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The Sassenach whisky wins Double Gold at New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

The Outlander star's whisky has won another clutch of awards.

Published: September 18, 2021
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Actor Sam Heughan's The Sassenach Spirit of Home blended whisky has won a Double Gold medal at this year's New York World Wine and Spirits Competition (NYWWSC).

The whisky also won two double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Championship, for a second year running in 2021.

Currently sold out in the UK, The Sassenach, which is made by Loch Lomond Whiskies, was recently re-released in America to the delight of fans.

The Sassenach was first launched in America last summer and went on sale in the UK in December 2020.

The whisky is a nod to the nickname Sam’s character Jamie has given his on-screen love interest Claire on the show and realises a dream the Scots actor has had for a long time.

In late 2020 Sam Heughan joined us on our podcast Scran to chat about his whisky, as well as why he chose a blend over a single malt, how it was almost made in America and his re-discovered love of Scotland through filming Outlander.

The actor also hinted at what other drinks may be released, saying: "In the future, I think we're going to start looking at other innovative spirits, whether it's whisky or something else.

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"But I think a single grain (whisky) is definitely a route we want to look at as well, because they're so good - and probably the majority of what I'm drinking right now."

Tweeting at the time of the Sassenach launch, the Sassenach Spirits team said: “Inspired by the Highland landscape, the Sassenach is a uniquely blended Scotch whisky with a distinct character and smooth flavour, suitable for any occasion.

“Ancient peaks, hidden glens, and rising morning mist, freshwater and firm oak run deep in its veins. Matured in casks that previously held fine Madeira wine, the exceptional blend has an underlying rich character that rises to the forefront.”

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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