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2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011

March 1–4, 2011

Astor Center, New York City

For 2011 there are 27 Chairman’s Trophies awarded, representing the best of the best; Finalists in each section are also identified.

In addition to the score, products 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

A note on the icons:

 
Tasting Note
Tasting Note: tasting notes for Chairman's Trophy winners and Finalists have been provided by Judging Chairman, F. Paul Pacult and Assistant Judging Chairman, Sean Ludford based upon their and the judges' impressions. Roll over icon to view.
 
Great Value
Great Value: indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score. 
 
Purchase Now
Purchase Now: a selection of products that achieved high scores which can be ordered directly from Astor Wines & Spirits, a leading New York retailer. Clicking on the icon will take you directly to that product's page on Astor's web site, where you can place your order for delivery. Click icon to view.
 
Purchase Now
Product Image: to assist you with visual identification, we've included an image for each product evaluated. (Please note that age statements, vintages or label may vary slightly from the specific product evaluated but it represents a helpful portrayal of the brand.) Click icon to view.
 
Purchase Now
Video: an insightful video review from F. Paul Pacult for each Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy winner. Click icon to view.

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Aperitif | Vodka | Aquavit | 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            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Lillet Rosé Aperitif France, 17% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Inviting aromas of fresh flowers, ripe berries and spring garden abound; flavor profile highlights the fruity-grapy-berry element to glorious result; irresistibly luscious.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  93 Lillet Rouge Aperitif France, 17% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Lillet Blanc Aperitif France, 17% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
 

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 94 Finlandia Classic Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Classic dry grain, dusty dry aroma of substance; taste profile includes remarkably deep flavors of snack crackers and dry breakfast cereal; sleek, crisp, smooth as ice.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 93 Brandon's Vodka United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: A rich and multilayered aroma of oils and spice; taste profile features long, near-viscous textures and flavors of light spice and clean, smooth neutral spirit.
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  Finalist 92 Bainbridge Legacy Vodka United States, 40% abv, $32.95, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Lush, bright aromas of dried herbs and cereal grains abound; velvety smooth and dry in the mouth, with an elegant note of spice.
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  Finalist 92 Boomerang Vodka Australia, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Assertively spirity and piquant in the aroma; flavor profile highlights crisp, razor-edged freshness good acidity and textural concentration.
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  Finalist 92 Eristoff Vodka Russia, 37.5% abv, $40.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Lovely medium dry grain aroma impresses; finely textured, with a moderately oily feel and totally dry, cereal flavor.
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  91 Crop Organic Vodka United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 ISpirit Grain and Grape Vodka Italy, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Nemiroff Delikat Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Nemiroff Original Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Stolichnaya Gold Vodka Latvia, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Vivandiere Vodka United States, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka United States, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Purity Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Rain Organics Vodka United States, 40% abv, $20.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Medea Vodka Netherlands, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Nadared Unflavored Natural Corn Vodka United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Platinum 7X Vodka United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Stolichnaya elit Vodka Latvia, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Enchanted Rock Vodka United States, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 PUR Ultra Premium Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Reyka Vodka Iceland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Vermont Gold Vodka United States, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Cold House Premium Vodka United States, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Luksusowa Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Soyombo Super Premium Vodka Mongolia, 39.5% abv, MNT20.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Bolor Super Premium Vodka Mongolia, 39.5% abv, MNT12.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 MAKO Vodka United States, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Nemiroff Lex Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Vesica Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Vision Vodka United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 ZU Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Voli Vodka France, 30% abv, $22.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Grand Traverse Distillery Wheat Vodka United States, 40% abv, $21.97, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Stock Prestige Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $13.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Nemiroff Lex Ultra Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Bee Vodka United States, 40% abv, $48.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Schramm Potato Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka Netherlands, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Fresh, tart, citrusy aromas deeply impress; taste profile highlights the lemon peel aspect gracefully; beautifully integrated spirit and flavoring.
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  91 SKYY Infusions Citrus Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Ketel One Oranje Flavored Vodka Netherlands, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Stolichnaya Blueberi Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Flavored Vodka United States, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Charbay Meyer Lemon Flavored Vodka United States, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Finlandia Grapefruit Flavored Vodka United States, 37.5% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Stolichnaya Wild Cherri Flavored Vodka Latvia, 37.5% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Chambord Flavored Vodka France, 37.5% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Charbay Blood Orange Flavored Vodka United States, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Pearl Citrus Flavored Vodka Canada, 35% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Rain Organics Honey Mango Melon Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $20.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $20.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Stolichnaya Citros Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Stolichnaya Vanil Flavored Vodka Latvia, 35% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Finlandia Tangerine Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 SKYY Infusions Blood Orange Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 SKYY Infusions Cherry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Bak's Bison Grass "Zubrovka" Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Pearl Cucumber Flavored Vodka Canada, 35% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 SKYY Infusions Raspberry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 SKYY Infusions Pineapple Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 SKYY Infusions Grape Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 SKYY Infusions Ginger Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Aquavit

