The national independent awards programme for the Scottish Whisky industry has launched its new annual St Andrews Day event with a promise to stage an authentic celebration of the many achievements in the Scotch whisky business.

The 3rd annual Scottish Whisky Awards has revealed details for the event on 30th November and plans a truly Scottish showcase of Scotch industry success. Tickets have now gone on sale for the event which takes place in Glasgow and will also be broadcast live to ticket holders anywhere in the world.

Despite the challenges of the year, the competition has welcomed over 200 Scotch whisky products from 31 producers.   Over 40 judges have participated in the blind tasting and assessment of written entries from across Scotland.   As a result of the judging, five new categories have been created and an announcement on who has made the finals will be made next week.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Alan Wolstenholme, commented;

“We’re delighted to get to this point in the year when we can reflect on everything which has been achieved in Scotch whisky industry this year despite the challenges.  We’re looking forward to celebrating as an industry in Glasgow in November.”

The event will also announce the first ever recipient of the Professor Jim Swan Award for Services to Scotch Whisky.  The award was created in 2019 with the support of the Swan family and seeks to highlight an individual in the industry who shares the much-admired character of the late Jim Swan as an independent, inclusive collaborator.  A tribute to Jim Swan can be watched here.


Awards will be presented on the night in the following categories:


The Business Categories

Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year sponsored by Bruce Stevenson

Product Launch of the Year sponsored by Michael Laird Architects  

Independent Bottler of the Year sponsored by Saverglass

Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Rankin & Sons


The Taste Categories

Single Malt No Age Statement sponsored by Berlin Packaging UK

Single Malt No Age Statement (Peated)

Single Malt Under 12

Single Malt 12 sponsored by Winter UK

Single Malt 13 -16 sponsored by Cooper Software

Single Malt 17-20 sponsored by Sanderson Weatherall

Single Malt Over 21

Single Cask 12 and Under

Single Cask 13 and Over

Blended Scotch Whisky

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Aged Blends

Single Grain

The Judges Award of Merit


Tables at the Scottish Whisky Awards St Andrews Day Dinner can be purchased here.  Tables of ten cost £1550.00 + VAT and include entertainment, a three-course gourmet meal, paired with Scotch whisky and including wine. Tickets to watch the digital broadcast from anywhere in the world can also be purchased and include a place in a digital awards room enabled by video calls, group messages and live chat functions.   The event will be hosted once again by comedian and broadcaster, Des Clarke who will also host several live interviews in distilleries across Scotland.



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