Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards

Our Scotch brands, including Talisker, Lagavulin and Singleton, picked up 46 awards in total across the two prestigious competitions.


San Francisco World Spirits Competition 

Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has grown to become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with winners judged by carefully selected panels of spirits-industry experts. The competition awards brands with Double Gold, Gold, Silver or Bronze accolades. 

Talisker 10 Year Old bottle

See our Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold medal winners below. Visit the competition website for a full list of winners:

Best In Class (Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years)

  • Talisker 10 Year Old

Double Gold

  • Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Buchanan’s Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Johnnie Walker Red Label
  • Lagavulin 8 Year Old
  • Lagavulin 16 Year Old
  • Talisker Storm


  • Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Oban 18 Year Old
  • Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old
  • Singleton of Glendullan 18 Year Old

World Whiskies Awards

Whiskey short cocktail

The World Whiskies Awards, part of the wider World Drinks Awards, is a global spirits competition which selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe. 

Entries come from across the globe and the whiskies are tasted in groupings where liquids of a similar style and process of whisky production compete against each other. Find out more about the competition here.

World’s Best Blended

  • Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Best Scotch Lowlands Single Malt

  • Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

Category Winners

  • Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Years Old
  • Haig Club Clubman
  • Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years
  • Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old


  • Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
  • Johnnie Walker Double Black
  • Talisker 10 Years Old
  • Talisker Port Rulghe