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2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013

March 11–15, 2013

Astor Center, New York City

For 2013 there are 33 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: composite judges' tasting notes for products which scored 85 and up. Roll over icon to view.
 
Great Value
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Award Recipients
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Aperitif | Vodka | Aquavit | Gin | Rum | Cachaça | Tequila | Mezcal | Whiskey | Whisky | Brandy | Liqueur | Soju/Shochu/Baijiu

 

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 92 Lillet Jean de Lillet 2009 Aperitif France, 17% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Such a wonderfully intoxicating bouquet of orange marmalade, white flower, baked peaches and ripe apricots. Subtle traces of ripe cantaloupe and pineapple. In the mouth it is exquisitely delicate with soft flavors of ripe apricot and baked peaches. Honey and pineapple flavors develop before a mellow and perfumed finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 90 Aperol Aperitif Italy, 11% abv, $22.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright pink orange hue. Zesty orange and ruby red grapefruit aromas. The palate resembles the bouquet, while offering sweet flavors and grapefruit peel. Bright and zippy. USC 2013.
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  89 Casoni '1814' Aperitif Italy, 15% abv, $18.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red orange in color. The nose is herbacious and citrus driven. Sweet, candied oranges, dominate the palate, with a long, sweet finish and notes of pine and eucalyptus. USC 2013.
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Vodka

