The Lowest Tide will have you on Islay time Credit: Woolf/Sung Brands
The Lowest Tide will have you on Islay time
Credit: Woolf/Sung Brands

Judgment day: Scotch Whisky Masters 2019 winners

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It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. The Spirits Business just revealed the winners of its Scotch Whisky Masters 2019 blind tasting competition, panelist Amy Hopkins reports.

The four panels of judges, who convened in London, sampled 50 categories of Scotch and awarded 16 Master medals. Taking one was Scots Gold by Charles Edge London, in the Blended – Premium category. “This level of complexity and elegance is great to see at this price point,” said panelist Tobias Gorn, whose group liked its “candied fruit peel” and “slightly smoky” profile.

From brioche and croissant to mocha and seaweed

In Single Malts: Highlands & Islands – Ultra Premium, Atom Brands’ Glengoyne 17-year-old Batch 1 from That Boutique-y Whisky Company also walked off with a Master prize. Panelist Joshua Joyce’s tasting notes: “This Scotch has real finesse. It reminds me of what I love in my favourite Champagnes: brioche, croissant and light pastry.”

The Lowest Tide, by Woolf Sung, won Master medals for both Single Malt Islay – Ultra Premium and Single Malt Islay – Cask Strength. “This whisky had an expressive and sweet start,” Gorn said. “It is spicy and powerful but balanced and smooth, with notes of mocha and seaweed on the aftertaste.” It’s high time we found a bottle.

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