Finalists: Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  06.26.2024

Single malt Scotch whiskies with no age statement offer a unique exploration into the craft of whisky-making, emphasizing the distiller’s art over the age of the spirit. The 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition has identified the finest in this category, each showcasing distinct character and expert craftsmanship. Here are the top finalists, with the ultimate winner to be revealed at the Top Shelf Awards Gala.

Old Pulteney Huddart

With notes of coastal peat smoke mingling with rich vanilla and honey, this whisky delivers a complex and satisfying experience. The Huddart expression pays homage to Old Pulteney’s maritime heritage, offering a smooth and smoky profile that is both robust and refined.

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is renowned for its bold and intense flavor profile. Judges described it as rich and fruity, with a robust smoky character typical of Islay whiskies. The combination of smoky, peaty notes with rich fruitiness creates a dynamic and memorable whisky. This whisky is perfect for those who appreciate the powerful flavors of Islay malts.

Arran Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish

Arran Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish is a high-strength expression that showcases the influence of sherry cask maturation. This whisky offers a symphony of dried fruits, nuts, and spices on the nose, followed by a rich and full-bodied palate. The sherry cask finish adds depth and complexity, making it a standout choice for whisky aficionados.

Glenglassaugh Sandend

This expression offers a delightful balance of coastal influences and rich fruitiness. The high alcohol content provides a robust and intense flavor profile, making it both complex and enjoyable. 

Loch Lomond Classic

Loch Lomond Classic is an excellent value whisky that offers a smooth and approachable profile. With notes of fresh fruit, vanilla, and gentle smoke, this whisky is both versatile and enjoyable. Loch Lomond’s innovative approach to whisky-making ensures that even their entry-level expressions deliver quality and character.

These exceptional Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with no age statement from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition demonstrate the creativity and expertise of their distillers. Each finalist offers a unique and captivating experience, showcasing the best of Scotch Whisky.