No.12376   May 26, 2015

Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakushu, Knob Creek, Bowmore and Laphroaig Expressions Earn Top Honors at Prestigious International Tasting Competition

Tokyo, Japan, and Deerfield, Illinois, May 26, 2015 - Eleven whiskies and one vodka from the Beam Suntory portfolio have been awarded gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2015, the worldwide tasting competition held in the UK. Gold medal recipients in the Whiskies category include Japanese blended whiskies Hibiki 21 Years Old and Hibiki 12 Years Old; Japanese single malt whiskies Yamazaki Mizunara 2014 and Hakushu 25 Years Old: Knob Creek Bourbon; and Scotch whiskies Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest, Bowmore 18 Years, Bowmore 17 Years Old White Sands, Bowmore Springtide, Bowmore Tempest V and Laphroaig 10 Years Old Cask Strength. In addition, Ao Vodka, a Japanese vodka, won a gold medal in the Vodka category.

These medals reinforce Beam Suntory’s leadership across multiple spirits categories.

About the International Spirits Challenge

The International Spirits Challenge is a competition held every year in the UK, the home of Scotch whisky.  In the Whisky division, medals are awarded by based on the blind testing of 10testers, all of whom are blenders, distillery managers and other industry professionals, and who perform sensory inspections on each of the over 400 whiskies submitted from around the world.  The competition is regarded as an authoritative arena for judging the quality of the entries by the exquisite sensory skills of the panel of whisky-making professionals.

The Award-Winning Whiskies

  • Suntory Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old
  • Suntory Whisky Hibiki 12 Years Old
  • Suntory Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki Mizunara 2014 (Japanese market only)
  • Suntory Single Malt Whisky Hakushu 25 Years Old
  • Knob Creek
  • Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest
  • Bowmore 18 Years
  • Bowmore 17 Years Old White Sands
  • Bowmore Springtide
  • Bowmore Tempest V
  • Laphroaig 10 Years Old Cask Strength
  • Ao Vodka

For more information on Brands

Suntory Whisky Website:

Beam Suntory Website:

Knob Creek Website:

Bowmore Website:

Laphroaig Website:

Ao Vodka Website:

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.
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 commitment to Growing for Good.  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 and

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