An Aberdeenshire whisky firm has clinched the coveted Grain Independent Bottler of the Year award at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers Challenge.
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky in Huntly scooped the top prize at the annual awards which were held in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
The Independent Bottlers Challenge, which has been running for 14 years, aims to reward the world’s finest whiskies and is known as the ‘Oscars’ of the whisky industry.
The whisky firm also received the Silver Awards for its Octave Range Bunnahabhain 2014, Invergordon 2007 and a Port Dundas 1973 from its Premium Octave collection, one of a series of eight whiskies that were only launched in October.
Euan Shand, Duncan Taylor chairman, said: “We are incredibly proud to see the quality of our grain whiskies recognised in such a big arena and against such fierce competition. This is thanks to the calibre of whiskies that we’ve accumulated over the years, many from distilleries that no longer operate. It’s great to see that our whiskies really stood out to the judging panel.”