ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® Announces 2017 Results for Top Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Vodka and more
Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world’s trailblazing spirits competition, announces the winners and full results for the 2017 Challenge. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), now in its seventh year, celebrates 43 Chairman’s Trophy winners, USC’s highest award of excellence, and 213 Finalists. Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 was held at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY.
Says USC judging chairman F. Paul Pacult, “One of the many advantages of having our own year-round facility is that instead of having to judge hundreds of spirits entries over a couple of days like other spirits competitions, we can take the time to break each category down into small flights. This means that USC judging panels focus on each flight with greater in-depth attention, resulting in more accurate assessments. We don’t take shortcuts which is perhaps why USC experienced a 20% increase in entries this year.”
USC also provides an additional component of cocktail evaluations. The judges taste and assess a spirit’s “mixability factor” in classic cocktail recipes (for suitable spirits categories). This innovation, employed by no other competition, allows deeper evaluation of spirits.
Recommendations for cocktails, along with the complete results, can be found on www.ultimate-beverage.com.
USC 2017 – CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY WINNERS
Alessio Vino Chinato
Yushan Cellaring 6 Years Old Kaoliang
American: Bartlett Spirits of Maine Pear Eau-de-Vie
Armagnac: Dartigalongue Grande Eau-de-Vie 25 Years Old Bas Armagnac
Calvados: Roger Groult XO Pays d’Auge
Cognac: Pierre Ferrand Reserve Double Cask
French Brandy: Monteru Double Wood Triple Toast Finish
Grappa: Poli Sarpa di Poli
Pisco: Porton Acholado
Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
Novo Fogo Tanager
London Dry: Tanqueray
World: Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire
Rey Campero Tepextate Joven
Rum: Appleton Estate 21 Years Old
Rhum Agricole: Clément VSOP
Spiced Rum: Don Q Oak Barrel
TEQUILA, 100% AGAVE
Blanco: Tequila Cabeza
Añejo: Blue Nectar Founder’s Blend
Extra Añejo: El Tesoro Paradiso
WHISKY – CANADA
Lot 40 Canadian Rye
WHISKEY – IRELAND
Blended: Jameson 18 Years Old
Single Pot Still: Yellow Spot 12 Years Old
Single Malt: The Irishman Small Batch
WHISKY – JAPAN
Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt
WHISKY – SCOTLAND
Blended: Buchanan’s Master
Blended Malt: Usquaebach An Ard Ri Cask Strength 2016
Single Malt-Highland: Glengoyne 15 Years Old
Single Malt-Island: Highland Park Valkyrie
Single Malt-Islay: Laphroaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt-Speyside: BenRiach 20 Years Old
WHISKEY – USA
American: Wild Turkey Forgiven
Kentucky Straight Bourbon: Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch
Rye: Hudson Manhattan Rye
Single Malt: McCarthy’s Oregon 3 Years Old
WHISKEY – WORLD
Paul John Peated Select Cask Indian Single Malt
WHISKEY – WORLD – FLAVORED
Catskill Provisions New York Honey
Alessio Vermouth Chinato
Flavored: Van Gogh Dutch Caramel
All products are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry’s most renowned judges including buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners. Judges included: Founder/Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Jason Hedges, Tyler Hudgens, Paul Maloney, Don Lee, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Joaquin Simo, Tim Cooper, Paul Tanguay and Jillian Vose.
All spirits rated 80 points and higher receive an individual results page (accessed by clicking on “more…” next to the product name) which provides all downloadable marketing artwork. Spirits rated 85 points and higher receive a tasting note. If a spirit is recommended for its category’s assigned cocktail, it is indicated on this page.
USC results are promoted globally. In addition, high scoring products are featured in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide published each year in the October issue of Beverage Media reaching more than 75,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers.
ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE…No shortcuts. Just honest, impartial judging.
ABOUT ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE
Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley and David Talbot.