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Knob Creek Named “Best Bourbon” as Beam Suntory Wins 113 Awards in Prestigious Blind-Tasting Competitions – American Whiskey News
Knob Creek Named “Best Bourbon” as Beam Suntory Wins 113 Awards in Prestigious Blind-Tasting Competitions
Deerfield, Illinois, April 7, 2015 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, earned prestigious accolades spanning all major spirits categories in three internationally-renowned spirits competitions, including the title of “Best Bourbon” for its Knob Creek® Bourbon brand. Jim Beam® Single Barrel, Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece, Yamazaki® Japanese Whisky, Hakushu® Japanese Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Scotch Whisky and El Tesoro® Tequila were among brands that also captured top recognition in the blind tasting competitions.
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded Beam Suntory 55 total medals, including the “Director’s Award of Excellence” for the company’s “excellent portfolio of spirits” (the first time the company has received this honor). Knob Creek® Bourbon earned a Double Gold medal and out-rated 95 other bourbons to be named “Best Bourbon.” Yamazaki® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky also earned a Double Gold medal and the title of “Best” product in its category, while El Tesoro® Anejo Tequila earned a Double Gold medal and the distinguished title of “Best Anejo Tequila.” In all, the company’s excellence in whiskey was recognized with 11 Double Gold medals and 13 Gold medals for brands including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Hakushu® Japanese Whisky, Auchentoshan® Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Laphroaig® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Beam Suntory Vodka, Cognac and Irish Whiskey brands also earned medals in this competition.
“We are very proud that the quality of our premium portfolio has been recognized with the Director’s Award of Excellence in just our first full year as Beam Suntory,” said Matt Shattock, Chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory. “It’s also particularly gratifying that Knob Creek, our flagship super-premium bourbon brand, has earned the distinction of Best Bourbon. Booker Noe created the Small Batch Collection two decades ago, and this is a very proud moment for his son, Fred Noe, who carries on the Knob Creek legacy today. I’m equally pleased that Yamazaki and El Tesoro rose to the top of their categories. All of these honors are a tribute to the people of Beam Suntory, who craft the spirits brands that stir the world, from our distilleries in the U.S. to Japan, from Mexico to Scotland, from Ireland to France, from Canada to Spain, and everywhere in between.”
Ultimate Spirits Challenge and International Review of Spirits
Beam Suntory’s whiskey and tequila brands were also honored by the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the Beverage Tasting Institute’s “International Review of Spirits” competition. Judges in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge awarded El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila the “Chairman’s Trophy” (Best in Show), scoring the spirit a 95 and an “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.” Among 40 additional trophies, 12 Beam Suntory brands earned Ultimate Recommendations, including Knob Creek® Bourbon and Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon. Separately, the Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Beam Suntory 17 total medals in its “International Review of Spirits” competition, including the most Gold Medals for bourbon in the industry and a Platinum Medal (highest rated) for Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece.
Top Beam Suntory Results from the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition:
Double Gold Winners Include: Alberta Rye® Dark Batch™ Whisky, Auchentoshan® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® 18 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Small Batch Scotch Whisky, Canadian Club® Chairman’s Select™ Rye Whisky, El Tesoro® Añejo Tequila, El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila, Hakushu® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky, Knob Creek® Bourbon, Yamazaki® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky, Yamazaki® 25 Years Old Japanese Whisky
Gold Winners Include: Bowmore® 10 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Darkest 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Courvoisier® VS Cognac, Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut™, Jim Beam® Black Bourbon, Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon, Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Brown Rice Bourbon, Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ High Rye Bourbon, Jim Beam® Signature Craft Quarter Cask Bourbon, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon, Laphroaig® Triple Wood Scotch Whiskey, Laphroaig® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky
Top Beam Suntory Results from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge:
Bowmore® Darkest 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 97; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Connemara® Irish Whiskey – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Bowmore® 18 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Bowmore® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila – CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY (best in show); 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Auchentoshan® Three Wood® – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Laphroaig® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Knob Creek® Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Soft Red Wheat Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Laphroaig® 10 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Laphroaig® Quarter Cask Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
Kilbeggan® 18 Years Old Irish Whiskey – 94; FINALIST; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Maker’s Mark® Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly recommended
Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Laphroaig® Select Scotch Whisky – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended
El Tesoro® Reposado Tequila – FINALIST; 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Bonded Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut™ Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Brown Rice Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ High Rye Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Kilbeggan® Irish Whiskey – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Tyrconnell® Irish Whiskey – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Laphroaig® Triple Wood Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Bowmore® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Glen Garioch® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Rye Whiskey – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Rolled Oat Bourbon – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Auchentoshan® American Oak™ Scotch Whisky – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Ao™ Vodka – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Auchentoshan®12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Bowmore® Dorus Mor II 10 Years Old Scotch Whiskey – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Glen Garioch® Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky – 90; Excellent, Highly Recommended
Bowmore® Small Batch Scotch Whiskey – 90; Excellent, Highly Recommended
For more information on Beam Suntory brands, please visit www.beamsuntory.com.