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            
  91 Lysholm Linie Aquavit Norway, 41.5% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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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 95 Beefeater London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A true classic and a staple in most any bar. Complex and ever evolving in the glass while never losing its juniper focus. The quintessential London Dry Gin.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 94 Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Beautiful juniper aromatics dominate with accents of orange, cooking and baking spices, and angelica. Incredibly viscous without being heavy making the ideal cocktail platform.
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  Finalist 94 Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Wonderfully fresh aromatics with clean citrus notes. The texture is supple while vibrant with well proportioned botanicals and citrus emerging on the finish.
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  Finalist 94 OXLEY Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes:Lovely floral, coriander and citrus notes impress in the fresh, pleasantly astringent aroma; taste profile features lemon peel, juniper, cardamom and angelica; big viscosity.
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  Finalist 93 BLOOM London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Gently herbal, grassy and spicy aroma, with juniper in forward position; taste profile features citrus peel, caraway, pepper and cedar/juniper in fine ratios.
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  Finalist 93 Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Fresh and vibrant with juniper forward aromatics supported by mint, lemon zest, and Chinese Five Spice. A subtle style that shows best in a modern martini.
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  Finalist 92 Citadelle Reserve Vintage 2010 Gin France, 44% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Amazingly fragrant and stylish with juniper in the lead. The palate is round, fruity, and semi-viscous kept fresh with pepper and citrus zest.
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  Finalist 92 Plymouth Gin United Kingdom, 41.2% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Wonderfully unique and vibrant with juniper being nearly equaled by citrus, coriander, caraway and bold black pepper on the palate. Ideally proportioned and versatile at the bar.
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  Finalist 92 Tanqueray London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $23.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Balance and sophistication are the best descriptors for this classic. Juniper, lemon and orange zest, pine needles, and an underlying mineral note. A benchmark.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 92 Tanqueray No. Ten Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Power and grace are the defining characteristics with waves of citrus fruits, juniper, brown baking spices, and angelica. The bold flavors shine in all of the classic Gin cockails.
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  91 Martin Miller's 10 Years Old London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 54% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Ransom Old Tom Gin United States, 44% abv, $36.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Cold River Traditional Gin United States, 47% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Hendrick's Gin United Kingdom, 44% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 Bombay London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 43% abv, $18.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Bulldog Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Citadelle London Dry Gin France, 44% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Nolet's Silver Dry Gin Netherlands, 47.66% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Voyager Small Batch Distilled Gin United States, 42% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 CapRock Organic Gin United States, 41% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Ungava Gin Canada, 40% abv, CAD29.95, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Tanqueray Rangpur Gin United Kingdom, 41.3% abv, $25.95, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 The Botanist Gin United Kingdom, 46% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 New Amsterdam London Dry Gin United States, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 No. 3 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 46% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Brandon's Gin United States, 46% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 North Shore Distiller's Gin No. 11 London Dry Gin United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 North Shore Distiller's Gin No. 6 London Dry Gin United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Dos Maderas PX 5+5 Rum Spain, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Luxuriously rich vanilla, men's club/library and sherry aromas impress; taste profile features honey, vanilla bean, PX and wood resin; glorious.
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  Finalist 94 Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Compellingly elegant yet potent aromas include nutmeg, dried flowers and hay; taste profile features honey, oaky vanilla, tropical fruits and dried sage.
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  Finalist 94 Holey Dollar Rum Rebellion Platinum Cask Strength Rum Fiji, 74.9% abv, $35.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Supersize aromas of sugarcane, black tea, tropical fruits, wood plank and vegetation impress; tastes include resin, vanilla, cinnamon, honey and tobacco; wow.
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  Finalist 94 J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Jamaica, 63% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Intensely assertive, highly floral aroma of fresh, undiluted spirit; taste profile features warming flavors of molasses, cocoa and damp earth; powerful and satisfying.
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  Finalist 93 Cockspur Bajan-Crafted 12 Years Old Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Lush scents of brown butter, cane sugar and honey are featured in this expansive bouquet; flavors include butter cream, honeysuckle and brown sugar; long and deep.
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  Finalist 93 Denizen White Rum Rum Trinidad, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Keenly vibrant, molasses-like and semisweet aroma; flavor profile features grassy, cane-like tastes that are bittersweet and fresh; long, gently sweet finish.
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  Finalist 93 Plantation Vintage 2000 Jamaica Rum France, 42% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Lovely, sophisticated aromas of dried banana, Bay leaves and, surprise, honey; integrated flavors include tea, cocoa, brown sugar and nutmeg; elegant.
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  Finalist 92 Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Scents include dark toffee, cocoa and vanilla; multilayered flavor profile highlights molasses, honey, nougat and dark chocolate; incredible length in finish.
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  Finalist 92 Mount Gay Extra Old Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Deep and generous aroma of brown sugar and baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg) impresses; taste profile features vanilla, dark chocolate and honey; delicious.
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  91 Appleton Estate 12 Years Old Rum Jamaica, 43% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Banks 5 Island Rum West Indies, 43% abv, $27.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Cruzan Single Barrel Rum St Croix, USVI, 40% abv, $31.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Don Q Anejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Holey Dollar Rum Rebellion Silver Coin Premium Rum Fiji, 40% abv, AUD25.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Holey Dollar Rum Rebellion Gold Bin C Overproof Rum Fiji, 57.2% abv, $30.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Plantation Grande Reserve Barbados Rum France, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Canne Royale Extra Old Rum Grenada, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Diplomatico Reserva 8 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Don Q Gran Anejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Vizcaya VXOP Rum Dominican, Rep., 40% abv, $39.95, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Barcelo Imperial 10 Years Old Rum Dominican, Rep., 40% abv, $30.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Barcelo 4 Years Old Rum Dominican, Rep., 40% abv, $14.95, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Cockspur Fine Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Don Q Gold Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Zafra 21 Years Old Rum Panama, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Bacardi Reserva Limitada Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $84.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 12 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $31.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Don Q Cristal Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Diplomatico Blanco 6 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $31.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Mount Gay Eclipse Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Flor de Caña 7 Years Old Rum Nicaragua, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Brugal Extra Viejo Rum Dominican Republic, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Brugal Blanco Especial Rum Dominican Republic, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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.