Unflavored Vodka

All vodkas were judged in category flights of like-with-like. The Chairman's Trophy - Vodka was awarded based on the highest scoring vodka across all the unflavored categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Tahoe Blue Vodka United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear. Offers a clean nose of minerals and apricot kernel, both following on the palate, along with a hint of Carr's water crackers and freshly pressed grape juice. Clean with subtle complexities. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 American Harvest Organic Spirit Vodka United States, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lively aromas of green apples, pears and minerals. Flavors are of delicate flowers and Bosc pears with hints of sweetness here and there. Texture starts light and silky, mouth coating, and finishes starchy. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Boru Vodka Ireland, 40% abv, $18.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Immaculately clean. Very fresh on the nose with an astonishingly delicate floral bouquet with faint traces of cucumber. In the mouth it opens with a satisfying grainy sweetness followed by cucumber, minerals and, citrus pith before lingering on the palate. Finishes very smooth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka United States, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with strong aromas of biscuit dough and a extremely subtle touch of sweet smoke, it moves into a well rounded body and faint lychee and coconut water flavors before a smooth, crisp finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Khortytsa Platinum Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean and clear, subtle aromas of peach, apricot, sweetgrass and perhaps a hint of lychee rise from the glass. A very faint trace of blossom is interlaced on the nose as well. In the mouth it is full, rich and defined with flavors of stone fruits, a vegetal sweetness and grains. A crisp finish follows with lingering sweetness. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Khortytsa Ultimate Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear and clean with essences of spring water and a hint of toasted wheat. A faint trace of fruit stone comes into play as well. Once in the mouth it is mellow and balanced with a starchy sweetness and a deep mineral complex. Incredibly smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  92 Chopin Wheat Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear in appearance, with notes of wheat toast aromas. The palate shows freshly cracked rye crackers and a hint of white pepper. Has an oily mouth feel and finishes clean. USC 2013.
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  92 EPIC Classic Vodka France, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and aromatic with a delicate nose with citrus pith opening up into orange blossom and cucumber. In the mouth, citrus reveals itself again and alludes to a grainy sweetness and sugarcane. The finish is light and perfumed with a lingering sweetness. USC 2013.
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  92 Luksusowa Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $15.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Appears spotless and clear. Waxy potato texture, with a long finish. There is a little heat from the alcohol but this merely adds to what is otherwise a very silky vodka. USC 2013.
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  92 Purity Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
As the name implies, this vodka is pure and clean. Not much is given away on the nose but the palate is viscous and crisp, with a flawless, mineral finish. Smooth as silk. USC 2013.
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  92 UV Vodka United States, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully clean and clear with aromas of cucumber, leaf greens and blossoms filling your nose. Delicate aromas of starch are also present. Rich in the mouth but has a delicate grainy sweetness and very subtle flavors or orange peel, cucumber and grape. Cucumber endures onto the invigorating finish where grains are also present. USC 2013.
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  91 Aylesbury Duck Soft White Winter Wheat Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $29.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green and grassy aromas with hints of lime and ocean mist. Light and soft in the mouth with whispers of sweet candy, young grasses and a touch of vanilla that turn into stony minerals on the finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Chopin Potato Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and floral on the nose, with grainy aromas coming into play as well. Wonderfully round and full in the mouth with a slight grainy sweetness and a pleasant saline quality. Concludes with a exceptionally creamy finish that is very well balanced. Fantastic. USC 2013.
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  91 Cinco Five Star Vodka United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very light aromas of cucumbers and spring water. Rich texture, almost viscous in the mouth, smooth all the way through. Very round flavors of sweet ripe cucumbers with hints of Thai basil. Warming. USC 2013.
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  91 Eristoff Vodka France, 37.5% abv, £13.00, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and clean like spring water with a hint of starch and oats. A grainy sweetness emerges on the palate with faint vegetal notes and suggestions of fruit stone and minerals emerging before dissipating and finishing smooth and crisp. USC 2013.
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  91 Finlandia Classic Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A speckless appearance, with a nose that is clean and neutral. On the palate, the texture glides, while the taste is fresh, clean and pure with a hint of rocky minerals. Flawless. USC 2013.
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  91 Platinka Original Vodka Belarus, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Flawless in appearance. The nose is pristine, with a hint of cucumber and fresh spring water all follow through on the palate, along with a slick texture and a snappy clean finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Poland's Select Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and clear with fresh and delicate aromas of peach, cucumber and sweetgrass. A wonderful grainy sweetness fills the mouth followed by subtle traces of peach and minerals. A very smooth and crisp finish ensues. USC 2013.
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  91 Shpilka Vodka Russia, 35% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of spring water and minerals. Light in the mouth with a starchy texture and silky body. Sweet and savory undertones of herbs and white pepper. Fresh vegetables like cucumber and jicama on the finish. Hearty and refreshing. USC 2013.
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  90 Breckenridge Vodka United States, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Impeccably clean and clear in the glass. Aromas of grain, citrus zest, fruit stone and a faint trace of cucumber fill the nose. In the mouth it is wonderfully smooth with starch and citrus notes along with a delicate sweetness. The finish is crisp and perfumed. USC 2013.
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  90 Broken Shed Whey Vodka New Zealand, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear as water in appearance. The nose offers a note of jalepeno pepper, which continues on the palate. A vodka with character that finishes vaguely sweet. USC 2013.
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  90 Grand Argent Vodka France, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully crisp and clean, with hints of starch, mineral water and fruit stone on the nose. A soft and mellow sweetness is joined by fruit stone and a delectably subtle trace of sour cherry on the palate.The finish is perfectly succinct. USC 2013.
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  90 I-Spirit Vodka Italy, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Translucent. Breakfast grains on the nose and in the mouth. A tad peppery on the palate, with a taste of toasted rye, all encased in a rich, oily texture. USC 2013.
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  90 Vesica Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean and fresh on the nose with exciting, yet subtle aromas of grape, tangerine and stone fruits. Stone fruits open up vividly in the mouth as well as a potato sweetness. Subdued flavors of grape also come into play. Grape lasts well into the incredibly smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  89 ELYX Vodka Sweden, 42% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean and clear. Wonderful grainy aromas and crisp, snack cracker dryness. In the mouth a touch of grainy sweetness balances itself against the snack cracker profile. Very elegant finish. USC 2013.
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  89 Pearl Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
As clear as mineral water. Offers notes of calcium minerals in the perfume, while the palate has a cereal sweetness about it, reminiscent of oatmeal. USC 2013.
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  89 Punzoné Organic Vodka Italy, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Flawless, stony minerals on the nose, with a hint of lime leaf. Bright, lively and crisp, with a vague sense of citrus. Finishes with a subtle taste of lime water. USC 2013.
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  89 Reyka Vodka Iceland, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and fresh. Aromas of sweet spring water and herbs. It is soft and almost sweet in the mouth; round and smooth, like very pure water. Flavors of rich minerals linger on the tongue. USC 2013.
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  88 Belvedere Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
As pristine clear as water, with gentle notes of chamomile tea on the nose. The palate is squeaky clean with the faintest hint of tangerine on the finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and clear with a supple bouquet of blossoms and lychee on the nose. Once in the mouth, it is rich and elegant with a distinctly grainy sweetness. Flavors of lychee and fruit stone lead into a superbly mellow finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Door County Distillery Luminous Vodka United States, 42% abv, $29.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Spotless appearance. Offers a nose of lime skins and minerals, while the palate is rich and rounded. A clean cut vodka with a fair amount of body. USC 2013.
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  88 Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka United States, 30% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Granular aromas of vegetation and green apple skins. Very light in the mouth, water like, with background hints of vanilla candy. Clean and smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Slovenia Vodka Slovenia, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Spicy and floral aromas with undertones of honey. Piquant in the mouth with radish like spice, turning to smooth cucumber flavors for a clean and fresh finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Chopin Rye Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Herbal and vegetal aromas are green and fresh. Mouth coating shows consistency and is round and smooth. Flavors are of minerals and green apple skin. Clean and savory. USC 2013.
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  86 Prairie Organic Vodka United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Essences of spring water, olive pit and orange blossom comprise this delicate bouquet. A rich, mellow body is balanced by faint traces of olive and a touch of corn sweetness. A soft finish ensues and the sweetness stays with you. USC 2013.
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  85 Spud Potato Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright aromas of lemon and herbs. Light and savory in the mouth, mineral water consistency with flavors of thyme and spring water. Radish like flavor and spice on the finish. USC 2013.
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  84 Black Momma Vodka United States, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  84 New Amsterdam Vodka United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 High Rise Vodka United States, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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 95 HOPHEAD Pot Stilled Hop Flavored Vodka United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and clear. Distinct aromas of hops, copper and yeasty beer, almost sour and very piquant. Dry and opulent in the mouth with light and soft texture, like fresh mineral water with pleasantly subtle overtones of hops, perfectly balanced. Intriguing and refreshing. USC 2013.
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  89 Finlandia Raspberry Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Raspberries leap from the glass followed by much more restrained notes of pear and biscuit dough. In the mouth, confectionery raspberry is joined by the pear flavor and they lead into a very soft and perfumed finish. USC 2013.
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  89 Spud Ginger Lemongrass Flavored Vodka Poland, 35% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strong lemongrass and ginger aromas waft up, as if from a plate of fresh Thai food. The flavor profile is dry with hints of sweet green apple, slight spiciness and ginger aftertaste. Pungent and smooth. USC 2013.
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  89 Viche Pitia No. 7 Carraway Flavored Vodka France, 58% abv, €75.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct aromas of toasted rye bagels, round and pungent. The flavor profile is dry with a smooth and supple texture, spicy at first before finishing soft and leaving intense caraway and rye flavors lingering long in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  88 Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Absolutely clean. A wonderfully perfumed nose of pink grapefruit, sweetgrass and blossom aromas leads into a very delicate mouthfeel brimming with more pink grapefruit zest and sea like minerals before finishing effortlessly. USC 2013.
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  88 Finlandia Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe grapefruit and honeysuckle come forth on the nose. Very light in the mouth, showing ripe grapefruit at the front and a touch of grape. Finish is perfumed and lingering. USC 2013.
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  88 Finlandia Tangerine Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and lively aromas of tangerine, lemon and white flowers. Semisweet with a light and soft consistency. Flavors of mineral water and citrus fruits are mellow and pleasing. USC 2013.
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  87 Belvedere Black Raspberry Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers black raspberry, blueberry and a hint of dark plum aromas. In the mouth these aromas translate into intense fruit flavors and a lingering, black raspberry finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Crater Lake Sweet Ginger Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A light hue with green flecks. The nose reveals grated fresh ginger, while the palate is medium bodied and not too sweet, with a very honest taste of fresh, fiery ginger. USC 2013.
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  87 Skinnygirl Cucumber Flavored Vodka United States, 30% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean with aromas of fresh cucumber and ripe honeydew melon. Very delicate in the mouth with fresh cucumber taking center stage. The finish is very perfumed and lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  86 Naked Jay Gooey Buns Flavored Vodka United States, 30% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and sticky aromas of cinnamon bun frosting, vanilla cupcakes. Sweet in the mouth with a supple near viscous consistency. Long lasting flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and sweet pastry. Silky and smooth all the way through. USC 2013.
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  85 Belvedere Citrus Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of confectionery lemon on the nose transpose themselves onto the palate with a touch of oats. The finish is ethereal and perfumed. USC 2013.
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  85 Belvedere Bloody Mary Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of black pepper, horseradish and caraway fill the glass with more black pepper, vine tomato and citrus zest which dominate the palate. The finish is long and spicy. USC 2013.
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  85 Finlandia Mango Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe mango, sweet sap and blossom on the nose lead to flavors of more ripe mango and a hint of confectionery cherry. A mouth watering finish follows. USC 2013.
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  85 Pearl Cucumber Flavored Vodka Canada, 35% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear aromas of neutral spirit and muddled cucumber are light and airy. In the mouth it is off dry and thick, with cucumber and sugar snap pea flavors. Subtle and refreshing. USC 2013.
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  85 SKYY Infusions Wild Strawberry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly pungent aromas of strawberry candy and berry flavored bubblegum, lusciously sweet. In the mouth it is semisweet with flavors of ripe juicy strawberries and watermelon. Almost viscous texture is smooth all the way through. USC 2013.
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  84 SKYY Infusions Citrus Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  84 UV Citrus Flavored Vodka United States, 30% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  84 WAVE Chocolate Covered Pretzel Flavored Vodka United States, 30% abv, $8.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 SKYY Infusions Moscato Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Viche Pitia No. 30 Lemon on Milk Flavored Vodka France, 43% abv, €75.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Cold River Blueberry Flavored Vodka United States, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 High Rise Citrus Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Finlandia Redberry Flavored Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 High Rise Cherry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Linie Aquavit Norway, 41.5% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light amber color, very bright and clear. Subtle aromas of orange peel are deep and clean, with undertones of dried fruit. In the mouth it is dry and savory, suede in texture with with slight sweet spice, nutmeg, caraway, and dried orange peel. Exceptionally balanced and smooth. USC 2013.
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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 96 Fords Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $34.99, 1 L  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crisp and clean. Forest like aromas of pine with sweet Thai basil fill the nose. In the mouth flavors are full of sweet herbs and a touch of black pepper. It is smooth and lively on the tongue. Ultimately refreshing. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Door County Distillery Ridges Lighthouse Gin United States, 47% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is loaded with notes of anise, juniper, fennel and cardamom. The palate has a milky texture and very spicy palate reminiscent of an Indian spice cupboard. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin England, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean with pronounced aromas of cherry blossom and citrus zest yet maintains very delicate. Mellow grainy notes shine through as well. The grain continues in the mouth with a subtle sweetness and warm, round vanilla and ripe raspberry profile. The sweetness follows into an exceptionally delicate finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Plymouth Gin United Kingdom, 41.2% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An appealing nose of citrus peel, candied peel, floral and spicy character. The palate is fairly light and zippy. A wonderful gin that will work in all manner of cocktails and highballs. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Tanqueray London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intensely perfumed and woodsy on the nose with juniper rushing forward followed by a delicate hint of coriander. The taste profile follows suit with more juniper, damson plum and an elegant, mineral driven sweetness. Also displays a fresh, citrus quality. Finishing lightly fruity, it boasts a warm, lingering sweetness. Wonderful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Beefeater London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and mellow. Sweet citrus aromas mix with thyme and rosemary. The flavor is dense and concentrated in the mouth with a good bit of spice. It is dry with distant hints of sweet oranges. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Plymouth Navy Strength Gin United Kingdom, 57% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully grainy, clean and piney on the nose with intense aromas of fresh berries, blossom and sage jumping out of the glass. All this is followed by a voluptuous mouthfeel and a dusty sweetness in the mouth. Juniper and savory herbs rush to the front. An elegant finish ensues with a lingering sweetness. Amazing. USC 2013.
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  93 Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin Scotland, 41.8% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent and refreshing. Wintergreen aromas are strong and crisp. The texture is remarkably soft and feels wonderful in the mouth. Light and delicate flavors of stones and minerals, with hints of pine lingering on the finish. USC 2013.
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  93 Tanqueray TEN London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean and slightly floral with intensely grainy aromas. In the mouth it displays a light and dry mouthfeel and a fruity, herbaceous flavor profile. Finishes dry with floral undertones. USC 2013.
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  92 Ransom Old Tom Gin United States, 44% abv, $36.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden hue, with a nose reminiscent of retsina and spice. The palate is dry with vigorous spicy flavors such as juniper, coriander seed and cumin, along with some honey and vanilla notes all marry together perfectly. Complex and bold. USC 2013.
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  91 Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A fragrant gin, which offers notes of orange and lemon peel, freshly squeezed citrus juice and a whiff of green tea. Lively and intensely citrus driven on the palate. USC 2013.
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  91 Oxley Gin England, 47% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean and bright. Aromas are reminiscent of infused bath salts and fresh linens. In the mouth the flavor profile is dry with intense pine and juniper spice, hints of winter flowers and a grainy texture. Powerful. USC 2013.
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  91 The Botanist Islay Dry Gin Scotland, 46% abv, $34.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
As the name implies, this is a floral and feminine gin mingled with peppery and juniper character. A subtle gin that might get lost in a Gin and Tonic, but is perfect for a classic Martini. USC 2013.
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  90 BLOOM London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exquisitely delicate aromas with fresh balsam, blossom and a delightful hint of grain. Also shows faint hints of apricot. Intensely perfumed and light in the mouth, it carries a touch of vanilla like sweetness and an extremely pronounced floral quality that carries through into an equally delicate finish. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  90 Bombay Sapphire East London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 42% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear in appearance, with a green herbacious quality, along with distinct citrus notes on the nose. The palate offers vigorous spicy, peppery character and an appealing oily, viscous texture. A piquant gin that will lend itself well to a classic Gin and Tonic. USC 2013.
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  89 Greenall's London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off fresh and lean, plum and floral aromas follow. Very mellow in the mouth and offering hints of cedar and vanilla. This is all wrapped up in a smooth, dry and grainy finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Rives Special Gin Spain, 40% abv, €25.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon, clove, and anise shine through on the nose accompanied by a hint of grain. In the mouth it is incredibly round and grainy and offers a touch of sweetness and vanilla on the finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Berkeley Square London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A perfumed gin, with notes of citrus, ginger and Asian herbs such as holy basic and lemongrass. An elegant gin that will win over drinkers who are new to the category. USC 2013.
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  87 Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty nose, with aromas of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf, along with pepper, juniper and citrus. A creamy, full mouth feel is offered on the palate. A gin with tangy character. USC 2013.
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  87 Rives London Gin Spain, 37.5% abv, €12.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and herbal. Aromas of clean linens, juniper and pine needles are sharp and refreshing. It is dry in the mouth, light and airy in texture with clean flavors of green herbs, slightly minty and spicy on the finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Cold River Traditional Gin United States, 47% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Juniper and lemon peel jump out on the nose. The texture is waxy and reveals juniper and more citrus. A lively and fragrant gin that is on the sweeter side. USC 2013.
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  86 Prairie Organic Gin United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The powerful herbal nose bursts with mint, eucalyptus and sage followed by a suggestion of juniper. Ripe cherry and exotic spices complement a dry, fresh mouthfeel and develop into resounding herbal flavors. The herbs continue into a very long, delicate finish. Absolutely fantastic. USC 2013.
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  86 Sacred London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 43.8% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This gin provides a delicate nose of juniper and other spice box aromas. While the aromas are subtle, flavors of pithy white grapefruit lead to a botanical driven palate. USC 2013.
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  85 Brooklyn Gin United States, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly aromatic with notes of citrus pith, juniper berries and an underlying herbaceous quality. A grainy sweetness shows through with an intense, woodsy character. Finishes with a subtle citrus profile. USC 2013.
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  85 Junipero London Dry Gin United States, 49.3% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This gin offers an exhilarating nose of juniper and a hint of cucumber with a toasted grain note. Very dry with juniper notes following through on the palate. A bold gin with a lot of character. USC 2013.
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  85 Tanqueray Rangpur Gin United Kingdom, 41.3% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lime and black peppercorns dominate the nose, while lime peel and pulp follow on the palate, with a hint of English cucumbers. Nicely sweet finish. USC 2013.
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  84 Bluecoat American Dry Gin United States, 47% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Aviation American Gin United States, 42% abv, $29.95, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Ungava Gin Canada, 43.1% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 New Amsterdam Gin United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Piger Henricus London Dry Gin Canada, 43% abv, CAD29.95, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Uncle Val's Botanical Gin United States, 45% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details 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 98 Brugal Papa Andres Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $1200.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely burnt orange/henna color. Majestic aroma explodes from the glass in waves of vanilla bean, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Meaty, big-hearted, yet silky on the palate, as toasted flavors of honey, flavored tobacco, and raisins deeply impress. A textbook, a road map on how memorable molasses-based rum can be. A legend. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Appleton Estate 12 Years Old Rum Jamaica, 43% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses a dark amber hue with notes of banana flambee, cinnamon sticks and melted chocolate. Dark chocolate also shows on the palate, along with a hit of molasses and sweet vanilla oak. A lovely sumptuous, benchmark rum. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of molasses, dried tropical fruits, cherries, and candied nuts. The flavor profile is dry and spicy with cinnamon, clove nutmeg, and dark brown sugar that turn to deep caramel and burnt sugar on the finish. It is smooth and light in texture, creating a supple mouthfeel. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Banks 5 Island Rum West Indies, 43% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe mango and cantaloupe leap from the glass followed by vanilla, confectionery cherry, lime zest and a suggestion of buttermilk. Dried apricot as well. In the mouth it is pleasantly viscous with delicate hints of ripe mango, ripe cherry, lime zest and dried apricot. The finish is very smooth with ripe mango notes. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Brugal Siglo de Oro Rum Dominican Rep., 37.5% abv, $110.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The bright amber/auburn hue is highly appealing. Offers deep roasted nut, bakery spice (cinnamon, vanilla), and brown sugar aromas that linger in the glass. Tastes of candied walnut, burnt orange peel, and pipe tobacco. Luscious and opulent. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum Thailand, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Compelling aromas of vanilla, baked apricot, orange marmalade and exotic spices draw you in. Toasted coconut can also be detected. Delectably honeyed in the mouth and offering deep flavors of baked cherries, baked apricot, fresh cinnamon and orange zest. The finish is soft, delicate and honeyed and lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  94 Bacardi 8 Rum United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of candied apples play nicely with mild sweet spice and brown sugar. The flavor profile is dry with hints of sweetness here and there that deepen the flavor of dark brown sugar and spice. It is silky in the mouth, all the way through to the lightly smoky finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Banks 7 Golden Age Rum West Indies, 43% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
On the nose, toffee, butter, almond and baked apple on the surface dives into honeysuckle, orange marmalade and orange blossom at a deeper level. A rich, honeyed mouthfeel with flavors of brown sugar, dried figs and apricot translate into a very composed and elegant finish with brown sugar being most prominent. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  94 Diplomatico Reserva 8 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Reminiscent of sherry with aromas of vanilla, baked cherries, raisins, honeysuckle and orange blossom. In the mouth it has profound depth of flavor and brown sugar, vanilla, and dried apricot flavors are balanced by a sherry-like mineral complexity. Baked cherries and delicate hints of vanilla and honey make up the exquisite finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nicely balanced aromas of spice cake and fresh apples, somewhere between sweet and savory. The flavor profile is dry and nutty with a considerable spice backbone. The texture is slightly dusty but consistent with the long woody and vanilla flavors that linger on the finish. USC 2013.
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  93 Don Q Gran Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Shows an amber hue, with a medicinal nose of dried herbs. Toffee, and caramel flavors seduce the palate though the finish is dry and offers bacon fat and a long, saline, almost sherry-like, finish. Delightful. USC 2013.
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  93 Pampero Aniversario Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $33.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Shows a brownish hue, with boatloads of fudge on the nose. Fudge follows on the palate along with flavors of wood, coconut and leather. The mouth feel is incredibly sumptuous and the finish is long and lingering. USC 2013.
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  93 Plantation Rum 3 Stars Rum France, 41.2% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Translucent with a hint of yellow green. A fragrant rum that smells of freshly pressed cane juice and coconut water, with a very subtle vegetal element. A sumptuous texture coats the mouth, while the palate is almost sweet and offers flavors of vanilla beans. The finish is dry and long lasting. USC 2013.
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  93 Santa Teresa Ron Antiguo de Solera 1796 Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Balanced aromas of allspice, brown sugar and musk. The flavor is dry and dark with sweet spice flavors like cinnamon and star anise. The texture is smooth and even slightly suede. Pleasant finish of toasted spices. USC 2013.
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  93 Vizcaya Cask 12 Dark Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of vanilla, shortbread and baked cherries fill the glass and also suggest a deeper floral character. Very rich mouthfeel, the vanilla is complemented by the baked cherries which last well into the finish. USC 2013.
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  92 Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 12 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fantastic and robust aromas of vanilla, almond toffee, cloves, baked apricot and cigar smoke. Subtle scents of orange zest are also detected. In the mouth it is rich and honeyed with brown sugar, baked apricot, and fresh cinnamon. A long, intensely sweet and elegant finish follows. USC 2013.
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  92 Diplomatico Añejo 4 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An exuberant nose filled with aromas of caramel and custard. Notes of sweet sherry are revealed on the palate, showing prune, cream, and creme brulee flavors. The finish is long and complex. A sumptuous spirit. USC 2013.
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  92 Dos Maderas PX Rum Spain, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted oak and vanilla are featured on the nose followed by a hint of candied walnut and orange. In the mouth, it takes on a molasses influenced character and is soft and smooth with vanilla and orange notes. The finish lasts seemingly forever and brown sugar resonates. USC 2013.
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  92 English Harbour Reserve 10 Years Old Rum Antigua, 40% abv, $98.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is filled with aromas of hot fudge and caramel. Palate offers enticing sherry character and salt caramel. Finish is mouth-wateringly saline with balanced acidity. USC 2013.
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  92 English Harbour 5 Years Old Rum Antigua, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich golden color, with a nose that is redolent of nuts, sherry and toffee. The palate is reminiscent of a Scotch whisky, with a mineral iodine finish. A rum to savor. USC 2013.
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  92 J. Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum Jamaica, 63% abv, $22.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of coconut water, lychee, passion fruit, lime zest and a hint of fresh aloe vera leap from the glass and fill your nose. In the mouth it is rich with flavors of lychee, toasted coconut, aloe and lime zest. The finish is fairly bold with delicious hints of lychee and lime lingering on the palate. USC 2013.
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  92 The Real McCoy 5 Years Old Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright amber hue. Offers an appealing nose of oak, dried fruits, cooked brown sugar and earth notes. The plush palate reveals caramel flavors with molasses, oak and a hint of tobacco. The texture is luxurious and fat, while the finish is long and ends with a lingering note of tobacco. USC 2013.
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  91 Bacardi 1873 Solera Rum United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful amber color. Ripe mango, sweet spice, vanilla and toasted coconut aromas with a hint of baked apricot. In the mouth its all about toasted coconut and ripe mango but also alludes to vanilla. These flavors shine through on the smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Cruzan Aged Dark Rum USVI, 40% abv, $13.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is evocative of orange peel, cinnamon and other baking spices, in particular, nutmeg. The palate is viscous and shows balanced oak and orange peel with good acidity and a long finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Lemon Hart Demerara Rum Guyana, 40% abv, CAD26.95, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An explosion of banana, vanilla, shortbread, candied almond and toasted oat aromas followed by a subtle layer of floral perfume lead into a distinctively honeyed mouthfeel carrying more banana, vanilla and adding toasted coconut. Banana and vanilla linger on the palate along with candied almond. USC 2013.
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  90 Bacardi Reserva Limitada Rum United States, 40% abv, $109.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold and lively, orange and lemon zest take hold of you and introduce deeper aromas of vanilla, blossom and lychee. Vanilla and orange continue onto the palate where they are joined by almond butter and clove. A soft, mellow finish ensues. USC 2013.
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  90 Bacardi Añejo Rum United States, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tangerines and peaches gather at the mouth of the glass with delicate notes of vanilla and dark cherry hovering just underneath. Honey, brown sugar and a subtle touch of mango complement each other on the palate with a brown sugar tinged finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Blue Chair Bay White Label Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A beautiful and delicate bouquet of orange blossom, ripe apricot, sugarcane, almond and vanilla bean. Once in the mouth, vanilla, almond and dried apricots take the stage followed by a touch of citrus zest. The finish is soft and smooth. USC 2013.
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  90 Caliche Premium Aged Silver Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear with a hint of yellow. A highly fragrant nose offering grass, fresh cream and a whiff of linen. Texture is oily, while palate offers cane character, with vanilla and jasmine flavors. The finish is nice and long. USC 2013.
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  90 Diplomatico Blanco 6 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing aromas of vanilla, almond toffee, orange zest and honey with subtle notes of ripe apricot and dark chocolate. Flavors of almond and orange zest are very palpable of the palate. Finish is soft, mellow and pleasantly tannic. USC 2013.
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  90 Tanduay Asian Silver Rum Philippines, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and crisp aromas of Asian pear, minerals and mountain spring. It is dry in the mouth with a smooth consistency and some vegetal sweetness like cucumbers and ripe summer green beans. Smacks of freshness. USC 2013.
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  90 Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A seductive and highly fragrant nose of of nutmeg, honey and pepper. Butterscotch flavors are revealed on the palate, along with a mineral edge that gives this cognac like rum a sweet and savory personality. The finish is terrifically long. USC 2013.
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  89 Bacardi Gold Rum United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried cherries, orange blossom and subtle hints of vanilla on the nose. Vanilla charges into the mouth and opens up into baked peach and a slight hint of almond. Dried cherries return on the palate accompanied by lasting vanilla flavors. USC 2013.
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  89 Cruzan Aged Light Rum USVI, 40% abv, $14.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This rum exudes caramel and vanilla aromas. Palate shows spicy flavors of pink and black peppercorns, interlaced with sugar water sweetness. Utterly charming. USC 2013.
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  89 Don Q Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pound cake aromas on the nose, with hints of caramel and toffee. The mid palate is sweet and sumptuous, while the finish is salty and brandy like. USC 2013.
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  89 Ron Zacapa Centenario Rum Guatemala, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers an inviting nose of sherry, raisins and wood. Lively acidity on the palate with flavors of dried grapes and vanilla. The texture is opulent and the finish evokes a taste of caramel. USC 2013.
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  88 10 Cane Rum Trinidad, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
With a delicate perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom, it draws you in deeper to notes of toasted oak. Brown sugar and vanilla present themselves on the palate while dried cherries make up the finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Aguardiente Cristal Sugar Free Rum Colombia, 30% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose wields strong aromas of anise and beeswax with a touch of ginger. The anise translates onto the palate where it is joined by a hint of lychee. The finish is very soft. USC 2013.
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  88 Bartlett Rusticator Rum United States, 45% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Robust aromas of vanilla, toffee and cigar smoke give way to faint traces of lime and banana. In the mouth vanilla, brown sugar and a subtle touch of gentle salinity work their magic and lend a hand to a long, sweet finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Kirk & Sweeney 12 Years Old Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hued, with a nose that is redolent of butterscotch and vanilla creme anglaise. The palate is buttery and rich with a taste and texture that is very much like vanilla ice cream. USC 2013.
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  88 Ron Virgin Heavy Bodied Rum West Indies, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Displaying wonderfully brooding aromas of toasted oak, dark cherries, cinnamon bark and vanilla. On the palate vanilla takes charge along with a deep molasses like complex which is balanced by a lifted fresh cherry filled finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Tanduay Asian Gold Rum Philippines, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas of spice, wood and vanilla smell sweet and almost fruity. Smooth and dry in the mouth, with Madeira like dried fruit flavors and a slightly leathery finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Cana Brava Rum Panama, 43% abv, $32.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A subtle rum with notes of white flowers, coconut water and vanilla. The palate is equally demure, with the same flavors following through. A rum that is ideal for mixing in mellow, light cocktails. USC 2013.
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  87 Plantation Rum Original Dark Rum Trinidad & Tobago, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of fresh apples and molasses. The flavor profile is dry with hints of dry fruit and candied spice. It is soft and round in the mouth with a bit of tingling spice on the finish, leading into long and mellow sweet wood flavors. USC 2013.
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  87 Santa Teresa Gran Reserva Añejo Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful bouquet of dried stone fruits, vanilla, toasted oak and baked cherry pie. In the mouth it is rich and honeyed with vanilla and dried apricot and a hint of cinnamon stick. The finish is smooth and sweet. USC 2013.
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  87 Vizcaya Cask 12 Light Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, toffee, dark cherry and almond aromas fill the glass. A faint hint of orange peel. In the mouth it is rich with vanilla, cream and dark cherry flavors. A very smooth and soft vanilla tinged finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Papa's Pilar Dark 24 Years Old Rum Caribbean, Central America & USA, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromatic layers of spiced oranges, cedar and burnt sugar with some savory undertones. It is smooth and almost viscous in the mouth with lots of cinnamon and vanilla. Just off dry, it finished with distinct flavors of cedar. USC 2013.
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  85 Privateer Silver Reserve Rum United States, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear appearance. The nose provides notes of white flowers and peach pit. The palate is reminiscent of peaches and cream, and comes with a creamy texture. USC 2013.
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  85 Privateer True American Amber Rum United States, 45% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle aromas of light caramel, light brown sugar and vanilla. It is dry and savory in the mouth with lots of earthy spice and rough leathery texture. Flavors of vanilla and cedar persist long on the finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Shellback Silver Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $17.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pure clarity in the glass. A very fruity nose, bordering on confectionery. Sweet tropical fruit bonbons show on the midpalate, while the finish is also sweet with a piquant bite. USC 2013.
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  83 Papa's Pilar Blonde 3 Years Old Rum Caribbean, Central America & USA, 42% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Mekhong Spirit of Thailand Rum Thailand, 35% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Rhum Clement Grande Reserve 6 Years Old Rhum Agricole Martinique, 44% abv, $54.95, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate and floral on the nose with hints of honeysuckle, orange blossom and also suggesting fresh cinnamon. Moving into the mouth, it is very soft and displays its citrus side along with an extremely subtle touch of white peppercorn. The finish is long and smooth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum Agricole Martinique, 41.5% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are clean with brown sugar, light syrup and sweet spices all blended together. It is smooth and soft in the mouth, dry with flavors growing from light brown sugar to thoroughly spiced with an earthy complexity. The finish is spicy and a touch smoky. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Rhum Clement Grande Reserve 10 Years Old Rhum Agricole Martinique, 44% abv, $69.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly delicate nose. Slightly floral yet also displaying almond and toffee notes before delving into citrus undertones. Brown sugar shines through on the palate and then bursts with fresh cherry and orange peel. The finish is very smooth and lingers. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  90 Ron Viejo de Caldas Carta de Oro 8 Years Old Rhum Agricole Columbia, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked apple aromas layered with cinnamon, honey and raisins. Dry in the mouth with nutty characteristics and flavors of brown sugar. The texture is smooth and round. Very pleasant. USC 2013.
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Rum

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Flavored Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  86 Arehucas Ron Miel (Honey) Flavored Rum Spain, 20% abv, $26.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful aromas of dark cherry and dark plum lead into a very rich, full bodied mouthfeel with honey shining through. Dark plum and brown sugar also play a large role. Delicate finish. USC 2013.
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  83 Chila 'Orchata Cinnamon Cream Flavored Rum United States, 13.75% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Don Q Coco Flavored Rum Puerto Rico, 21% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Bacardi Limón Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Blue Chair Bay Coconut Flavored Rum Barbados, 26.5% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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.