About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales exceeding $4 billion excluding excise taxes.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.
Welcome to the new Abbey Whisky website!
Starting out in 2008 as a small online whisky retailer, Abbey has evolved over the years to become a leading supplier within the whisky sector thanks in part to our growing range of exclusive malts. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve the service we offer our customers and although our old website served us and (we hope) our customers well, we’re excited to introduce to you our brand-new, dynamic website which we hope will make the customer experience even better!
Not only have we been working hard on the new website but we’ve also been busily stocking our shelves with some fantastic new whiskies to adorn the shiny new pages!! Here’s a small selection of the latest arrivals with more beauties to follow over the coming days and weeks…
ONE18 Empire Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting
Join us as we lead you through several of our spectacular single malts and teach you a bit about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society: why single cask bottlings are so special; what our bottle coding system means; who writes our quirky tasting notes and more!
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (MDT)
Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
110 9th Ave SE (on Centre Street)
Calgary, Alberta T2G 5A6
www.ralfy.com turns to the green-side with Whisky Review 352 – Springbank 12yo Green Single Malt & carrots
This is just a quick reminder to say that whisky.auction‘s inaugural auction closes tonight, so you still have time to make a bid on hundreds of whiskies, fine spirits, miniatures and memorabilia.
The auction will begin closing from 7.30pm tonight. Each category has its own scheduled finish time, to make life easier for people who have bid on a number of different categories, and to avoid every item in the auction closing at the same time. For information on the buying process, click here.
Don’t miss out on the chance to bid on whisky.auction. There are bottles to suit every budget, including vintage Karuizawa, Macallan, and blended whisky, as well as more than 100 lots of miniature bottles.
The Whisky Auction team.
Digital Innovation Connects Employees At Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has launched an innovative solution for a brand and manufacturing business to bring all its employees online on sites from Orkney to Plymouth.
It has just replaced its traditional internal website with a new digital hub that supplies a bespoke mobile website to tablet computers enabling all its employees, including around 50% which are not office based or who do not have their own personal computer, to access a broad range of company news and information from its 29 sites in the UK.
Content for the new site has been the subject of a dynamic new approach. Video and interactive features figure strongly and are easily consumed with the Samsung Galaxy S3 device chosen for distribution to all employees. Key business updates and administrative information are combined with a ‘Community Spirit’ section that allows employees to update each other about activities away from work such as fundraising and social clubs including the company’s sailing club and golf society.
The new site, whilst optimised for mobile devices, also becomes the digital hub for all company computers. The project will substantially streamline Chivas Brothers’ internal communications replacing a number of channels such as magazines and newsletters with a single digital channel offering instant access for employees and instant updates from the company. IT services and solutions provider Kelway Ltd, which supplied the tablets, have also been commission to provide a helpdesk for the company’s 1600 employees who are now digitally connected.
The tablets, issued to every employee by the start of 2015, will also provide access to information and internal websites from the company’s parent group, Pernod Ricard, connecting Chivas Brothers employees with colleagues around the world and a view of how and where the company’s revered portfolio of high quality Scotch whiskies and gins are sold and consumed.
