San Francisco World Spirits Competition Announces Topline Winners

By Neat Pour Staff |

When it comes time to crown a spirit as the “best,” there’s always an argument. However, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and their team of heavyweight judges have a solid reputation in the industry. The lauded contest completed their judging last weekend; now, the votes are tallied and the winners are out.

A 44 judge panel comprised of all-stars like Fred Minnick, Ivy Mix, Julie Reiner, and Tony Abou-Ganim, sampled almost 2500 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 2019 Best of Class and Best in Show winners below:

 

Vodka & Such

Hollywood Oasis Vodka — Best Vodka

Dixie Black Pepper Vodka — Best Flavored Vodka

Aquavit Norden — Best Aquavit

 

Gin & Such

• Arctic Blue Navy Strength Gin — Best Gin, Best in Show Unaged White Spirit

• Genever de Vine Genever — Best Genever

• New Riff Bourbon Barreled Kentucky Wild Gin — Best Barrel Aged Gin

 

Soju/Shochu 

• Kirishima Shuzo Shiro Shochu — Best Shochu

• Baijiu Kinmen Kaoliang Liqour 58% — Best Baijiu

 

Agave

• Tequila Kostiv Ultra Premium Blanco Tequila — Best Silver/Gold Unaged Tequila

• Vikera Tequila Reposado — Best Reposado

• Hotel California Tequila Añejo — Best Añejo Tequila

• Chamucos Extra Añejo Tequila — Best Extra Añejo Tequila

• Mezcal Vago Espadin – By Emiglio Jarquin — Best Mezcal

• Raicilla de Una — Best Other Agave Spirit

 

Rum

• Banks 5 Island Rum — Best White Rum

• Rhum Sampan White Agricole Rum — Best Rhum Agricole

Worthy Park Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum — Best Over-Proof Rum

Pusser’s Rum — Best Dark/Gold Rum

Arizona Craft Beverage Regalo de Vida Ron Imperial — Best Extra-Aged Rum, Best in Show Aged White Spirit

 

Whiskey

Ezra Brooks 7 Year Barrel Proof Bourbon — Best Straight Bourbon

Redemption Wheated Straight Bourbon — Best Small Batch Bourbon (Up to 5 Years)

Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Proof Bourbon — Best Small Batch Bourbon (6 to 10 Years )

Barrell Batch 018 11 Year Old Cask Strength Bourbon — Best Small Batch Bourbon (11 Years and Older)

Henry McKenna Bottled-in-Bond Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon — Best Single Barrel Bourbon (Up to 10 Years), Best Bourbon, Best in Show Whiskey

Belle Meade Honey Cask Bourbon — Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon

Rogue Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey — Best Craft Distiller WhiskeyBarrel-Finished Bourbon

• Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Wheat Whiskey — Best Wheat Whisk(e)y

• Sagamore Spirit Reserve Port Finish Rye Whiskey — Best Rye Whisk(e)y

• Westland Distillery 5th Annual Peat Week Single Malt Whiskey — Best Other Single Malt Whisk(e)y

Jack Ryan Toomevara 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish — Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey

 

Whisky

• Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Blended Scotch — Best Blended Scotch (16 Years and Older)

• Cutty Sark Prohibition Blended Scotch — Best Blended Scotch (No Age Statement)

• Wemyss The Hive Blended Malt Scotch — Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

• Lagavulin 9 Year Old Game of Thrones “House Lannister” — Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch

• The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch — Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch (13 to 19 Years)

• BenRiach Temporis Aged 21 Years Single Malt Scotch — Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch (20 Years and Older), Best Scotch

• BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 Single Malt Scotch — Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch (No Age Statement)

• The Scotch Malt Whisky Cask 72.62 Full-throttle Sophistication — Best Independent Merchant Single Malt

 

Brandy 

• Courvoisier Master’s Cask Collection Sherry Finish Cognac — Best Cognac (VSOP or Equivalent)

• Maxime Trijol Cognac XO — Best Cognac (XO), Best in Show Brandy

• A. De Fussigny Extra Premier Grand Cru Cognac — Best Cognac Extra-Aged/Vintage

• Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Bottled-in-Bond Brandy — Best American Grape Brandy

• J Torres 20 Hors d’Age Superior Brandy — Best Spanish Grape Brandy & Brandy de Jerez

• Intipalka Mosto Verde Torontel Pisco — Best Pisco

• Impression Grape Spirits 42° — Best Eau-de-Vie

 

Miscellania

Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire Liqueur — Best Fruit Liqueur, Best in Show Liqueur

• Boissiere Sweet Vermouth — Best Apéritif

• Sean’s Irish Cream Liqueur — Best Cream/Dairy Liqueurs

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