Spiced Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Layered aromas of vanilla, sweet spice, and light toffee are decidedly sweet. In the mouth it is just off dry with sweet vanilla and caramel supported by spicy wood flavors. The texture is silky smooth with a slightly smoked finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Shellback Spiced Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $17.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rusty gold hue. Offers strong baking spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Palate is reminiscent of cream soda. The finish is sweet and vanilla driven. USC 2013.
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  83 Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Caribbean, 46% abv, $21.99, 1 L  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Barbados, 26.5% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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            
  89 Ypioca Crystal Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $19.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean aromas fresh sugar cane, young green herbs and mineral water. The flavor is opulent with notes of sweet cucumber, herbs and hints of lime. It is grainy in the mouth like coarse sugar crystals and leaves a pleasant mineral flavor. USC 2013.
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  84 Ypioca Ouro Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $28.99, 1 L  marketing details 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 95 Milagro Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Mellow and round. The nose is melon like with hints of flowers. The palate is clean with earthy flavors reminiscent of fresh green pastures. Light and airy in the mouth. A supporting backbone of salinity gives way to subtle spice on the finish. Delightful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Cruz del Sol Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Savory and powerful. A mix of herbs and clay soil dominate the aromas. In the mouth it is almost salty with plenty of spice up front. Earthy flavors of hearty grasses persist tenaciously on the palate. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Don Julio Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent and fruity. The nose is full of ripe tropical fruit. In the mouth the texture is thick and soft, with lots of salty undertones. A hint of grassiness on the smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Z Tequila Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean. Oatmeal and grass on the nose followed by a subtle earthiness. The taste profile echoes the aromas with toasted snack cracker, grass and a hint of muscat. The finish is, again, very toasty and shows a touch of the earthiness that precedes it. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Montalvo Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with lemon and a touch of pepper, it opens up into smoke and cedar aromas. In the mouth, it is extremely mellow and a warm earthiness balances out sweetgrass and smoke and also carries a lifted citrus tone. The finish is warm and grassy and maintains a wonderful balance that lingers quite long. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Pueblo Viejo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of vanilla and spice jump out of the glass. The palate is decidedly earthy and dry with salty mineral flavors. Minimal spice on the finish with echoes of the sweet aromas. Vibrant and tasty. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Siete Leguas Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent cherry, grass and saline aromas fill the glass and lead into a slightly earthy, grainy taste profile. Also showing a hint of smoke.The cherry and saline qualities return on the finish and it ends dry. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Tequila Cabeza Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 43% abv, $42.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted seeds and spices such as coriander seeds, with a lovely fruity temperament. An easy, soft and fruit driven tequila that is light in body and character. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 El Tesoro Platinum Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean and compellingly pungent with overtones of earth and flowers, reminiscent of fresh cut sweet grass. The texture is silky and rich. Flavors begin sweet and turn to tingling spice, and finish with a refreshing saline quality. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $52.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and complex. Aromas of roasted tropical fruit are thick with high tones of young grass. The flavor is intense with dark spices and molasses without being sweet. The grainy texture turns suede for a supple finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Olmeca Altos Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and clean. Aromas of fresh green grass are light and airy, supported by minerals and lime. In the mouth the flavor is dry and silky, with flavors of green apple skin, minerals and young green herbs. USC 2013.
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  91 Lunazul Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very delicate and clean on the nose. Grass, citrus pith and rosewater all showing quite prominently. In the mouth it is intensely grainy yet, again, delicate and also alludes to a slight smokiness. The finish is crisp and floral and offers a lingering citrus character. Exceptional. USC 2013.
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  90 Casamigos Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A very playful nose of dusty cinnamon and green pepper aromas. The palate has a lot going on, with a milky texture and taste, along with zesty flavors and sweet spice notes. USC 2013.
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  90 Herradura Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A fairly intense nose of earthy and herbal aromas. The palate is enticingly savory with complex leafy green tastes and a hint of citrus at the end. USC 2013.
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  90 Tres Agaves Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An inviting nose of coriander seeds, along with fresh green pepper and jalapeño aromas. The palate is peppery and piquant with savory mineral character, ending with a long dry finish. USC 2013.
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  88 el Jimador Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aroma is heavy on ripe strawberries, grass and mint. The strawberry follows through in the mouth and is balanced by a light sweetness. The finish is incredibly grainy and grassy. USC 2013.
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  88 IZKALI Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pronounced aromas of sweetgrass, citrus and white flower give way to a deliciously smooth and grainy mouthfeel. A hint of smoke and a delicate sweetness follow. The finish is overtly grassy and lingers on your palate. USC 2013.
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  87 Corazon Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with a smoky, grape like nose, it changes gear to show grain and sweetgrass characteristics in the mouth. The grain follows into the finish where it lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  86 3 Amigos Organic Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean. Grainy aromas leap from the glass with a slight herbaceous character in tow. The grain shows itself again in the mouth with a balanced sweetness and a hint of muscat. Finishes very delicately. USC 2013.
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  86 Casa Sauza Tres Generaciones Organic Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
There is a perfume of freshly cracked pepper here, along with a subtle note of vanilla. All continue on the palate, amidst an appealing fatty texture. USC 2013.
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  86 Familia Camarena Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Notes of roasted coffee bean and caramel on the nose. The palate is fat and lush with buttery and herbal character. This is an easy drinking tequila. USC 2013.
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  83 Chinaco Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $48.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Hornitos Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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 95 Siete Leguas Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw with flecks of gold in the color. Incredibly spicy and earthy on the nose with hints of cedar and butterscotch. The mouth feel is round and oily while the taste offers more of that spicy and cedar character. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 IZKALI Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $33.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh salty earth aromas are layered with light toffee and caramel. Plush and smooth in the mouth with an almost viscous consistency. Light flavors of earth, pineapple and very subtle smoke leave a pleasant herbal flavor. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Carmesi Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $33.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light and golden. Aroma is briny, with soil and earth qualities. In the mouth it is light and salty with intensely spicy earth flavors of grass. There is a distant hint of vanilla on the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Lunazul Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and grassy. Aromas are layered with fresh green grass, tart citrus and salty minerals. Darker in the mouth, flavor profile is dry and rich with deep roasted earth flavors. Smooth from beginning to end. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $56.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vibrant. Citrusy and salty on the nose, with a touch of vanilla in the background. In the mouth, flavors are of burnt orange and sweet spices. Dry, with plenty of richness and slightly grainy texture. Lingers long in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Casamigos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and fresh. Aromas are of spice covered oranges, quite pungent. In the mouth it is toasty with flavors of roasted earth, salty minerals and hints of vanilla. The texture is leathery with palpable spice all the way through. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Olmeca Altos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and mellow. Aromas are of lightly roasted sweet potatoes and squash. It is light in the mouth with a silky texture. Salty at first, the flavors develop nicely into rich spices, roasted vegetables with a touch of sweetness at the end. Wonderful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Piedra Azul Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of fresh limes and flowers are clean and bright. Remarkably smooth and plush texture in the mouth. The flavor profile is mostly dry with limes, minerals and light herbs on the long finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Tres Agaves Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light golden hue with woody, spicy, pepper aromas. Palate is grassy and herbal with notes of cedar and fresh basil. The finish is long but not overpowering. USC 2013.
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  90 Milagro Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are of tropical fruit and vanilla with a green earthy undertone. Silky in the mouth with flavors of salt and slightly spicy green herbs. Mild and persistent flavor profile finishes with a floral hint. USC 2013.
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  90 Sauza Blue Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A dusty and earthy nose with hints of caramel, which all follow through on the palate. The finish is almost sweet, luscious and full bodied. USC 2013.
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  89 Casa Sauza Tres Generaciones Organic Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly clean and clear. Fresh aromas of earth, grass and minerals with a hint of burnt sugar. The flavors are spicy and earthy with notes of celery and root vegetables. The finish is clean and crisp. USC 2013.
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  89 el Jimador Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lime, coconut meat, vanilla and honey roasted peanut aromas are present on a very provocative nose. In the mouth, honey roasted peanut is accompanied by vanilla, lime zest and a gentle salinity. The finish is soft and mellow with the salinity lingering. USC 2013.
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  89 El Tesoro Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A fragrant tequila, with a lovely herbacious nose, and a hint of aloe vera. The palate is mellow with wood tones and green pepper character. USC 2013.
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  89 Familia Camarena Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is marked with wood, pepper and fragrant herbs. This tequila is whiskey like in character with a smooth, viscous texture and a peppery, seasoned finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Don Julio Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $52.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers a mouth watering nose of tropical passion fruit, which follows through on the palate. A fruity Reposado tequila that is best taken in a mixed drink. USC 2013.
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  87 Corazon Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Woodsy aromas of rosemary, moss and green bell peppers. In the mouth it is dry and almost salty with flavors of charred herbs. The texture is grainy with a finish of spice and wood. USC 2013.
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  86 Cruz del Sol Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $52.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intriguing aromas of sherry and caramelized nuts. This tequila is dry, medium bodied and spicy. Notes of black pepper and caramel on the palate, with a silky finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Pueblo Viejo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee, wood and herbal aromas seduce the nose, while racy notes of spice, white pepper and herbs dance on the palate. The finish is iodine-like and minerally. USC 2013.
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  85 Chinaco Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $56.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Layered aromas of root vegetables and tropical fruit, slightly roasted. The flavor profile is savory and earthy with a pixel like spicy texture. Dark flavors of charred green peppers linger nicely. USC 2013.
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  85 Herradura Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $41.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are both sweet and savory with fresh soil and vegetation and sweet ripe pineapple. It is distinctly savory in the mouth, smooth and saline with flavors of green peppers, and roasted herbs. USC 2013.
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  85 Z Tequila Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear and lively. Fresh aromas of flowers and sweet baking spices jump from the glass. The suede texture balances well with the spicy and salty earth flavors. A hint of cinnamon at the end is a nice touch. USC 2013.
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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 96 IZKALI Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Begins with a fantastic bouquet of toasted oak, vanilla and cashew butter with delicate hints of caramel, orange blossom and lime zest. In the mouth it is rich with suggestions of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and lime zest flavors along with a hint of gentle smoke that crescendos into a lengthy finish tinged with vanilla and sweet smoke. Wow! USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Siete Leguas Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw colored, with a lively nose of cracked white pepper and freshly crushed hot peppers. Palate is sweeter than one would expect, with a hint of vanilla that weaves through flavors of grass, pepper and white flowers. An intricately balanced tequila. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Lunazul Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Butterscotch, vanilla, almond toffee and a slight hint of white chocolate, cinnamon and clove comprise this fabulous bouquet. Once in the mouth, vanilla takes over with undertones of smoked sea salt, butterscotch and lime zest. A semisweet finish with traces of toffee ensues. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Corazon Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A gentle nose of burned grass, toasted oat, lime zest and a touch of vanilla and toasted coconut. Once in the mouth it is very soft and mellow with delicate hints of vanilla, sweet smoke and lime zest. The finish is semisweet and long. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Don Julio 70 Claro Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are creamy and grassy with hints of citrus in the background. In the mouth it is mostly dry to off dry with plenty of fresh green spice up front, going from fiery to smooth with a hint of sweet creamy orange on the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Don Julio Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $57.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A light gold hue. The nose is fresh and vegetal. Palate show grass, agave, green pepper and a hint of warming oak. The texture is silky smooth, and the finish offers a note of earthy honey and the already mentioned vegetal notes. USC 2013.
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  91 el Jimador Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Butterscotch and almond toffee aromas are very bold before giving way to vanilla cream, ripe peach and a very faint trace of licorice and mint. In the mouth, rich vanilla and toffee flavors jump forth to mask a balanced mix of gentle smoke and salinity. The finish is slightly sweet and possesses an alluring smokiness. USC 2013.
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  91 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $98.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean aromas of fresh green grasses and sea breeze with small hints of caramel seeping through. The flavor is earthy with green peppers, turmeric and clove spices, and a dusty texture. The finish is mellow and grainy with notes of smoked caramel. USC 2013.
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  90 El Tesoro Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw hue with green flecks. The nose has an inviting earthy quality with aromas of grass, pepper and salt. The palate opens with vegetal, herbacious and savory flavors, followed by a mellow oak finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of ripe peach, citrus pith, and vanilla fill the glass along with gentle smoke and lime zest. In the mouth vanilla comes to the front and is complemented by citrus zest while smoke gathers strength. Smoke comes to the front and brings vanilla with it to a smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Tres Agaves Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light gold hue. Pretty perfumed nose of fresh green peppers and sweet spices. Palate shows green vegetal flavors, with caramel, baking spices and a hint of citrus. The texture is oily and the finish is long. USC 2013.
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  90 Z Tequila Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of vanilla, sweet smoke, limeade and toasted coconut. Once in the mouth, limeade and toasted coconut come to the front with smoked sea salt and a suggestion of anise. The finish is developed with notes of vanilla. USC 2013.
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  88 Herradura Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of butterscotch, lime zest, vanilla bean and a touch of anise and campfire smoke. In the mouth there is an interchange between vanilla, butterscotch and lime which build into a delicate, semisweet finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Pueblo Viejo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A zesty nose with green pepper and jasmine flower aromas, while the palate offers roasted bell peppers, sweet oak and lemon zest. Finishes both sweet and vegetal. USC 2013.
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  87 Chinaco Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $64.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Robust aromas of butterscotch, vanilla and toasted coconut. Dried stone fruit is present yet subtle. Butterscotch appears strongly again on the palate with a touch of vanilla and lime zest. The finish is semi sweet and reminiscent of raisins and butterscotch. USC 2013.
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  86 Don Julio 1942 Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $142.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct aromas of toasted oak, vanilla and almond toffee fill your nose. In the mouth it is exceptionally soft with vanilla and caramel flavors. Vanilla carries through into a mellow, semisweet finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Milagro Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Carries a straw hue. The nose offers notes of caramel and agave, while the palate opens with lush oak flavors. There is a subtle vegetal taste that comes through on the finish. USC 2013.
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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 95 Casa Sauza XA Edición Limitada Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe pineapple and green pepper aromas are sweet and piquant. It begins sweet and earthy with jicama and grassy flavors and slowly unfolds a bit of jalapeño spice with vanilla cream undertones. The texture is smooth with a dusty finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Alquimia Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $135.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A wonderfully delicate nose of vanilla, sugarcane, toasted oak, butterscotch, citrus pith and sea air. More subtle traces of grass as well. In the mouth it is delectably smooth. Flavors of vanilla, gentle smoke, butterscotch, brown sugar and lime zest are present. The finish is dry with notes of vanilla and a lingering salinity. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Malinalli Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $96.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very delicate aromas of lime, sweetgrass, smoke and vanilla. A touch of white flower as well. In the mouth, vanilla becomes more apparent as well as a touch of honey and is balanced by lime zest and a smoky saline quality. This salinity endures into the finish and is balanced by a vanilla sweetness. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Don Julio Real Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense smoky aromas lift out of the glass. A creamy texture glides in the mouth, with lush butter, tart limes and asparagus coming through on the palate, all ending in a spicy finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 San Matias Gran Reserva 3 Years Old Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cinnamon and clove aromas with a background of green herbs. The flavor is salty and spicy leading into spiced oranges and green vegetables. Lightly smoky throughout with a pleasant sandy texture. USC 2013.
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  89 Herradura Seleccion Suprema 4 Years Old Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $375.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright gold hue. Toasted oak aromas dominate the nose, while the palate is lush and sweet, showing sweet caramel flavors and just an underlying hint of agave. USC 2013.
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  87 El Tesoro 75th Aniversario 10 Years Old Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $249.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are tart, distinctly green and vegetal, reminiscent of steamed artichokes, celery and lemon balm. Lime and spice dominate the flavor profile, with herbal hints of mint and basil. Finish is strong and structured. USC 2013.
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  86 Tequila Joe's Single Barrel Reserve 4 Years Old Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $129.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strong aromas of vegetation and green mango, very earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth with piquant spice. Flavors of vanilla and toffee mingle with green and red bell peppers that turns into sweet tobacco . USC 2013.
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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 95 Del Maguey Minero Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opening with an floral array of honeysuckle, apple blossom, vanilla and ripe pear, it carries a delectable undertone of smoked white peppercorn. Once in the mouth it is incredibly smooth and delightfully sweet with reoccurring vanilla notes and a very subtle touch of honey. All of this wraps up into an impeccable, fruity finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of roasted fruit, sweet spice and wood fire. Complex wave of flavors begins with salt and lime, turning to smoky earth, and progressing to deep sweet roasted fruit. Smoke permeates all the way through underneath primary flavors. It is soft and easy in all it's intricacies. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense and smooth. Aromas are layered with sweet earth, herbs and a touch of smoked fruit. Flavors begin saline and bright and quickly move to deep and smoky with cedar and cayenne. Spice and herbs on the finish. The texture is round and silky. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Earthy aromas of greens and root vegetables with a touch of tropical fruit. Sweet and savory in the mouth, plenty of smoky peppers and wood charcoal with fresh pineapple flavors peeking through. Smooth and complex. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Sombra Joven Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 45% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoky and intense aromas of roasted earth and charred vegetables. Smooth and silky in the mouth with light peppery spice and smoky flavors underneath vegetal and herbal flavors. Robust and rustic. USC 2013.
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  90 Benesin Pechuga Organic Mezcal Mexico, 46% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich aromas of charred earth, tropical fruit and clay. The flavor profile is dry with a fair amount of salinity, minerals and fresh herbs. Smoke and spice provide depth and lead to a refreshing and vibrant finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Los Amantes Mezcal Mexico, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely aromas of burned sweetgrass, lime, vanilla and clove. Once in the mouth, vanilla is boss with smoke and cloves working overtime to build up to semisweet, smoky finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 48% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Savory aromas of smoke, leather and red chillies. The first wave of flavor is salty with charred green peppers, then turns incredibly smoky but not overwhelming. The texture is smooth and light, leaving a slightly starchy feeling. USC 2013.
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  84 Montelobos Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 43.2% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details 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            
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 53% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Seductive dark honey color. Soft and sweetly spiced aromas of golden raisin and nutmeg. It is dry in the mouth with a grainy wood texture, earthy structure with flavors of barley and cinnamon. Smooth and spicy on the long finish, with a touch of char. Relaxed and full of flavor. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat American Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oats and vanilla dominate the nose but offers a hint of vanilla as well. Once in the mouth it opens up into a delicate, honeyed mouthfeel but is offset by an equally mild citrus and cherry profile. Finishes effortlessly. USC 2013.
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  88 Catskill Distilling One & Only Buckwheat American Spirit United States, 42.5% abv, $35.00, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Grainy aromas of wood chips, soil, and buckwheat have a hint of vanilla in the background. It is dry and leathery in the mouth with dark smoky flavors or roasted barley and cedar. Smokiness is long lasting. USC 2013.
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  88 Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon American Whiskey United States, 46.3% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of toffee, cherries, and dried apricot. The toffee carries through strongly into the palate which is balanced by cedar and honey. Cherries show themselves again and lead into a delicate, floral finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Hudson Whiskey New York Corn American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $32.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet corn aromas leap from the glass and are followed by enticing aromas of biscuit, burnt grass and melted butter. In the mouth it is rich and voluptuous with corn shining through and buttered biscuit. A soft, corn filed finish ensues. USC 2013.
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  87 Dark Corner Moonshine American Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $31.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Doughy aromas of biscuits, animal crackers and sweet corn masa. It is lightly sweet in the mouth with flavors of corn flakes, sprouted grains and white peppery spice. The fine grained texture is very smooth. USC 2013.
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  87 Jim Beam Jacob's Ghost White American Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean with aromas of sweet corn, pear, grains and a touch of vanilla. In the mouth it is rich with a touch of sweetness and popped corn. Pleasantly smooth and mellow finish follows. USC 2013.
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  85 Balcones True Blue American Whiskey United States, 62.2% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle aromas of cornbread and cedar. Grainy in the mouth with strong corn flavor and lots of persistent spice. Vanilla undertones are almost sweet and mix with lightly smoked wood on the finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Balcones Brimstone American Whiskey United States, 62.5% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoke, cedar, baked cherries and a hint of underbrush on the nose lead into an incredibly robust, salty, flavor profile, almost suggesting smoked meats. The finish is balanced and smoky. USC 2013.
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  85 Clyde May's 6 Years Old American Whiskey United States, 42.5% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Parchment paper and apricots are revealed on the nose. This offers a sumptuous mouth feel with flavors of maple syrup, prunes and baking spices. A full bodied whiskey with a fruit driven palate. USC 2013.
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  85 Early Times Fire Eater Flavored American Whiskey United States, 33% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is like that of a hot toddy. An intense cinnamon powder flavor bursts on the palate, while the texture is thick. The finish is pure cinnamon. USC 2013.
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  85 Hudson Whiskey Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $42.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aroma is intensely grainy, with hints of shortbread and baked cherries. A grainy sweetness on the palate is accompanied by more baked cherry and a ouch of smoke. A mellow finish follows. USC 2013.
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  84 Early Times Blind Archer Spiced Apple Flavored American Whiskey United States, 33% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Hudson Whiskey Four Grain American Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $42.99, 375 ml  marketing details 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 97 Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46.5% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Leather and buttered popcorn pop up on the nose, along with vanilla, dried cherry and oak notes all reminiscent of a Panettone cake. The texture is oily and fat, while the taste is buttery, rich and sumptuous. It finishes with notes of toasted wood and butter. An incomparable whiskey that unfolds in the glass. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasantly fruity on the nose suggesting, apricot, pear and cherry while maintaining a toasted oak characteristic as well. On the palate it edges closer to the toasted oak traits of vanilla, smoke and cedar and ends elegantly. Citrus plays a balancing role in the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct aromas of dark cherry, vanilla, toasted oak and blossom develop into a flavor profile of brown sugar, citrus, dried apricot and a delicate hint of smoke. The smokiness lingers into the finish and is accompanied by a touch of honey and orange zest. Very smooth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Jim Beam Black Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful aromas of confectioners cherry, vanilla and cinnamon on the nose accompanied by a slight hint of smoke and almond. Slightly honeyed in the mouth, a very rich texture, with underlying tones of confectioners cherry and vanilla. These same flavors translate into a long, mellow and semisweet finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 49% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A distinct nose of orange and ginger confiture with notes of crystallized sugar. Muscovado sugar character come through in the mouth, while the finish is intensely rich. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 47.8% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tangerine and baked cherry dominate the nose while also offering banana, shortbread and vanilla aromas. In the mouth, it is deep and rich with maple syrup notes while also maintaining a lifted citrus overtone. The finish is delightfully bold and elegant with citrus playing a major role. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 William Larue Weller 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 61.7% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Scents of marzipan and tamari jump out of the glass. Red kirsch flavors attack the palate with hits of violet and butter. There is also a saline leather saddle streak in the mouth, which makes the mouth water and beg for more. Exceptional! USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate and smoky on the nose displaying notes of citrus, cedar, maraschino and a touch of blossom. Very mellow in the mouth and alludes to honey, citrus and maple. Dried fruits play a role as well. The citrus motif carries on into the finish which also prominently features a maple like sweetness. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked cherries and toasted coconut swathed in vanilla and almond butter makes up the nose while honey, marmalade and maple syrup make up the palate. Incredibly smooth and delightfully sweet. Polished and refined finish referring back to baked cherries and almond butter while maintaining its delicate sweetness. Fantastic. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Knob Creek Single Barrel 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 60% abv, $40.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hued with grassy, spicy notes in the perfume, and a salivating smell of melted butter and oak. Spice attacks the midpalate with a good dose of acidity and a dark peppery finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of banana creme pie and baked cherries followed by a subtle hint of toasted oak, and vanilla. Also offering a touch of honeysuckle. Round, mellow and slightly sweet on the palate while showing subtle flavors of vanilla and toffee. The mellow quality endures through the finish ad baked cherries show once more. Incredibly smooth. USC 2013.
