TWE names The Botanist Gin as spirit of the year

Botanist GinThe Botanist Gin, produced at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, has been named spirit of the year by leading retailer The Whisky Exchange (TWE).

Describing it as a “cracking” and “unique” gin, TWE praised Bruichladdich for channelling “the inventive nature found in their whisky into the world of white spirits”.

The Botanist is made up of classic gin ingredients such as orris root, cassia bark and coriander seed but enhanced by 22 botanicals from Islay, including the juniper. Click here to find out about all the botanicals.

TWE named Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky as its whisky of the year after a blind tasting held at Vinopolis near London Bridge.

The event featured a shortlist of eight carefully selected whiskies, broken down into three categories: light, medium and heavy. The lighter-style whiskies were Glencadam 15 Year Old, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old and Benromach 10 Year Old, the medium styles were The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old, Tamdhu 10 Year Old and Glenfarclas 15 Year Old and the heavier whiskies were Kilchoman Machir Bay and Lagavulin 16 Year Old.

All the whiskies selected had to be a single malt scotch whisky, not be cask strength, come in at under £50 in retail and be in ready supply.

TWE director Sukhinder Singh said: “Having spent many weeks accumulating a list with as many as 40 whiskies, The Whisky Exchange staff then began fine-tuning the list in order to get to the final eight drams.

“Having bloggers and writers at the event made it very interesting for us to see which products shone through under the parameters of a blind tasting with a few surprises amongst the flight.”

TWE marketing manager Nick Tether, who also hosted the tasting, said: “The Whisky Exchange Whisky of The Year is about celebrating a whisky that can be enjoyed at any occasion by one and all and not a limited edition that only appeals to the connoisseur.

“Putting it to a people’s vote not only made it an impartial final decision but kept harmony in the office! There were many passionate, strong and conflicting opinions at head office, as you can imagine, so we must say a big thank you to all involved and, of course, congratulate Glenfarclas.”

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