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SCOTTISH FIELD WHISKY CHALLENGE CHALLENGE Welcome to the fi rst stage in this year’s Scottish Field Whisky Challenge. Now in its 16th year, the Challenge has really established itself as an important barometer for what’s going on in the Scottish whisky industry and its results are eagerly awaited by experts and enthusiasts alike. One of the reasons for the success of the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge has been its unimpeachable credibility. We only appoint the most respected fi gures in the whisky world – men whose credentials, nose and provenance are impeccable – to be our judges, and this year is no exception. For the 2016 Challenge we have a fabulous line-up of eight judges , who have used skills, built up over a lifetime, to bring you the top three whiskies in three categories: under £40, £40-£80 and over £80. As well as the kudos of winning such a prestigious award, the top whisky in each category is automatically entered into the Grand Final at the end of the year, when our full panel of judges get together to choose the Scottish Field Whisky of the Year 2016. With 46 of Scotland’s top whiskies going head to head, our judges had their work cut out. This year’s Summer Challenge waves a fond farewell to Iain Forteath, Mike Lord and Matthew McFadyen, who we would like to thank for their efforts over the last few years and wish them well in future endeavours. In their places we extend a warm welcome to Ewan McIlwraith of Robertsons of Pitlochry, Vicky Keough of The Whisky Shop Dufftown and Shane Goodbody, who replaces Matthew on behalf of The Good Spirits Company. This is what we had in store for them. Blind Tasting What makes this competition so unique and, importantly, so impartial, is the fact that our judges taste the whisky completely blind. With the branding and packaging completely stripped away, only the whisky is left, to be judged solely on its own merits. As with last year, we asked producers to submit new expressions (since 1 January 2015), which could include blends, grains, malts or single casks. Then, at the Scottish Field offi ces, the 46 bottles were decanted into 10cl sample bottles with only a number for identifi cation. These were then posted to the eight participating judges for tasting and scoring. Scoring The judges were asked to award each of the 46 whiskies a mark out of fi ve. We then took away the lowest and highest scores and used the remaining marks to produce an average score for each of the expressions. We also asked the judges to provide us with detailed tasting notes. The results Once all the judges’ scores were in, we separated the whiskies into their relevant categories to fi nd the fi rst-, second- and third-placed whisky. The top whisky in each category will automatically be entered into our Grand Final at the end of the year. We have also listed the top 10 highest scoring whiskies. Slainte Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Team ‘One of the reasons for the success of the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge has been its unimpeachable credibility’ The 182 WWW.SCOTTISHFIELD.CO.UK


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