International Beverage Celebrates Outstanding Success at Four Global Spirit Competitions

Date: 1st June 2015

The team at International Beverage is proud to reveal a truly outstanding performance by their spirits portfolio following news that they have won a total of 47 medals across four annual international competitions: the International Spirits Challenge, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the World Whisky Awards.

Three of the company’s single malt whiskies scooped gold at the esteemed International Spirits Challenge this month: Balblair Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintage 1983, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17 Year Old and anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 Year Old. The distiller also received 15 silver rankings across its single malt range, and for its high quality blends Catto’s and Hankey Bannister. Now in its 20th year, the International Spirits Challenge is regarded as one of the world’s leading competition of its kind, with an independent judging panel blind tasting more than 1000 entries to reward only the highest calibre of spirit each year.

At the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York, where spirits are marked out of 100 and given a ranking from ‘Recommended’ to ‘Extraordinary’, Balblair received an ‘Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation’ for its Balblair Vintage 2003 expression, scoring a total of 95 points. anCnoc 12 Year Old, Balblair Vintage 1983, Old Pulteney Navigator, Old Pulteney 12 Year Old, Speyburn 10 Year Old and Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum also received recognition in the ‘Excellent’ category, awarded from a panel of highly experienced judges from the spirits industry.

Following this success in New York, International Beverage continued its winning streak over in the West Coast with eight more gold and silver awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Both Balblair Vintage 1999 and Speyburn Bradan Orach won double gold medal accolades, with Old Pulteney picking up a gold and silver medal for its core 12 Year Old and the Navigator expressions respectively. Gold and silver honours also went to and Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum and anCnoc 12 Year Old.

After heading back to the UK for the World Whisky Awards, ‘maritime malt’ Old Pulteney received further recognition ‐ this time for the limited edition Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage and its much loved Stroma liqueur. Speyburn, one of the top 10 single malt Scotch whisky brands in the USA, won gold for its Speyburn Bradan Orach expression and silver for the beautifully packaged Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt.

Hankey Bannister, the excellent blended Scotch whisky crafted using single malts from all five International Beverage distilleries, also won gold for its brilliant 21 Year Old Partners Reserve and was named a category winner in the Best Scotch Blended 21 Years and Over section. Within the Best Highland Single Malt No Age category, anCnoc’s peated Cutter expression received a gold accolade and category winner status.

Karen Walker, Marketing Director at International Beverage Holdings, commented:

 We are extremely proud to have so many of our leading brands recognised and highly rewarded across some of the world’s top competitions this year. These outstanding rankings are testament to the continued dedication and craftsmanship of our team and it is their expertise and passion that allows us to produce such distinctive and high quality flavour profiles for the global market.’

Full list of awards

International Spirits Challenge

anCnoc 12 year old Gold
Old Pulteney 17 year old Gold
Balblair Vintage 1983 Gold
Speyburn Bradan Orach Silver
Speyburn 10 year old Silver
Old Pulteney 12 year old Silver
Balblair Vintage 1999 Silver
anCnoc 18 year old Silver
Old Pulteney 21 year old Silver
Old Pulteney 35 year old Silver
Speyburn 25 year old Silver
Balblair Vintage 1990 Silver
Hankey Bannister Original Silver
Catto’s Rare Old Scottish Blended Scotch Whisky Silver
Catto’s Deluxe 12 year old Silver
Hankey Bannister 12 year old Silver
Hankey Bannister 21 year old Silver
Catto’s 25 year old Silver
anCnoc Cutter Bronze
Old Pulteney Navigator Bronze
anCnoc 22 year old Bronze

Ultimate Spirits challenge

Score Accolade Product Name
95 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation Balblair Vintage 2003
94 Excellent, Highly Recommended anCnoc 12 year old
94 Excellent, Highly Recommended Old Pulteney Navigator
94 Excellent, Highly Recommended Old Pulteney 12 year old
94 Excellent, Highly Recommended Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum
93 Excellent, Highly Recommended Speyburn 10 year old
93 Excellent, Highly Recommended Balblair Vintage 1983
88 Very Good, Strong Recommendation BlackMask Original Spiced Rum
88 Very Good, Strong Recommendation Speyburn Bradan Orach
86 Very Good, Strong Recommendation Mekhong Spirit of Thailand Rum

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

 Balblair

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, Balblair Vintage 1999 Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland
  • GOLD MEDAL, Balblair 2003 Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland

 Old Pulteney

  • GOLD MEDAL, Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland
  • SILVER MEDAL, Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland

 anCnoc

  • SILVER MEDAL, anCnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland

 Speyburn

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland
  • SILVER MEDAL, Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland

 Caorunn

  • BRONZE MEDAL, Caorunn Gin, Speyside, Scotland

 Phraya

  • GOLD MEDAL, Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum, Thailand

 Black Mask

  • BRONZE MEDAL, Black Mask Spiced Pacific Rum, Thailand