Old Pulteney 1990, the winner of the 2014 Spirit of Whisky Fringe Award. Image courtesy Royal Mile Whiskies. August 14, 2014 – Old Pulteney’s 1990 vintage was named the Spirit of Whisky Fringe winner at this past weekend’s Whisky Fringe festival in Edinburgh. 1,300 attendees at the annual Royal Mile Whiskies-organized event were able to cast ballots for their favorite whiskies of the three-day festival. The win for the Wick distillery ends two years at the top for the Tomatin 30-year-old, which has been replaced in the distillery’s lineup since last year’s festival.

Runner-up honors went to the Glenglassaugh 1978, followed by the 21-year-old single malt from Ben Nevis and the new Highland Park Dark Origins expression. Ardbeg Uigeadail finished in the top five for the third straight year, following last year’s third-place finish and another fifth-place finish in 2012.

The rest of the top ten vote-getters were the Glenlivet 25, Balblair’s 1990 vintage, the Kilchoman Small Batch, Bunnahabhain 18, and Glen Moray 25. All of this year’s top ten whiskies were official distillery bottlings, with no independent bottlings cracking the list.

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