International wine, spirit and cider producer, Distell, has received recognition from across the globe for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), as well as the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). The portfolio received 29 awards in total, including the Director’s Award of Excellence from SFWSC.
The Executive Director of the SFWSC awarded this prestigious accolade to Distell as one of the top awards for 2017 based on the portfolio’s overall performance. In addition to this, six ‘Double Gold’ awards were received and Black Bottle’s No Age Statement was recognised as Best Blended Scotch. The remaining five medals in this category were shared among the malts – Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Ledaig.
SFWSC received over 2,100 entries this year, which were judged by 43 respected spirits experts and Distell was awarded a further six medals – one Gold, four Silver and a Bronze. This year’s results at the International Spirits Challenge resulted in 16 accolades in total – two Gold, 14 Silver and two Bronze.
The blind tasting judging process awarded Deanston Virgin Oak and Scottish Leader 12YO Gold medals, acknowledging these entries as excellent products.
Commenting on the raft of award wins, Fraser Thornton, Managing Director, Europe at Distell said: “The results speak for themselves and reinforce the passion and commitment from the distillery and blending teams to deliver world class products. We are particularly proud to receive SFWSC Director’s Award of Excellence this year, as it builds on our achievements in 2016 when Bunnahabhain was recognised as Distillery of the Year.
“We have ambitious growth plans for the business and will be announcing a series of investment intentions across the portfolio over the coming year, reinforcing our drive to ensure we continue to innovate and produce stand out Scotch Whisky brands.”
SFWSC 2017 – Distell’s Awards
Director’s Award of Excellence for the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Double Gold Medal
Best Blended Scotch – No Age Statement, Black Bottle Blended Scotch, Islands, [43%]
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, [46.3%]
Bunnahabhain Toiteach Single Malt Scotch, Islay, [46%]
Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islands, [46.3%]
Ledaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islands, [46.3%]
Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highland, [46.3%]
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, [46.3%]
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, [46.3%]
Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Single Malt Scotch, Islay, [46.3%]
Deanston Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch, Highland, [46.3%]
Deanston 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highland, [46.3%]
Scottish Leader Blended Scotch, Islands, [40%]
ISC 2017 – Distell’s Awards
Deanston Virgin Oak
Scottish Leader 12YO
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
Ledaig 10 Year Old
Ledaig 18 Year Old
Deanston 18 Year Old Bourbon Finish
Scottish Leader Original
Scottish Leader Supreme
Deanston 12 Year Old
Scottish Leader Signature
Distell purchased Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd in 2013, which changed its name to Distell International Ltd in April 2016.
Distell is Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with a portfolio of close on 100 brands across an extensive portfolio, including Nederburg, Bunnahabhain, Savanna Cider and Amarula Cream Liqueur.
It is the world’s second largest producer of ciders.
Distell is a Scotch whisky producer and brand owner with three single malt whisky distilleries and a strong portfolio of Scotch whisky brands.
The three distilleries include: Deanston in Doune, Perthshire; Bunnahabhain on the Isle of Islay and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
With a global network of offices and distribution partners, the company employs around 5,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of £1 billion.
Its South African whiskies, Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, have also earned international acclaim.