Ballantine's is celebrating a double victory after scooping two gold medals in the 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), one of the most respected competitions in the global drinks industry.
Now in its 45th year, the IWSC aims to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide subsequently encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products. With entries submitted annually from nearly 90 countries worldwide, each entry is judged according to its class and treated with the respect and consideration. The annual IWSC is supported by the world's top wine and spirit producers, setting the international benchmark for quality, and gaining an IWSC 'Competition Award' is considered an exceptional achievement.
The brand won gold for its Ballantine's Finest and Ballantine's Limited expressions. The judges praised Ballantine's Finest for its "wide spectrum of aromatics, covering citrus, dried fruits, honey, spice, toast and rich malt" and its "light character, yet packed with complexity".
Ballantine's Limited was described as having "a complex array of flavours, led by rich malt, ripe grape, apricot and fruit cake." The judges also commented on its "beautiful texture" and "long complex finish".
Peter Moore, Global Brand Director for Ballantine's, commented, "As the no. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the world's no. 2 Scotch whisky, it is naturally very important to us that we deliver consistent outstanding quality across the Ballantine's range so to receive this recognition from the IWSC judges is a great honour for us all. I would like to thank our Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, and his team at the distillery as it is in no small part thanks to their expert skill and dedication that Ballantine's continues to win these industry awards, year after year."