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  93 Bulleit 10 Years Old Bourbon United States, 45.6% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A fantastic nose of leather and wood, with notes of intriguing rancio. The palate is salty and buttery with hints of caramel and baking spices such as cinnamon and clove. The texture is viscous and gliding, while the leather character follows through, along with a hint of mineral at the end. Fantastic. USC 2013.
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  93 Elijah Craig Single Barrel 21 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $139.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Layered aromas of cedar, candy apple and forest berries. Mostly dry in the mouth with lots of sweet baking spice that turns to toffee and light vanilla flavors. The texture is leathery and piquant. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  93 Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch, Extra Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A gorgeous nose of prunes and violets exude from the glass. The palate is big, bold and lush, with notes of dried fruit, freshly cracked pepper and toasted oak. The finish is long and haunting. USC 2013.
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  93 Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An ambrosial whiskey with an alluring nose of cedar box, tobacco, honey and nutmeg. The palate is big and bold, while the flavors are dry and nervy. Ends with a mineral, almost spicy finish. Seriously savory. USC 2013.
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  93 Parker's Heritage Collection 6th Edition - Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills 11 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 69.7% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich leathery aromas with layers of complex spice and subtle sweetness. Grainy and spicy in the mouth, piquant cinnamon and clove with salted caramel flavors. Persistent spice leads to a light vanilla finish. USC 2013.
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  93 Russell's Reserve 10 Years Old Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of vanilla, baked apricot, honeysuckle and banana fill the glass. Delicate aromas of toasted oak as well. Robust mouthfeel and a rich honeyed tone with notes of vanilla, smoke and maraschino cherry. The finish is smooth and carries with it a lasting vanilla and cherry profile. USC 2013.
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  93 Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon United States, 55% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fairly delicate nose with aromas of citrus pith, vanilla and toffee and opens up into a rich, full mouthfeel laden with maple syrup, more citrus, toasted coconut and pound cake. The finish is equally bold with more vanilla showing through as well as cherry. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  93 Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon United States, 50.5% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A captivating nose of leather, rancio, caramel, burnt butter, prunes and violets all follow through on the palate, along with a salty leathery streak. The layers keep unfolding here. This is a delicious bourbon to sip and savor. USC 2013.
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  93 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An elegant and gentle bourbon that offers aromas of creme anglaise and orange peel. The texture is soft and oily while orange peel and custard tastes follow through. USC 2013.
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  92 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46.85% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A heavy bouquet of toasted oak, cherry and vanilla open up into a gentle array of brown sugar, baked cherries and dried stone fruits. The finish focuses in on the dried stone fruits and alludes to a citrus pith undertone. USC 2013.
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  92 Balcones Fifth Anniversary Straight Bourbon United States, 64.2% abv, $95.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A distinct nose of cooked grain, with scents that are reminiscent of grappa and burnt butter. A terrifically layered whisky that follows through intensely on the palate and will certainly call for watering down. The finish is long and leathery, with a hint of toasted corn. One to sip and savor. USC 2013.
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  92 Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exquisite and delicate aromas of baked cherries, ripe stone fruits, orange blossom accompanied by suggestions of vanilla and brioche. In the mouth, the brioche and vanilla take the reigns followed by heavy notes of brown sugar and honey. The finish is long, composed and smooth maintaining the flavors found on the palate. Fantastic. USC 2013.
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  92 Bulleit Frontier Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and lightly cinnamon spiced aromas. Flavor profile is semi sweet with rich concentrated molasses, plush texture and nutty vanilla flavors on the finish. Light spice throughout. Excellent. USC 2013.
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  92 Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Reminiscent of candied apple on the nose and also showing baked sour cherry, citrus pith with a hint of toasted oak. In the mouth it is wonderfully rounded with cinnamon, stone fruits and brown sugar stepping forward. The finish is decadent, deep and alludes to the baked sour cherry that is sensed on the nose. USC 2013.
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  92 Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel 13 Years Old Bourbon United States, 0% abv, $99.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and smooth aromas are of pancake syrup and cornbread with sweet undertones. In the mouth it starts slightly salty before an abundance of spice develops into a smooth finish. Rich and flavorful. USC 2013.
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  92 Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $39.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Charred wood sticks out on the nose, along with cooked corn and butter. The palate is medium bodied with an intense spiciness and sweet finish. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  92 George T. Stagg 17 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 71.4% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of maple syrup play with more savory buttery aromas. The flavor profile is savory with strong baking spices and concentrated vanilla. The texture is grainy and lively in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  92 Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted oak, candied walnuts and honeysuckle dominate the nose. However, subtle floral notes lie close beneath the surface. The palate suggests more candied walnut and alludes more strongly to the floral and citrus aspects. Finishes strong with citrus overtones balanced by warm, toasted oak. USC 2013.
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  92 Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and hearty. Aromas are salty and sweet, kettle corn and cracker jacks. It is rich and smooth in the mouth, dry and leathery with a dusty finish. Notes of sweet spice and vanilla linger. USC 2013.
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  91 Big House Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with vanilla and toasted oak, it leads into almond, maraschino cherry and a hint of smoke. Round, structured and honeyed in the mouth, it has a powerful, smoky finish and suggests vanilla again. USC 2013.
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  91 Breckenridge Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $39.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinctly honeyed on the nose while offering cherries, toasted oak and a subtle vanilla aroma. The vanilla takes center stage in the mouth with a delicate mouthfeel. Cherries find their way back into the mix on the finish and also adds a decidedly citrus overtone. Wonderfully balanced. USC 2013.
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  91 Early Times 354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A delightful nose of caramel and baked apple pie. The palate is intense and bold, with vanilla and burnt sugar flavors and a viscous and oily texture. USC 2013.
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  91 Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is reminiscent of pureed cooked corn, which follows on the palate. There are elements of spice such as cracked white pepper and the finish is sweet and unctuous. USC 2013.
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  91 Knob Creek 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $30.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An amber hued bourbon with toffee and caramel notes on the nose. The palate offers warm cinnamon spice and woodsy overtones with a spicy finish. An iconic, sturdy whiskey of lofty stature. USC 2013.
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  91 Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honey amber colored, with notes of honey, floral and cooked corn on the nose. The palate is viscous and sweet with an attack of sweet baking spices, tobacco and a hint of licorice. The finish lingers long in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  90 Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cinnamon, clove, vanilla and cherry aromas jump from the glass. Brown sugar, more cinnamon and vanilla on the palate along with an incredibly subtle touch of campfire smoke. Cinnamon lingers on the finish. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  90 Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $10.69, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A delectable bouquet of citrus fruits at the beginning give way to toasted oak and vanilla as well as a slight trace of honeysuckle. A grainy sweetness ensues followed by cherries, more vanilla and a touch of honey. Boasts a developed finish that continues the vanilla theme and also citrus. USC 2013.
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  89 Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Indulgently concentrated. Aroma is of sourdough and molasses with earthy undertones. The flavor profile in the mouth is dry with a hint of sweetness, baking spices and distant vanilla notes. Incredibly smooth and long lasting depth. USC 2013.
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  89 Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Flavored Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honey amber colored, with a nose that smells of maraschino cherry and honey. Palate is sweet with a ton of dried and preserved cherry character. Medium bodied with a long, lingering finish. USC 2013.
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  89 Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep gold color. Notes of oak and boiled corn come through on the nose, while the palate is lean, spicy and linear tasting with hints of pepper. Will appeal to those that prefer a drier style of American whiskey. USC 2013.
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  88 Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber in the glass with almond toffee and ripe apricot aromas. In the mouth, the toffee shines through and takes on a shortbread like characteristic before finishing with a resounding almond note. USC 2013.
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  88 Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 64% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Spicy and powerful. Aromas are sweet and floral, nectar like. The flavor profile is off dry, grainy, and incredibly rich with sweet baking spices. Distinct vanilla flavors round out the finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Resonating aromas of fig, baked cherries and toasted oak followed by a honeyed texture in the mouth with more baked cherries showing themselves. Culminates with a very smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pronounced toasted coconut, vanilla and maraschino cherry aromas lead into honey, almond and incredibly subtle fruit flavors on the palate. This is followed by a robust finish which allows the almond to show. USC 2013.
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  87 Penny Packer Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $21.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aroma is heavy on honeysuckle, dried fig and oats. The nose leads into a soft and mellow mouthfeel and brings flavors of vanilla and brown sugar with it. Brown sugar dominates a smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Four Wood Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are multilayered with leather, wood and sweet spice. Smooth in the mouth with peppery spice and hints of vanilla giving way to a sweet woody finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Cleveland Black Reserve Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $34.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rustic and savory. Aromas are dry and dusty with wood chips and leather. The flavor profile is dry, silky, with roasted grain flavors, and deep concentrated vanilla. USC 2013.
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  86 Homestead Barrel Proof Bourbon United States, 56.65% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are sweet and leathery with cinnamon and vanilla. Considerable spice in the mouth, with a dry and woody flavor profile. Hints of vanilla and green wood linger. USC 2013.
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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 94 Knob Creek Rye Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $40.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A golden amber hue with menthol confectionery notes on the nose. Grass and peppermint notes on the palate with a hint of dried cherry. The finish is long, spicy and bold. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Masterson's French Oak Finished 10 Years Old Rye Whiskey Canada, 45% abv, $79.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exceptionally floral nose with hints of elderflower, honeysuckle and marmalade. Once in the mouth it flaunts a distinctively grainy sweetness followed by brown sugar and toffee. Also a slight hint of citrus. The finish is incredibly smooth and allows the sweetness to continue but also refers back to its floral nose. Very delicate. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Bulleit Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep golden hues. Aromas are earthy and rustic with hints of spice and leather. In the mouth, the flavor is rich with intense sweet and savory spice up front. It is grainy and woody with hints of savory vanilla at the end. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Masterson's American Oak Finish 10 Years Old Rye Whiskey Canada, 45% abv, $79.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle and rich. Aromas of fresh cut wood chips and light smoke. In the mouth it is leathery and dry with plenty of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Light smoke turns into smooth vanilla flavor that lasts long in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beginning with hints of toasted oak, vanilla, and smoke aromas, this opens up into ripe orchard fruit, more vanilla and candied tangerine. This develops into more citrus for a smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Hudson Whiskey Manhattan Rye Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $42.99, 375 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Burnt grain and grassy notes fill the nose, while the palate is rich with tasty hints of marmalade and spice. This is an intense, lively and bold tasting whiskey. USC 2013.
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  90 Masterson's 10 Years Old Rye Whiskey Canada, 45% abv, $79.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is full of cedar, baked cherries and orange blossom. Bold and honeyed once in the mouth with a touch of oatmeal, as well. A slightly fruity finish with a hint of smoke. USC 2013.
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  87 Jefferson's 10 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 47% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Orange, pepper and fragrant blossom are prominent on the nose and lead into powerful maraschino cherry, oat and orange in the mouth. All of this is wrapped up in a smooth finish with orange being a constant. USC 2013.
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  86 George Dickel Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Frisky dried cherry aromas on the nose, along with baking spices, pepper and grass. This is a bold, dry Rye whisky, that ends with the aforementioned cherry note. Ideal for mixing. USC 2013.
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  85 Wild Turkey 81 Rye Whiskey United States, 40.5% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinctively smoky with undertones of maraschino cherry, toasted wheat and blossom. Delightfully rich and spicy, it displays fresh apricot and a touch of vanilla before reverting back to a smoky and lightly spicy finish. USC 2013.
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Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful amber color with pronounced vanilla, apricot and campfire smoke aromas on the nose. Incredibly smooth in the mouth with flavors of vanilla, orange peel, honey and brown sugar. Baked cherry notes begin developing before finishing effortlessly with subtle tones of vanilla and brown sugar. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey United States, 43% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful amber hue. A delicate and floral nose along with hints of shortbread, vanilla, toasted coconut and almond butter. Honey comes into play on the palate and brings with it sour cherry, orange peel and a subtle hint of ripe plum. The orange peel extends delicately into the elegant finish. USC 2013.
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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 97 Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are smooth and sweet with light caramel and cinnamon buns. In the mouth the flavor profile is dry and earthy with undertones of caramel and toffee. The texture is incredibly smooth and silky. It sits lightly in the mouth. Flavors continue to develop leaving a light vanilla note on the finish. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Jameson 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bursting with cherry, vanilla, and orange marmalade aromas followed by a subtle smoke and mineral complex. This is followed by an incredibly smooth and balanced palate brimming with candied fruit, toast, smoke and a superbly balanced grainy sweetness. The finish is quite long and allows cherries and vanilla to shine through. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Jameson Gold Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate and fragrant with citrus and honeysuckle playing a lead role. Also suggestion of brown sugar and oats. On the palate it is incredibly full, opulent and honeyed and allows the citrus and honeysuckle to show through. The finish is rather elegant and while floral, also takes on a hint of maraschino cherry for a much appreciated balance. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Kilbeggan 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $115.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A happening nose of vanilla, coffee bean and coconut aromas. The palate is rich and inviting with warming notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and spice, along with an oily and viscous texture. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Bushmills Black Bush Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A bright amber hued whiskey with a rich, sweet, sherry-like nose and a toasted grain quality. Flavor is balanced, delicately sweet, and slightly honeyed. The finish is rich and flavorful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Tullamore Dew Special Reserve 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and earthy. Aromas are of fresh coffee grounds and shrubs. Incredibly smooth in the mouth with round earthy flavors, almost floral, and a light vibrant texture. Lightly smoked and woody on the subtle and pleasant finish. USC 2013.
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  92 Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lightly honeyed on the nose with additional notes of brown sugar and toffee. A faint floral bouquet also shows through. In the mouth it opens up beautifully with smoke, more toffee, and toasted cedar essences. Finish is incredibly mellow and balanced while maintaining a dominating toffee note. USC 2013.
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  92 Midleton Very Rare Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nose opens with toasted oak which then makes way for a slightly smoked earth quality and a dusty dryness balanced by citrus pith. In the mouth it has a delightful ripe plum quality. Cherries and brown sugar are introduced before a slightly fruity and smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Bushmills Original Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A golden hued dram with notes of milk chocolate on the nose. The palate follows through with dark caramel notes and a taste of creme brulee. USC 2013.
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  91 Jameson Black Barrel Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A bright amber hue in the glass, this Jameson expression offers butterscotch and maple notes in the perfume. Flavors of green apple, butterscotch and mineral are evoked on the palate, with a salt caramel finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Extremely delicate and floral while offering ripe stone fruit at the same time. In the mouth it is wonderfully grainy with an underlying smoky sweetness reminiscent of toasted oak. The finish lingers just long enough presenting its stone fruit and lovely floral characteristics again. USC 2013.
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  91 Tullamore Dew Original Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with notes of toffee, almond butter and citrus pith and giving way to a more delicate array of cherry blossom, stone fruit and lavender. Mellow and honeyed in character on the palate allowing brown sugar and orange marmalade to make an appearance. The brown sugar and toffee motif extend into the finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Stone fruits, honeysuckle, white flowers and some citrus characterize the nose. Baked cherries and marmalade find their way onto the palate accompanied by almond toffee. On the finish, the baked cherries remain then give way to brown sugar. USC 2013.
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  89 Concannon Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An alluring nose of smoke, cedar, and damson plum open up into delicate vanilla and cherry flavors in the mouth accompanied by a mellow grainy sweetness. A very smooth and slightly smoky finish follows. USC 2013.
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Redbreast 15 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful amber color in the glass with powerful orange blossom and thyme aromas followed by subtle cedar and cherry notes. In the mouth, incredibly smooth and rich with brown sugar, baked apricots, orange and vanilla. The finish is robust and mouth watering and reintroduces blossom perfume as well as a slight vanilla undertone. Amazing. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 57.7% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fuji apple, ripe plum, honeysuckle, orange blossom and toasted almond aromas ensnarl your senses, each racing to get to your nose first. Incredibly robust in the mouth with vanilla and baked cherries entering the mix before receding into a exquisitely cultured finish accentuated by honey and vanilla. Absolutely astonishing. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Redbreast 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delectable citrus aromas rise from the glass to your nose bringing notes of vanilla, toasted oak and baked cherry. Sherry-like and creamy in the mouth with baked cherry and vanilla battling for presence against brown sugar and orange peel. All of these flavors endure into an intricate and eloquent finish involving all characteristics. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A captivating nose of toffee and dried fruits with a hint of caramelized ginger. Spicy toffee flavors, toffee apple and vanilla beans come through in this warming Irish whiskey. USC 2013.
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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 95 Tullamore Dew 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bursting with toffee and chocolate yet balanced by a distinct touch of honeysuckle and orange blossom. This bouquet of aromas is followed by ripe plum and apricot in the mouth with a touch of honeyed sweetness. Boasts a rich finish with honey and toffee showing through while also showing a delicate fruity side. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Bushmills 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Notes of toffee, vanilla and baked apple on the nose. White fruits, vanilla and fudge abound on the palate, with a tasty rich and long finish. Multilayered and complex. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Bushmills 21 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $124.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This is a whiskey with layers of character. Amber hued, with a distinct Oloroso sherry nose, and rancio and umami notes. Mineral notes mingle on the palate along with a dry, savory taste. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This golden hued whiskey is peaty and complex with secondary and tertiary character. The palate is made up of mushrooms, rancio and toast flavors, with a super long finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Bushmills 16 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $74.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of dried fruits reminiscent of apricots, dried apple, figs and vanilla bean. All follow through on the palate, along with spice elements and a hint of milk chocolate. Complex, yet approachable. USC 2013.
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  90 Greenore 8 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A bouquet of smoke and honeysuckle along with citrus pith. Once in the mouth a touch of honey and brown sugar present themselves along with a very subtle tone of ripe plum. The finish is perfumed and slightly honeyed. USC 2013.
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  90 The Irishman 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense aromas of toasted oak, shortbread, and honeysuckle along with a subtle touch of clove. In the mouth smoke comes to the front and then recedes into pleasant honey and brown sugar. Honey and brown sugar resonate into the finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very fruity and fragrant on the nose with honeysuckle, marmalade, ripe plum and sour cherry. It is delectably soft in the mouth showcasing marmalade, more plum and almond while maintaining a balanced sweetness. The finish is very mellow and fruity allowing plum to shine through prominently. USC 2013.
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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 Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense cedar and campfire smoke aromas accompanied by undertones of shortbread and baked cherries. In the mouth, brown sugar is featured prominently along with baked cherries and a faint hit of citrus. The campfire smoke returns on the finish along with a touch of honey. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Pike Creek Premium 10 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, CAD40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, cedar and vanilla. Incredibly rich mouthfeel with maple syrup, citrus and baked peaches. Also suggesting cinnamon and perhaps smoke. A grainy, lasting finish follows. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Wiser's 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, CAD66.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful vanilla aromas on the nose along with subtle notes of licorice and cinnamon lead into a robust and honeyed mouthfeel with flavors of baked stone fruits and citrus pith. The finish is long and mellow and continues with the honey motif. USC 2013.
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  89 Canadian Club Small Batch 12 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honeysuckle, white flower and vanilla on the nose with hints of maraschino cherry. The honey continues onto the palate where it is joined by citrus zest and maraschino cherry. The finish is very smooth. USC 2013.
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  89 Collingwood Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and mellow. Aromas of fresh cherry wood and sweet sap, slightly grainy. It is light and smooth in the mouth with overtones of fresh flowers and sweet spice. Delightful. USC 2013.
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  88 Wiser's Legacy Super Premium Canadian Whisky Canada, 45% abv, CAD50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoke, vanilla and a hint of coffee aromas. In the mouth, deliciously honeyed with traces of brown sugar, apricot and oatmeal. Finishes bold with brown sugar lingering on the palate. USC 2013.
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  87 Canadian Club 1858 5 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honeysuckle, vanilla and toffee on the nose. Delightful grainy notes in the mouth open up into honey and orange peel. Very mellow finish with honey shining through. USC 2013.
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  86 Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
High toned aromas are a mix of wood, citrus and forest bushes. Remarkably smooth on the palate, the flavor is dry with undertones of sweet citrus and baking spices. Toasty on the finish with long lasting subtle flavor. USC 2013.
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  86 Wiser's Small Batch Premium Canadian Whisky Canada, 43.4% abv, CAD33.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber in the glass with a delicate bouquet of smoke and almond toffee. Light in the mouth with citrus playing a large role and finishing smooth with toffee showing itself again. USC 2013.
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  85 Canadian Club Sherry Cask 8 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 41.3% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful vanilla and blossom aromas accompany more delicate sweet spice scents. Vanilla and almonds shine through on the palate. Finishes strong with vanilla notes lasting on the tongue. USC 2013.
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  85 Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, baked stone fruits and caramel rise from the glass. A soft grainy sweetness envelops the palate with notes of vanilla and baked cherries. Finish is lingering. USC 2013.
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  85 Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light aromas of toffee and caramel. Dry in the mouth with supporting flavors of vanilla and light baking spices. Clean and silky with stronger burnt sugar flavors showing on the finish. Smooth and mellow. USC 2013.
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  85 Wiser's Deluxe Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, CAD27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crisp aromas of tangerine, ripe peach and burnt grass grab your attention. A mellow, honeyed mouthfeel with notes of dried apricot and a subtle smokiness lead into a developed, honey tinged finish. USC 2013.
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  83 Lot 40 Premium Canadian Whisky Canada, 43% abv, CAD40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Black Velvet Reserve 8 Years Old Canadian Whisky United States, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Canadian Whisky United States, 35% abv, $12.49, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Wiser's Spiced Canadian Whisky Canada, 43% abv, CAD28.00, 750 ml  marketing details 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 100 Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 45.7% abv, $299.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Astonishingly powerful aroma with brooding aromas of vanilla, baked cherries, toffee, and toasted walnut. Breakfast cereal, orange marmalade and cloves are buried beneath. In the mouth it is full, robust and spicy with vanilla, toffee, baked cherries with underlying profiles of white chocolate and sweet smoke. An intense, sweet finish. The ultimate classic! USC 2013.
