Blog: Andy MortonIWSC plays fair for white spirits as Scotch and poetry flows

Andy Morton | 19 January 2015

At a Burns Night supper in Kings Cross last week, the team from the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) were letting their hair down.

General manager Ewan Lacey, as a Scotsman no stranger to the bard of Ayrshire, served up dollops of Burns' greatest hits alongside the haggis, neeps and tatties. There was whisky, too, a cross-section of the IWSC's top award winners from last year including Morrison Bowmore's Travel Retail-exclusive Bowmore Gold Reef and Pernod Ricard's Chivas Regal 18yo Deluxe Blend.

But the event, part of a new IWSC partnership with restaurant T.E.D, served also to remind that the 2015 awards will be around again shortly. The competition opened for entries earlier this month, however this year it is to be expanded for the first time to include mixer categories, with awards available for the best vodka in a bloody Mary and gin together with tonic.

The decision redresses the balance somewhat for white spirits as, unlike Scotch for example, they are rarely drunk neat. Producers that work hard to find the right recipe to go with tonic or with tomato juice and Tabasco now have the chance to earn the recognition of the industry, and include the IWSC stamp of approval on their bottles.

Weel done, 'cutty-sark, as Robbie Burns might say.

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