Rhum Agricole

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Finalist 94 Chauffe Coeur Rhum Agricole France, 47% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Animated, integrated aroma features jasmine, palm oil, new leather and brown sugar; tastes include coffee, cocoa butter, oak resin, cinnamon and dark honey.
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  Finalist 92 Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum Agricole Martinique, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Enchantingly grassy and earthy in the bouquet; tastes include marzipan, oak resin, dark caramel and honey; aftertaste is extended and bittersweet.
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  88 10 Cane Rhum Agricole Trinidad, 40% abv, $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Ron Viejo de Caldas Carta de Oro 8 Years Old Rhum Agricole Colombia, 40% abv, $19.99, 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.

Flavored Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  89 Blackbeard Spiced Flavored Rum Puerto Rico, 43% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Don Q Limon Citrus Flavored Rum Puerto Rico, 30% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Don Q Coco Premium Coconut Flavored Rum Puerto Rico, 21% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Don Q Mojito Infused with Natural Mint Flavored Rum Puerto Rico, 20% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Calypso Spiced Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $8.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  81 SXcalypso Aged Rum w/ Limon & Mint Flavored Rum Mexico, 35% abv, $35.99, 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.

Spiced Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  86 Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum St Croix, USVI, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  85 Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum St. Kitts, 36% abv, $19.95, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Spiced Rum Virgin Islands, 46% abv, $17.50, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 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 Pirassununga 21 Silver Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  82 SXsamba Cachaça w/ Sweet Lime & Vanilla Silver Cachaça Mexico, 35% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Olmeca Plata Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A classic and elegant style that is very fruit focused with a deft accent of citrus zest and hints of honey. Versatile and ready to taking a staring role in your fresh margaritas.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 95 Tres Mujeres Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Amazingly pure and fresh with scents and flavors of sweet agave taking the lead with accents of citrus, coriander, and sea salt.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 93 Espolon Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The aromatics are quite rich and fruity with baked tropical fruits taking the lead with accents of sweet lime and herbs. The silky soft and fruity core that make this Blanco an ideal cocktail base.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 92 Tres Agaves Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Vibrant and sweet agave aromas dominate with supporting notes of citrus, pear, and hints of wild mint. Wonderfully proportioned with a silky texture making it ideal for sipping or mixing.
Great Value   Photo  
  91 Corazon Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Don Julio Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Herradura Silver Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Exotico Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $14.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value    
  88 Calle 23 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 1921 Tequila Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 901 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Antiguo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Corzo Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Izkali Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Don Pilar Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Tequila Revolucion 100 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 50% abv, $54.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 El Jimador Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  84 Ambhar Platinum Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Jose Cuervo Tradicional Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $26.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Cabo Wabo Tequila Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Wild agave and pineapple fill the nose. Very generous with the baked caramelized fruits rising on the palate balanced by notes of citrus zest and sea salt.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 92 Antiguo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Vibrant and quite spicy with scents of ginger, mustard seeds, dill seeds, citrus zest, poached apples, and cinnamon. The palate shows a lush orchard fruit core with accents of vanilla.
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  Finalist 92 Tres Agaves Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $33.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Wonderfully fresh with baked tropical fruits, complimenting barrel notes, and hints of lime juice. Ideally balanced and perfect for sipping or mixing.
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  91 Don Julio Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 El Jimador Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  91 Tres Mujeres Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 4 Copas Organic Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Calle 23 Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Espolon Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Corzo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $52.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Exotico Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Herradura Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Izkali Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $33.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $26.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Olmeca Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  84 Ambhar Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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 94 Calle 23 Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Pleasingly lush and decadent with butterscotch, roasted nut, and fruitcake notes accented by hints of wood, tapenade, and lime zest. Beautifully balanced and built for sipping.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 93 Izkali Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes:Tangy aromas of pipe tobacco, dill and baked pineapple delight the senses; flavor profile explodes with black pepper, salt, pickle brine and oak; generous finish.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 92 Herradura Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An ideal sipper. Sweet but greatly balanced with baked tropical fruits, creme caramel, vanilla, brown baking spices, and honeycomb.
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  91 Cabo Wabo Tequila Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Don Julio 1942 Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 El Jimador Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  90 Corzo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $64.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Tres Agaves Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 1921 Tequila Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Don Julio Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila United States, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Tres Mujeres Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 4 Copas Organic Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $51.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Antiguo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Ambhar Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Grand Mayan Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The rich amber color gives a great indication of the nature of this spirit. Wonderfully aromatics with deep Bourbon-like notes that are revealed on the silky lush and dense palate as well. Luxurious in nature with pretty butterscotch and allspice accents.
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  Finalist 92 Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Superbly complex and exotic with sexy barrel notes of brown spice, caramel, and maple mingle perfectly with baked tropical fruits. It’s the quintessential confluence of white and brown spirits.
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  91 Don Julio Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  81 Tres Mujeres Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $62.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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.