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  Finalist 97 Glenfarclas 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $89.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gold hay hue. The nose is an intricate range of smoke, minerals and sherry. On the palate, there is butterscotch, more sherry and peat. Smoke continues to stay with you long after the final sip. A whisky of complexity and depth, offering a very long finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 97 Highland Park 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48.1% abv, $399.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredible deep amber hue in the glass with honeysuckle, ripe apricot, almond and pipe tobacco dominating the nose followed by a delicate touch of vanilla. In the mouth it is sumptuous and elegant with vanilla, white chocolate, clove, and fresh cinnamon making a dazzling appearance. The finish is distinctly intense, bold and sweet. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 BenRiach 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $55.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful fruit aromas of ripe apricot, baked peaches, muscat, and tangerine are complemented by honeysuckle, elderflower and cherry blossom. Subtle notes of vanilla and toasted wheat are present as well. In the mouth it is honeyed with vanilla, and ripe apricot presiding over traces of tangerine zest and lasts for a mellow finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Glenfarclas 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $149.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A spectacular nose of sherry aromas, including brine, cured olives, leather and nuts. The oily and waxy texture leads to a complex palate, which reveals tastes of dark bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, smoke and sherry. The finish lingers forever. A dry, rich and intricate whisky. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $89.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sunny amber hue. Offers a lavish nose of toffee and dried fruits. The palate is rich with savory sherry flavors, melted butter, caramel, sultana raisins, and dried cherries. There is a super long saline finish with notes of malt and smoke. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark gold, verging on amber, in color. An earthy, Oloroso sherry nose, with delicate wafts of smoke and leather. Honeyed heather notes show on the palate, with an intriguing herbacious quality. Malt, smoke and sherry build in the midpalate, while the finish is gently sweet with hints of leather and sherry. Spectacular. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Aberlour 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful deep amber in the glass. Powerful aromas of peach, ripe apricot, and orange zest fill the nose along with more subtle notes of chocolate and toffee. On the palate, licorice, honey and cream ensnarl your taste buds with a touch of vanilla and lead into a long, smooth and honeyed finish. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A beautiful light, straw yellow hue in the glass with bold smoky aromas giving way to orange zest, white flower, vanilla and fresh cinnamon. In the mouth it is bold with an astonishing balance of smoke, honey, orange and vanilla. A constant give and take of these flavors leads to an elegant finish marked by hints of smoke and vanilla. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Benromach 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bursting with ripe fruit flavors reminiscent of mango, dark cherry and tangerine as well as offering deeper notes of vanilla, butterscotch, shortbread, and honeysuckle. In the mouth it is rich with a sherry sweetness balanced by gentle peat smoke and candied tangerine. It barrels into the finish boldly with notes of honey and citrus zest. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Glenfarclas 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Shows the color of gold. Smells like a dry Manzanilla sherry, with aromas of sea spray. Flavors of saltwater taffy weave through a palate of, now, sweeter sherry tastes, along with enticing notes of vanilla and baking spice. The finish is sweet and salty. A very elegant and balanced whisky. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Glenfarclas 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep gold hue. Sherry aromas are fully present on the nose. Notes of hazelnut, mountain air and dried fruits, all mingle in the bouquet, along with a touch of smoke and vanilla creme anglaise. The palate is rich with dried fruits and flavors of vanilla custard, interlaced with smoke. The finish is long lasting. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep gold, near amber, hue. A generous nose with aromas of sherry and sea spray. The palate is rich with flavors of toffee, salt water, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper spices. The texture glides, while the finish has oxidative sherry notes, caramel and peat. There's a lot going on here. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $109.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crisp aromas of fresh cut wood, toasted grains and hints of salty toffee. Very silky texture coats the mouth nicely with subtle nutmeg, spiced lemon, and sweet wood flavors. Light smoke and caramel flavors linger long in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Highland Park 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gold hue. Smoke, peat, ocean spray and a hint of herbal sage exude from the nose. Smoke follows through on the palate along with a taste of dried mushroom and a hint of chocolate. The texture glides, and the palate offers spice, dried fruits and a note of rose petal. Spectacular. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gold hue leading to light amber. There is a layered nose of smoke, peat and rancio. The nose continues to unfold in the glass with aromas of curry and preserved citrus. The palate offers sweet, dried fruit character with butterscotch flavors, orange peel and spice. The finish is delightfully long. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Laphroaig Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57.8% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful and intense aromas of peat smoke and cedar rise to your nose and are balanced by lemon zest, toffee, vanilla and coconut meat. It is incredibly bold on the palate with smoke and cedar leading the charge followed by brown sugar, honey and citrus. The peat smoke endures well into the lengthy finish as well as hints of honey. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gold amber hue. A seductive nose revealing smoke, dried pineapple and ginger aromas. Sweet sherry flavors weave in and out of the palate, with dried tropical fruit character and a nice amount of peat. The finish is dry, with perceptible oak tannins. A treat to the senses. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful aromas of tangerine zest, toasted oak, baked cherries, peat, vanilla and undertones of white flower and smoke lift the spirit from the glass. In the mouth it is rich and honeyed with notes of brown sugar, tangerine, smoke and vanilla. Delicate flavors of dark cherry are also present. The finish is wonderfully intense and sweet. USC 2013.
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  94 Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $169.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully fruity nose with ripe plum, ripe apricot, muscat and sour cherry aromas giving way to vanilla, fresh cinnamon and toasted coconut. In the mouth it is deliciously honeyed with smoke presenting itself along side ripe plum, ripe apricot and vanilla. The finish is full and fruity and lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  94 Aberlour 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A captivating nose of roasted almond, orange zest, honeysuckle, fresh cinnamon, vanilla and toasted oats. The aromas of the nose translate well into a rich mouthfeel and lush flavors of honey, toasted oats, sweet spice and baked apricot while maintaining strong vanilla and orange zest notes. The finish is intense and sweet. USC 2013.
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  94 Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 54.2% abv, $89.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold aromas of vanilla, ripe apricot, toasted walnut, grass and orange blossom lead into more subtle notes of smoke and cedar. It is rich and honeyed in the mouth with smoke coming forward and vanilla, toasted walnut and orange zest retreating into the background before returning, albeit more subtly, on a very composed finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57.1% abv, $109.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A wonderful amber hue in the glass with delectable aromas of toasted oak, ripe apricot, toasted coconut, orange blossom and a faint trace of breakfast cereal, butter and smoke. Bold and honeyed in the mouth with brown sugar and smoke overtones and orange zest underneath. The finish is impeccably intense and slightly sweet. USC 2013.
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  94 Auchentoshan 3 Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $62.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smokey aromas are layered with dried fruit and fresh wood, slightly sweet smelling. Smooth and rich texture is silky and coats the mouth elegantly. The flavor is deep with sweet undertones of raisin. Coffee, tobacco and spice on the slightly smoky finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Glendronach Original 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $62.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fantastic aromas of vanilla, ripe red apples, ripe pumpkin, ginger, caramelized almonds and ripe apricot give way to more subtle suggestion of cedar and dark plum. in the mouth it is silky smooth with sherry sweetness, white raisins and dried apricot. The sweetness endures into a full and effortless finish with roasted almond notes. USC 2013.
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  94 Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $159.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Absolutely incredible nose of almond toffee, candied orange peel and tobacco along with ripe plum and sweet spice. It also suggests a faint trace of blossom and vanilla. in the mouth it is sumptuously honeyed with notes of brown sugar, baked apricot, vanilla and almond. Baked apricot lingers on a smooth, eloquent finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $199.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are deep of apple cake, brown sugar and barley. It is leathery and spicy in the mouth, with sweet cinnamon, light coffee, and rich apple butter flavors. Dark and smooth there is a distinct sweet spice profile. Elegant. USC 2013.
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  94 Glenmorangie 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $579.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredible bouquet of toasted oak, vanilla, honeysuckle, orange blossom and ripe plum with subtle aromas of ripe mango and ripe apricot. Even a touch of pear. In the mouth, vanilla and brown sugar dominate with streaks of ripe apricot and ripe plum and suggestions of orange zest. The finish is smooth and defined with notes of honey. USC 2013.
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  94 Highland Park THOR 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 52.1% abv, $199.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses an amber hue. Tons of smoke on the nose, along with an enticing note of tar, cooked oranges and a whiff of prunes. Smoke and ginger spice erupt on the palate, leaving an impression of having consumed a toasted gingerbread cookie. This is a big, fiery whisky that finishes with intense spice notes. USC 2013.
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  94 Lagavulin 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rustic and earthy peat and roasted grain aromas are smoky and lively. Flavor profile is leathery with intense smoke and dark roasted coffee and tobacco notes. Smooth texture is silky and pillow like in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  94 Laphroaig Quarter Cask 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted oak, vanilla, dried apricot and almond dominate the nose with subtle notes of white flower and biscuits. Upon tasting, a distinct balance of sweetness and peatiness rush forward followed by vanilla, ripe apricot, honey and touch of butter and toasted wheat. The finish is notably intense and slightly smoky. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  94 Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful golden color in the glass. Upon first sniff, smoke and mown grass rush to the nostrils followed by orange marmalade, a touch of vanilla and honeysuckle. Honey, smoke and orange zest come forth on the palate with vanilla and toasted coconut close behind. The smoke endures into an exquisitely honeyed finish. USC 2013.
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  94 Talisker 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 45.8% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hue. Minerals and seawater burst forth on the nose. A briny, Fino sherry-like whisky with hints of iodine on the palate. While there is a smack of butterscotch this speaks in more savory salty notes than anything. The finish is long and saline, with a faint trace of seaweed. USC 2013.
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  94 The Glenlivet 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $130.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red amber hue, with a grapey port aroma that fills the nose. Raisins and dried grapes waft from the glass, along with appealing wood aromas. The palate is rich in malted grain, dried fruit and late harvest grape flavors, with a touch of caramel. The finish is spicy and ever so slightly ambrosial. USC 2013.
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  94 The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate fruit aromas of yellow plums and lemons mixed with lady finger cookies. Very spicy and rustic flavor profile with wood smoke and toffee flavors, slightly sweet on the finish. Leathery and rugged in texture. USC 2013.
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  93 Aberlour 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beginning with an incredible nose of dried cherries, ripe apricot, ripe plum and a a delicate floral bouquet of orange blossom, white flower and honeysuckle. Bold and rich mouthfeel with notes of honey, candied orange peel, vanilla, and a delightful touch of grain. The finish is intense and slightly sweet with subdued honeyed notes. USC 2013.
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  93 Aberlour A'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 59% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and robust aromas of toasted wheat, baked cherries, orange marmalade, almond toffee, coriander and white flower. Hints of honeysuckle and ripe apricot as well. Incredibly smooth and rich in the mouth with baked cherries, marmalade and honey playing a large role as well as a touch of vanilla. The finish is honeyed and effortless. USC 2013.
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  93 Bowmore 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honeysuckle and lemon zest fill the glass followed by more delicate aromas of smoke, ripe peach and ripe plum. Exquisitely honeyed in the mouth and offering notes of vanilla, smoke, cedar along with subtle flavors of toasted oat and ripe apricot. The finish is wonderfully long and smooth. USC 2013.
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  93 Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses a gold hue. Honey and honeysuckle aromas dominate the nose. The palate shows warming flavors of sweet spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, along with custard and honey. Provides a long malty finish with a hint of vanilla bean. USC 2013.
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  93 Glen Grant The Major's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pineapple, ripe mango and dried apricots practically leap from the glass. Honeysuckle and apple blossom with a touch of vanilla are present albeit very subtle. Once in the mouth ripe mango stays and a trace of campfire smoke comes to the surface followed by a delicate and fruity finish. USC 2013.
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  93 Glenfarclas 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich golden hue. The nose opens with secondary aromas of mushroom, tamari, smoke, and roasted nuts. Umami dominates the palate, as dried mushrooms, tamari, sherry and salt make their way through the mouth. Acidity and alcohol makes the mouth water, while the finish consists of salted nuts and smoke. Spectacular. USC 2013.
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  93 Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright gold hue, with mineral iodine and crushed sea shell notes on the nose. The palate opens with rich sherry flavors, along with sweet oak, dried fruits, caramel flavors, flowers, and a sumptuous texture. Has a salty, spicy and woody finish. A whisky with many layers. USC 2013.
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  93 Glenmorangie Ealanta 19 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and fresh aromas of grains, caramel corn and baking spices are clean. Salted caramel corn and deep burnt sugar flavors play off of one another to create a wide initial flavor. Turning to wood smoke, spice, coffee and toffee flavors on the finish. Texture is like fine suede. Long lasting complexity. Amazing. USC 2013.
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  93 Port Charlotte 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Reminiscent of smoked sausage in a chimney chute. Incredible smoky with delicate notes orange zest and honeysuckle and even more subtle notes of toasted oak. Smoke and honey play a heavy role on the palate with candied orange showing very nicely as well. The finish is slightly sweet and maintains a delicate smokiness. USC 2013.
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  93 Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful golden hue with enticing breakfast cereal and mown grass aromas leaping from the glass along with a touch of honeysuckle and subtle notes of sweet smoke. In the mouth, a grainy sweetness envelops your palate followed by biscuits and breakfast cereal. The finish is creamy and smooth. USC 2013.
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  93 The Glenlivet 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are sweet and smoky with citrus, campfire and honeysuckle. Slightly sweet in the mouth, the texture is round and soft, pillow like. Warm spice flavors are layered with vanilla, oatmeal cookies, and wood coals. Mild and smooth. USC 2013.
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  92 Aberfeldy 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Breakfast cereal and mown grass mold the nose and are complemented by baked cherries, campfire smoke, leather and a delicate floral bouquet. A full body and rich flavors of heather honey, baked apricot and ripe plum show in the mouth. The finish is soft and mellow with delicate notes of baked apricot. USC 2013.
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  92 anCnoc 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked stone fruit aromas are sweet tart with lemony accents. The initial flavor is sweet with gentle spiciness, freshly chopped wood, citrus and light smoke. The texture is supple and nectar like. USC 2013.
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  92 Auchentoshan Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Mellow aromas of sprouted grains, banana peel, and lightly roasted vegetables. Rich and off dry in the mouth with savory spices and light smoke. Granular texture is clean and vibrant. Fresh and airy. USC 2013.
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  92 Balblair 2001 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honeyed aromas of apricots, fresh flowers and whole wheat bread. Incredibly clean in the mouth with spice box flavors, creme brulee and stone fruit. Granulated texture punctuates the spice and smokiness. USC 2013.
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  92 Bowmore Dorus Mor 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 55.1% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright gold hue. Offers an intensely smoky nose, with a note of butterscotch. The palate is sweet, with a fiery jalapeno pepper note. Big bodied, bold, lush and oily textured, with flavors of butternut squash, orange peel, vanilla and peat smoke. The finish is long and smoky. USC 2013.
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  92 Bowmore Darkest 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful amber glow in the glass with wonderful aromas of dried apricot, white raisin, dark chocolate and a distinct peatiness. In the mouth it is rich with a sherry-like sweetness which is balanced by peat smoke, vanilla and candied orange peel. The finish is intense and balanced by a slight tannic presence. USC 2013.
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  92 Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful warm, golden hue in the glass with aromas of peat smoke, vanilla, honeysuckle and cinnamon. Subtle aromas of cedar and a sea-like brine as well. A rich mouthfeel with vanilla and honey followed by citrus zest, gentle smoke and toasted coconut. Vanilla and smoke endure on the finish and citrus zest linger on the palate. USC 2013.
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  92 Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cohesive aromas of butterscotch and flowers. The texture is smooth with punctuations of spice. The flavor is layered with dark honey, leather, sweet spice, and light smoke. Long and flavorful in the mouth. USC 2013.
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  92 Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful aromas of breakfast cereal, honeysuckle, candied orange and grape leap fro the glass along with buttered biscuits. A sumptuous mouthfeel opens up into flavors of marmalade, butter, toasted wheat, and a hint of grape. A deeper layer of baked stone fruits is detectable. A wonderfully balanced and honeyed finish follows. USC 2013.
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  92 Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark gold hue. Rich toffee and butterscotch notes on the nose. There is a hint of salt water in the aroma, while the palate is voluptuous with dried ginger flavors, along with butter, peat and salt. The long finish leaves the impression of dark spices. Shows a lot of complexity on the nose and palate. USC 2013.
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  92 Old Pulteney 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $41.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold aromas of almond toffee, ripe apricot, vanilla, toasted oak and lemon zest give way to delicate hints of sea air and smoke. Upon tasting, the ripe apricot, vanilla and toasted oak translate into a delightfully honeyed mouthfeel. The honey notes sustain themselves into a very composed finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Glen Garioch 1994 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $109.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of wheat toast, vanilla and hazelnut are warm and inviting. Hints of sweetness on the granular and spicy flavor full of smoke that turns into dark roasted coffee and caramel on the finish. Continues to buzz on the palate. USC 2013.
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  91 The Glenlivet 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep gold hue. Wood and smoke create a harmonious union in the bouquet. As the nose opens aromas of custard and creme brulee come to the forefront. The palate is round and sumptuous, with flavors of vanilla cream and red berry fruits. USC 2013.
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  90 Glen Garioch 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very pretty apple blossom aromas mixed with crisp autumn breeze. Piquant in the mouth with lemony flavors turning to spiced apples, a heavily peated transition to coffee and toffee flavors on the end. USC 2013.
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  89 Auchentoshan Valinch 2012 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light aromas of applesauce, spring flowers, and fresh grains. The flavor profile is off-dry with lots of savory spice up front, giving way to deep burnt orange and light toffee flavors. The texture is decided coarse and rustic. USC 2013.
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  89 Glenmorangie The Original 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty aromas of muddled apples and fresh cider with subtle baking spices. Rich baked apple flavors lead to subtle caramel and smoke and finish with spice. All within a slightly granular texture. Fresh and clean. USC 2013.
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  89 Speyburn 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $542.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoky aromas of wood chips, autumn leaves and sandalwood. The flavor profile is mostly dry and spicy with hints of sweet honey seeping through, with smokiness enhanced by the bran-like texture. USC 2013.
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  88 Bruichladdich The Organic Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $60.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw hue, with a very subtle and fresh nose. Palate shows hints of mineral, wet grain, grass and white fruits with a hint of lemon zest. A light, almost shy whisky. USC 2013.
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  88 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful fruit aromas of ripe plum, fresh pomegranate and orange give way to lighter hints of oats. Once in the mouth it is incredibly smooth and turns toward baked apricot, dried plum and fig flavors before finishing effortlessly with a lingering perfume. USC 2013.
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  88 Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intricate nose with sherry notes coming through, fig, date syrup, and sweet spice, with green woody aromas underneath. The flavor profile is salty and sweet, caramel, nutty, and smoky with distinct sweetness running through. The finish is flavorful with classic sherry nuttiness. USC 2013.
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  85 Maltman Mortlach 13 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honey, lemon and ripe red delicious apple comprise the initial bouquet with a faint aroma of almond butter. Once in the mouth, red apple and lemon zest along with delicate vanilla notes lead into a subtle smokiness. The finish is light and perfumed. USC 2013.
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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 Royal Salute 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $175.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of vanilla, toasted oak and baked cherries allude to a more subtle layer of cherry blossom, dried apricot, toasted oat and white raisin. It is delightfully soft in the mouth. Vanilla, dried apricot and a faint trace of smoke and biscuit appear on the palate. A lingering finish of honey and toasted oak. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright amber in color. Layer of aromas on the nose, including dark chocolate, Indian pickles and smoke. Sherry flavors, along with marmalade, spice and chocolate, follow on the rich palate. The finish is savory with a touch of tobacco, apricot, and lingering smoke. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gentle aromas of dried peaches and apricots. The initial flavor is slightly sweet followed by distinct peat and smoke that grows in power on the finish. The texture is light and remarkably smooth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Royal Salute 38 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $650.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are decidedly sweet with light toffee, burnt sugar, nutmeg and oatmeal, with an integrated smoky background. In the mouth sweet and smoky flavors glide on a silk like texture with hints of tobacco and dark caramel. Deep and mellow. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $220.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are clean and floral, with light brown sugar and biscuits. Spicy and rich in the mouth with cinnamon stick, nutmeg and clove, undertones of vanilla custard. Sandy texture is consistent and a pleasant match for all the spice. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Buchanan's Master Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful perfume of toasted oak, vanilla, candied orange, ripe peach and baked cherries with a delicate smoky complex. In the mouth, brown sugar and honey complement baked cherry and ripe plum to form a rich mouthfeel. A smooth, mellow and honeyed finish ensues. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Buchanan's Red Seal 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $134.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing aromas of honeysuckle, candied orange, clove, toasted grains rise from the glass as well as a hint of pipe tobacco. Exceptionally soft in the mouth with baked fruits and a deep smokiness taking the stage. A grainy sweetness is also present which leads into an elegant and subtly smoky finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Chivas 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright amber hue. Mouth watering toffee, prune and beeswax aromas lift out of the glass. There is toffee in the entry, while flavors of umeboshi plums and butter coat the mouth. The texture is wonderfully oily and the finish is bold and spicy, with a lingering note of old leather. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Chivas 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Has an amber hue, and offers a lavish nose of orange pulp and leather. The palate is rich with a multitude of flavors including dark chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, leather and tobacco. The finish is long, with a peppery note. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Dewar's 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber color, with aromas of orange pulp and vanilla custard. Texture is viscous, and carries rich flavors of lush toffee apples, fudge, ginger and honey, along with a bright citrus note and balanced oak and peat. The finish is sweet and long. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Dewar's 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully smoky on the nose, reminiscent of smoked meats, vanilla, toasted oak, baked cherries and ripe apricot make a cameo as well. Once in the mouth, it is soft and mellow with vanilla, brown sugar, baked cherries and subtle orange zest flavors. On the finish it is smooth and long with dark chocolate and vanilla notes. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Johnnie Walker Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are decidedly savory with peat, bacon, and fresh herbal undertones. The flavor profile has hints of sweet bran, cinnamon and tobacco with a smokey and grainy finish. Very smooth. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark gold, verging on amber, hue. Sherry and peat aromas mingle on the nose. The palate starts with a savory peaty smokey aspect and leads to lush butterscotch and vanilla flavors. Has a smokey, honeyed finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Glen Clyde 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, £29.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nose possesses a perfume of dried apricot, white flowers, orange zest and vanilla as well as aromas of gentle smoke and almond. In the mouth, almond and smoke take charge. On the finish, smoke and vanilla linger on the palate. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  90 Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light gold in color. The nose carries toffee, caramel, honey and malt aromas, while the palate is rich and sweet, with a hint of vanilla, caramel and peat. The finish is long, smoky and spicy. USC 2013.
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  90 Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $23.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A delicate nose of toffee, vanilla, smoke, cedar and orange blossom aromas fill the glass. A faint trace of toasted oat is also detectable. Light and honeyed in the mouth, it displays generous flavors of vanilla, orange zest, baked cherries while offering more subtle smokiness. The finish is mellow and lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  90 Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean aromas of fresh grains, earth and wood chips. The flavor is mild with gentle baking spices, sweet barley, and campfire. Long aftertaste of toasted grains. The texture is soft and plush all the way through. USC 2013.
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  89 Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fantastic aromas of vanilla, caramel, dried apricot fill your nose with a deeper layer of floral notes and subtle traces of ginger. In the mouth it is honeyed and possesses a sherry-like sweetness balanced by a hint of smoke. The finish is long and mellow while offering a faint resemblance of caramel. USC 2013.
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  89 Grand Macnish Dual Cask Aged 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hue. Heady toffee aromas and smoke command the nose. The texture is oily and fat, while the flavors range from sweet cherries, cake batter, caramel, malted grain and notes of peat. USC 2013.
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  88 Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brimming with warm aromas of vanilla, toasted oak, and cedar followed by more delicate notes of orange zest and smoke. In the mouth, it is delectably light and offers more vanilla and cedar. A smooth finish ensues with hints of orange zest. USC 2013.
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  88 Glen Clyde 3 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, £15.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold aromas of ripe apricot and ripe plum followed by orange blossom and honeysuckle rush to your nose while giving way to a deeper herbaceous side. In the mouth, dried apricot and honey set the tone and lead into a soft and semisweet finish. USC 2013.
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  87 The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark gold hue. The nose is generous with notes of baked bread, dried fruits and cracked white pepper. The palate offers flavors of brioche, with a hint of marmalade. An easy drinking Scotch. USC 2013.
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Whisky

