Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019 winners announced

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge recently announced the winners of the 2019 edition, registering records for the ninth consecutive year.

More than 45 spirit producing nations participating.

This year’s USC was characterized by a highly international competition, featuring spirits from around the world – more than 45 nations. F. Paul Pacult, founder and director of the jury, said: “Virtually every category made substantial gains in entries, especially in baijiu, shochu, mezcal and brandies from all over the world.

The presentation and voting of the event included the process of tasting the spirits when mixed with the drinks. In this way the USC becomes the only competition that evaluates the cocktail blending capacity of spirits.

Among the judges were renowned bartenders such as Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tim Cooper, Tad Carducci, Dale DeGroff, Meaghan Dorman, Tyler Hudgens, Justin Lavenue, Don Lee, Clay Risen, Joaquin Simó, Charlotte Voisey, and Jillian Vose.

 

2019 Chairman’s Trophy Winners

 

AMARO

Lucano Anniversario

 

APERITIF

Select Aperitivo

 

BAIJIU

TTL Yushan Chiew XO Kaoliang

 

BRANDY

American: Argonaut Fat Thumb

Armagnac: Marie Duffau Hors d’Age Bas Armagnac

Calvados: Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge 1999

Cognac: Courvoisier Initiale Extra

European Brandy: Asbach 15 Years Old

Pisco: Demonio de los Andes Acholado

 

GIN

American: Junipero

London Dry: Fords

Matured: Tommyrotter Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel

Navy Strength: Scapegrace Gold

World: Citadelle

 

LIQUEUR

Berry/Fruit: Merlet Soeurs Cerises

Citrus/Triple Sec: Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis Alexandre

Cream/Dairy: Carolans Salted Caramel Irish Cream

Herbal/Mint/Spice/Botanical: Becherovka

 

MEZCAL

Real Minero Barril

 

RUM

Aged: Appleton Estate 21 Years Old 

Dark/Gold: Banks 7 Golden Age

White Rum: Banks 5 Island

 

SHOCHU

Iichiko Reserve Zenwa 2019 Edition

 

TEQUILA, 100% AGAVE

Blanco: Cabeza

Reposado: Partida

Añejo: Azunia

Extra Añejo: El Tesoro

 

VODKA

Flavored: Van Gogh Double Expresso

Unflavored: Boyd & Blair Potato

 

Whisky Categories

WHISKY – CANADA

Crown Royal XR

 

WHISKEY – IRELAND

Single Pot Still: Red Spot

Blended: Jameson Bow Street Cask Strength 18 Years Old Batch 1

Single Malt: Knappogue Castle 14 Years Old

 

WHISKY – JAPAN

Kamiki Intense Wood

 

WHISKY – SCOTLAND

Single Malt-Highland: Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old

Blended: Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Years Old

Best Single Malt-Island: Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Years Old

Single Malt-Islay: Bowmore 25 Years Old

Speyside Single Malt: BenRiach Authenticus 30 Years Old

 

WHISKEY – USA

American/Other: Stolen 11 Years Old

Bourbon: George T Stagg

Rye: Peerless 3-Year-Old

Single Malt: Peat Week 5th Annual

Tennessee: Uncle Nearest 1820 Nearest Green Single Barrel Edition US-1

 

WHISKY – WORLD

Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength

 

For the complete winners list visit www.ultimate-beverage.com/USC2019results/

 

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.