A Scottish single malt was awarded the title of World Whisky of the Year by a distinguished guide.
Ardbeg Uigeadail was given the accolade in the Whisky Bible 2009. The honour makes it a double for the Ardbeg distillery on the island of Islay, which scooped the same title last year for Ardbeg Ten Years Old.
Whisky authority Jim Murray, the guide's author, tasted 1,500 whiskies over the past year before reaching his decision. Ardbeg Uigeadail received 97.5 points out of 100, the highest rating ever awarded by Mr Murray. He described the tipple as being "mind boggling complex" and said tasting it was "one of the great moments in my whisky life".