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Haig Supreme 1627 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden amber and bright in color. Aromas are grainy, layered with forest underbrush and smoke. Decidedly dry and savory in the mouth, leathery and smoky with flavors of tobacco, cedar and mace. The finish is dusty with char. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  91 Grand Macnish Sherry-Cask Aged 15 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep amber in the glass with a delicate bouquet of cedar, orange peel and vanilla. Rich and honeyed in the mouth with orange peel and vanilla flavors taking the stage. Honey plays a role in the mellow, mouth watering finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are sweet and deep, with baking spices, caramelized bananas, and freshly chopped wood. In the mouth it is dry, grainy and spicy with flavors of green herbs, lightly smoked cedar and roasted apples. USC 2013.
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Whisky

Single Malt Welsh Whisky

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  85 Penderyn Madeira Finish Single Malt Welsh Whisky United Kingdom, 46% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light golden hue with aromas of pear, cedar and a touch of vanilla. In the mouth, delightfully grainy with almond shining through. The finish is mellow and is accompanied by subtle notes of almond. USC 2013.
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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            
  89 Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Years Old Japanese Whisky Japan, 40% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright amber hued. An enticing nose of leather, bacon fat, nuts and rancio. Sprightly on the palate, with lively acidity and the same compelling nose follows through in the mouth. A treat of a whisky that lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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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            
  90 Armorik Single Malt Double Maturation Breton Whisky France, 46% abv, $56.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoky and grainy with elderflower, citrus pith and fresh raspberries on the nose. In the mouth it stacks up into a sultry, smooth mouthfeel accentuated by citrus, and honey as well as smoke before culminating into a long, mellow, smoky finish. USC 2013.
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Whisky

