Diageo Brands Awarded Top Honors for Superior Quality at the 17th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Diageo Liquids Secured 63 Medals plus Three Best in Class Awards
May 22, 2017 10:00 AM ET

NORWALK, Conn., May 22, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Diageo brands were recognized across the board for their exceptional quality at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, winning a grand total of 66 awards, more than a third of which were Gold or Double Gold.

Diageo brands continued to triumph, earning a total of 42 medals in the Whisk(e)y category, including eight Double Gold medals across it’s blended, grain and malt liquids recognizing brands such as Buchanan’s, Johnnie Walker, Lagavulin, Mortlach, Talisker and The Singleton of Glendullan – to name a few. Buchanan’s Special Reserve, Johnnie Walker Green Label and Lagavulin 16 Year Old also topped their respective categories, earning “Best in Class” claims. Roe & Co. Blended Irish Whiskey, Gordon’s London Dry Gin, Smirnoff No. 21 Unflavored Vodka and Tanqueray No. Ten Gin also secured top honors. 

“We are proud of the distilling heritage of our spirits brands and this overwhelming recognition from one of the most globally-recognized spirits competitions is testament to that,” said Deirdre Mahlan, President Diageo North America. “We are particularly delighted that our Scotch whisky portfolio has been recognized with so many Gold and Double Gold medals.”

A longstanding leader in the category, Diageo is known for making some of the very best whisky that Scotland can produce. Diageo is proud to have generations of craftspeople in their coppersmiths, cooperage, distilleries and warehouses who are carrying on their family traditions in whisky making, and sharing their skills, experience and enthusiasm with the next generation.  Diageo celebrates its scotch brands under its #ILoveScotch global campaign to introduce and educate consumers about the unique and diverse ways to enjoy and appreciate Scotch.

A full breakdown of Diageo’s winning brands at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is available on request.  Meanwhile, all of the Double Gold and Gold medal winners can be found below.

Best in Class:

  • Buchanan’s Special Reserve – Best Blended Scotch – 16 Years and Older

  • Johnnie Walker Green Label – Best Blended Scotch & Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

  • Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch (13 to 19 Years)

Double Gold:

  • Buchanan's Master Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Buchanan's Special Reserve

  • Johnnie Walker Green Label

  • Johnnie Walker Black Label

  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old

  • Lagavulin 16 Year Old

  • Roe & Co. Blended Irish Whisky (Liquid + Packaging)

  • Smirnoff No. 21 Unflavored Vodka

  • Talisker 10 Year Old

  • Talisker Skye

  • Gordon’s London Dry Gin

  • Gordon’s London Dry Gin – Traveller’s Edition

  • Tanqueray No. Ten Gin


  • Buchanan's DeLuxe

  • Cardhu 12 Year Old

  • Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

  • Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

  • Mortlach 18 Year Old

  • Mortlach Rare Old

  • Oban 14 Year Old

  • The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old

  • The Singleton of Glen Ord 15 Year

  • Tanqueray London Dry Gin

About The San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the largest, most influential international spirits competition in America, is judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized spirits experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring competitive integrity as it remains the nation's most respected spirits competition. For more information about the competition visit https://www.sfspiritscomp.com/.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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