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Hibiki 21 Year Old is the ISC’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017
Published:  13 July, 2017

Blended Scotch 21 years old and over

Winner: Master of Malt 40 Year Old

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

The 2017 winner is Johnnie Walker Green Label

Single Malt up to 20 Years/Single Malt 21 years

There were two trophies:

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

and

The Balvenie Thirty

ISC Supreme Champion Spirit 2017

The International Spirits Challenge’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017 is Suntory’s Hibiki 21 Year Old.

Aquavit/Akvavit

Arcus aquavits received an incredible four trophies, for:

Aalborg Dild Akvavit

Aalborg Jule Akvavit

Lysholm Linie Double Cask Madeira

Lysholm Linie Double Cask Port

Gin

Justin Smith said: “What an incredible year for the Gin category. Our judges were really put to the test, tasting their way through 188 products, a huge increase of 26% and a record-breaking year. There are two trophies:

Elephant Gin, London Dry Gin

And

Gibson's Exception, By La Martiniquaise

Vodka

Two trophies went to:

Pravda Rye vodka

and

Stalinskaya Blue wheat vodka

Tequila

There was one trophy: Tequila Corazon Expresiones Van Winkle Añejo

Rum

There were three trophies:

Foursquare Triptych

Bundaberg Rum: Master Distillers’ Collection – Blenders’ Edition.

Foursquare 2004

Brandy

There were two trophies: Distell’s Oude Meester Souverein

and

De Luze XO Fine Champagne

Liqueurs

The Liqueurs trophy was won by: Supercassis - Crème De Cassis by Vedrenne

Design & Packaging Awards

The ISC Design and Packaging awards look to recognise the very best designs within the spirits sector. Judges were asked to assess entries based on their pure creativity, initial impact, and relevance to the channel and its customers.

Ian Harris said: “The panel were impressed with the number of original designs emerging from the craft movement in the industry. The judges debated, discussed and reviewed before awarding the following Trophies.

The Best Design of a New Individual product

The Trophy went to: Bareksten Botanical Gin

The Best Design of a New Product Range

The Trophy: The McQueen Gin Range

The Design for a Specialist Retail Channel

The winner was Hennessy XO Extra Old Cognac Limited Edition

Design and Packaging Supreme Champion

The McQueen Gin Range

Producer of the Year Awards

Drinks International editor Christian Davis presided over the Producer of the Year and Special Recognition awards

The results are determined by a weighted points system, which scores the performance of all brands entered into a single spirits category. The company with the highest score in each category won the accolade of Producer of the Year.

The Liqueur Producer of the Year

Choya Umeshu

The Gin Producer of the Year

Diageo

Vodka Producer of the Year

Belvedere LVMH

Tequila Producer of the Year

Casa San Matias

Rum Producer of the Year

R L Seale & Company

Brandy Producer of the Year

Distell

World Whiskies Producer of the Year

 Suntory Spirits

Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year

William Grant & Sons (for the third year running)

“This Scotch whisky category is fiercely competitive and the number of entries by producers increases every year. Our winner has had an astonishing performance. Out of 49 entries into the scotch category, they have received a 100% medal success rate in the blind tasting, picking up 11 gold, 37 silver and one bronze medal.  Furthermore they have been awarded two Trophies here this evening,’ remarked Davis.