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Distilling: IWSC Awards 2022


We’re celebrating after eight of our whiskies won medals at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition 2022.

The medal haul included three silver and five bronze medals. Silver medal winning spirits are typically described as ‘an accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.’

‘The IWSC is judged by 85 experienced sommeliers, distillers, vintners and distributors. These medals are great accolades and a timely reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing: making world-class field to bottle whisky using 100% home grown barley, here on the Yorkshire Coast.

Only eight of the 33 English single malt whisky distilleries were awarded medals and Filey Bay whiskies won eight out of the 22 medals that were awarded to English whiskies in the Worldwide Whisky category. As a young distillery with whisky that’s just five years old, we’re very pleased with the results.”

Joe Clark, Whisky Director
David and Joe from Filey Bay Whisky, holding three of the IWSC medal winning whiskies.
Whisky Director Joe Clark (l) and Managing Director & Co-Founder David Thompson (r) celebrate our IWSC results in front of our copper stills.

What is the IWSC?

Launched by wine chemist, Anton Massel as Club Oenologique, it’s a competition created to reward excellence in wine and spirit production. The medals are really well respected in the spirits and wider drinks industry, with entries into the whisky categories coming from around the world and all over Scotland too.

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