Flavored Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  82 SXchachacha Reposado w/ Lemon & Honey Flavored Tequila Mexico, 35% abv, $35.99, 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.

Tequila Mixto

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  83 Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Mixto Joven Abocado (Gold) Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Mixto Blanco Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 El Tinieblo Joven Mezcal Mexico, 40% abv, $41.50, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes:Savory aroma includes scents of dill, sea salt, dried herbs (sage, thyme) and burnt match; flavors include vegetable oil, light, sweet smoke, rubber pencil eraser and dill; intense and tangy.
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  Finalist 93 Del Maguey Vida Single Village Mezcal Mexico, 42% abv, $36.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Huge, assertive aromas of rubber tire, jalapeño pepper and cigar smoke dominate the aroma; taste profile features flavors of pork rind, charred meat and wood smoke; wow.
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  Finalist 93 Fidencio Clasico Joven Mezcal Mexico, 44% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes:Delicate wood smoke and green pepper scents highlight the bouquet; flavor profile features pipe tobacco, road tar, cigarette ash and pine needle; tangy, piquant.
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  Finalist 91 Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Single Village Mezcal Mexico, 48% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes:Full-blown road tar, asphalt and wood smoke aromas are abundant; taste profile features smoked meats, tobacco, sea salt and pickle brine; robust and real.
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  89 Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Del Maguey Chichicapa Single Village Mezcal Mexico, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio Single Village Mezcal Mexico, 47% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal Mexico, 45.4% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Del Maguey Minero Single Village Mezcal Mexico, 49.1% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Wild Shot Silver La Perla San Luis Potosi Mezcal Mexico, 43.4% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  92 Marko K Spirits Doubled & Twisted Light Whiskey American Whiskey United States, 49.5% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 Balcones True Blue Corn American Whiskey United States, 63% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit American Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $38.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Bernheim Original Wheat 6 Years Old American Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 High West Silver Unaged Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson New York Corn Whiskey American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $35.00, 375 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 High West Double Rye American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson New York Single Malt 4 Years Old American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $40.00, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Buffalo Trace Distillery White Dog Mash #1 American Whiskey United States, 62.5% abv, $15.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Rock Town Arkansas Lightning American Whiskey United States, 62.5% abv, $14.99, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Bainbridge Battle Point Wheat Whiskey United States, 43% abv, $46.95, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 George T. Stagg 17 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 71.5% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: This is a mind blowing Bourbon. Incredibly fruity with layers of sweet maple, molasses, nougat, toffee, and far too many spices to mention here. Bottled at cask strength which suggests that a water addition is prudent but we are amazed by how soft, supple, and perfectly integrated this spirit is at full strength.
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  Finalist 95 Benjamin Prichards Double Barreled Bourbon 9 Years Old Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $72.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A bold and spicy style with a rich core of fruit cake, toffee, honey, and vanilla accented wood. Complex and stylish with new flavors emerging with each sip.
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  Finalist 95 Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Amazingly compelling and complex aromatics of wild honey, toasted grains, pecans, and rum like tropical fruits. The palate is lush and viscous while remaining dry with notes of dried fruits, roasted nuts and charred oak.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 95 Pappy Van Winkle #8 20 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A wonderfully luxurious nose with scents of caramel, sherry, fruitcake, almond brittle, candied ginger, and vanilla. The palate is silky and harmonious delivering a faultless mélange of flavors and textures.
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  Finalist 95 Russell's Reserve 10 Years Old Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Incredibly balanced and stylish with complex notes of toasted grain, caramel, butterscotch, and silky baked orchard fruits.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 95 Wild Turkey Tradition 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50.5% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Superbly rich and nearly chewy with gobs of toffee, dried fruits, cocoa, and orange marmalade with accents of fresh herbs. A boisterous style with an assertive wood component.
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  Finalist 94 Old Forester Birthday Vintage-Dated 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 47.5% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The nose is incredibly fragrant and complex with dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, nougat, orange zest, and brown baking spices. The palate is lush but sprite with waves of silky fruit and caramel with flanking spice notes and a deft touch of oak.
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  Finalist 94 Parker's Heritage Collection Wheated Bourbon 10 Years Old Bourbon United States, 62.1% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Scents of sweet cornbread, caramel, honey, vanilla, brown baking spices, peppermint, oak, and molasses. The palate is lush, velvety, and chewy flanked by a spicy pepper note that one would expect from a rye based Bourbon.
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  93 Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  93 Charter 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  93 Four Roses Small Batch 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 55.1% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 54.3% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Bulleit Frontier Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  92 Evan Williams Single Barrel 2001 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43.3% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 John J. Bowman Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $49.95, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $17.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  92 Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50.5% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 William Larue Weller 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 63.3% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Eagle Rare 17 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Early Times 354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  91 Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 53.5% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46.5% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46.85% abv, $27.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50.5% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson Four-Grain 4 Years Old Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $40.00, 375 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson Baby Bourbon 4 Years Old Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $40.00, 375 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Sazerac Straight 18 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Fresh and fruity with accents of maple, black pepper, cardamom, and toasted oak. Wonderfully balanced with fruit and spice being offered in perfect harmony and with incredible length.
