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2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

March 1–3, 2010

Astor Center, New York City

A note on Ultimate Spirits Challenge scoring results: Ultimate Beverage Challenge has rounded off the final scores of every entry to the higher numeral when the aggregate score included decimals. For instance, an aggregate score of 94.675 became 95 and so on. Therefore, in categories where there were many entries, such as Vodka, Liqueurs, Scotch Whisky, there may be several entries with the same final score. The four highest scoring spirits following Stage Two scoring from each category went on to the Semifinal Stage, where the final score, as deemed by the judges, rendered the numerical winner. The highest scoring entry won the USC Chairman's Trophy.

In addition to the score, spirits are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 Good, Recommended

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Entered products that were scored below 80 points have not been included; Ultimate Beverage Challenge is dedicated to recognizing the best of the best, and that, in our opinion, begins with a score of 80 as being indicative of products of commendation and consumer worthiness.

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Aperitif | Vodka | Gin | Rum | Cachaça | Tequila | Mezcal | Whiskey | Whisky | Brandy | Liqueur

 

Aperitif

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  86 Lillet Blanc Aperitif France, 17% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Lillet Rouge Aperitif France, 17% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Vodka

Unflavored Vodka

All vodkas were judged in category flights of like-with-like. The Chairman's Trophy - Vodka was awarded based on the highest scoring vodka across all the unflavored categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Orzel Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 94 Skyy Vodka United States, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  Finalist 93 Vermont Spirits White Vodka United States, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Stolichnaya elit Vodka Latvia, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Deraka Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $11.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Purity Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Single Vodka Italy, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Pearl Black Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Chopin Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Double Cross Vodka Slovakia, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Finlandia Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Platinum 7X Vodka United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Reyka Vodka Iceland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka United States, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Qino One Vodka France, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Stolichnaya Gold Vodka Latvia, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Akvinta Vodka Croatia, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Luksusowa Vodka Poland, 80% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Penn 1681 Rye Vodka United States, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Rue 33 Vodka France, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  84 Van Gogh Blue Vodka Holland, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 360 Vodka United States, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Crop Organic Artisanal Vodka United States, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Rain Organics Vodka United States, 40% abv, $20.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Medea Vodka Netherlands, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Svedka Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Vodka

Flavored Vodka

All flavored vodkas were judged in category flights of like-with-like flavors. The Chairman's Trophy - Flavored Vodka was awarded based on the highest scoring flavored vodka across all the flavor categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 91 Finlandia Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Finland, 37% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  88 Cold River Blueberry Flavored Vodka United States, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Van Gogh Double Expresso Flavored Vodka Holland, 35% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Absolut Peppar Flavored Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Absolut Ruby Flavored Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Bak's Bison Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Crop Organic Tomato Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Absolut Raspberri Flavored Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 SKYY Infusions Citrus Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Absolut Berri Flavored Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Stolichnaya Citros Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Stolichnaya Blueberi Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Svedka Clementine Flavored Vodka Sweden, 37% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Flavored Vodka Holland, 35% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Firefly Raspberry Tea Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  84 Pearl Plum Flavored Vodka Canada, 35% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Stolichnaya Vanil Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Van Gogh Coconut Flavored Vodka Holland, 35% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Absolut Vanilia Flavored Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Finlandia Cranberry Flavored Vodka Finland, 37% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Firefly Mint Tea Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $20.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Stolichnaya Razberi Flavored Vodka Russia, 35% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 SKYY Infusions Grape Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Stolichnaya Blakberi Flavored Vodka Russia, 35% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Van Gogh Mango Flavored Vodka Holland, 35% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Rain Organics Red Grape Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $31.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Gin

