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First Gold medal for Ballantine's Finest at the International Spirits Challenge 10/20/2006

Ballantine's Finest has won its first International Spirits Challenge (ISC) gold medal at this year's competition in the category of Scotch blends 11 years old and under.

Ballantine's, one of the world’s finest scotch whiskies, is now a priority brand for Chivas Brothers, following Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Allied Domecq last year.

In its eleventh year, the International Spirits Challenge is highly regarded by the whisky industry as an awards scheme of integrity and authority. John Ramsay, ISC Category Chairman for Whisky, said: “The fact that Ballantine's Finest has been awarded the gold medal in this traditionally tough category is a very precious accolade and a testament to its quality.”

Ballantine’s Finest is imported, distributed and marketed by Wands Ltd., a subsidiary of the Farsons Group of Companies, and is available at leading restaurants, bars, supermarkets and bottle shops and directly from Wands Cash and Carry in Marsa.