Global premium spirits business and independent family distiller, William Grant & Sons, has just been named ‘Distiller of the Year’, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London – ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.

In the individual expression honours, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 YO won the Single Malt Scotch 15 Years Old and Under Trophy. The judges also recognised Glenfiddich 21YO, Glenfiddich 14 YO Bourbon Barrel Reserve, The Balvenie Thirty and Glenfiddich 40 YO with each receiving a ‘gold outstanding’ medal.

A spokesperson for The IWSC said: that “This is sixth time William Grant & Sons has won this award. Year on year they impress with their range of products and the quality of their spirits. It’s a fantastic achievement. They have impeccably maintained the quality of their liquid and in some cases on brands well over a century old. More youthful brands such as Monkey Shoulder and House of Hazelwood are also helping to re-write the rules of the category and are justifiably held in the highest regard.”

Simon Hunt, CEO of William Grant & Sons, said: “This is an incredible achievement and is testament to the skill, expertise and dedication of our people. As a family run business we take great pride in taking a long term view and fostering a culture of innovation. We are absolutely delighted that this has been recognised by the IWSC.”


In a stunning success, the Company won 20 gold medals for Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, House of Hazelwood, Monkey Shoulder and Grant’s, winning 72 medals overall.

The IWSC is now in its 47th year and is one of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process and for this year’s competition it received entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide.


William Grant & Sons full IWSC 2016 roll of honour:

Distiller of the Year: William Grant & Sons

Scotch Producer of the Year: William Grant & Sons

Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 15 Years And Under Trophy 2016: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo


Gold Outstanding            

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo

Glenfiddich 21yo

Glenfiddich Bourbon 14yo

The Balvenie Thirty

Glenfiddich 40yo



House of Hazelwood 25yo

House of Hazelwood 21yo

The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 yo

The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 15yo

The Balvenie Doublewood 17yo

Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25yo

Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve

Grant’s Select Cask

Monkey Shoulder

The Balvenie Forty

Glenfiddich 30yo

Glenfiddich Malt Master

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Reserve Cask

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Res 19yo

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Vintage Cask


Silver Outstanding           

Tullamore Dew 18yo


Drambuie 15yo

Girvan Patent Still 30yo

House of Hazelwood 18yo

Girvan Patent Still 25yo

Girvan Patent Still 28yo

Hendrick’s Gin

The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak 25yo

Grant’s Family Reserve

Glenfiddich 12yo

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

Glenfiddich 15yo

Glenfiddich 18yo

Grant’s 25yo

Glenfiddich Excellence 26yo

Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15yo

The Balvenie Portwood 21yo

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yo

Glenfiddich The Original

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask

Glenfiddich Cask Selection, Select Cask

Hudson Baby Bourbon

Hudson Manhattan Rye

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon



Sailor Jerry Rum

Gibsons Finest Rare 12yo

Three Barrels XO 15yo


Milagro Special Reserve Reposado

Tullamore Dew Trilogy 15yo

Tullamore Dew

Clan Macgregor

Girvan Patent Still No.4 apps

Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength

Grant’s Elementary Oxygen

Grant’s Elementary Carbon

Grant’s 8yo

Grant’s Sherry Cask Reserve

Grant’s Signature

Grant’s Voyager

Grant’s 18yo

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask




Gibsons Finest Sterling

Three Barrels VSOP

Woods 100


Milagro Reposado

Milagro Silver

Milagro Special Reserve Silver

Milagro Special Reserve Anejo


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