TIMAH, Malaysia’s first whisky to be globally recognised, has again been awarded a silver, this time by the International Spirits Challenge 2020 (ISC).
The influential British-based competition received more than 1,800 entries from 70 countries and results were announced late last year.
The ISC is deemed by many of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence, featuring blind tasting panels of more than 50 industry professionals.
Timah first made history when as the country’s first double-peated blend, it won its first silver medal in the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), one of the oldest competitions of its kind.
It was marked by judges as “an outstanding spirit that displays refinement, finesse and complexity”.
It was also the first time a Malaysian-produced whisky ever won an award at this prestigious competition.
The award by ISC has now cemented Timah’s place among the top whiskies of the world.
Malaysians had also given their stamp of approval. Within three to four weeks of Timah being awarded by the SFWSC in July last year, orders came fast and Timah was sold out the following month.
Timah producer, Winepak managing director Gilbert Yeo has some good news.
“We have limited new stock available now. Those who are keen to get a bottle can order through our website.
“The awards for Timah represent the first time a Malaysian brand has triumphed in such competitions.
“The incredible run of international success in 2020 sets a new standard for local producers and represents a new generation of Malaysian whisky founded on a proud heritage,” said Yeo, adding that the spirit added a sense of distinction to the local alcohol market and brought the national industry into the global spotlight.
Timah uses molasses spirit to suit local and regional tastes and thereby, is able to credibly claim that it is Malaysian-made, a point of difference in international spirits competitions.
Timah has a distinct identity that reflects the national spirit of industry and enterprise at the turn of the 20th century and celebrates the heritage of fine malt whisky dating back to the days of British Malaya.
Timah’s tasting notes indicate a light, fruity whisky which starts off with a faint floral bouquet and gradually moves through a smoky palate before settling into a sweet, light oak finish.
The fine balance of malt and sugarcane molasses imparts a unique peat-infused character, giving an exotic hint of the tropics.