With almost 750 spirits submitted from 47 countries, including exotic ones such as the People’s Re-public of China and the West Indies, this year’s International Spirits Competition (ISW) achieved a new record. Around 50 experts from around the world were invited to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in April by the event organiser Mundus Vini to spend two days sampling and judging the submitted spirits ac-cording to strict rules. Tasting director Christian Wolf said he was impressed by the quality of the products. “The standard of spirits entered was exceptionally high; we had some really good quality stuff here.” The jury awarded 18 grand gold medals, an unprecedented number.
The jury selected as producer of the year the Swiss distillery Studer from Escholzmatt near Lucerne, which achieved two grand gold, five gold medals and one silver medal. Its grand gold-awarded Pflümli also excelled as fruit distillate of the year 2015. Previously Studer was honoured at the ISW as distiller of the year for three years in succession (2011-2013) and was thus able to continue writing its success story almost seamlessly.
Importer of the year is Diageo, whose Tanqueray No.Ten was selected as gin of the year 2015. The spirits submitted by this importer picked up an impressive 39 awards, namely three times grand gold, 24 gold and 12 silver medals.
Spirit discovery of the year 2015 was the organic Schüttelbrot (flat bread) spirit by the South Tyro-lean boutique distillery Unterthurner, a speciality made of Schüttelbrot from Profanter’s bakery in Mil-land, Brixen.
As spirit of the year 2015 the jury selected Benromach – The Classic Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.