Islay Scotch Awarded Top Honors In Prestigious Industry Competition
Deerfield, IL (August 13, 2013) – Beam Inc. (NYSE:BEAM) is pleased to announce that the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awarded Laphroaig®, the world's most richly flavored Scotch whisky, with top honors for five of its expressions.
Laphroaig® 18-Year-Old was awarded the Gold Outstanding Award, which is only awarded at the judges’ discretion, and Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, and Triple Wood all won Silver Outstanding Awards, which are awarded only to outstanding expressions of excellent quality.
"We are honored to be recognized with these prestigious awards by the International Wine and Spirit Competition," said John Campbell, Master Distiller for Laphroaig. "For 200 years, we've focused on delivering rich, unique and distinct Islay Scotch whisky, and these awards further establish Laphroaig® as a leader in this category."
The 44th annual International Wine and Spirit Competition received entries from 90 countries worldwide and judges each entry according to its class. The judging takes place in two stages; entries are first scored via a blind taste test by over 300 highly experienced industry judges. Next, the top products undergo a technical analysis to ensure the winners receive complete validation. To search the full list of results visit iwsc.net/results.
Judges at this year’s competition noted Laphroaig® 18-Year-Old as having an incredible nose with amazing rich floral notes, as well as the other expressions as “exciting and full of life” and having a “youthfully energetic finish.”
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Laphroaig® (La-'froyg) literally means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay." Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig® is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle. The secret to Laphroaig® is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig® a unique peaty taste. It is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns. It’s also the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH Prince Charles.
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As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.
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