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Adnams Whisky Winners!

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Adnams Rye Malt Whisky wins 'Gold Outstanding' at the 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition.

Adnams Rye Malt Whisky, inspired by the Suffolk village of Reydon near Adnams’ Southwold home, has won a top international award.


Rye Malt Whisky was awarded Gold Outstanding in this year’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition beating off whiskies from across the globe.


Adnams also picked up a silver medal for Triple Malt Whisky, bronze for Copper House Pink Gin and bronze for Single Malt Whisky.


The decision to produce a batch of whisky using rye was inspired by the local village of Reydon meaning Rye Hill – rye and don (being an Old English word for hill or rise).


The award is of special significance to Adnams’ Chairman Jonathan Adnams as the rye grown on his Reydon farm on the east coast of Suffolk is now used to produce the batches of whisky.


Adnams’ Rye Malt Whisky has aromas of warm vanilla, raisin fudge and black peppercorns.


After being distilled in Adnams small-batch distillery from 2013, the Rye Malt Whisky was left to mature for six years in new French oak barrels before being bottled this year.


Adnams Chairman, Jonathan Adnams, said: “It is a great honour for us to receive such a prestigious accolade in this highly respected global competition. We are proud to use the rye grown in the fields of Reydon, to produce this world class whisky. For me, it embodies everything Adnams stands for – using the very best local ingredients to create a range of outstanding beers and spirits.”


The IWSC awards are considered one of the highest honours in the Food & Drink sector. Wines and spirits are judged ‘blind’ by expert panels, selected from over 400 fully experienced and qualified industry judges, and Gold medal winning wines and spirits are re-tasted by the Wine and Spirit Judging Committees for final endorsement.


A 70cl bottle Rye Malt Whisky (47% abv) can be bought for £39.99 online and in our stores and the whisky trio box for £39.99 at