For the first time in the history of the International Whisky Competition, Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender for John Dewar and Sons, becomes the first woman ever to blend a Whisky of the Year with her Dewar’s double-aged whisky.
Dewar’s Double Double 32-Year-Old and Macleod, have won ‘Whisky Of The Year’ and ‘Master Blender Of The Year’ respectively.
This is the second year running Macleod (below) has won the accolade of Master Blender Of The Year, after she made history in 2019 as the first woman to win the award.
Macleod said: “At Dewar’s we aim to push the boundaries of what is expected from the whisky category and have a long-standing commitment to innovation, so we are delighted with our success in the 2020 competition and it is an honour to be named Master Blender of the Year.
“I accept this award on behalf of the whole team at Dewar’s who have shown relentless hard work and dedication, despite the challenges this year has held. It is incredibly rewarding indeed to see these efforts appreciated.”
Dewar’s Double Double 32-Year-Old, which scored 96.4 points in the competition, is yet to hit Australia. However whisky lovers can enjoy the brand’s signature double-aged whisky process that is utilised across the entire portfolio. Dewar’s 12, 15, 18 & 25 at available at Dan Murphy’s and Dewar’s 12 and 15 at BWS.
Master Distiller of the Year went to Dr Bill Lumsden at Glenmorangie Distillery; while Distillery of the Year went to Ardbeg Distillery.