Independent Scottish Bottler Wins at Independent Bottlers Challenge

A Speyside release from Lady of the Glen has been awarded a bronze medal this year’s Independent Bottlers Challenge at the annual Whisky Magazine Awards Scotland Lunch in Edinburgh.

The Glenlossie Vintage 2010 with Ruby Port Finish impressed judges with its unique qualities.

Also scooping a bronze award was Lady of the Glen’s Islay malt Caol Ila 2011 with ex-Amarone finish.

A representative for the Independent Bottlers Challenge said: “All of these bottles, simply because they are more often than not single cask or limited-edition bottlings, give whisky lovers a new take on their go-to whiskies, where the ‘house’ whisky might be rare or now non-existent. Of course, an independent bottling might also show a closer link to the ‘terroir’ the liquid comes from, but you can certainly expect them to be unexpected.”

The 8-year-old bourbon-matured Speyside whisky was finished in a first-fill ex-ruby port cask sourced from a family-owned bodega near Porto in Portugal. Ruby port casks typically bring fresh, sweet red fruit flavours to the spirit, and this whisky displays nutty, fudge treacle and dried fig flavours, making it a rather distinctive bottling. 

Lady of the Glen aims to consistently release diverse flavours from authentic cask sources, producing whisky for drinking that breaks away from standard offerings. Lady of the Glen’s founder Gregor Hannah said: “Every cask is unique with its own story, and by building relationships with bodegas in Europe, we are able to release casks that have a traceable and high-quality authenticity.”

This cask yielded 287 bottles and there are a limited number of bottles still available to buy from Lady of the Glen’s website for £100, including UK P&P.

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