International Spirits Challenge winners announced

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 17th August 2016

The winners of the 2016 International Spirits Challenge hosted in London have been announced.

Running for 21 years, the International Spirit Challenge encourages spirit producers across the global to enter beverages for judging each year.

This year’s ‘Distiller of the Year’ award went to William Grant & Sons which won a total of 23 gold medals for its beverages which include Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky and Grant’s Whisky.

A spokesperson for the International Spirits Challenge said it was a “fantastic year for William Grant.”

Their success across so many categories has seen them take home this coveted prize,” the spokesperson said about its Distiller of the Year title.

Other winners included gold medals awarded to Japan’s Suntory Spirits for ‘Best Design and packaging for Travel’, German Discount supermarket Lidl for its Castelgy Gin and Bacardi for its Facundo Exquisito rum.

Gold Medal Winners from the 2016 International Spirits Challenge

Gold meal winners at the 2016 International Spirits Challenge included the following:


Bathtub Gin – Cask-Aged Atom Brands
Berkeley Square London Dry Gin Quintessential Brands
Bimber Distillery London Dry Gin Bimber Distillery
Castelgy Gin Lidl


Belvedere Intense Belvedere Vodka
Bimber Distillery Oak Aged Vodka Bimber Distillery
Hello Vodka Shabo Premium Shabo
Keglevich Stock Spirits
Koskenkorva Altia Oyj
Legend of Kremlin Soyuzprodexport
Marks and Spencer Vodka Marks and Spencer
Ostoya Vodka Wyborowa Pernod Ricard
Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka Phillips Distilling
Prime LLC Distillery Prime
Sash & Fritz Sash & Fritz
Selekt Vodka Essential Drinks
Tovaritch! Tovaritch Spirits International


Canadian Club Premium 1858 Beam Canada Inc
Heaven Hill – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Atom Brands
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey Beam Suntory
The Notch Nantucket Island Single Malt Whisky 12 Years Old Triple Eight Distillery