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Broker's London Dry Gin England, 47% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 96 Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 93 Citadelle Reserve 2009 Gin France, 44% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  Finalist 93 Tanqueray London Dry Gin England, 41% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Plymouth English Gin United Kingdom, 41% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Tanqueray No. Ten Gin England, 47% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Citadelle London Dry Gin France, 44% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Oxley Classic English Gin England, 47% abv, $53.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Beefeater London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 G'Vine Floraison Gin France, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Geranium Gin England, 44% abv, $0.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Organic Nation Gin United States, 43% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Right Gin Sweden, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 G'Vine Nouaison Gin France, 44% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Deaths Door Gin United States, 47% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Hendrick's Gin United Kingdom, 44% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  81 Tanqueray Rangpur Gin England, 41% abv, $21.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 New Amsterdam London Dry Gin United States, 40% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 95 Zafra 21 Years Old Rum Panama, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 93 J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Jamaica, 63% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  Finalist 92 Bacardi 8 Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Appleton Estate 12 Years Old Rum Jamaica, 43% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Don Q Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $15.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Flor de Cana Grand Reserve Rum Nicaragua, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Mount Gay Extra Old Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Pampero Anniversario Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Agua Libre Rum United States, 56% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Plantation Grand Reserve 5 Years Old Rum France, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum USVI St. Croix, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum Panama, 40% abv, $16.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Pusser's 15 Years Old Rum Guyana, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Ron Abuelo 12 Years Old Rum Panama, 40% abv, $33.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Bacardi Reserva Limitada 21 Years Old Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $84.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Banks 5 Rum West Indies, 43% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Pusser's 4 Years Old Rum Guyana, 42% abv, $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Cruzan Aged Dark Rum USVI St. Croix, 40% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Holey Dollar Cask Strength 3 Years Old Rum Fiji, 0% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Mount Gay Eclipse Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Plantation 20th Anniversary Rum France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Ron Abuelo 7 Years Old Rum Panama, 40% abv, $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Vizcaya Blended Dark Rum Dominican Republic, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Don Q Gran Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $59.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Marti Coconut cream Rum United States, 17% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Holey Dollar Premium 3 Years Old Rum Fiji, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Appleton Estate White Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Flor de Cana White 4 Years Old Rum Nicaragua, 40% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Oronoco Traditional Silver Rum Brazil, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Cruzan Aged Light Rum USVI St. Croix, 40% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Flor de Cana Gold 4 Years Old Rum Nicaragua, 40% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Holey Dollar Overproof 3 Years Old Rum Fiji, 0% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Rhum Agricole

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  92 Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum Agricole Martinique, 45% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Rhum JM VSOP Rhum Agricole Martinique, 45% abv, $57.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  87 10 Cane Rhum Agricole Trinidad, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Spiced Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  81 Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum United States, 35% abv, $9.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Cachaça

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Cuca Fresca Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Cabana Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Cuca Fresca Gold Aged Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 94 Don Pilar Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Partida Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Republic Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Ambhar Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Charbay Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 El Mayor Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Jose Cuervo Traditional Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Corzo Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Chinaco Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 4 Copas Organic Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $46.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Azunia Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Don Eduardo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Cabo Wabo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Lunazul Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Ocho Las Pomez 2009 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Herradura Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Campo Azul Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 La Certeza Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Antiguo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  94 Don Eduardo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 Partida Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Cabo Wabo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Excellia Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  88 Ambhar Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Antiguo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Tres Agaves Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $33.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Jose Cuervo Traditional Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 El Gran Jubileo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Republic Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 El Jimador Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 La Certeza Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Tres Agaves Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
      Video  
  93 Azunia Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $57.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Cabo Wabo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Cerro Azul Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  88 El Jimador Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 La Certeza Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $37.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Don Eduardo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Partida Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $67.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Antiguo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 4 Copas Organic Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Campo Azul Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  94 Partida Elegante Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Herradura Seleccion Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Casa Noble Single Barrel Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Mezcal

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 95 Sombra Mezcal Mexico, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  Finalist 94 Del Maguey Mezcal Mexico, 47% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  86 Del Maguey Minero Mezcal Mexico, 49% abv, $80.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Whiskey

American Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  82 Bernheim Original Straight Wheat American Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Whiskey

Bourbon

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 94 Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Four Roses Mariage 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 54% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Pappy Van Winkle Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $150.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 William Larue Weller 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 62% abv, $69.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Bulleit Blue Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Evan Williams Single Barrel 10 Years Old 2000 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Four Roses Yellow Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Hirsch Selection Smalll Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Wild Turkey Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Four Roses OESQ Recipe Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 59% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Tuthilltown 4 Grain Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Wild Turkey Tradition 14 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Four Roses Smalll Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Old Forester 12 Years Old 2009 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 48% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Four Roses OBSQ Recipe Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 52% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Woodford Reserve Master's Collection-Seasoned Oak Finish Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $89.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Old Crow Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Charter 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  84 Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Basil Hayden's 8 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $36.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 95 Sazerac Straight 18 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  92 Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 67% abv, $69.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  88 Sazerac Straight 6 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $26.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 George Dickel No. 12 12 Years Old Tennessee Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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Whiskey

