One corner of the beverage industry that has been able to navigate the quarantine relatively unscathed is the competitions world. Huzzah! This week, the third annual London Spirits Competition announced the 2020 winners.
On July 7 and 8, the LSC team judged over 1000 spirits, the first prong of their beer, wine, spirits trifecta. Judging is a common question when it comes to spirits competitions. So, we have included the official explanation of the process in the following graf.
Spirits were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value, and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale. Spirits that scored 90+ points were awarded Gold medals, while spirits that scored 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals. The primary reason for using three criteria rather than just one was to focus on the overall drinkability of each spirit. As a result, the judging panel ranked spirits not just by how they taste, but also their overall presentation and appearance in the bottle. In addition, judges assessed spirits on their relative value in relation to their peers, as determined by retail pricing.
The big winner was St. Kilian Signature Edition FOUR, a Lower Franconian single malt aged in Andalusian Oloroso and PX Sherry barrels. However, a ton of lesser-known distilleries also picked up some hardware and some exposure.
Check out the full list of winners below.
By Spirits Types:
Spirit Of The Year – St. Kilian Signature Edition FOUR by St. Kilian Distillers GmbH
Vodka Of The Year – G52 Botanical Vodka – Fresh Citrus by Glasgow Distillery Company
Rum Of The Year – Substation 41 by Pinnacle Drinks
Tequila Of The Year – Cutwater Tequila Reposado by Cutwater Spirits
Gin Of The Year – Barossa Distilling Barrel Aged Gin by Barossa Distilling
Whisky Of The Year – St. Kilian Signature Edition FOUR by Kilian Distillers GmbH
Distillery Of The Year – St. Kilian Distillers GmbH
Country Category Winners:
Australia – Substation 41 by Pinnacle Drinks
Germany – Signature Edition FOUR by St. Kilian Distillers GmbH
Mexico – Cutwater Tequila Reposado by Cutwater Spirits
Denmark – Fary Lochan Single Malt Whisky by Fary Lochan Destilleri A/S
United States – Petoskey Stone Gin by High Five
United Kingdom – The Whisky Baron Glenrothes by The Whisky Baron
Ukraine – The Inked Collection Wild Cranberry by Nemiroff
Canada – Georgian Bay Vodka by Georgian Bay Spirit Co.
France – Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac by De Kuyper Royal Distillers
Spain – Ron Aldea Familia by Destilerías Aldea, S.L.
By Judging Category:
Best Spirit By Quality – Fary Lochan Danish Single Malt
Best Spirit By Value – St. Kilian Signature Edition FOUR
Best Spirit By Package – St. Kilian Signature Edition FOUR