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  Finalist 94 Whistlepig 10 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A bold and assertive style with plenty of soft, silky caramel and baked fruit notes to offer a sweet platform for all of the intense pepper and clove flavors. An intriguing whiskey with charm and passion.
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  Finalist 92 Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight 6 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 63.45% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Beautiful and exotic with scents of cassis, lavender, wild flower honey, cinnamon, with a touch of mint. Expansive and very expressive on the palate with a dense fruity, oak and vanilla tinged core complimented by notes of black pepper and allspice.
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  91 Bulleit 95 Small Batch Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $26.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson Manhattan Rye 4 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $40.00, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  89 George Dickel #12 Tennessee Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 George Dickel #8 Tennessee Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey United States, 43% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong 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 Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Harmonious, delectably peppery aromas include dried figs, caramel, sawdust and vanilla; taste profile features compelling flavors of dry breakfast cereal, nougat and candy bar.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 95 Jameson Gold Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Lush and complex offering waves of ripe oranges and tropical fruits with accents of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and Sherry. Silky and full-boded while vibrant with baked orchard fruits and honey trailing on the finish.
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  Finalist 95 Midleton Very Rare Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A true classic in every sense. Perfectly proportioned with alternating waves of baked orchard fruits, toffee, toasted nuts and grain, honey, apricot, and a beautiful melange of baking spices.
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  Finalist 94 Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A great marriage of malt and sweet, mature grain with notes of toffee, roasted nuts, baked orchard fruits, and sweet baking spices with hints of vanilla. Wonderfully balanced.
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  Finalist 94 Kilbeggan 15 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Incredibly elegant and complex with sweet grassy notes that are found in all of the Kilbeggan whiskies supported by toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, banana bread and mint. A great aperitif.
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  Finalist 94 Slane Castle Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A very pretty blend with fruit, caramel, spice, and hints of honey and vanilla. Superbly balanced with great length.
Great Value   Photo  
  93 Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $250.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Powers 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Limited Edition Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $74.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Barton Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Jameson 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Tullamore Dew Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $26.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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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 15 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $75.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The nose is incredibly complex and seductive offering scents of caramel orange, honey, baked apples, toasted grains, brown baking spices, and toffee. The palate offers a lush core of sweet fruit and spiced laced malt and an impeccable texture. Near perfection.
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  93 Redbreast 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $71.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The aromatics generous and complex marrying scents of rich, sweet malt with caramel, ripe berries, orange zest, and exotic brown spices. The palate is simpatico with the nose opening with a lush wave of malt-drenched fruit and spice that opens to a silky core.
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  Finalist 95 Michael Collins 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Upfront aromas include butterscotch, light toffee and dry breakfast cereal; taste profile highlights light honey, wood resin, malted milk and candied almond.
Great Value   Photo  
  Finalist 94 The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $89.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Beautifully clean, fresh and vibrant with grain notes taking the lead with accents of baked apple, honey, and nutmeg. Nicely proportioned with great length.
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  93 Connemara 12 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $93.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Knappogue Castle Twin Wood 16 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Canadian Mist Black Diamond Canadian Whisky Canada, 43% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Pleasingly fresh and harmonious with silky baked orchard fruits complimented by notes of caramel, brown baking spices, and brown butter with spicy black pepper notes on the finish.
Great Value   Photo Video  
  Finalist 92 Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Biscuity, gently sweet but multilayered aromas impress; flavors of caramel corn, breakfast cereal and brown sugar are integrated and graceful.
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  88 Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Collingwood Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Black Velvet Reserve Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Black Velvet Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $9.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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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 Aberlour a'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 59% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Big-hearted aromas include marzipan, malt, sawdust and brown butter; lush, long tastes of sherry, dark honey and tpasted malt make for memorable drinking.
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  Chairman's Trophy 97 Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $104.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Classic aromas of dry cereal, baker's yeast, malt and light spice; tastes include cooking spices (thyme), dry sherry, toasted malt and almonds; one of a kind.
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  Chairman's Trophy 97 Lagavulin Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $109.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Integrated aromas of dried fruit, wood smoke and toasted grains impress deeply; full-bodied, but elegant flavors include toasted marshmallow, cigar smoke and walnuts.
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  Chairman's Trophy 97 The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $130.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Potent and seductively smoky, tobacco-like aromas abound; robust tastes of pipe tobacco, cereal grain and dried cherry astound the palate; lingering finish impresses.
