As 2000 comes to a close, Aberlour Single Speyside Malt Whisky concludes another year celebrated with prestigious awards and exceptional ratings for its expressions throughout the industry. As the only single malt to ever win five Gold Medals and two Pot Still Trophies at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, Aberlour continued its winning ways in 2000 adding numerous awards and impressive ratings to its already illustrious history.

Most recently, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Aberlour received three Double Gold awards, presented to those spirits that receive a unanimous vote for a Gold Award by the panel of judges. The panel included noted industry professionals and such leading journalists as Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal, Gary Regan from Ardent Spirits and Anthony Dias Blue of Bon Appetit. The expressions winning the Double Gold awards included Aberlour 10-Year Old Scotch Whisky, Aberlour 15-Year Old Scotch Whisky, and Aberlour a'bunadh (a-boon-ah).

"I have always been impressed with the different Aberlour expressions I have tasted over the years," said Paul Pacult, editor of The Spirit Journal and director of judging for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. "While Aberlour offers several different whiskies that vary widely in age, style and price, one thing that is consistent throughout the brand is its dedication to quality and taste."

In the December 2000 issue of The Spirit Journal Aberlour's a'bunadh received a 4-star rating and earlier this year in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine's June issue Aberlour's 30-Year Old won high praise by earning an impressive 90 rating. Several other Aberlour expressions have recently received high marks from the publication. Aberlour 21 Year Old received a 92 rating and was called a "great bottling for those who enjoy complexity in Scotch." In addition, Aberlour 15-Year Old garnered a 89 rating and Aberlour 10-Year Old weighed in with a healthy 87 rating.

This year The Beverage Testing Institute honored three expressions of Aberlour with the highly coveted exceptional rating -- Aberlour 10-Year Old earned a 90 rating, Aberlour 15-Year Old received a 95 rating and Aberlour 21 Year Old earned a 92 rating.

Aberlour has long established a winning tradition over the years due to its premium quality and taste. In 1986, Aberlour became the first brand to win both the Gold Medal and Pot Still Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Four years later, Aberlour won the Gold Medal and Pot Still Trophy together in the same year. In 1996, Aberlour won its third Gold Medal at the competition. Also in 1999 Aberlour 21- Year Old was acknowledged with a 5-star rating in The Spirit Journal.

Last year, after receiving the Gold Medal two years in a row at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Aberlour became the first to win five Gold Medals and two Pot Still Trophies. In 1999, Aberlour also won its first Gold Medal, as well as three Silver Medals at the International Spirits Challenge.

"We are extremely pleased with the accolades Aberlour continues to receive through industry reviews, ratings and awards. These accomplishments are the result of Aberlour's dedication to quality," said Jennifer Fritz, Brand Manager, Austin, Nichols & Co., Inc. "This high-praise is reassurance that Aberlour is meeting its commitment to make the finest quality spirits possible for whisky drinkers."

Aberlour Single Speyside Malt Whisky is imported to the United States exclusively by Austin, Nichols & Co., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, France, which is the world's fifth largest wine & spirits company. Additional information about the awards and ratings that Aberlour has received can be found on the Austin Nichols News Bureau site (http://www.austinnichols.com).