On November 16, the global premium spirits business and independent family distiller, William Grant & Sons, was honoured with the Distiller of the Year’ title, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London – ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.
In the individual expression honours, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 YO won the Single Malt Scotch 15 Years Old and Under Trophy. The judges also recognised Glenfiddich 21YO, Glenfiddich 14 YO Bourbon Barrel Reserve, The Balvenie Thirty and Glenfiddich 40 YO with each receiving a ‘gold outstanding’ medal.
Edward Snell & Co, Marketing Manager, Richard Brodrick commented saying: “William Grant & Sons has been awarded this title six times, proving that year after year they produce world class quality spirits. This is an incredible achievement and is testament to the skill, expertise and dedication of the distillery. They have impeccably maintained the quality of their liquid and in some cases on brands well over a century old. We’re honoured to have these variants in our country, allowing our market to share the goodness of the William Grant & Sons whiskies.”
The Company won 20 gold medals for Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Grant’s, winning 60 medals overall.
The IWSC is now in its 47th year and is one of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process and for this year’s competition it received entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide.