One of the most prestigious awards in the global spirits industry, the International Distiller of the Year has been won by JBB Europe. This was formerly the Whyte and Mackay Group and is a subsidiary of US company Fortune Brands. The company claimed its title at the competition after winning a third of the prizes. There was recognition for many of its key brands including Whyte and Mackay, Dalmore malt, Jim Beam bourbon, Vladivar vodka, Glayva liqueur and Invergordon. In total it won eight gold medals, 12 silver, seven bronze and eight commendations. It also picked up three key awards. Its Whyte and Mackay Rare Reserve 30 year old was voted best Scotch whisky, the Dalmore Single Highland 21 year old was best single malt Scotch over 12 years old, and its Tamnavulin Stillman's Dram Limited Edition 28 year old was the best special edition single malt. The company is one of the largest blended whisky producers and runs three malt distilleries, Dalmore Fettercairn and Isle of Jura, and the Invergordon grain distillery. Chief executive Brian Megson said: "These accolades are a matter of tremendous pride and they cover our entire range of spirit brands, whisky, bourbon, vodka, rum and gin. Our performance at the IWSC emphasises that when judged on quality and flavour our brands are among the best." The judging of the competition is done in two phases, a blind taste test by industry experts and independent chemical analysis. {{DRINKS }}