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Broxburn,18 September 2006: For the second year in a row, Ian Macleod Distillers has won the Blended Independent Bottler of the Year Award at Whisky Magazine's Independent Bottlers' Challenge. Ian Macleod Distillers also took away the category title of Islay Independent Bottler of the Year.
Ian Macleod celebrated individual bottling awards for a number of its brands too, including gold awards for Hedges and Butler 15 Years Old and Dun Bheagan Lowland 8 Years Old.
The awards, which were introduced last year, honour the best in the independent sector. Independent bottlings are usually unable to enter most Whisky awards as they are restricted to official bottlings only, but Whisky Magazine felt that the quality of the independent bottlings needed to be recognised.
The judging panel was made up of eleven top whisky experts and clubs including Will Lyons, Richard Jones, Ian Bankier, Sukhinder Singh and The Earl Grey Whisky Committee.
Leonard Russell, Managing Director, of Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. said: "We are very pleased to have been given the chance to compete in these awards again and are of course delighted to have been acclaimed both the Blended and Islay Independent Bottler of the Year by this highly respected panel of judges."
For further information contact Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd on tel: 01506 852205 or www.ianmacleod.com
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