The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has added to its awards, with a selection of medals from the International Spirits Challenge competition

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The SMWS has picked up another prestigious award, with a range of medals from the authoritative International Spirits Challenge (ISC) competition.

The ISC awarded its gold medal to SMWS Cask No. 9.116: Boozy fruit trifle, which it ranked as “an excellent product of a superb standard”. 9.116 is a 20-year-old Speyside dram from the Society’s Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits flavour profile, matured in an ex-bourbon cask before being finished in a first-fill port barrique. The Tasting Panel had something of a premonition about it, with the drinking tip: When you have done something good – this could be the equivalent of a gold star.

There were four silver medals winners for the SMWS, with Cask No. 76.127: Funky massage whisky, 39.135: Magical and heavenly, 9.110: Sense of sophistication and 29.181: Salty sweet peat smoke.

Cask No. 28.32: Solar eclipse rounded out the haul with a bronze medal.

The ISC is now in its 22nd year, and has become one of the premier events in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. It receives more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide, and is supported by many of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.

The ISC said: “Winning an ISC medal is an outstanding achievement and underlines a producer’s commitment to quality and innovation through the spirit.”

An overview of the gold medal winners will be published in the June issue of Drinks International magazine.