Dr Bill Lumsden Lauded as Distiller of the Year at Prestigious ISC Awards

Dr Bill Lumsden, the driving force behind Glenmorangie and Ardbeg’s acclaimed whisky creation, has been hailed as Distiller of the Year at a renowned industry competition, for the second time. Lauded by the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) for his innovation and exceptional craftsmanship, The Glenmorangie Company’s Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks is the first person in the competition’s history to win this prestigious accolade twice, having first received the honour in 2015.

Dr Bill oversees the creation of Glenmorangie’s exceptional Highland single malt whisky and of Ardbeg, among the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky. In a further show of their admiration for Dr Bill and his renowned Whisky Creation Team, the judges also singled out Glenmorangie’s whiskies for particular praise. On top of five gold medals, the Highland Distillery was awarded two coveted trophy awards. Glenmorangie Spìos, the ninth annual release in the Distillery’s pioneering Private Edition series – and its first whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks – was the only trophy winner in the category Scotch Whisky – Single Malt No Age. Meanwhile, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989, the second release in Glenmorangie’s exclusive Vintage Collection Bond House No. 1, and the Distillery’s first whisky part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks, was awarded one of just two trophies in the category Scotch Whisky – Single Malt 21 Years & Over.

The competition’s awards director, Justin Smith, said: “This is the second time that Bill has been awarded ISC Distiller of the Year – and deservedly so – as he leads a great vision of Glenmorangie’s range of luxurious whiskies. His attention to detail is craftsmanship at its best. This award symbolises the high regard for Bill in the industry and for the consistent innovation of Glenmorangie’s whisky.”

Dr Bill said: “I am humbled to be named as Distiller of the Year by the world-renowned ISC. Alongside two rare trophies and five gold medals, this award is a testament to our ceaseless pursuit of creativity and innovation at Glenmorangie’s Highland Distillery – and to the dedication which goes into creating Ardbeg’s untamed spirit. It is rewarding indeed to know our efforts are meet with such appreciation.”


ISC 2018 awards at a glance: 

Dr Bill Lumsden – Distiller of the Year

Dr Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks. Dr Bill is regarded by the malt whisky industry as an innovator, creating whiskies which have revolutionised the single-malt market. In recognition of his team’s work, The Glenmorangie Company was named Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2012. Dr Bill, who has a PhD in biochemistry, has combined art and science in his work since he joined The Glenmorangie Company in 1995. He is renowned for his groundbreaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and use of extra-maturation. Dr Bill has won a series of prestigious awards and accolades. In 2015, he was first named as the ISC’s Master Blender/Distiller of the year. He then won the International Whisky Competition’s award for Master Distiller of the Year 2016 and 2017. He was also honoured with the title of Master Distiller/Blender of the Year, at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards.

Glenmorangie Spìos – Trophy Winner – Scotch whisky: Single Malt No Age

Glenmorangie’s first whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks. A full-bodied and savoury expression, it is the ninth annual release in the Distillery’s pioneering Private Edition series.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 – Trophy Winner, Scotch whisky: Single Malt 21 Years & Over

The second release in the Distillery’s exclusive Vintage Collection, Bond House No.1, this limited expression is created from spirit distilled in the last days of Glenmorangie’s former still house. Rich and complex, it is Glenmorangie’s first whisky part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks.

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at
the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

About Ardbeg:

Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as one of the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

About the ISC:

Now in its 23rd year, the renowned International Spirits Challenge receives more than 1,500 entries from almost 70 countries and is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, including ten days of blind tastings by panels of more than 50 industry experts. Its Master Blender/Distiller of the Year award recognises innovation and rewards the craftsmanship and skill shown in a master blender or distiller’s work over the last year.

Responsible Drinking:

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie and Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

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