The Balblair 1990 Vintage Highland Single Malt Whisky. Image courtesy Balblair/Inver House.August 22, 2016 – For the third year in a row, a single malt from Inver House Distillers has taken top honors at the Whisky Fringe festival in Edinburgh. The Balblair 1990 vintage was named the Spirit of Whisky Fringe Award winner in voting by attendees at the Royal Mile Whiskies-sponsored event this past weekend. The victory comes after the 2014 victory for the Old Pulteney 1990 vintage and last year’s win for the Old Pulteney 17 year old – which came in 10th place this year.

Also for the third consecutive year, Glenglassaugh single malts took runner-up honors, as attendees picked the distillery’s 30-year-old expression as their second-favorite whisky of the weekend. According to the organizers, 161 different whiskies received votes during the three days of the Whisky Fringe. Tomatin placed three different single malts in the top ten, while William Grant & Sons had two. The only whisky from outside Scotland to make the top ten was Redbreast 21 from Irish Distillers.

1: Balblair 1990
2: Glenglassaugh 30
3: William Grant & Sons Ghosted Reserve 21 Year Old Blended Malt
4: Tomatin 36
5: Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage (Tomatin)
6: Tomatin 1995 21 Year Old Sherry Cask
7: Kininvie 23 Year Old
8: Redbreast 21
9: Sovereign Port Dundas 1988 27 Year Old Single Grain
10: Old Pulteney 17

The 2017 Whisky Fringe will be held the weekend of August 11-13 in Edinburgh.

Links: Royal Mile Whiskies