Australian Single Malt Whisky

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Sullivan's Cove French Oak Cask Australian Single Malt Whisky Australia, 47.5% abv, $164.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aroma is delightfully floral and also suggests beeswax and baked cherries. Once in the mouth, flavors of marmalade, baked cherries and almond toffee present themselves. The finish is rich and slightly honeyed. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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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            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 E & J XO American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dusty, earthy aromas on the nose, with hints of candied red berries. The palate is sweet with an initial rush of red cherries and a hint of banana in the midpalate. A fairly light bodied brandy that finishes with a honeyed note. USC 2013.
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  89 E & J VS American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with aromas of ripe melon and dried apricot, it opens up into subtle hints of cinnamon and muscat. Very smooth in the mouth and maintains a more fruit forward and sweet spice taste profile. Ripe melon endures on the finish. USC 2013.
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  88 E & J VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct apple, ripe pear and traces of peach and orange blossom aromas. Rich mouthfeel with enticing baked apple, coffee and roasted almond flavors leading into a honeyed, slightly fruity finish. USC 2013.
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Brandy

Armagnac

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Delord 30 Years Old 1981 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $110.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Secondary and tertiary aromas, such as miso, dried chanterelles and leather, sing in this long aged armagnac. The palate shows hints of stony mineral and tamari, along with a hint of butterscotch. An intricately balanced spirit. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Dartigalongue Cuvée Louis Philippe Bas-Armagnac France, 42% abv, $200.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A complex and layered armagnac with notes of rancio, mushroom and tamari on the nose, along with poached apples and pears. The same fruit aromas come through on the palate with a savory bouillon cube character at the end. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Laubade 1974 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $234.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of campfire, fragrant wood, and sweet spices are cozy and warm. It has a rough suede texture that pleasantly coats the mouth. The flavor profile begins dry and savory dominated by rich wood with herbs, undertones before turning to deep molasses and coffee flavors on the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Laubade XO Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A gorgeous nose of grass, pepper and cedar box aromas. Palate is spicy and lean, with a hint of dried fruits, leather, soy and minerals. The finish is long and delicious. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 De Montal VS Armagnac France, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Astonishing aromas of grape, smoke and field fresh strawberries are balanced by subtle stone fruit and floral notes. In the mouth it is slightly smoky and bringing orange marmalade and strawberries into the equation. The finish is satisfyingly sweet with a distinctly smoky edge. Fantastic. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 De Montal XO Armagnac France, 40% abv, $110.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried fruit aromas in the form of apricots and papaya, mingled with buttered popcorn. Palate is leathery and dry, with hints of caramel and apricot. Provides a long finish. USC 2013.
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Brandy

Calvados

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 Boulard XO Calvados France, 40% abv, $110.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked apple, almond toffee, vanilla and dark cherry are followed by an alluring floral complexity and a subtle smokiness that define the nose. Once in the mouth vanilla, almond and dark cherry shine through before allowing a much fainter profile of honey to reach the surface. A mellow finish with baked apple and almond follows. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Calvados Christian Drouin Hors d'Age Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $140.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fig, baked apricot, candied orange peel and honeysuckle comprise this exquisite bouquet. Once in the mouth, honey, brown sugar, toasted wheat and dark plum come to the front with brown sugar and dark plum resonating on the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Pere Magloire VSOP Calvados France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opening with intoxicating aromas of candied orange, maraschino cherry, honeysuckle, ripe melon and a faint hint of coriander, it carries seamlessly in to a rich mouthfeel with honey, candied orange, sweet spice and ripe melon cascading over your tongue. The finish is soft and delicate and maintains a honeyed sweetness. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Lecompte 5 Years Old Calvados France, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully fruity nose with red apple, ripe peach, ripe mango and muscat aromas, respectively. Underneath this layer of fruit is a delectable bouquet of cherry blossom and elderflower. The fruit motif continues accompanied by essences of brown sugar and dried apricot. It finishes harmoniously with dried apricot and red apple. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Lecompte 18 Years Old Calvados France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked apples and caramel on the nose, with a hint of menthol. Leather and fruit flavors come up on the palate, along with warm spices, such as nutmeg and cloves. Finishes with a note of dried apple. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Calvados Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $77.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of fresh and dried apples mixed with flowers. The flavor profile is dry with lots of herbal background notes giving way to more fruity and floral flavors in the long finish. The texture starts out smooth and opulent and makes its way to rough suede. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Lecompte 12 Years Old Calvados France, 40% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bursting with apple, cardamom, cinnamon, honeysuckle, candied orange and toasted walnut aromas on the nose. Possesses a robust mouthfeel and it dives into brown sugar, baked pie crust, baked apple, cinnamon flavors with a lingering orange characteristic. Baked cherries make an appearance as well. The finish is effortless and long. USC 2013.
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  91 Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Calvados France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hued, with notes of prunes and burnt sugar on the nose. Medium bodied, with a fruity palate of baked apples and cinnamon spice. Long finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Calvados Christian Drouin 1993 Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A complex and savory nose showing notes of dried mushrooms, rosemary and dried apple. The palate shows beautifully with flavors of leather saddle and tamarind, along with melted butter. USC 2013.
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  88 Pere Magloire Isadora Calvados France, 40% abv, $175.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightfully smooth aromas of fresh red and green apples and autumn leaves. Soft and supple in the mouth, silky, with delicate flavors of apple skin and apple blossoms permeating throughout. Gentle and flavorful. USC 2013.
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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 98 Hardy XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and rich aromas of spiced raisins and cider with coffee and molasses undertones. Flavor is equally deep with caramel and tobacco notes riding on a silky texture that leaves a touch of cinnamon spice on the finish, along with long lasting floral echoes. Beautiful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 97 Jean Fillioux Cognac XO Grande Reserve Cognac Grande Champagne France, 44% abv, $130.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicately perfumed with white peaches, oranges and lilies. Nectar like consistency is smooth and rich. Undertones of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg support creamy vanilla custard and candied orange flavors. Slightly sweet and pungent, it is deep and complex with utmost elegance. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Delamain Extra XO Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $220.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Notes of earth, honey, nuts and butter on the nose. The palate continues with flavors of shortbread cookies, dried fruits, vanilla bean and oak. The finish is long and almost sweet. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Frapin Extra 50 Years Old Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $600.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of raisins, dried cherries, and spiced orange peel. The flavor profile is just off dry with hints of dried fruit, toffee and spice coming through. The texture is smooth, woody and even toned throughout. Light in the mouth, with an incredible depth of flavor and long pleasant finish. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 96 Louis Royer XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $123.86, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opulent and pure aromas of grapes, raisins, mild sweet spice and flowers. Very pretty. The texture is rich and smooth on the lighter side. Flavors of vanilla, sugar cookies, and eggnog are indulgent yet delicate. Finishes with hints of butterscotch and cream. Delightful. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Frapin VIP XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $184.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are grapey with plenty of cinnamon and baked cherry. The flavor profile is lightly sweet with date honey, lightly roasted nuts and sweet baking spices. Supple texture finishes smoothly with pleasant grape and floral flavors. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 HINE Rare VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark amber hue. The nose is reminiscent of black peppercorns and leather, both follow on the palate, along with a mineral edge and dry tannic finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend Cognac France, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of citrus, quince, grains and subtle flowers. It is spicy and grainy in the mouth, with flavors of cedar and turmeric at the forefront giving way to a softer and slightly sweet woody finish. Delicate flavors with a powerful body. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac Fine Champagne France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and spicy aromas of dried figs, cinnamon, and spice cake. The flavor is dry and spiced with a grainy texture and lots of woodsy flavor. Herbs and dried fruit flavors emerge toward the end and deep spice resonates throughout. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Delamain Pale & Dry XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $99.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The aromas are sweetly perfumed with honeysuckle and cherry blossoms. There is considerable spice in the mouth layered on top of the satiny texture. Flavors of apples, chamomile and honey are well integrated. Lovely. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Louis Royer VSOP Force 53 Cognac France, 53% abv, $39.71, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Grapey aromas are slightly floral and herbal with undertones of warm spice. Flavor profile is spicy with turmeric, star fruit, and honey notes, moving to breakfast cereal and toasted vanilla cookies. USC 2013.
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  92 Hardy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm aromas of light caramel, apple muffins and red grapes. Smooth and spicy on the tongue with caramelized flavors developing into dark sugar cookies and vanilla. Distinct floral perfume stays on and on. USC 2013.
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  92 Lise Baccara XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of white grape juice and flowers. Soft texture turning into suede at the end. Flavors begin with fruity spice and develop into caramel apples, white grapes and fine sweet tobacco. USC 2013.
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  92 Louis Royer VSOP Preference Cognac France, 40% abv, $36.62, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, fig, clove and orange marmalade capture your senses before opening up into more subtle hints of ripe plum and honeysuckle. Rich and balanced on the palate with honey, brown sugar, citrus zest and cloves coming into play. The finish is exceptionally smooth with a lingering sweetness. USC 2013.
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  89 Landy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark amber hue and a focused leather aroma that wafts from the glass, with notes of dried pear and orange peel. Caramel and toffee come through on the palate, with a fruity finish. USC 2013.
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  89 Landy VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of tangerine and peach fill your nose as well as a delightful smokiness. Round and full in the mouth and echoing the tangerine and smoke found on the nose. Tangerine shines through on the lingering finish. USC 2013.
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  88 Cognac Leopold Raffin VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, €55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tart and savory aromas of dried peaches, pie crust, and raspberries. In the mouth it is lightly sweet with berry flavors and aromatic flowers that linger long into the finish. USC 2013.
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  88 D'USSÉ VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hints of coffee bean aromas, as well as baked apple and clove spice, on the nose. The mouth offers a toasty wood element with a generous helping of baking spice flavors. USC 2013.
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  86 H by HINE VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber hue. The nose offers dried figs, along with a hint of tobacco and leather. The palate taste of sweet oak, dried figs and molasses. The finish is sweet and oaky. USC 2013.
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  86 Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with aromas of baked apricot and golden raisins and developing into toasted oak and vanilla. In the mouth, it is rich with a sherry-like sweetness and notes of vanilla, brown sugar and baked apricot. The finish is very mellow and baked apricots linger. USC 2013.
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Brandy

French Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 St-Rémy Réserve Privée Authentic French Brandy France, 40% abv, £30.00, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Profound aromas of crushed sloe berries, smoke, candied orange peel and toasted oak give way to mellow aromas of vanilla and almond. In the mouth, vanilla and almond are front and center with baked cherries and a subtle smokiness building up to a finish dominated by exquisite vanilla and dried apricot flavors. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 St-Rémy XO Authentic French Brandy France, 40% abv, $13.50, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of vanilla interlaced with honeysuckle, blossom, orange marmalade and dried cranberry. Once in the mouth, the orange marmalade adds a lifted energy to deep flavors of brown sugar, raisin, dried apricot and fig. Brown sugar and raisin carry through onto a soft finish. USC 2013.
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  89 St-Rémy VSOP Authentic French Brandy France, 40% abv, $11.22, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold toasted oak, baked cherry and citrus zest aromas pop from the glass. In the mouth it is rich and soft with vanilla, toasted coconut and a subtle hint of maple syrup. The finish is equally rich and displays warm vanilla overtones. USC 2013.
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Brandy

Grappa

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino Grappa Italy, 43% abv, $150.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vibrant aromas of citrus peel, mountain flowers with savory undertones. More citrus and flowers in the mouth augmented by hints of nutmeg and a gentle sweetness, though the flavor profile is more saline than sugary. Smooth and clean. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Grappa Marolo Moscato Grappa Italy, 42% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear as water. The aromas open up with stone fruits and freshly fermented grape must. The palate has pretty, almost sweet, peach flavors, with a distinct note of muscat and vanilla flower. The finish is long and fruit driven. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Nonino Il Moscato di Grappa Italy, 41% abv, $45.00, 375 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear in the glass. Highly fragrant with aromas of white flowers, muscat grapes and peach pit. Offers a viscous texture, with peach notes coming through on the palate, along with a hint of pear drops. A very pretty grappa. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Alexander Grappolo Grappa Italy, 40% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very pretty floral aromas of apple blossom, chamomile and white peaches. The initial flavor is sweet and lemony. Light herbal flavors are delicate and long lasting through the pillowy texture. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Bocchino Cantina Privata Nebbiolo da Barolo Grappa Italy, 42% abv, $120.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct aroma of freshly brewed black tea, thyme and apples. The flavor profile is dry and herbal with dried red apples and hints of grain. The texture is smooth suede with a bit of dryness at the finish. Rustic. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Grappa Marolo Brunello Grappa Italy, 42% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The aroma is complex with layers of hay, grass, and fresh flowers. The flavor profile is semisweet with grapey and floral overtones. The texture is somewhat sandy. Lemon essence and white pepper linger for an aromatic finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Catskill Distillery Bosco Monte Vecchio Grappa United States, 42% abv, $58.00, 375 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and fresh aromas of lilies, natural spring water, and pears. Dry on the palate with a light and refreshing consistency. Flavors are clean and floral with earthy herbal undertones. USC 2013.
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  91 Grappa Marolo Barolo 12 Years Old Grappa Italy, 50% abv, $93.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gold hue. A highly perfumed grappa, offering notes of beeswax, figs, puff pastry and pipe tobacco. Texture is biting, with peppery spice, wood tannins and full body on the palate. Very complex and pleasing in the savory finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Samogon Grappa Russia, 45% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly fresh and clean aromas of delicate flowers and spring water with slightly sweet undertones. Smooth and light in the mouth, which features opulent flavors of cucumbers and minerals. USC 2013.
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Brandy

Pisco

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Barsol Supremo Mosto Verde Pisco Peru, 41.5% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A very aromatic spirit that shows a lot of grape character and a herbal, grassy quality. The mouth feel is smooth and viscous, and finishes with a hint of pineapple character. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Barsol Selecto Italia Pisco Peru, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The perfume on this Pisco is reminiscent of rose, muscat and confectionery fruit aromas. A very pretty, fruit driven palate with a long finish. High acidity keeps the freshness level high and therefore refreshing. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Pisco Portón Acholado de Mosto Verde Pisco Peru, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Floral notes of Jasmin bounce off the nose, along with very fruity and fresh herbal aromas. The palate show jasmine and green tea character, with a long finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Pisco Capel Alto del Carmen Grand Reserve Elqui Pisco Chile, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden hue. Floral and grape aromas, along with other fresh fruit driven notes reminiscent of honeydew melon. The palate is fresh and bright with some whisky like character. USC 2013.
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  88 Barsol Selecto Acholado Pisco Peru, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied citrus and tropical aromas, reminiscent of mangoes and guava, lead to a fruit driven and grapy palate. This makes a good crowd pleasing Pisco. USC 2013.
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  88 Ocucaje Premium Pisco Peru, 44.8% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A highly aromatic nose with notes of muscat, grass and fermented grapes. Nice acidity on the palate, with grassy notes following through, all ending with a peppery finish. USC 2013.
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  87 Kappa Pisco Chile, 42.5% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold aromas of ripe apricot, grape, confectionery banana, vanilla and sour cherry on the nose. In the mouth, ripe apricot and banana with a touch of vanilla lead into a confectionery banana finish. The finish is very mellow. USC 2013.
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  87 Pisco Capel Elqui Pisco Chile, 40% abv, $16.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A super fruity perfume wafts from the glass while the palate is fairly dry and peppery, ending with notes of tropical and grapy fruits. USC 2013.
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Brandy