Blended Irish Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Midleton Very Rare 2008 Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $145.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 95 Bushmills 1608 Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  93 Powers 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Jameson 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Bushmills Black Bush Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Jameson Vintage Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Bushmills Original Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Wild Geese Irish Heroes and Soldiers Rare Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Jameson Gold Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Paddy Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Whiskey

Irish Pot Still Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 94 Redbreast 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Whiskey

Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 95 Connemara Peated 12 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $93.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  92 Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 57% abv, $59.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Bushmills 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Whiskey

Single Grain Irish Whiskey

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  87 Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Whisky

Canadian Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 93 Crown Royal XR Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $165.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 16 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Crown Royal Deluxe Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Forty Creek Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  81 Pendleton Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Whisky

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 The Macallan Fine Oak 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $219.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 95 Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $205.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  95 anCnoc 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $59.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 54% abv, $74.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 Benromach 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  95 Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $104.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  95 Isle of Jura Superstition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 The Macallan 1824 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $53.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 The Macallan 1824 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 42% abv, $165.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 Tobermory 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $115.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  94 Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 Glenmorangie Extremely 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 Isle of Jura 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 Old Pulteney 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 The Balvenie Signature Batch 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  94 The Macallan 1824 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 42% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Balblair 18 Years Old 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $124.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 51% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 51% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Glenmorangie Original 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Ledaig 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Old Pulteney 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 The Dalmore King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 The Glenlivet 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 The Macallan Fine Oak 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $124.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 anCnoc 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Bruichladdich Rocks Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Glenfiddich 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $130.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Isle of Jura 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 The Dalmore 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 The Glenlivet French Oak Reserve 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 The Glenlivet Nadurra 18 Years Old 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 The Glenrothes 31 Years Old 1978 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $449.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Limited Release 1990 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $84.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Glen Grant 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Glen Grant 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Old Pulteney 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 The Glenrothes 16 Years Old 1994 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Glenmorangie Astar Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Highland Park 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $69.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $180.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Bruichladdich Black Art Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 51% abv, $139.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 47% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $169.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Aberfeldy 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Balblair 12 Years Old 1997 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Deanston Non-Chill Filtered 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $52.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 The Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 The Dalmore Gran Reserva Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  83 The Dalmore 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $80.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Bruichladdich 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $94.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 The Glenlivet 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Whisky

Blended Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 96 Johnnie Walker Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $80.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  Finalist 95 Royal Salute 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $160.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  95 Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 75% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  93 Buchanan's Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $145.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Dewar's 1840 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Chivas Regal 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 75% abv, $299.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $87.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Grand Old Parr 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Dewar's 1240 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $220.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Pinch 15 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Hankey Bannister Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Scottish Leader Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Chivas Regal 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Grant's Family Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Whisky

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  94 Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Sheep Dip 1990 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Whisky

Single Malt Welsh Whisky

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky Wales, 46% abv, $69.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Brandy

American Brandy

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 93 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Distillery Apple American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 E & J XO American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $15.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 E & J VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  83 E & J VS American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $11.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Armagnac

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Chateau du Busca-Maniban Hors d'Age 15 Years Old Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $112.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 96 Cles des Ducs VSOP Armagnac France, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  Finalist 95 Chateau de Laubade 1960 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $360.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  Finalist 95 Marie Duffau Hors d'Age 12 Years Old Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  93 Chateau de Laubade VSOP Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Larresingle XO Armagnac France, 43% abv, $94.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 DeLord XO Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $57.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Delord Napoleon Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Calvados

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Boulard Grand Solage Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 95 Roger 8 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 44% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
       
  Finalist 91 Coeur de Lion Hors d'Age 15 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $147.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Cognac

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Frapin Chateau Fontpinot XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 41% abv, $90.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 96 Landy XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 94 Hennessy XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  Finalist 94 Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges 30 Years Old Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $145.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Delamain XO Pale & Dry Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  93 Delamain Extra 40 Years Old Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $329.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Louis Royer Preference VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Pierre Ferrand Ambre 10 Years Old Cognac France, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Rémy Martin 18 Years Old 1989 Cognac Grande Champagne France, 45% abv, $300.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Pierre Ferrand Reserve 20 Years Old Cognac France, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac Fine Champagne France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Distillerie du Peyrat VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Hennessy Privilege VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP Cognac Fine Champagne France, 53% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Sequinot Napoleon Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $78.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Kelt VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $55.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Louis Royer Extra Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $395.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Louis Royer XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $129.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Sequinot VSOP Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Brillet VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Hardy VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Landy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Courvoisier Exclusif VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Landy VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Louis Royer VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Eau-de-Vie

