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Diageo Brands Shine at 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

NORWALK, Conn., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its recent awards winning streak, Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company shined at the 7th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition with a record 74 medals. Leading the industry, Diageo received 15 Double Gold, 21 Gold, 23 Silver, and 15 Bronze medals.

The panel of experts, consisting of 24 judges from all over the country, also selected five Diageo brands as the top brand in their category in the competition:

    * Tanqueray London Dry - Gin
    * Tanqueray Sterling - Vodka
    * Johnnie Walker Green Label - Blended Malt Scotch
    * Johnnie Walker Anniversary Pack - Blended Scotch
    * Pampero Aniversario - Rum

"It is an honor to have so many of Diageo's brands recognized for their world class quality by such a prestigious panel," said Ivan Menezes, President & CEO, Diageo North America. "Our success is testament to the commitment all of us at Diageo have to delivering superior products."

World renowned as the most comprehensive competition of its kind, this year's San Francisco Spirits Competition was the largest event in its history with 701 spirits entered from 52 countries.

The Diageo brands that received medals at the 2007 San Francisco Spirits Competition are:

    Double Gold:
    -- Black Bush Irish Whiskey
    -- Bushmills Malt 16-Year-Old Irish Whiskey
    -- Clynelish 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky
    -- Glen Ord 30-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Glenkinchie 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Anniversary Pack Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Green Label Scotch
    -- Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Pampero Aniversario Rum
    -- Talisker 30-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Talisker 175th Anniversary Scotch
    -- Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
    -- Tanqueray London Dry Gin
    -- Tanqueray Sterling Vodka

    Gold:
    -- Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquer
    -- Bushmills Malt 10-Year-Old Irish Whiskey
    -- Bushmills Malt 21-Year-Old Irish Whiskey
    -- Bulleit Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    -- Caol Ila 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Ciroc Vodka
    -- Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
    -- Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Don Julio Real Tequila
    -- George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whisky
    -- Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
    -- Jose Cuervo Black Medallion Tequila
    -- Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Gold Label Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Swing Scotch
    -- Oronoco Rum - Packaging
    -- Pampero Especial Rum
    -- Talisker 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Talisker 25-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Talisker Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch

    Silver:
    -- Baileys Caramel Cream Liqueur
    -- Baileys Mint Chocolate Cream Liqueur
    -- Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
    -- Caol Ila 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Caol Ila 25-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Cragganmore 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Cragganmore Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch
    -- Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Whisky
    -- Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch
    -- Glenkinchie Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch
    -- Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur
    -- Johnnie Walker King George V Scotch
    -- Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch
    -- Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila
    -- Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch
    -- Oban 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
    -- Oban Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch
    -- Smirnoff Citrus Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Vanilla Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Watermelon Flavored Vodka
    -- Talisker 10-Year-Old Scotch
    -- Zwack Herbal Liqueur

    Bronze:
    -- Captain Morgan Parrot Bay, Passion Fruit Rum
    -- Don Julio 1942 Tequila
    -- Don Julio Blanco Tequila
    -- Don Julio Reposado Tequila
    -- Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila
    -- Jose Cuervo Citrico Tequila
    -- Jose Cuervo Oranjo Tequila
    -- Jose Cuervo Tropina Tequila
    -- Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila
    -- Smirnoff #21 Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Black Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Black Cherry Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Orange Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Raspberry Flavored Vodka
    -- Smirnoff Strawberry Flavored Vodka

    About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com .

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly.

Source: Diageo

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