Ian Macleod Distillers is celebrating after being crowned a double winner at the national Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
The company scooped the coveted Drinks (alcoholic) category with its 25YO Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Brand Success of the Year category, an award recognising the strength of the market research and development, marketing initiatives and overall marketing strategy for the relaunch of Tamdhu Distillery and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The winners were announced on Wednesday 27 May at a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Scottish television presenter Kaye Adams, at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland. With 19 award categories celebrating excellence across Scottish food and drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards showcased a broad spectrum of food and drink companies from across the country with a record breaking 239 entries, up 56% from 153 entries in 2014.
Commenting on the awards, Iain Weir, Marketing Director from Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the wonderful successes of the business. These awards showcase the best food and drink producers in Scotland and so we feel honoured to have won two awards. This achievement recognises the hard work across the company including all the teams at both Glengoyne and Tamdhu Distilleries and our head office.”
The award judges tasted 161 food and drink entries and examined submissions from 116 businesses across all the categories.
Ian Macleod Distillers acquired Glengoyne Distillery in 2003. It launched the award-winning Glengoyne 25YO in March 2014. The malt is a bright amber beauty with red fruits, leather and brown sugar on the nose and soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang on the palate. The finish is very long with spicy liquorice.
Tamdhu Distillery was acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers in 2011 and was reborn in 2012. The distillery officially re-opened with two bespoke events during the 14th annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2013.
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards showcase a broad spectrum of food and drink companies. Winners came from all over Scotland and ranged from large companies and multinationals to smaller start up companies. The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).