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March 2010

Spirits Competition Winners, Round Two

The second big spirits judging competition this year was the start-up competition The Ultimate Spirits Challenge. They judged over 520 spirits. Here are their results. Top Vodka: Orzel Vodka (Poland); 40% abv, $29.99 Top flavored vodka: Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka (Finland); 37.5% abv, $18.99 Top Gin: Broker's Gin (England); 47% abv, $22 Top Tequila: Tres Agaves Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico); 40% abv, $38 Top Rum: Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum (Barbados); 43% abv, $100 Top Scotch: The Macallan Fine Oak 21 yr old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland); 43% abv, $219.99 Top US/Canada Whisky: George Dickel No. 12... Read more →

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Spirits Competition Winners, Round One

This year there were two big spirit competition worth watching. The first is the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, now in it's tenth year. There were 1024 entries this year and the results were recently announced. Top Honors: “Best in Show-White,” was claimed by Trago Silver Tequila, Altos de Jalisco, Mexico ($40) Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch, Prophecy, Islands, Scotland ($70), was named “Best in Show-Whisky” Père Magloire 20 Year Old Vintage Calvados, Normandy, France, received “Best in Show-Brandy” ($100) Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary Liqueur, France ($135), was named “Best in Show-Liqueur.” And the best in each category: Chase... Read more →

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[This is one of many posts submitted live from the 42Below Vodka Cocktail World Cup international cocktail competition. For official event photos, go here. For my photos, go here.] The United States team took home the trophy at the 42Below Vodka Cocktail World Cup 2010. The contest involved 24 bartenders from eight regions around the world. A video of the announcement of the winners is here. The US Team was comprised of Todd Thrasher from PX in Alexandria, VA, Mark Mark Stoddard of Bitter Bar in Bolder, CO, and Sean Hoard of PDT in NYC. Their drink contained 42BELOW Pure,... Read more →

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Team USA

[This is one of many posts submitted live from the 42Below Vodka Cocktail World Cup international cocktail competition. For official event photos, go here. For my photos, go here.] I think my team USA pics didn't upload dammit! They cane out dressed as Run DMC and changed into typically bartender outfits making a drink with vodka, cynar, apple bitters, apples soaked in thyme sous vide style. Great presentation. Blog posted here. Read more →

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[This is one of many posts submitted live from the 42Below Vodka Cocktail World Cup international cocktail competition. For official event photos, go here. For my photos, go here.] Based their cocktail on Jack the Ripper. Red grapes, passionfruit and feijoada vodka, aged balsamic vinegar, artichoke aperitif, red wine, cherry and grapefruit foam. Blog posted here. Read more →

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