005 Tomintoul; Robert Graham