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William Grant Makes It A Double At The IWSC Awards 2018


15th October 2018
William Grant & Sons portfolio of whisky, gin and other spirits picked up an impressive amount of awards at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition.

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Last night, independent family distillers William Grant & Sons made it a double when they picked up the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) awards for Distiller of the Year award and Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year.

The IWSC awards are well known for setting the international benchmark for quality and recognising excellence in wines and spirits worldwide and these two latest awards follows a fantastic run of success builds on previous years where William Grant & Sons was awarded Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year (2016), Distiller of the Year (2016 & 2013) and International Spirits Producer of the Year (2014 & 2013).

Simon Hunt, Chief Executive of William Grant & Sons says: "Receiving this level of recognition from the IWSC is a real honour and a testament to our teamsí continued innovation and dedication to delivering excellence across our portfolio."

These awards are in addition to three IWSC trophies presented to the company earlier this year for its Glenfiddich Finest Solera, The Balvenie Thirty and Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old, and more than 70 medals recognising quality across the William Grant & Sons portfolio.

The competition follows a rigorous judging process with more than 400 global experts judging products over a seven month period.

Adam Lechmere, general manager for the IWSC, said: "With a raft of IWSC medals at the highest level, William Grant & Sons continue to impress the IWSC judges with the consistent excellence of their many and varied products. From much-loved household names like Glenfiddich to bourbons, ryes, tequilas and many others, they bestride the world of international spirits.

"For well over a century they have been investing and growing, especially in the younger and more esoteric brands which are crucial to maintaining their market position. We are proud to recognise and reward such dedication to excellence."

Now in its 49th year, the IWSCís relentless pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today. Entries are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide where each sample is judged according to its class. With nearly 50 years of heritage, an IWSC award is recognised internationally by consumers as a badge of quality.

On top of the prestigious IWSC 2018 Distiller of the Year award and Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year awards the company's extensive portfolio of whisky, gin and rum and more also impressed the judges at this years competition, the list of 2018 winners are below:

IWSC 2018 Trophy Winners

  • Tullamore DEW 18 Year Old, Worldwide Whiskey Trophy 2018
  • Glenfiddich Finest Solera, Single Malt Whisky No Age Stated
  • The Balvenie Thirty, Single Malt Scotch Whisky Over 15 Year Old

IWSC 2018 Gold Medal Winners

  1. Drambuie
  2. Gibsonís Finest Venerable 18 Year Old
  3. Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  4. Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask 19 Year Old
  5. Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish
  6. Glenfiddich Aged 15 Year Old
  7. Glenfiddich Aged 18 Year Old
  8. Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old
  9. Glenfiddich Cask Collection Reserve Cask
  10. Glenfiddich Experimental Series Winter Storm
  11. Glenfiddich Vino Formosa Cask Finish 26 Year Old
  12. Grant's 12 Year Old
  13. Monkey Shoulder
  14. The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
  15. The Balvenie Forty
  16. The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill Aged 12 Year Old
  17. The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill Sherry Cask Aged 15 Year Old

IWSC 2018 Silver Medal Winners

  1. Ailsa Bay
  2. Gibsonís Bold 8 Year Old
  3. Gibsonís Finest Rare 12 Year Old
  4. Gibsonís Finest Sterling
  5. Glenfiddich 30 Year Old
  6. Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
  7. Glenfiddich Aged 12 Year Old
  8. Glenfiddich Aged 21 Year Old
  9. Glenfiddich Aged 25 Year Old
  10. Glenfiddich Cask Collection Vintage Cask
  11. Glenfiddich Cask Selection Select Cask
  12. Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 Year Old
  13. Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
  14. Glenfiddich IPA Experiment
  15. Glenfiddich Project XX
  16. Grant's Ale Cask
  17. Grant's Family Reserve
  18. Grant's Rare 18 Year Old
  19. Grant's Smoky
  20. House of Hazelwood 18 Year Old
  21. House of Hazelwood 21 Year Old
  22. House of Hazelwood 25 Year Old
  23. Hudson Baby Bourbon
  24. Hudson Manhattan Rye
  25. Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey
  26. Ladyburn
  27. Milagro Anejo
  28. Milagro Reposado
  29. Milagro Silver Tequila
  30. Milagro Special Reserve Anejo
  31. Reyka
  32. Sailor Jerry
  33. Smokey Monkey
  34. Solerno Blood Orange
  35. The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
  36. The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask
  37. The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
  38. The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year Old
  39. The Balvenie Portwood 21 Year Old
  40. The Balvenie Traditional Oak 25 Year Old
  41. The Balvenie Triple Cask 12 Year Old
  42. The Balvenie Triple Cask 16 Year Old
  43. The Balvenie Triple Cask 25 Year Old
  44. The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Scotch Whisky 28 Year Old
  45. The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Scotch Whisky 30 Year Old
  46. Three Barrels VSOP Brandy
  47. Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve
  48. Tullamore Dew 14 Year Old
  49. Tullamore Dew 15 Year Old
  50. Tullamore Dew Cider Cask
  51. Tullamore DEW
  52. Tullamore Dew Phoenix
  53. Tullamore DEW XO Rum Cask Finish

IWSC 2018 Bronze Medal Winners

  1. Clan Macgregor
  2. Discarded
  3. Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
  4. Milagro Special Reserve Reposado
  5. Milagro Special Reserve Silver

If you want to explore William Grants extensive portfolio you will find most of the whiskies and other spirits mentioned above available from specialist online retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt but for now it is only available in Tesco.
 

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