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Spirits Trend: Durango Mezcal

The mezcal category continues to grow, and while the vast majority of certified mezcal is still being produced in Oaxaca, other Mexican states have significantly increased production and international visibility. Durango, a state in northern Mexico, is the second largest producer of mezcal, with new brands entering the United States market in rapid succession.

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Spirits List: Top Scoring Mezcal

Agave spirits continue to impress, and our entries continue to grow year after year. The 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge enjoyed a long list of top quality mezcal, with 6 spirits that our judges scored 95 Points or above. Below is our list of top scoring mezcal and sotol.

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Spirits List: 15 Chairman's Trophy Whiskies

Ultimate Spirit Challenge results are now live, and among them 16 Chairman's Trophy winners across the whisk(e)y categories. The top scorer overall is Bowmore 25 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a near perfect score of 99 Points! Here are the other Chairman Trophy winners, ranked by score.

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Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019 Results Are Live

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019 has wrapped up and the scores are in. Find the full list of results with tasting notes live on our site!

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