Unprecedented victory for North Star Spirits as business scoops Independent Bottler of the Year award for third time

04/12/2023

HISTORY was made at the Scottish Whisky Awards when North Star Spirits saw off significantly larger competition and were crowned Independent Bottling champions for the third time in just four years.

In terms of the North Star’s liquid offering, no fewer than 12 of its whiskies were shortlisted for taste excellence at the Scottish Whisky Awards with 2 picking up a Gold, 1 winning Silver and 2 bringing home Bronze.

Judges of The Awards praised a sensational year for North Star by saying: “The company has a great entrepreneurial spirit and ethos with fabulous initiatives and their brand essence comes across in everything they do. North Star are relatively small but are making a huge splash within the industry.”

Iain Croucher, North Star Spirits founder said: “This award will only serve to make us even more innovative and committed to bringing more people into the phenomenal world of Scotch Whisky. It’s been a wonderful year for me personally as our new Dal Riata distillery in Campbeltown has also received planning consent.”

Charlie Maclean OBE, Master of the Quaich, said: “I can honestly say I have never come across a North Star bottling that was other than first rate – and I have tasted quite a few!”

David Broom, whisky writer, said: “Through a series of initiatives and forward-thinking ideas, not to mention superb quality control, North Star has shaken up conventions of the independent bottler sector and deservedly become one of its leading lights.”

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