William Grant & Sons Cleans Up at 2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

NEW YORK - Independent family distiller William Grant & Sons has been honored with numerous awards at the prestigious 2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York, including two highly coveted Chairman’s Trophy accolades. The awards, which recognized the company’s portfolio of super premium spirits for their pioneering nature and superior quality, further establish William Grant & Sons as one of the leading players in the premium spirits sector.


At the awards, the William Grant & Sons portfolio, which includes such highly acclaimed brands as Glenfiddich and The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, Hendrick’s Gin, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Rum and Stolichnaya Vodka, performed extremely well, receiving a staggering 36 accolades, including 17 ratings of 90 (“Highly recommended”) or higher. Of these, the new limited edition Balvenie 17 Year Old Peated Cask and the soon-to-be-introduced Lillet Rosé were awarded with the Chairman’s Trophy, in the Single Malt and Aperitif categories respectively.


The results of the Ultimate Spirits Competition contribute to the lengthy list of accolades awarded to the William Grant & Sons portfolio since the company’s inception in 1887. Earlier this month, William Grant & Sons was named “2011 Distiller of the Year” at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards, while the family distiller has also received the same distinction from the International Spirits Challenge and International Wine & Spirits Competition an unprecedented eight times in the past 11 years.


The Ultimate Beverage Challenge is one of the most distinguished spirits competitions in the United States. With a goal of generating a new platinum standard of trustworthiness, integrity, reliability and meaningful and relevant results to international beverage competitions, the competition exists in order to recognize the highest degree of product quality.


The full list of William Grant & Sons’ awards is included below. For more information on William Grant & Sons, please visit www.grantusa.com.

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