The American drinks company which owns Laphroaig has been named 2012 Importer of the Year in the US at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Beam Inc, most famous for Jim Beam bourbon, own the Islay whisky as well as the Teacher’s blended Scotch brand. They also recently purchased Ireland’s Cooley Distillery.
At the San Francisco competition, Beam also picked up the “Best Rye” title for their soon to be be released Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. In addition, Laphroaig expressions picked up three Double Gold and one Gold medal, while Cooley’s Irish whiskeys collected one Double Gold and five Gold.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized as the 2012 Importer of the Year by one of the world’s most highly esteemed spirits competitions,” said Kevin George, Beam’s senior vice president and global chief marketing officer, said in a media release.
“This top honour along with the dozens of medals awarded to our brands in this year’s competition is a true reflection of the dedication to quality and craftsmanship that goes into creating some of the best tasting spirits in the world.”