What Are The Best Spirits In The World? SFWSC Announces Winners

By Neat Pour Staff |

 The “best” spirits is a very subjective judgement. However, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has a solid track record of picking consensus winners. The lauded contest completed their judging a few weeks ago and now, the votes are tallied and the winners are out.

A 47 judge panel comprised of all-stars like Dave Wondrich, Ivy Mix, and Tony Abou-Ganim, sampled 2450 spirits contending in 100+ categories. The process takes three days and all tastings are blind. In the end, only the victors remain. Check out the 2018 Best In Class results below:

  • Best Añejo Tequila: Tequila Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila
  • Best Apéritif: Lillet Rosé Apéritif
  • Best Armagnac: Cyrano Armagnac X.O.
  • Best Baijiu: Yushan Yuan Jiao 8 Year Old Kaoliang Liquor
  • Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No. Blended Batch 01 Blended Malt Scotch Exotic Cargo
  • Best Blended Scotch – 16 Years and Older: Dewar’s The Signature 25 Year Old Scotch
  • Best Blended Scotch & Blended Scotch – No Age Statement: Cutty Sark Prohibition Blended Scotch
  • Best Bourbon & Best Single Barrel Bourbon: Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Best Cachaça: Avua Cachaca Prata Cachaça
  • Best Canadian Whisky: Crown Royal 13 Year Old Blenders’ Mash Whisky
  • Best Cognac VSOP: GAUTIER Cognac VSOP
  • Best Cognac XO: Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne Cognac
  • Best Corn Whisk(e)y: David James Straight American Whiskey
  • Best Craft Distiller Whiskey: Balcones ‘1’ Texas Single Malt Whiskey
  • Best Dark/Gold Rum: Arizona Craft Distillery Regalo de Vida Gran Rum
  • Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Years: Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 20 Years and Older: Glencadam 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement: Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch
  • Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years: Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Best Extra Añejo Tequila: El Tesoro Paradiso Extra Añejo Tequila
  • Best Flavored Gin: Watershed Distillery Chamomile Flavored Guild Series Gin
  • Best Flavored Rum: Ableforth’s XO 15 Year Old Rumbullion!
  • Best Flavored Whisk(e)y: Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Whiskey
  • Best Genever: Old Duff Genever
  • Best Gin: Batch Industrial Strength Gin
  • Best in Show Aged White Spirit, Best Rum, Best Extra-Aged Rum – 5 Years and Older: Plantation Jamaica 2002 Vintage Rum
  • Best In Show Brandy, Best Cognac & Best Cognac Extra-Aged/Vintage: GAUTIER Cognac 1755 Extra
  • Best in Show Liqueur & Best Herbal/Botanicals Liqueur: Montenegro Amaro
  • Best In Show Unaged White Spirit, Best Tequila & Best Blanco Tequila: Cazcanes Blanco Tequila
  • Best in Show Whisky, Best Scotch, Best Single Malt Whisky, Best Independent Merchant Single Malt: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No. 29.224 Single Malt Scotch, We arrived!
  • Best Irish Whiskey & Best Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey: Powers 12 Year Old John’s Lane Irish Whiskey
  • Best Mezcal: Mezcal Nacional 1938
  • Best Other Single Malt Whisk(e)y: King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky
  • Best Other Whisk(e)y: Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Murray Hill Club Blended Bourbon
  • Best Pisco: Pisco La Caravedo Puro Torontel Pisco
  • Best Reposado Tequila: Azuñia Organic Reposado Tequila
  • Best Rye Whisk(e)y: Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
  • Best Shochu: iichiko Special Shochu
  • Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey: The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • Best Small Batch Bourbon: Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Best Spanish Grape Brandy & Brandy de Jerez: Torres 20 Hors d’Age Superior Brandy
  • Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon: One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 10
  • Best Straight Bourbon: Bulleit Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Best Vodka: NEFT Vodka
  • Best White Rum: Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
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