News & Events

from Ian Macleod Distillers


3rd March 2004

Edinburgh, 5 March 2004: Chieftain's Cigar Malt was voted the
second best malt whisky in the world to accompany a cigar at the Habanos Cigar
Festival in Cuba
last week (26 February).


A team of 400 judges and delegates
from every continent around the world, sampled eight Scotch malt whiskies to
vote Chieftain's Cigar Malt number two in the Whisky & Cigar Challenge
2004, in Cuba.


Eight whiskies were shortlisted
(from 24) in initial tastings in Glasgow before
being flown to Cuba
for the final competition, which took place during the annual Habanos Cigar
Festival. The objective was to establish which Scotch whisky best accompanies
hand-made Havana Cigars.


Chieftain's Cigar Malt beat off six
other malt whiskies including Whyte & Mackay 21 years old, Cutty Sark 25
years old and Dalmore 30 years old. It came second only to Macallan Cask
Strength in a tense final between the two whiskies.


Chieftain's is a collection of high
quality single malt Scotch whiskies, developed by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd,
an independent family owned company based near Edinburgh
in Scotland.


Leonard Russell, Managing Director,
of Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. Said: "We are extremely proud to have been
so successful in what is a very competitive and highly respected competition.
We select only exceptional quality single malts to bottle under the Chieftain's
label. The Chieftain's Cigar Malt is reduced slowly from its original strength,
and a lot of time and effort is taken to achieve a perfect balance between
cigars and whisky. "



For further information contact:


Iain Weir

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

T: +44 (0)1506 852205


Kate Nimmo

Profile Plus

T: +44 (0) 131 554 6111


Notes to Editors:


Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.
individually select a strictly limited number of exceptional quality single
malts to bottle under the Chieftain's label. Some of the whiskies chosen come
from closed or mothballed distilleries, some are further "finished"
in the best quality sherry, port or rum casks, and some are bottled at natural
strength (Burgundy Label). Each cask is only selected if our highly trained
selection panel are 100% agreed that it is, in their opinion, "quite


Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. recently
introduced their Cigar Malt 2003 which is an exceptional malt selected with the
expert help and knowledge of Keir Sword and Stuart Smith, cigar and whisky
specialists from Cigar Box on the Royal Mile (Edinburgh) and Jens Tausch a
highly respected German Cigar Consultant. This top class malt distilled in May,
1989 in the heart of Speyside was matured for 13 years in a first fill Oloroso
cask. This Limited Edition is packaged in a wooden cigar style box.