Grant's 12 Year Old blended Scotch whisky trophy

Grant’s lands top Scotch Whisky trophy at IWSC

August 13, 2019
By Alana House

Grant’s has won the Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition for its 12-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky.

Now in its 50th year, the annual IWSC was created by wine chemist Anton Massel, who, in 1969, had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition that was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.

It is now considered the “Oscars” of the wine and spirits industry.

The award marks an extraordinary 12 months for Grant’s following a brand-new bottle design and 1.2% growth globally in a category that declined .4% from 2013-2018.

The Girvan distilled whisky now sells over 4,500,000 cases globally making it the world’s third largest Scotch whisky by volume and seventh largest among international whisk(e)ys. It is ranked as the world’s 21st most valuable spirits brand.

Danny Dyer, Grant’s Global Brand Ambassador said: “Grant’s 12 Year Old is a blend that has been around for quite some time and we’re delighted to see it acknowledged at the IWSC. A blend that is made from a lot of American oak and finished in bourbon casks, something which may seem simple to many but goes to show you don’t need to over-complicate things when making a great blend.”

Grant's Scotch Whisky

When asked what makes Grant’s 12 Year Old special, Dyer pointed to Grant’s Master Blender Brian Kinsman and his unique expertise in choosing the malts that go into the blend, and the quality of the fresh bourbon cask finish.

In addition to the Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy, Grant’s was awarded a further 7 awards including:

  • Grant’s Triple Wood Whisky – Bronze 2019
  • Grant’s Ale Cask Blended Scotch Whisky – Silver 2019
  • Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky Whisky – Silver 2019
  • Grant’s Rum Cask Edition Blended Scotch Whisky – Silver 2019
  • Grant’s 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Gold 2019
  • Grant’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Gold Outstanding 2019
  • Grant’s 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Silver 2019
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