DIAGEO Scotch Whiskies Win Top Awards at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Three Scotch Whisky Brands Take Home ‘Gold Outstanding’ Awards
MIAMI, FL—08/06/13— DIAGEO, the world’s leading supplier of premium drinks, is pleased to announce that its Scotch whisky brands, JOHNNIE WALKER® Black Label ®, OBAN® Highland and TALISKER®, took the highest honors at the 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious of its kind in the industry.
Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. This year’s results mark the 44th year of the Competition, whose awards are believed to be among some of the highest honors in the industry.
“DIAGEO is thrilled to learn that our blended and single malt Scotch whiskies have received the highest honors at this very prestigious and highly competitive Competition,” said Chris Copeland, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Innovation for DIAGEO Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC). “The fact that our brands are consistently recognized with such top-shelf honors serves as a testament to our conviction of producing nothing other than products of the highest quality.”
In total, DIAGEO Scotch whiskies took home a total of 35 medals, ranging from ‘Gold Outstanding,’ ‘Gold,’ ‘Silver Outstanding’ and ‘Silver,’ including the following that are popular in, or produced exclusively by, Latin America and the Caribbean:
JOHNNIE WALKER Black Label: Gold Outstanding
OLD PARR® DeLuxe: Gold
BLACK & WHITE®: Silver Outstanding
BUCHANAN’S® Special Reserve: Silver Outstanding
CARDHU® Speyside: Silver Outstanding
JOHNNIE WALKER Platinum Label®: Silver Outstanding
JOHNNIE WALKER Red Label®: Silver Outstanding
WHITE HORSE®: Silver Outstanding
BUCHANAN’S DeLuxe: Silver
BUCHANAN’S Master: Silver
HAIG SUPREME®: Silver
J&B® Rare: Silver
JOHNNIE WALKER Blue Label®: Silver
JOHNNIE WALKER Gold Label Reserve®: Silver
VAT 69®: Silver
Held in association with The Worshipful Company of Distillers, the 2013 IWSC showcased a selection of nearly 200 award winning spirits from all over the world, including products from Scotland, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany, South Africa and the Caribbean.
Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages. First, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products receiving the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released, ensuring winners receive complete validation.
Search the full list of results online at: iwsc.net/results.
DIAGEO is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include JOHNNIE WALKER®, BUCHANAN’S®, J&B® and OLD PARR® Scotch whiskies; ZACAPA®, CAPTAIN MORGAN®, PAMPERO® and CACIQUE® rums; TANQUERAY® gin; SMIRNOFF®, KETEL ONE® and CÎROC® vodkas; DON JULIO® tequila; GUINNESS® and RED STRIPE® beers; BAILEYS® liqueur; YPIOCA® and NEGA FULÔ® cachaças; and NAVARRO CORREAS® wine.
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The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed (chemical and microbiological) analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.
To ensure perfect conditions, the IWSC premises include bespoke cellars and three dedicated tasting rooms. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories.