Stores pick best whisky

08 January, 2010

Glengoyne Distillery has challenged six independent Scotch whisky retailers to select a rare, limited-edition single cask from the Glengoyne warehouses to be named the Scottish Merchants’ Choice.

The judges nosed, sampled and debated a wide range of Glengoyne’s malts before collectively selecting a 12-year-old sherry cask whisky with a 57.8% abv.

The panel also had to choose the whisky’s bottle shape, packaging, tasting notes, label design and wording.

The Scottish Merchants’ Choice is described as “?balanced with an underlay of chocolate, and an elegantly rich and fresh palate, with sundried fruits, pears and a hint of pepper”.

Only 284 bottles will be available with a?n rrp of £99.

Iain Weir, marketing director for Ian Macleod Distillers, brand owners of Glengoyne, said: “These are the experts and critics. It is their job and passion to know and understand Scottish malt whisky better than anyone. We are?delighted to have been able to give them?the chance to showcase their expertise?and skill in choosing the perfect dram.”?The six retailers were Luvians Bottle Shop, TB Watson, Loch Fyne Whiskies, the Green Welly Stop, Robbies Drams and Royal Mile Whiskies.




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