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  Finalist 96 Aberlour 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $100.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Rich, assertive, gently sweet aromas impress; midpalate flavor profile of oloroso sherry, dates and black raisins; extra long, cocoa-like aftertaste; potent yet lovely.
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  Finalist 96 Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Bright topaz color; rich leather and butterscotch aromas; tastes of breakfast cereal grains and light toffee; elegant finish.
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  Finalist 95 Caol Ila Unpeated 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 65.8% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Bright, effusive, completely dry and dusty breakfast cereal scents impress; big flavors are supported by big abv; mildly cocoa-like finish.
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  Finalist 95 Glen Garioch 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Earthy, dusty dry scents include wood plank, sweetened cereal and bakery shop; velvety flavors feature walnut paste, baked banana and vanilla.
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  Finalist 95 Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $85.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Elegant aroma is gently sweet, a touch smoky and sublimely fruity/floral; flavors include toasted cereal, fresh honey, vanilla and oak.
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  Finalist 95 Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Huge jammy, sweet aromas leap from the glass; taste profile highlights flavors of sweet wine, oaky tannins, prunes and dried herbs; luscious.
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  Finalist 95 Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48.1% abv, $274.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Assertive, deep aromas highlight both oak and malt in equal measure; tastes include marzipan, sherry, light honey and dried berries.
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  Finalist 95 The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Concentrated aromas of sawdust/wood plank and brown sugar are prevalent; toasty, rum-like, molasses tastes match up well with sweet bouquet.
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  Finalist 95 The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Assertive aromas include brown sugar, nougat and dried violets; long, deep flavors feature dried berries, cinnamon and marshmallow.
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  94 Aberfeldy 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Aberlour 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Bunnahabhain Un-Chill Filtered 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46.3% abv, $109.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Deanston Un-Chill Filtered 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46.3% abv, $49.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Glenfiddich 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $575.00, 375 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 Glenmorangie Original 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 The Glenlivet 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $130.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  94 The Macallan 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Auchentoshan 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Glen Grant 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Glengoyne 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Glengoyne 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  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 Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $205.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Ledaig Un-Chill Filtered 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46.3% abv, $46.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $180.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 The Balvenie "Thirty" 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 47.3% abv, $500.00, 375 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  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 Glenrothes 1998 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Bowmore 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 47.6% abv, $89.99, 375 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Glenmorangie Astar Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57.1% abv, $79.99, 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 Glenrothes 1995 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Bowmore 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $69.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $59.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Talisker 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $200.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Caol Ila Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $69.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Glenfiddich 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $130.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $169.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Aberlour 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $42.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $54.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Glenmorangie Finealta Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Lagavulin 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 58.2% abv, $89.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Oban Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $89.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Octomore 2.2 Orpheus Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 61% abv, $169.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 The Arran Malt 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $79.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 47.8% abv, $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Tobermory Un-Chill Filtered 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46.3% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Glen Grant 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 The Arran Malt 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $42.95, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Cardhu 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $43.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Benromach Origins Port Pipes 1999 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 50% abv, $80.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Singleton of Glendullan 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $36.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Dewar's 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Seductive aromas include new leather, fresh honey and nougat; generously portioned flavors feature dry cereal, nut paste and black raisins; delicious from start to finish.
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  Finalist 94 Buchanan's 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Toasty, butterscotch-like aromas impress; flavor profile features toasted grain, dried fruits, rose petal tastes and breakfast cereal.
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  Finalist 94 Royal Salute Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $175.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Deep, multilayered aromas of dark toffee, leather and cocoa impress; taste profile highlights sweetened breakfast cereal, honey and butterscotch; wonderful concentration.
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  93 Dewar's 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $75.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Chivas Regal 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Chivas Regal 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Grant's Family Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Douglas XO Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 86% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Whisky

