By Clyde Mooney

Kilchoman Machire Bay 2012 has scooped the 2013 International Whisky Competition, taking gongs for Whisky of the Year and Master Distiller.

Distilling since just 2005, Kilchoman took top prize at the competition in the US last week, following a blind tasting of over 50 products by an expert panel.

The distiller’s Anthony Wills snatched ‘Master Distiller of the Year 2013’ in the first year of this award, earning recognition from the judges for producing a superior single malt.

“Machir Bay and Kilchoman Distillery are worthy winners in this year’s IWC,” said Sylvain Allard, managing director of the International Whisky Competition.

“To have such a young whisky receive the highest score is unprecedented. Compared with the bigger brands’ younger releases, it’s a significant accomplishment that Kilchoman has only been bottling single malt whisky since 2008 on a micro-distillery.”

Distributors The island2island Beverage Company were naturally very pleased with the success and plan to drive its position in Australia.

“The awards are well-deserved and particularly impressive for such a fledgling brand,” says Lara Gardner, brand manager.

“Kilchoman is a great tasting whisky that is gaining traction in Australia. We have had a very positive response from our customers and have high hopes for this brand.”

The Shout Team

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