Diageo takes home four trophies at the International Spirits Challenge!
Feature 14 JUL 2017
Diageo has been awarded four trophies at the prestigious International Spirits Challenge in London, one of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process and receives more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide.
In the Tasting categories, Diageo was awarded trophies for Bundaberg Rum: Master Distillers' Collection - Blenders Edition and Johnnie Walker Green Label – outstanding achievements especially considering tough competition in both categories.
Diageo was also named Gin Producer of the Year after achieving the highest number of gold, silver and bronze medals across our gin brands.
Whisky specialist Aimée Gibson was presented with the Rising Star Award, recognising up and coming talent in the industry. Aimée is one of the newer members of the blending team and brings exceptional analytical skills and a real focused attention to detail to the intricacies of whisky blending and flavour. Aimée works alongside Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge, specialising in innovation.
Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender said: “There is an important new generation of blenders coming through Diageo, and Aimee represents all of the skills coming through that team. Aimee was spotted during a launch for John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition were she performed remarkably well and she has also been instrumental in shaping Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch. It’s great to see Aimee receive this recognition!”
Aimée Gibson said: “It was such a surprise to receive this award from International Spirits Challenge; I’m so honoured and grateful to win it. The support, guidance and expertise shared within our small, yet deeply experienced team at Johnnie Walker has helped me to progress and develop in my role as a whisky blender. I’m very fortunate to be able to work with some wonderful whiskies and people and this award very much reflects the passion and hard work of all the team.”