Single Malt Welsh Whisky

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  89 Penderyn Madeira Finish Single Malt Welsh Whisky Wales, 46% abv, £31.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Whisky

Japanese 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 Yamazaki Single Malt 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky Japan, 43% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Hibiki 12 Years Old Japanese Whisky Japan, 43% abv, $55.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Years Old Japanese Whisky Japan, 43% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Whisky

Breton 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            
  85 Armorik Single Malt Breton Whisky France, 46% abv, $54.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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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            
  92 Osocalis XO American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Osocalis Rare American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Apple American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 E&J XO American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Paul Masson Grande Amber VS American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 E&J VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Balcones Rumble Cask Reserve American Brandy United States, 63.6% abv, $50.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 E&J VS American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Brandy

Armagnac

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Delord 25 Years Old Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $90.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Vividly animated aromas of saddle leather, figs, black raisins and oaky vanillin; flavor profile includes fathomless tastes of prunes, dark caramel and latter stages of rancio; magnificent brandy.
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  Finalist 96 Castarede Reserve de la Famille 20 Years Old Armagnac France, 40% abv, $90.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Compelling scents of cigar tobacco, dried herbs, dried flowers and toffee impress; flavors include oak, dates, prunes and the beginnings of earthy/hard cheese rancio.
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  Finalist 94 Artez VSOP 100% Folle Blanche Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Large aromas of tea, leather and toffee highlight the bouquet; taste profile is all about white raisins, pineapple, cocoa and toasted marshmallow; very savory.
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  Finalist 94 Chateau de Laubade Vintage 1985 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $149.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Vigorous aromas of oaky vanilla, thyme, ripe grapes and milk chocolate abound; tastes include wood resin, dark caramel and chocolate covered cherries; glorious.
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  93 Chateau de Laubade Vintage 1971 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Dartigalongue XO Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Marie Duffau 31 Years Old 1978 Bas-Armagnac France, 44.9% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Brandy

Armagnac Blanche

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  93 Delord Armagnac Blanche France, 42% abv, $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Brandy

Calvados

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Exceptionally balanced in the aroma, which highlights baked apple and vanilla; taste profile includes flavors of apple strudel, pastry, cinnamon and nutmeg; top quality.
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  Finalist 93 Lecompte 12 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $79.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Layered, bakery-like aromas include fragrances of apple fritter, dough and cane sugar; flavor profile boasts a keen, apple juice tartness and baking spices.
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  Finalist 93 Lecompte Originel Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $31.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Vibrant, animated scents of apple peel and pear highlight this bouquet; flavor profile features juicy tastes of red apples, pears and nutmeg.
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  92 Christian Drouin Rum Cask Finish 6 Years Old 2004 Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 51.7% abv, $119.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  92 Roger Groult Reserve 3 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Berneroy Fine Calvados France, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 Chauffe Coeur Hors d'Age AOC Calvados France, 43% abv, $58.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Roger Groult Tres Vieux 15 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 41% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Brandy

Cognac

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 Martell XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Harmoniously balanced with a silky texture that provides the perfect backdrop for lush fruit notes, cinnamon, allspice, toffee, and toasted oak. The sweet caramel and fruit flavors are checked by hints of black pepper on the finish. Lovely.
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  Finalist 95 Delamain Extra Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $289.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: The aromatics are rich and luxurious with scents of toffee, caramel, baked fruits, smoked meats, cloves, dried bananas, and oak. A rare masterpiece.
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  Finalist 95 Delamain Pale & Dry XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $99.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: Beautifully floral with loads of dried black fruits, brown spices, marzipan, toffee, maple syrup, and butterscotch. Absolutely seamless and perfectly balanced.
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  Finalist 94 Cognac Grosperrin XO Cognac Fine Champagne France, 42.5% abv, $97.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Round, supple fragrances of dried violets, baked pears, raisins and vanilla highlight this bouquet; flavors include dates, toffee and cocoa; long, elegant aftertaste.
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  Finalist 94 Frapin Chateau Fontpinot XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 41% abv, $90.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A tremendously elegant style that does not reveal all it has a first nosing and sip but the patient Cognac lover will be rewarded with deep dry, caramel and butterscotch notes that envelop the beautiful baked apple core. Lovely.
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  Finalist 94 Landy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Assistant Chairman Sean Ludford's notes: A beautiful and classic style that perfectly weaves notes of rich fruits, cocoa, toffee, butterscotch, and sweet oak. Wonderfully textured with great length and balance.
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  93 A de Fussigny Selection Cognac France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Camus XO Cognac Borderies France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Camus VS Elegance Cognac France, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Camus XO Elegance Cognac France, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Jean Fillioux Tres Vieux Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $135.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac France, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Maxime Trijol XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, €39.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 A de Fussigny XO Cognac Fine Champagne France, 40% abv, $110.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Landy XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  92 Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $145.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac France, 40% abv, $43.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Cognac Grosperrin VSOP Cognac Petite Champagne France, 41% abv, $74.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Brandy

Eau-de-Vie

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  92 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Distillery Pear Eau-de-Vie United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  86 Artez Pear Eau-de-Vie France, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Peak Spirits Organic Pear Eau-de-Vie United States, 40% abv, $30.00, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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Brandy

French Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Rémy Martin V Grape Spirit French Brandy France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Floral, fruity and grapy in the aroma; fresh, lithe and nicely astringent in the mouth; ideal neat or in a cocktail.
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  92 St-Remy VSOP Authentic French Brandy France, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 St-Remy XO Authentic French Brandy France, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly 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            
  89 Alexander Platinum Grappa Italy, 60% abv, $46.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Brandy