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  87 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Distillery Pear Eau-de-Vie United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Brandy

French Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  91 St. Remy XO French Brandy France, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  82 St. Remy VSOP French Brandy France, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Brandy

Grappa

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Nonino Il Merlot Grappa Italy, 41% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  87 Giovi dell Etna Grappa Italy, 42% abv, $47.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Alexander Grappa di Moscato Italy, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  80 Giovi Stinging Nettles & Lemon Peel Grappa Italy, 42% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Nardini Riserva 5 Years Old Grappa Italy, 50% abv, $64.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Italian Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 93 Giovi Clear Brandy of Cactus Pear Italian Brandy Italy, 45% abv, $115.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Brandy

Marc de Bourgogne

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Marc de Hospices de Beaune 1993 Marc de Bourgogne France, 45% abv, $98.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Brandy

Pisco

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 94 Macchu Pisco Peru, 40% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Campo de Encanto Acholado Acholado Pisco Peru, 42% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Liqueur

All liqueurs were judged in category flights of like-with-like (e.g., flights of dairy liqueurs, flights of herbal liqueurs, etc.). The Chairman's Trophy - Liqueur was awarded based on the highest scoring liqueur across all the liqueur categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur France, 20% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
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  Finalist 93 Herbsaint Original Liqueur d'Anis Liqueur United States, 50% abv, $34.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  Finalist 93 Mathilde Raspberry Liqueur France, 18% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  Finalist 92 Bauchant Orange Napoleon Liqueur France, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Cointreau Liqueur France, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Harlem Kruiden Liqueur Holland, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe France, 65% abv, $64.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur France, 23% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 16% abv, $26.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Cointreau Noir Liqueur France, 40% abv, $59.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Galliano Liqueur Italy, 42% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 La Muse Verde Absinthe France, 68% abv, $62.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur United States, 17% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Solerno Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $36.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Faretti Biscotti Liqueur Italy, 28% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Meletti Amaro Italy, 32% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Pages Par Liqueur France, 25% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Aperol Liqueur Italy, 11% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Averna Sambuca Italy, 42% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Gran Classico Bitter Liqueur Switzerland, 28% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 St. George Verte Absinthe United States, 60% abv, $75.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 ULLR Nordic Libation Liqueur United States, 45% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Godiva Chocolate Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Inca Gold Java Liqueur Peru, 42% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Sambuca di Trevi Sambuca Italy, 42% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Villa Massa Limoncello Italy, 30% abv, $26.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Cafe Boheme Liqueur France, 16% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Carpano Antica Formula Liqueur Italy, 16% abv, $33.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Nardini Aqua Liqueur Italy, 29% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Wild Turkey American Honey Whisky Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Bols Orange Curacao Liqueur United States, 30% abv, $10.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Dr. McGillicuddy's Cherry Schnapps Canada, 15% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Luxardo Amaretto Italy, 28% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 GranGala Triple Orange Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $19.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  84 Limonce Lemon Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $16.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Godiva Mocha Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 St. Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 17% abv, $10.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Frangelico Liqueur Italy, 24% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Mathilde Orange XO Liqueur France, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Plymouth Sloe Gin Liqueur United Kingdom, 26% abv, $37.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Sambuca di Amore Sambuca Italy, 40% abv, $12.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Southern Comfort 100 Proof Liqueur United States, 50% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  82 Vieux Carre Absinthe United States, 60% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Art in the Age Root Liqueur United States, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Caravella Orangecello Originale Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Galliano Ristretto Liqueur Italy, 42% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Godiva Caramel Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 Mathilde Poire Liqueur France, 18% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Bols Coffee Liqueur United States, 24% abv, $10.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Dr. McGillicuddy's Menthol Schnapps Canada, 24% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 So Yang Liqueur France, 18% abv, $0.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  80 Southern Comfort Lime Liqueur United States, 27% abv, $16.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended