Supermarket Spirits

IWSC news

Thu 23 Jul 2015

Today’s announcement of the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) 2015 spirits results reveals value products have triumphed once again this year as supermarket spirit entries come out with some of the top medals from the competition including a prestigious Scotch Trophy.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky was voted by judges as the winner of the Single Malt Scotch Whisky Trophy with no age statement. Eight of the competition’s Gold and Gold Outstanding accolades awarded went to supermarket own labels competing in the same arena as big name brands. The awards are a real tribute to the spirits which have all undergone the IWSC’s rigorous judging process which includes a double blind tasting from the spirit industry’s top palates.

Shopper’s baskets up their creds, as top winning spirits are now as accessible as bread and milk. Vodkas from value supermarkets Asda, Morrison’s, Spar and Lidl won coveted Gold awards for their own label liquids:

·         Morrison’s Signature Vodka, Gold 

·         Spar Imperial Vodka, Gold 

·         Lidl Vodka Rachmaninoff Tripel 3 Destilled Eckerts Wacholder Brennerei GmbH, Gold 

·         Asda Triple Distilled Vodka, Gold 

Tesco cooped two Gold and one Gold Outstanding for their liqueurs:  

·         Tesco Finest Crème de Pêches 50cl, Gold Outstanding, RRP £9.00

·         Tesco Finest Triple Sec, 50cl,  Gold, RRP £9.00    

·         Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur 70cl, Gold, RRP £12.00

Name of Trophy

Product Name


Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy

Ballantine's 30

Chivas Brothers

Bloody Mary Trophy


Vodrock UG

Bourbon Trophy

Blanton's Gold Edition Bourbon Whiskey

Blanton Distilling Company

Cask Strength Scotch Whisky

Ardbeg Uigeadail Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Glenmorangie Company

Cognac Trophy

Club Cigare XO Grande Champagne

SARL Hawkins Distribution

Contemporary Style Gin

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

Hernö Gin AB

Fruit Spirit Trophy

G. E. Massenez Eau de Vie de Framboise Sauvage VRP

Grandes Distilleries Peureux

Gin & Tonic Trophy

Napue Gin

Kyro Distillery

Liqueur Trophy

Supercassis Vedrenne

Pagès Vedrenne

London Dry Gin Trophy

Carlton Club London Distilled Gin

London & Scottish International Ltd

Packaging Trophy - Brown Spirits

Timorous Beastie

Douglas Laing & Co Ltd

Packaging Trophy - White Spirits

Chalong Bay Rum

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Pomace Brandy Trophy

Grappa Le Giare Gewürztraminer

Distilleria Marzadro Spa

Rum Trophy

El Dorado Rum 12YO

Demerara Distillers

Shochu Trophy


Nishi Sake Brewing Co. Ltd

Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Years & Under Trophy

Bowmore Tempest Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay 10 YO

Beam Suntory

Single Malt Scotch Whisky over 15 Years Trophy

Glenfiddich Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21YO

William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Trophy no age stated

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd

Tequila Trophy

El Tesoro Platinum Tequila

El Tesoro

Vodka Trophy

Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka

Ogilvy Spirits

Worldwide Brandy

Van Ryn's Distiller's Reserve 12YO

Distell Ltd

Worldwide whiskey Trophy

Three Ships Single Malt Whiskey 10YO

Distell Ltd

Notes to Editors

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-          Established in 1969, The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was the first competition of its kind, set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 46th year, The IWSC’s relentless pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today

-          What sets the IWSC apart is the formidable reputation of its judging process. Our panels of carefully selected industry experts comprise Masters of Wine, buyers, sommeliers, WSET qualified educators and respected wine journalists. Every single wine is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class

-          Currently receiving entries from around 90 countries, the IWSC is truly international in its reach and recognition

-          IWSC partners around the world work throughout the year to drive awareness and promote winners to both trade and consumer audiences

-          With 46 years heritage, an IWSC Award is recognised internationally as a badge of quality

-          For the full list of Spirit winners or more information, visit: