Carpathian’s Single Malt Whisky goes from strength to strength having recently been awarded gold and silver medals at the Global World Whisky Masters 2023. It also won bronze medals at the International Spirits Challenge (UK) and International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK) as well as achieving high points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USA).
The Global World Whisky Masters was launched in 2008 and rewards international excellence in whisky production. Held in London, this year the competition assembled producers from around the world from countries that included Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, The Czech Republic and of course, the UK.
The International Spirits Competition on the other hand, is now in its 28th year, and is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. While the US Ultimate Spirits Challenge evaluates, recognises and promotes the quality of beverage alcohol products, the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) champions the best wine and spirits from around the world.
Launched last October, Romania’s first ever single malt whisky is produced by the Alexandrion Group, Romania’s leading spirits and sparkling wine producer under the stewardship of Master Distiller, Allan Anderson who commented:
“In just over one year since unveiling Carpathian Single Malt Whisky and only a few months since the commercial launch, these awards are a testament to Dr. Salameh’s vision and belief that Romania’s natural assets were ideal for creating an exceptional Single Malt. They also confirm that we are very much on the right trajectory and will continue to develop the quality and accessibility of our ranges and releases, through our passion for this premium product”.
With leading international spirits trade publication The Spirits Business writing:
“Another Gold also went to Romania’s Carpathian Single Malt Whisky Cognac Cask Finish, enjoyed for its “nice maltiness” on the nose and hints of “chocolate, malt, cereal and some red fruit”.
Meanwhile Carpathian Single Malt Whisky’s Cognac, Ruby Port and Amarone expressions won gold at the Global World Whisky Masters 2023 (UK), whilst Fetească Neagră, Madeira, Burgundy, Commandaria and Vradiano all won silver.
Fetească Neagră and Cognac expressions took bronze at the International Spirits Challenge (UK) as did the Oloroso expression at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Over in the US at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Cognac and Fetească Neagră collected 91 and 90 points respectively in their category which are important accolades recognising Romania’s first single malt whisky quality.
Dr. Nawaf Salameh, Founding Chairman of Alexandrion Group, summed up by saying:
“The incredible results of Carpathian Single Malt Whisky in the Global World Whisky Awards 2023 competition (UK), International Spirits Challenge (UK), International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK) & Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USA) were an opportunity for me to take a few moments and think about the beautiful, yet challenging path that Romania’s first single malt whisky has had. The idea started to develop in my mind more than twenty years ago when I realized the potential that Romania had to produce single malt whisky and when I also understood that our people need and deserve to enjoy a world class whisky produced in their country. Alexandrion Group was able to give that to them. The positive feedback that we receive from consumers all over the world and the evaluation of the expert judges of some of the world’s most highly regarded international spirits and wine blind-tasting competitions are an extra confirmation that Carpathian Single Malt is a strong competitor on the global market. Our international journey continues.”
For more information on Carpathian Single Malt, please visit: www.carpathian-singlemalt.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Images courtesy of the Alexandrion Group