The much-anticipated 6th Annual Scottish Whisky Awards has officially been launched, heralding another year of celebrating Scotland’s most iconic export- Scotch whisky. As the national awards programme dedicated to Scotch whisky, the Scottish Whisky Awards aims to recognise and reward the individuals, groups and products that contribute significantly to the enduring global success of this quintessentially Scottish spirit.

At the heart of the Scottish Whisky Awards is its unwavering commitment to excellence, exemplified through its meticulous blind tasting competition. This year, judges will painstakingly assess entries across four primary Scotch whisky categories: Single Malt, Blended Malt, Blends, and Single Cask & Specialty, which includes Single Grain.

The blind tasting process ensures impartiality, with judges focusing solely on the quality and character of each whisky without any preconceived notions about the brand or distillery. Last year’s competition saw an impressive lineup of over 180 products, setting a high bar for this year’s entrants.

Professor Alan Wolstenholme, who will serve as chairman, will once again lead the judging panels. With his extensive background in the whisky industry and unwavering commitment to excellence, Professor Wolstenholme is well-positioned to guide the judging process and uphold the standards of the Scottish Whisky Awards.

The Scottish Whisky Awards is now open for entry until Tuesday 23rd July 2024, for any help with the entry process please contact

This year’s winners will be announced and celebrated at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday 28th November 2024. The awards will again support The Ben, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland, and tickets are available to book HERE.

For details on available sponsorship opportunities, please contact


The 2024 Judging Panel can be viewed HERE


The Business Categories

Scottish Whisky Distiller of the Year

The Dr Jim Swan Award for Services to Scotch Whisky

Newcomer of the Year

Independent Bottler of the Year

Product Launch of the Year

Tourism Destination of the Year

Excellence in Branding



The Taste Categories

Blended Scotch

Blended Malt Scotch

Single Malt - No Age Statement (Unpeated)

Single Malt - No Age Statement (Peated)

Single Cask Scotch 12 and Under

Single Malt Scotch 12 and Under

Single Cask Scotch 13 and Over

Single Malt Scotch Aged 13-16

Single Malt Scotch Aged 17-20

Single Malt Scotch 21 and Over

Single Grain & Blended Grain Scotch – Grain, Single Grain, Speciality Cask or other Innovative Expressions



Product Delivery Details:


Taste Categories: Please deliver 2 x 70cl or 3 x 50cl bottles of each entered whisky to the O2 Academy

Edinburgh between Friday 16th or Monday 19th August 2024, during the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm.

An event manager will meet you and confirm receipt.


Business Categories - Newcomer of The Year & Product Launch of the Year:

Please deliver 1 x 70cl bottle of each entered whisky to the O2 Academy Edinburgh between Friday 16th or

Monday 19th August 2024, during the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm. Please let it be known and label the

bottle with the business category it is being entered into.