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.
“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 Vodka, Herefordshire, England ($40), as “Best Vodka,”
“Best Flavored Vodka” went to Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka, Kentucky, USA ($21)
“Best Gin” went to Beefeater Gin 24, England ($30)
Vizcaya VXOP Solera Rum, Dominican Republic ($38), took “Best Rum,”
“Best Extra-Aged Rum” went to Pusser's 15 Year Old Rum, Nelson's Blood, Trinidad, British Virgin Isles ($55).
“Best Cachaça” was awarded to Leblon Cachaça, Minas Gerais, Brazil ($30).
Trago Reposado Tequila, Altos de Jalisco, Mexico ($45), took “Best Reposado Tequila,”
El Jimador Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico ($30), shared the award and tied with Mujer Bonita Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico ($25), for “Best Añejo Tequila.”
El Zacatecano Añejo Mescal, Zacatecas, Mexico ($42), won “Best Mescal.”
Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA ($40), as “Best Bourbon,”
Seagrams VO Canadian Whisky, Canada ($23), as “Best Canadian Whisky.”
“Best Irish Whiskey” went to Bushmills 1608 Irish Whiskey ($100).
The Grand Bark Equinoxe Blended Scotch, Scotland ($55), was “Best Blended Scotch,”
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch, Corryvreckan, Islay, Scotland ($85), was “Best Single Malt Scotch.”
Comte de Lauvia 21 Year Old Armagnac, Eauze, France ($35), won “Best Armagnac,”
“Best Pisco” went to Pisco O Torontel Pisco, Ica, Peru ($35).
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Belgium ($30), received “Best Cream Liqueur.”