Spanish 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            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sherry-like aromas of raisins, dried figs and nuts. The flavor profile is dry and nutty with undertones of tart dried fruits. It is a rough suede texture in the mouth, smooth on the palate with piquant cinnamon spice on the finish. Lovely. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 Gran Duque de Alba Oro 25 Years Old Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brimming with maraschino cherry, dried prune, baked fig and dark chocolate aromas, it also shows a delicate floral side. In the mouth it is supple with brown sugar and baked cherries while maintaining a briny side as well. Incredible balanced finish lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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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 97 La Muse Verte Absinthe France, 68% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and floral. Aromas of white flowers and young green herbs are strong and almost sweet smelling. Fluffy in the mouth, smooth and warm it expands to coat the entire palate. Layered flavor is full of apples, herbs, and a touch of peppermint. The finish is spicy, mouthwatering and full. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 95 Plymouth Sloe Gin United Kingdom, 26% abv, $37.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful and powerful aromas of licorice, damson plum, and citrus pith leap forward from the glass along with an incredibly herbaceous undertone suggesting eucalyptus and mint. Similar notes flourish on the palate and also open up into brown sugar and baked sour cherries. The finish is perfectly balanced with tart cherry and cinnamon. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Belle de Brillet Cordial France, 30% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smells wonderfully of pear, green apple and elderflower. Very powerful aromas. In the mouth, the pear and green apple develop into gracious honey tones with a hint of cinnamon and continue onto the finish. Outstanding. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 94 Merlet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur France, 20% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple ruby hue with lots of blackcurrant aromas. Offers fantastic structure in the form of tannins and acidity, with a generous amount of sweetness and an honest blackcurrant taste. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 BOLS Amaretto Netherlands, 28% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is a telling bouquet of almond butter, orange peel, baked cherries and shortbread which gives way to baked cherries, almond and toasted coconut with a very subtle hint of cinnamon. The orange peel reintroduces itself on the finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Joseph Cartron Pamplemousse Rosé/Grapefruit Liqueur France, 18% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light salmon pink and cloudy. Aromas of sweet pink grapefruit and pink roses. Sweet/tart on the palate with a touch of bitter pith. The texture is silky and medium thick. Balanced and delicious. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 93 Merlet Crème de Fraise, Strawberry Liqueur France, 18% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strawberry jam, confectioners sugar and an incredibly subtle herbaceous note on the nose. Once in the mouth, powerful strawberry flavors overlay extremely delicate hints of cinnamon and clove. The finish is rich and shows prominent confectioners strawberry. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Bauchant Orange Liqueur France, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden hued, with a nose that is reminiscent of orange cake, orange peel and spice. The palate is vigorously sweet and citrus driven, mingled with warming cognac. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of fresh and cooked dark cherry are sweet and rich. The flavor is sweet and dark, medium rich in texture with a hint of spice on the finish. Layers of flavor combine fresh bing cherries and sultanas. Perfectly balanced. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Merlet Crème de Peche, Peach Liqueur France, 18% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful bouquet of peaches, cloves, fresh cinnamon and a very faint hint of fresh cream. Very delicate on the palate and displaying a rich fresh peach and apricot character. A refreshing, peach-filled finish lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Merlet C2 Cognac & Cassis Liqueur France, 33% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful black currant, blueberry and framboise aromas fill the glass along with a subtle hint of peach. Once in the mouth, the blueberry and framboise flavors take hold and last well into the finish. Very balanced finish, and quite long. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 92 Pernod Absinthe France, 68% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Swamp green with yellow hues, very vibrant. Aromas are dominated by sharp anise with softer undertones of green apples and herbs. On the palate it is piquant and acidic with a fair amount of grainy spice. Herb flavors are persistent as is a pleasant tingling after each sip. USC 2013.
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  91 Cointreau Liqueur France, 40% abv, $38.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers an exhilarating nose of freshly squeezed orange juice and orange peel. The palate is fresh, marvelously zesty, sweet/sour, and clean with spicy orange peel character and a good amount of sweetness. One of a kind. USC 2013.
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  91 Drambuie 15 Years Old Liqueur Scotland, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Orange zest, honeysuckle and coriander rise from the glass followed by hints of sage and thyme and a faint trace of vanilla. Exceptionally smooth and a touch spicy in the mouth with honey, orange zest and vanilla flavors leading into a long and honeyed finish. USC 2013.
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  91 Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira Italy, 27% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A joyful nose of almond meal and marzipan, which all follow on the palate. The texture is thick and viscous, while the flavors are all indicative of the aforementioned marzipan. Very sweet. USC 2013.
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  91 Luxardo Abano Amaro Italy, 30% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark brown, coffee colored, with an exciting nose of cocoa cola, cardamoms and cloves, along with a hint of orange peel. Bittersweet on the palate, with notes of peppermint and Muscovado sugar. USC 2013.
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  91 Ya Mastiha Liqueur United States, 30% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredible grass and cucumber notes featured prominently in the nose. In the mouth, herbaceous flavors of rosemary and sage accompany cucumber and a full bodied mouthfeel. The finish is sap-like and is filled with rosemary. Delicious. USC 2013.
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  90 Big House Tupelo Honey Whisky Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate and floral bouquet of honeysuckle, orange blossom and candied tangerine with a deeper layer of vanilla and coconut meat. Once in the mouth, it is soft and honeyed with subtle notes of brown sugar, vanilla and tangerine zest. The finish is very honeyed and lingers. USC 2013.
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  90 Doña Anna Expresso Coffee Liqueur Puerto Rico, 11% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cocoa cola hued, with aromas of milk chocolate, coconut and chocolate flavored coffee. The palate is sweet, resembling the aromas, with a sweet but not cloying finish. USC 2013.
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  90 Frangelico Liqueur Italy, 24% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted hazelnut, vanilla and a deliciously delicate coffee complex fill the nose. Pronounced hazelnut flavors fill the mouth along with a touch of brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The finish is rich and deep featuring hazelnut prominently. USC 2013.
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  90 Mandarine Napoléon Mandarins & Aged Cognac Liqueur Belgium, 38% abv, $37.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crisp aromas of orange, dried apricot, coriander and turmeric are present on the nose. In the mouth it displays a wonderfully delicate balance of sweetness and aromatic spices that play off of the orange undertones. Slightly nutty and continuing orange motif, it finishes strongly. USC 2013.
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  90 Marolo MILLA Grappa & Chamomile Liqueur Italy, 35% abv, $54.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear yellow green in color, hay like. Aromas are vibrant with quince, lemon peel and chamomile nicely balanced. The flavor is semisweet, rich and almost viscous with a distinct herbal quality. Smooth on the finish that leaves a powerful chamomile flavor on the mouth. USC 2013.
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  90 Sorel Artisinal Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses a vibrant scarlet hue. The nose is herbacious, spicy and smells just like hibiscus tea. The palate is light to medium bodied and equals the nose with a very spicy finish. Sweet but balanced with sturdy tannins. A nicely structured liqueur. USC 2013.
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  90 The King's Ginger Liqueur United Kingdom, 41% abv, $46.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses a pretty golden hue. Smells like gingerbread cake and crystallized ginger. Root ginger is intensified on the palate, with a lovely, yet subtle aftertaste of sugar. Should be a fun one to play with in cocktails. USC 2013.
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  89 BOLS Ginger Brandy Liqueur Netherlands, 35% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense aromas of ginger, lemon zest, and a slight hint of pineapple leap from the glass. In the mouth, ginger and honey play a major role with ginger lingering onto a very smooth finish. USC 2013.
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  89 Cointreau Noir Liqueur France, 40% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden hued, with concentrated orange aromas. The palate offers a backdrop of warming cognac character, while the citrus adds zippy, bright character. This finishes very sweet, with a lingering taste of dried orange peel. USC 2013.
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  89 Fratello Hazelnut Liqueur Italy, 20% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers a nose of crushed hazelnuts. Very sweet on the palate, with a viscous texture that is reminiscent of liquid nuts. Flavors of toffee and coffee mingle with a sugary sweet caramel taste. USC 2013.
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  88 Becherovka Liqueur Czech, Rep., 38% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wildly aromatic with chamomile, cinnamon fire balls, cardamom and mace. It is sweet in the mouth, smooth and herbal, with lightly tingling spice on the finish. Complex and invigorating. USC 2013.
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  88 Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey Liqueur Ireland, 35% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rife with ripe apricot, candied orange, honeysuckle and toffee on the nose, it also has a more subdued floral side. Delicate and honeyed in the mouth and showing flavors of honey, brown sugar, white raisin and dried apricot. The finish is very smooth and honeyed. USC 2013.
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  88 Joseph Cartron Pomegranate Liqueur France, 18% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pomegranate, fresh blueberry and blackberry aromas lead seamlessly into blueberry jam, confectioners blackberry and more pomegranate on the palate. The finish is deep, dark and fruity. USC 2013.
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  88 Joseph Cartron Crème de Cerise, Cherry Liqueur France, 18% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep aromas of dark cherry and eucalyptus on the nose lead to dark cherry and sweet spice in the mouth. It finishes deliciously with bold dark cherry flavors lingering on the palate. USC 2013.
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  88 Serata Amaretto Italy, 24% abv, $25.25, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aroma is intense with almond butter, toasted coconut and baked cherries. The flavor profile follows suit with toasted coconut and chocolate covered cherries. It finishes nicely with soft tones of almond butter. USC 2013.
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  88 Skinos Mastiha Liqueur Greece, 30% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean and clear. Aromas are grainy, reminiscent of buckwheat, apple core and soil. The flavor profile is sweet with a thick and supple texture, cotton candy like flavors with a hint of the buckwheat in the back. Intriguingly good. USC 2013.
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  88 The Bitter Truth Violette Liqueur Germany, 22% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deeply colored royal blue with hints of purple. Fresh aromas of violets and lilies, very clean and breezy. In the mouth it is off-dry it's a soft texture with hints of floral flavors that linger long in the mouth. Delicate and balanced. USC 2013.
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  87 Averna Cream Liqueur Italy, 17% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Offers a caramel, toffee nose, which all follow through on the palate, along with milk, white chocolate and a subtle coffee taste. Creamy, thick and viscous. USC 2013.
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  87 BOLS Peach Schnapps Liqueur Netherlands, 21% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lightly scented with aromas of peach gummy candies and undertones of cardamom. The flavor is juicy with a candy like sweetness balanced by tart yellow peach. Rich in the mouth without being heavy. Mouthwatering. USC 2013.
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  87 Bäska Snaps Bitter Schnapps France, 40% abv, $34.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smooth and vegetal aromas are reminiscent of asparagus and chamomile. The flavor is sweet and almost viscous in the mouth with intense herbal qualities. The finish is long and bitter leaving the palate invigorated. USC 2013.
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  87 Gran Gala Triple Orange Liquor Infused with Stock 84 VSOP Brandy Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Heavy orange peel and honeysuckle aromas lead into delicious brown sugar, orange, clove and dried apricot in the mouth. The finish is mellow and filled with lasting orange overtones. USC 2013.
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  87 June Vine Flower Liqueur France, 28% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of peach, ripe melon, grape and honeysuckle fill the nose. Once in the mouth, peach is present along with grape and ripe raspberry. The finish is very perfumed and fruity. USC 2013.
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  87 Metaxa Ouzo Liqueur Greece, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and heavy aromas of black licorice and anise. Semisweet on the palate with intense anise flavor throughout the silky texture. Clean in the finish, the flavor lasts and lasts. USC 2013.
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  87 Nonino Quintessentia Amaro Italy, 35% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fruity aromas of cherries and oranges mix with cinnamon and cloves. In the mouth the flavor profile is off dry, supple and mouth coating with dried fruit flavors and deep spice. Mellow and rich. USC 2013.
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  87 The Irishman Superior Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 17% abv, $15.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light and comforting aromas of custard, butterscotch and toffee. Rich in the mouth with cloud like mouthfeel. The flavors move from lightly sweet butterscotch to deep coffee, leaving a pleasant creaminess. USC 2013.
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  87 Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey Liqueur United States, 35.5% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Compelling nose of grapefruit zest, honeysuckle and confectionery cinnamon and a subtle touch of vanilla. Full and honeyed in the mouth with flavors of grapefruit, cinnamon and even a faint trace of ginger lead to a composed and honeyed finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Bittermens New Orleans Coffee Liqueur United States, 24% abv, $27.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A dark, soy colored liqueur with a nose of roasted coffee beans and raw cocoa nibs. Has a medium bodied, powdered texture and is much drier on the palate than expected. USC 2013.
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  86 BOLS Peppermint Schnapps Liqueur Netherlands, 24% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense peppermint and spearmint aromas are bright and clear. The flavor profile is sweet with a silky and slightly thick texture. Spearmint dominates the flavor leaving a long lasting sense of refreshment. USC 2013.
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  86 BOLS Blackberry Brandy Liqueur Netherlands, 35% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is reminiscent of blackcurrant syrup. This is a medium bodied liqueur, with dark berries and spice on the palate, and a very sweet attack. USC 2013.
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  86 BOLS Lychee Liqueur Netherlands, 35% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Compelling aromas of lychee, coconut meat, strawberries and a hint of lime make up the nose. It is light in the mouth and allows lychee to shine through accompanied by fresh strawberries. Very perfumed finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur France, 16.5% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby hued, with a vigorous scent of crushed raspberries. Intensely sweet and medium bodied on the palate, with a lasting note of framboise and kola nut. USC 2013.
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  86 Gozio Amaretto Italy, 24% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber colored, with a nose that is evocative of almond cake and almond dragees. Very sweet on the palate, while tasting of marzipan. Viscous and flavorful. USC 2013.
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  86 Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps United States, 30% abv, $10.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet peppermint aromas are smooth and strong. The flavor profile is semisweet with lots of piquant mint. Strong peppermint flavor throughout. Refreshing and balanced. USC 2013.
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  86 Kahlua Midnight Coffee Liqueur Mexico, 35% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Possesses a brown core with an amber rim. Dark roasted coffee beans exude from the nose, while the palate is rich in coffee flavors, along with a hint of prunes. Full bodied and intense. USC 2013.
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  86 Metaxa 12 Stars Liqueur Greece, 40% abv, $44.00, 700 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Heavy aromas of caramel, vanilla and toasted oak with hints of raisins and candied orange. In the mouth the candied orange comes to the front before being muddled with vanilla and brown sugar. The finish is sweet and mellow. USC 2013.
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  86 St-Rémy á la Crème Liqueur France, 15% abv, €15.00, 700 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, hazelnut and coffee aromas fill the glass. In the mouth, intense hazelnut and fresh cream flavors take hold and lead into a very delicate finish. USC 2013.
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  86 Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur Jamaica, 26.5% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A cocoa cola hued liqueur with a concentrated nose of percolated coffee. Thick and sumptuous, with coffee and milk chocolate flavors attacking the palate. The finish is very sweet. USC 2013.
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  86 Varnelli Anice Secco Liqueur Italy, 46% abv, $50.00, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strong aromas of anise, black licorice and caraway, slightly sweet. In the mouth the profile is off dry, starts out silky and finishes with tingling spice. Some flavors of sweet lettuce. Pungent and mouth tingling. USC 2013.
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  85 Barenjager Honey & Bourbon Whiskey Liqueur Germany, 35% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of smoke, honeysuckle and citrus pith. Delightful honey and brown sugar flavors develop into more delicate fig and citrus notes in the mouth. Honey shines on the finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Carolan's Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 17% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet creamy aromas of milk and light caramel. Semi sweet in the mouth with a pillow like consistency. Toffee and caramel flavors mix with a slight nuttiness that adds depth. Pleasant. USC 2013.
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  85 Schladerer Himbeer Raspberry Liqueur Germany, 28% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Has a light ruby hue, with a nose of raspberry jam, and underlying notes reminiscent of grappa. The light to medium bodied palate equals the nose, with a very sweet finish. USC 2013.
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  85 Vermont Ice Maple Cream Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Resembles milky coffee. Scents of fudge and taffy on the nose, which follow on the palate along with a taste of full fat milk. The texture is creamy and thick, while the finish is very sweet. USC 2013.
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  84 Hochstader's Slow & Low Rock and Rye 6 Years Old Whiskey Liqueur United States, 49% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  84 Lovoka Caramel Liqueur United States, 30% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  84 Mama Walker's Blueberry Pancake Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $13.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 BOLS Creme de Menthe White Liqueur Netherlands, 30% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 BOLS Creme de Menthe Green Liqueur Netherlands, 30% abv, $10.99, 1 L  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Hiram Walker Triple Sec United States, 30% abv, $10.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Licor 43 Liqueur Spain, 31% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Crave Chocolate Mint Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 diAmore Gran Orange Liqueur United States, 40% abv, $16.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Mia Dolce Passione Dark Chocolate Liqueur Puerto Rico, 11% abv, $25.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Tuaca Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Mama Walker's Glazed Donut Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $13.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $13.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Soju/Shochu/Baijiu

  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Iichiko Frasco Barley Shochu Japan, 30% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fantastic grapey aromas followed by ripe plum, ripe apricot and confectionery raspberry form a powerful bouquet on the nose but once in the mouth it takes a more elegant and subtle turn. Subdued flavors of ripe pear and ripe apricot still make themselves seen before a very soft and delicate finish. USC 2013.
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  Finalist 91 ByeJoe Red Baijiu China, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crisp aromas of pear, red apple, and honeysuckle give way to more subtle notes of vanilla and ginger on the nose. A grainy sweetness on the palate along with traces of honey, ripe apricot and red apple. The apricot translates into a crisp finish that lingers on the palate. USC 2013.
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  88 Iichiko Silhouette Barley Shochu Japan, 25% abv, $23.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Refreshing aromas of ripe orchard fruits and melon gather on the nose as well as subdued hints of toasted wheat. In the mouth, it is much more delicate with a touch of pear and a malty sweetness. The finish is quite smooth. USC 2013.
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