Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has been awarded the World Whisky Trophy, the highest honour at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) held recently in London.
Bain’s is one of only three whiskies in the category which featured many international brands, to have been bestowed a trophy.
The competition promotes outstanding quality spirits from around the world with just over 1300 entries judged from 70 countries. Entries are tasted blind by a panel of 50 international judges and scored based on aroma, appearance, taste, and finish.
The Whiskies of the World category includes all countries from around the world such as Ireland, the USA, Japan, Australia and Taiwan, excluding Scotland. Bain’s was one of only seven whiskies in this category to be awarded gold and in the final round of blind tasting the whiskies all competed against each other for the trophy accolade.
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky Master distiller Andy Watts says this award is a great acknowledgment for the quality of South African whisky.
“Bain’s is such an incredible success story for South African whisky. The multiple awards, praise from the international whisky community and interest from consumers around the world, is incredibly rewarding.
“We set-out when launching this whisky in 2009 to truly showcase the essence of South African whisky, to set a benchmark for single grain in the world and to highlight the strides that we have taken in our short history of making whisky in this country.”
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is made from the finest South African grain, double matured in ex-Bourbon casks first for an initial three years before being re-vatted into a fresh set of ex-bourbon casks for a further 18 to 30 months. The result is an exceptionally smooth whisky with a delicious combination of floral, banana, honey, toasted hazelnuts and toffee aromas, revealing wood, vanilla and spice. Beautifully balanced vanilla, cocoa butter and light spices from the oak casks lead to a warm mouth-feel and long, smooth finish.