Chivas Brothers Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne commented: “Through this initiative we wanted to better connect our teams together, everyone in every department, in every location, from the north of Scotland to London and Plymouth.
“Each and every member of our team makes Chivas Brothers a dynamic, innovative and thriving business. Now we have a single digital home to celebrate and take pride in our achievements and continue to improve our communication, efficiency and our dynamic approach to producing some of the world’s most highly regarded and successful Scotch whiskies and premium gins.”
A version of the digital hub also replaces the company’s corporate website, utilising the same mobile optimisation and bringing its media centre, Magazine (showcasing the company’s innovations and brand campaigns) and corporate updates to an important stakeholder audience – the site is available at http://www.chivasbrothers.com/.
About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the no.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s no.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s no.2 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €7,945 million in 2013/14. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Spirit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector and employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people, operating through a decentralized organization with 6 ‘Brand Companies’ and 80 ‘Market Companies’ established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
Karuizawa Japanese Whisky
We know that demand is high for these bottles, and we will be getting more Karuizawa in stock in about three months’ time. In the meantime, we have recently launched a partnership with whisky.auction, a new auction that gives people the chance to buy and sell whiskies, fine spirits, miniatures and memorabilia. In its inaugural auction, there are six Karuizawas listed for sale. You can take a look at them here.
Thanks for your continued support of The Whisky Exchange, and we will keep you informed about the next chance to buy some Karuizawa whisky in the near future.
The Whisky Exchange
‘Everything in Moderation, including moderation.’ – Oscar Wilde
Following the advice of the late, great Oscar Wilde, it is with unmoderated pleasure that we announce the release of Hedonism Quindecimus. Meaning ‘fifteenth’, Quindecimus commemorates fifteen joyful years of whiskymaking at Compass Box with a riotous, intergenerational celebration of all that the interplay between grain spirit and American oak can deliver.
Drawing on grain whiskies of varying ages (none younger than twenty years) from four distilleries, Hedonism Quindecimus brings together the joie de vivre of youth and complexity of old age to create something seductive, mouth-coating and irresistible. Here, caramel coconut succulence combines with exultant tropical fruit notes in a whisky of extraordinary complexity and juxtapositions of flavour.
So join us in this, our fifteenth anniversary toast to all of you that have been with us on the journey since our first bottling. Here’s to you. To fifteen years of joyful pleasure. The thrill of exploration. And of course to the spirit of occasional, unabashed excess.
Contact your favourite retailer now to reserve your bottle or, alternatively, just pick one up from our UK-based web shop.
If you’re looking for something extra special, why not add your own bespoke message to a bottle using our new engraving service? Whatever the occasion, be it a birthday, thank you gift…or ‘just because’, we can engrave your personal message on a specially selected range of whiskies and deliver it directly.
Haig Club has quickly become one of the most popular products at The Whisky Shop. We’re now giving you the chance to personalise your bottle, making it completely unique to you. The liquid has been crafted using a combination of grain whisky from three cask types. This creates a fresh, clean style that showcases butterscotch and toffee for an ultra-smooth taste.
The Dalmore Distillery has been producing exceptional single malt whisky since 1839 and, now, you can make your bottle bespoke to you! Dalmore 15 year old spends twelve years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then a three year finish in three different sherry woods – Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso. A robust, yet elegant spirit.
Bunnahabhain is quite distinct from the other Islay single malts – firstly, it is created using unpeated malted barley in a time-honoured distillation process and secondly, this isolated coastal sanctuary takes advantage of the pure spring water that flows freely underground away from the peaty moorlands. This 12 year old expression showcases the “fruit and nut” signature style of Bunnahabhain.
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel was once only the privilege of the Master Distiller, but it was just too good so they decided to make it available to all those who really appreciate something unique. Each batch is filled from one single barrel of Jack Daniel’s, limited to only 240 to 260 bottles. Seeing as no two barrels of Jack Daniel’s will ever be exactly the same, this is an extra special, truly unique whiskey.