Pernod Ricard USA Premium Brands Receive Most Double Gold and Gold Combined in San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Pernod Ricard USA is proud to announce that its portfolio of premium spirits brands has claimed the most Double Gold and Gold Medals combined at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Ten of the company’s brands were awarded top in class Double Gold Medals while 15 brands claimed Gold Medals. Additionally, Tequila Avión, distributed by Pernod Ricard USA via a global distribution partnership, received the highly coveted Best White Spirit Award, 2012 and was crowned World’s Best Tequila.

Pernod Ricard’s powerful Scotch portfolio — including Chivas Regal 25 Year Old, The Glenlivet 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old, and Aberlour 12 Year Old, 12 Year Old Non-Chill Filtered and 18 Year Old — led the way claiming six Double Gold Medals. Irish brands Jameson 18 Year Old and Midleton Very Rare as well as Cognac brand Martell® Cordon Bleu and Avión Silver also claimed Double Gold at the annual competition, reinforcing Pernod Ricard’s commitment to bringing brands of outstanding quality and integrity to market. Gold Medal recipients include: Aberlour 16 Year Old; ABSOLUT ELYX, Chivas Regal 18 Year Old; Martell XO; Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy; Olmeca Altos Reposado; Pernod Classic; Pernod Absinthe; Plymouth Gin; Powers John Lane; Redbreast 12 Year Old; Redbreast 15 Year Old; Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength; Royal Salute 21 Year Old; and The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve.

“Recognition from this esteemed organization is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of our premium brands,” noted Paul Duffy, CEO of Pernod Ricard USA. “And the outstanding recognition won by Tequila Avión reconfirms that it belongs alongside such leaders as ABSOLUT, Jameson, Chivas and The Glenlivet. We recognized early on that Tequila Avión has all the elements necessary to become one of the next great global iconic spirit brands, and we are thrilled that it is now part of our portfolio through our joint venture with the Tequila Avión company.”

The San Francisco competition is the oldest, largest, and most recognized spirits competition in the United States. This year, 33 prominent spirits experts convened to judge more than 1,200 spirit products from around the world.

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