Beam Suntory Whiskies Take Home Top Awards At The 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Knob Creek® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, and The Tyrconnell® 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Lead List of the Portfolio’s Many Prestigious Medal Recipients

Beam Suntory Whiskies Take Home Top Awards At The 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Chicago, IL (May 22, 2017) – Beam Suntory, the world’s 3rd largest premium spirits company, continued its impressive industry performance at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), one of the most respected and influential blind-tasting competitions in the world. In total, Beam Suntory took home more than 40 medals, including 31 across its leading bourbon and world whisky portfolios.

Leading the company’s outstanding performance at this year’s competition was Knob Creek® Bourbon, whose portfolio earned an impressive threeDouble Gold medals for its Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon and Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey offerings. Also, earning Double Gold medals – a designation for “the finest products in the world” –  were Laphroaig® Lore™ Single Malt Scotch Whisky and The Tyrconnell® 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey, which went on to receive the title of “Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey.”

“We’re honored to see our carefully crafted whiskies earn such prestigious scores that speak to the high quality our distillers uphold across our portfolio,” said Matt Shattock, Chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory. “Knob Creek Bourbon is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Seeing established brands like Knob Creek, as well as new offerings like The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old, win over the palates of our industry’s most respected judges is an extraordinary achievement that celebrates the hard work, care and patience that our teams put into crafting every bottle.”

In addition to five Double Gold medals, brands within the Beam Suntory portfolio also received seven Gold Medals, which are awarded to exceptional spirits that are “near the pinnacle of achievement” and “set the standard” for their categories. These recipients include:

·         Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon

·         El Tesoro® Reposado Tequila

·         El Tesoro® Anejo Tequila

·         Bowmore® 18 Years Old Scotch Whisky

·         Laphroaig® 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

·         Connemara® Original Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

·         The Tyrconnell® 10 Year Old Port Cask Finish Whiskey

More than 2,100 spirits were judged at this year’s 2017 SFWSC. A blind-tasting competition emphasizing integrity and impartiality, the SFWSC takes great pride in ensuring that all entries are treated with equal care and consideration by a panel of spirits-industry experts.


About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and