Judge & Dolph announced yesterday that it has been awarded the distribution rights to Johnny Walker, J& B Scotch and Tanqueray. These premium spirits highlight a portfolio awarded to Judge & Dolph that also includes 17 other signature Diageo brands.

Distribution of the new brands will begin on 1 August under Judge & Dolph's Regal Division and will include Tanqueray and Tanqueray No. Ten gins, Tanqueray Sterling and Ciroc vodkas, and Johnnie Walker, J& B, Buchanan's, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin, Pinch, Knockando, Cardhu, Royal Lochnagar, Caol Lia and Clynelish Scotch whiskys.

"We are very honoured to be chosen to distribute these world class Diageo brands," said Judge & Dolph president, W. Rockwell Wirtz. "The addition of these premium brands to our extensive array of quality products is a testament to our outstanding partnership with Diageo."

The brands join a list of Diageo products already distributed by Judge & Dolph. In 2003, Diageo awarded rights to Judge & Dolph to distribute the signature brands of Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, Sterling Vineyards and other brands such as Gordon's gin and vodka - in addition to Judge & Dolph continuing the distribution of such brands as Smirnoff, Bailey's, Jose Cuervo and Beaulieu Vineyard wines.

"Judge & Dolph is committed to providing unrivalled service and attention to retailers and consumers," said Wirtz. "The awarding of these premium brands is a verification of the commitment of the 850 hard-working professionals we employ throughout Illinois.

"It is our goal to continue to be the premier distributor in Illinois and to be recognised across the industry as a world class house."