Greek Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  86 Metaxa 5-Star Greek Brandy Greece, 38% abv, $24.90, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  81 Metaxa 7-Star Greek Brandy Greece, 40% abv, $31.95, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Brandy

Pisco

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  93 Barsol Mosto Verde Italia Pisco Peru, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  93 Pisco Capel Elqui Pisco Chile, 40% abv, $16.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Brandy

Spanish Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez 17 Years Old Spanish Brandy Spain, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Compelling aroma features prunes, dates, raisins and oaky vanilla; taste profile highlights PX sherry, marshmallow, brown sugar, prune Danish and treacle; classic and elegant.
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  91 Gran Duque D'Alba XO Spanish Brandy Spain, 40% abv, $99.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Gonzalez Byass Lepanto 15 Years Old Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  86 Romate Solera Reserva 6 Years Old Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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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 94 Merlet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur France, 20% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Off the charts fruity, ripe and properly astringent and bittersweet in the aroma; taste profile features highly concentrated, tannic and fruity flavors that are state-of-the-art.
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  Chairman's Trophy 94 Stroh Jagertee Liqueur Austria, 40% abv, $31.69, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Deeply herbal, earthy scents abound in zesty aroma; flavor profile features long, earthy and deep tastes of anise, sage, rosemary and fennel; the perfect shot.
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  Finalist 93 Bauchant Orange Liqueur France, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Deeply citrusy/orange-like in the aroma; taste profile features sweet orange peel especially; finish is spicy and gently sweet.
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  Finalist 93 Cointreau Liqueur France, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Tart, tight and sublimely sweet/sour orange peel fragrance; flavor profile features both tart and sweet orange peel essences; masterfully produced.
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  Finalist 93 Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liquore Italy, 28% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Sensuously biscuity and almond paste-like aroma is lovely; flavor profile highlights include almond paste, buttered almond, cookie batter and confectioner's sugar; delicious.
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  Finalist 93 Liquore Strega Benevento Liquore Italy, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Highly fragrant, concentrated and intensely herbal and garden-like bouquet; taste profile includes tastes of sage, anise, white pepper, dried mushroom and rosemary.
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  Finalist 93 Merlet Crème de Peche, Peach Liqueur France, 18% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Luscious, inviting scents of fresh white peach abound; flavor profile features ripe white peach meat and juice; superbly made.
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  Finalist 93 Varnelli Sibilla Amaro Italy, 34% abv, $54.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
USC Judging Chairman Paul Pacult's notes: Richly herbal and earthy in the piquant and gently spicy aroma; taste profile is lushly earthy and acutely herbaceous, leafy and vegetal; spicy aftertaste is lovely.
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  92 The Bitter Truth EXR Liqueur Germany, 30% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Bols Sloe Gin Liqueur Netherlands, 30% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Faretti Chocolate Liquore Italy, 28% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Hidden Marsh Maple Liqueur United States, 20% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Merlet Crème de Framboise, Raspberry Liqueur France, 18% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur France, 20% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 16% abv, $26.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Irish Mist Whisky Liqueur Ireland, 35% abv, $27.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Maurin Cassis France, 16% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Merlet Crème de Poire, Pear Liqueur France, 18% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 The King's Ginger Liqueur Great Britain, 41% abv, $39.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Cointreau Noir Liqueur France, 40% abv, $41.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Baileys Liqueur Ireland, 17% abv, $21.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Cask & Cream Original Liqueur United States, 17% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 GIVEN Liqueur France, 17% abv, $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Pernod Absinthe France, 68% abv, $70.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur Italy, 11% abv, $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Becherovka Liqueur Czech, Rep., 38% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Bepi Tosolini Saliza Amaretto Italy, 28% abv, $29.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Bottega Sambuca Italy, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation Liqueur United States, 17% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Coffee Heering Coffee Liqueur Sweden, 35% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Esprit Classique Orange Cognac Liqueur France, 40% abv, $33.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Pages Parfait Amour Liqueur France, 25% abv, $35.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Tuaca Liqueur Italy, 35.5% abv, $23.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur France, 16.5% abv, $32.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Ventura Limoncello United States, 29% abv, $25.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur Netherlands, 24% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Bols Melon Liqueur Netherlands, 17% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Mill Six Liqueur Netherlands, 35% abv, $24.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Strega Sambuca Italy, 42% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Strega Limoncello Italy, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Tenneyson Absinthe Royale Absinthe France, 53% abv, $55.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Bols Sour Apple Schnapps Netherlands, 17% abv, $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 The Knot 100-Proof Irish Whiskey Liqueur Ireland, 50% abv, $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Villa Massa Limoncello Italy, 30% abv, $26.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Hiram Walker Original Cinn Liqueur United States, 45% abv, $10.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Southern Comfort Lime Liqueur United States, 27.5% abv, $16.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Varnelli Cafe Moka Coffee Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $44.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Averna Sambucca Citrus Liqueur Italy, 42% abv, $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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