San Francisco World Spirits Competition Drops Winner List

By Neat Pour Staff |

Right before, California went under quarantine, a few loose ends got tied up. Among them, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and their team of judges managed to complete socially distant tastings. Obviously, we all have greater issues on our minds, but the results of this big-name competition are now out—so, enjoy the distraction of critiquing SFWSC’s picks.

A 50 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 2020 Best of Class and Best in Show winners below:

Best In Show

Unaged White Spirit

Defiance Navy Strength Gin

Manchester, United Kingdom

Alcohol: 57%, Retail Price: $50

Aged White Spirit

Rhum Savanna Traditionnel Le Must

France

Alcohol: 45%, Retail Price: $60

Whisk(e)y

The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Scotland

Alcohol: 46%

Liqueur

Marie Brizard Anisette

France

Alcohol: 35%

Brandy

Chateau de Laubade Cask Strength Vintage 2000 Armagnac

Bas Armganac, France

Alcohol: 52.4%, Retail Price: $190

Best In Class

Best Vodka

Organika Life Vodka, Russia

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $32

Best Aquavit

New Alchemy Distilling Fylleangst Aquavit, California, USA

ALCOHOL: 42.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $32

Best London Dry Gin

Bareksten Botanical Gin

ALCOHOL: 46%, RETAIL PRICE: $40

Best Regular Gin

Never Never Distilling Co. Triple Juniper Export Strength Gin, South Australia

ALCOHOL: 47%, RETAIL PRICE: $100

Best Flavored Gin

Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber Gin,

ALCOHOL: 43%, RETAIL PRICE: $30

Best Genever

Filliers Young & Pure Geneva, Belgium

ALCOHOL: 35%, RETAIL PRICE: $22

Best Other White Spirit

Wapirits Tumugi, Ōita

ALCOHOL: 40%

Best Shochu

Hombo Shuzo Akane Kaze 43 Shochu, Kagoshima

ALCOHOL: 43%, RETAIL PRICE: $46

Best Baijiu

TTL Longtian Distillery Yushan Aromar Kaoliang Liquor

ALCOHOL: 43.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $10

Best Tequila • Best Silver/Gold Tequila

El Sativo Organic, Kosher, Single Estate Reserve Blanco Tequila

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $40

Best Reposado Tequila

Cutwater Spirits Reposado Tequila

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $40

Best Añejo Tequila

Dano’s Dangerous Añejo Tequila,

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $53

Best Mezcal

Mezcal Carreño Ensamble 7, Oaxaca

ALCOHOL: 45%, RETAIL PRICE: $140

Best Cachaça

Leblon Cachaça, Minas Gerais

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $30

Best Dark/Gold Rum

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

ALCOHOL: 43%, RETAIL PRICE: $25

Best Extra Aged Rum

Pusser’s 15 Year Old Rum,

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $65

Best Straight Bourbon

Woodinville Straight Bourbon, Washington, USA

ALCOHOL: 45%, RETAIL PRICE: $40

Best Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 5 Years

Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, New York, USA

ALCOHOL: 50%, RETAIL PRICE:

Best Bourbon • Best Small Batch Bourbon • Best Small Batch Bourbon – 6 to 10 Years

Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 10 Year Old Cask Strength,

ALCOHOL: 53.1%, RETAIL PRICE: $90

Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years and Older

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

ALCOHOL: 50.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $100

Best Single Barrel Bourbon • Best Single Barrel Bourbon – Up to 10 Years

Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

ALCOHOL: 53.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $60

Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon

Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series “Phifer Pavitt Reserve” Bourbon, Tennessee, USA

ALCOHOL: 53.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $125

Best Craft Distiller Whiskey

ASW Distillery Maris Otter Single Varietal Single Malt Whiskey, Georgia, USA

ALCOHOL: 54.2%, RETAIL PRICE: $49

Best Tennessee Whiskey

Davidson Reserve Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey, Tennessee, USA

ALCOHOL: 50%, RETAIL PRICE: $40

Best Rye Whiskey

Parker’s Heritage Collection 13th Edition Rye Whiskey, Kentucky, USA

ALCOHOL: 52.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $150

Best Canadian Whisky

Rare Perfection 15 Year Old, Canada

ALCOHOL: 59.8%, RETAIL PRICE: $189

Best Other Single Malt Whiskey

The Notch Nantucket Island 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Massachusetts, USA

ALCOHOL: 48%, RETAIL PRICE: $500

Best Single Grain Whiskey

Ohishi 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Matured Japanese Whisky, Kumamoto, Japan

ALCOHOL: 41.7%, RETAIL PRICE: $80

Best Other Whiskey

Shin 10 Year Old Mizunara Oak Finished Malt Whiskey, Niigata, Japan

ALCOHOL: 48%

Best American Blended Whiskey

FEW American Whiskey, Illinois, USA

ALCOHOL: 46.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $47

Best Flavored Whiskey

Catskill Provisions New York Honey Rye Whiskey, New York, USA

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $45

Best Blended Irish Whiskey

Hyde #6 Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey, Ireland

ALCOHOL: 46%, RETAIL PRICE: $59

Best Irish Whiskey • Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Matt D’Arcy’s 17 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Whiskey, Ireland

ALCOHOL: 46%, RETAIL PRICE:

Best Blended Scotch • Best Blended Scotch – Up to 15 Years

Buchanan’s DeLuxe 12 Year Old Blended Scotch, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $31

Best Blended Scotch – No Age Statement

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal Blended Scotch, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 43.8%, RETAIL PRICE: $350

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 46.3%, RETAIL PRICE: $47

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 20 Years and Older

Aultmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 46%, RETAIL PRICE:

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement

Aberlour A’bunadh Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 61%, RETAIL PRICE: $100

Best Independent Merchant Single Malt

Port Askaih 110 Proof Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland

ALCOHOL: 55%, RETAIL PRICE: $80

Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Compass Box Whisky The Spice Tree Scotch

ALCOHOL: 46%, RETAIL PRICE: $68

Best Pisco

Mistral Nobel Pisco,

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $13

Best Cognac VSOP or Equivalent

Martell Matured in Red Barrels Cognac VSOP, Cognac, France

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $45

Best Cognac • Best Cognac Extra-Aged/Vintage

Gautier Extra Since 1755 Cognac, Cognac, France

ALCOHOL: 40%

Best French Grape Brandy

Le Furet Lysens 30 Year Old Brandy

ALCOHOL: 40%, RETAIL PRICE: $299

Best Spanish Grape Brandy & Brandy de Jerez

Torres 20 Hors d’Age Brandy

ALCOHOL: 40%

Best Fruit Liqueur

Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve Liqueur, Missouri, USA

ALCOHOL: 31.8%, RETAIL PRICE: $34

Best Vermouth • Best Apéritif

Foro Rosso Vermouth di Torino

ALCOHOL: 16.5%, RETAIL PRICE: $13

Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail

The Family Jones Automatic Jones Rock & Rye, Colorado, USA

ALCOHOL: 40%

Best Cream/Dairy Liqueur

Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Cream Liqueur, Ontario, Canada

ALCOHOL: 17%, RETAIL PRICE: $35

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