Top spirits gain champion status at annual challenge

05 October, 2007

Sixteen category winners named at international awards presentation

Sainsbury's Islay Malt has been voted best own-label Scotch whisky in the International Spirits Challenge.

The

malt was one of 16 category champions honoured at the ISC dinner

at London's Claridge's Hotel on Sept 26.

The category champion award was a new innovation for this year, recognising the best-performing brand within each spirit category.

In addition, eight spirits were awarded trophies in recognition of their "exceptional excellence of taste and character for their type" according to the judging panel.

Scotch whisky dominated the awards, while premium vodkas won the

most awards in the white spirits category.

White spirits judging panel chairman Ian Wisniewski said: "Vodka continues to thrive as the most fashionable spirit, reflecting amazing mixability. Cocktails are back in fashion and it's cocktail consumption that drives the category in various markets."

Three special awards were made at the

ceremony. Chivas Brothers was named Distiller of the Year, Delamain master blender Charles Braastad picked up the Excellence in Craftsmanship award for Delamain Cognac Vintage 1972 and La Fée XS Suisse absinthe won the new Brand Innovation award.

There were 745 entries to this year's ISC - 20 per cent up on last year.

For the full results, including details of all gold, silver, bronze and commended spirits go to

internationalspiritschallenge.com.

ISC trophy winners

Ballantine's 30 Year Old Scotch whisky

The Famous Grouse Malt Whisky Aged 30 Year Old

Suntory Hibiki 30 Year Old whisky

Delamain Vintage 1972 Cognac

KWV 10 Year Old brandy

Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Jamaican rum

Martin Miller's Westbourne strength gin

Wyborowa vodka




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