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IWSC 2024 Spirits Results


We’re delighted to announce the results of this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition. As a distillery, we secured 1 Gold, 5 Silvers, and 1 Bronze, making us the most awarded English distillery in the “Single Malt Whisky” category.

“The IWSC celebrate excellence in whisky from around the globe. With a distinguished panel of judges and a commitment to quality, these awards recognise the craftsmanship, diversity, and innovation within the whisky industry. We’re delighted and proud that Filey Bay Whisky excelled against tough competition to win seven awards. Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #4 particularly stood out, earning a 95-point Gold, our first-ever Gold award from the IWSC.

It’s incredibly rewarding to be putting English whisky on the world map. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery over the years.”

David Thompson, Managing Director and Co-Founder

The IWSC is an annual wine and spirits competition, founded in 1969 by Anton Massel. It has grown to become one of the largest competitions of its kind in the world. Spirits are evaluated on a 100-point scale, with awards given for Gold Outstanding (98-100 points), Gold (95-97 points), Silver (90-94 points), and Bronze (85-89 points). The 2024 competition featured approximately 4,000 entries.

IWSC 2024 Spirits Results – Filey Bay Whisky 

Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #4 – GOLD – 95pts

Judges Tastings Notes – “Rich aromas of oak, vanilla, Guadeloupe melons, and caramel, with a zesty touch. The palate has a wonderful red berry and red apple intensity with hints of spice, ahead of an engaging and superbly complex finish.

Filey Bay Moscatel Finish Batch #4 – SILVER – 94pts

Judges Tasting Notes –  “Indulge in the luscious aromas of honey, caramel, and sweet orange jam. The smooth palate and true malty core have great texture with a touch of pepper and vanilla.

Filey Bay Yorkshire Day 2023 – SILVER 93pts

Judges Tasting Notes –  “Complex and vibrant flavours of pears, citrus and floral orange zest unfold into floral and mulled spice palate with a long and rounded finish.

Filey Bay IPA Finish Batch #2 – SILVER – 93pts

Judges Tasting Notes – “Delightful pear, kola cube, vanilla blossom, and hoppy aromas lead to a lively palate of fresh beer, apples, grapefruit, and a touch of spice. The finish leaves a long-lasting impression.

Filey Bay Sherry Cask Reserve Batch #4  – SILVER – 92pts

Judges Tasting Notes – Notes of caramel, nuts and dry fruit unfold to create a rich aroma profile. Creamy with flavours of raisins, figs, and cacao on the palate.

Filey Bay Peated Finish Batch #3 – SILVER – 92pts

Judges Tasting Notes – “Intriguing balance of fruit and gentle smoke on the nose. Smooth, with caramelised stone fruit and chilli on the palate. Nutty undertones lead to a warm, lingering spicy finish.

Filey Bay Flagship – BRONZE – 89pts

Judges Tasting Notes – “Almonds and grass on the nose. Flavours of guava, pineapple and vanilla toffee follow.


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