2020 USC CLASSIFICATION CODES

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During judging the tasting flights are further narrowed so that spirits are evaluated like-with-like. The general categories in which spirits are judged at Ultimate Spirits Challenge are listed below. 

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ABSINTHE

Y105. Absinthe

BAIJIU/KAOLIANG

X901. Baijiu/Kaoliang

BITTER/AMARO/APERITIF

L201. Bitter
L203. Amaro
L205. Aperitivo/Aperitif

BRANDY—ARMAGNAC

N639. Blanche
N641. VS/Three Star
N643. VSOP
N645. XO/Hors d’Age
N647. Vintage

BRANDY—CALVADOS

C630. Pays d’Auge Fine/Three Stars
C632. Pays d’Auge Vieux/Reserve
C634. Pays d’Auge VO/VSOP/Vieille Reserve
C636. Pays d’Auge Extra/Napoleon/Hors d’Age/Age lnconnu
C638. Pays d’Auge Vintage
C640. Domfrontais
C642. AOC (any age designation)

BRANDY—COGNAC

D670. VS/Three Stars
D672. VSOP
D674. XO/Napoleon/Extra
D676. Vintage
D678. Flavored (Non-liqueur)

BRANDY—GRAPPA/MARC/EAU-DE-VIE/ AGUARDIENTE/FLAVORED

M600. Grappa—Italy
M601. Grappa—World (Non-Italy)
M603. Marc—France (Grapes)
M605. Eau-de-Vie/Fruit Brandy—World (Stone fruits, berries, flowers—non-Calvados)
M607. Grape Brandy—Europe (non-Cognac, non-Armagnac)
M609. Grape Brandy—North America
M611. Grape Brandy—World (Non-Europe, non-North America)
M613. Other Brandy—World
M615. Aguardiente—World
M617. Flavored Brandy—World (Non-Cognac)

BRANDY—PISCO

M617. Pisco—Peru
M619. Pisco—Chile

BRANDY—SPAIN

M621. Brandy de Jerez
M623. Other Spanish Brandy (non-Brandy de Jerez)

GIN/GENEVER

G300. Gin
G302. Old Tom Style
G304. Navy Strength (57% abv or above)
G306. Barrel Matured
G308. Flavored
G310. Genever (All ages)

LIQUEURS

L102. Pastis
L104. Aniseed (for example, Sambuca)
L106. Berry and Fruit Liqueurs (All berries, cherry, apple, peach, pear, banana, etc.)
L108. Citrus Fruit (orange/triple sec, limoncello, etc.)
L110. Coffee
L112. Nut (Almond, walnut, hazelnut, etc.)
L114. Chocolate
L116. Cream/Dairy
L118. Mint/Herb/Spice/Botanical
L120. Whiskey
L122. Other
L124. Schnapps
L126. Sloe Gin

MEZCAL/BACANORA/SOTOL

A400. Espadin
A402. Arroqueno
A404. Tobala
A406. Pechuga
A408. Madrecuixe
A410. Tepeztate
A412. Other Agave
A414. Multiple Agaves
A420. Sotol
A422. Bacanora

MISCELLANEOUS SPIRITS

J900. Brandy-based Spirits (Any nation)
J902. NGS-based Spirits
J904. Arrack
J906 Ouzo
J908 Aquavit
J910 Raki
J912 Nog
J914 Applejack
J916. Cachaça (Un-aged)
J918. Cachaça (Aged)
J920. Other Agave-based Spirits (Non-Mexico)
J922. Low/No Alcohol Spirits & Other Spirits

NON-ALCOHOL MIXERS/TONICS/SODAS/SELTZERS

B103. Mixers: Non-Alcohol Club Soda/Tonic/Ginger Beer/ Ginger Ale, Seltzer, et cetera
B105. Non-Alcohol Cocktail Mixes (Powder or liquid)

READY-TO-DRINK COCKTAILS/HARD/ SPIKED SELTZERS, COFFEE, ETC.

B107. Ready-To-Drink Cocktails (Cans or bottles)
B109. Hard/Spiked Seltzers, Coffee, etc.

RUM/RHUM

R502. Rhum/Rum Agricole
R504. White/Silver
R506. Gold/Dark
R508. Aged (5+ years)
R510. Over-Proof (Over 51% abv)
R512. Clairin (Haiti)
R514. Molasses and Sugarcane Juice Blend
R516. Spiced
R518. Flavored (Any base)
R520. Other Sugarcane Juice Spirits

SHOCHU/SOJU

X900. Shochu/Soju

TEQUILA

T100. Blanco/Silver/Platinum 100% Agave
T102. Joven 100% Agave
T104. Reposado 100% Agave
T106. Añejo 100% Agave
T108. Cristalino 100% Agave
T110. Extra Añejo 100% Agave
T112. Mixto
T114. Flavored (All flavors/any base)

VERMOUTH

Z150. Dry/Extra Dry
Z153. Sweet
Z155. Ambre/Bianco/Other

VODKA

V200. Unflavored Potato
V202. Unflavored Wheat
V204. Unflavored Rye
V206. Unflavored Barley
V208. Unflavored Corn
V210. Unflavored Multiple Grain
V212. Unflavored Sugar Cane
V214. Unflavored Grape or Fruit Distillate
V216. Unflavored Sorghum
V218. Flavored (All flavors/any base)
V220. Other Vodka

WHISK(E)Y—WHISKY/CANADA

S790. Blended
S792. Single Grain/Single Malt
S794. Single Barrel/Small Batch
S796. Rye

WHISK(E)Y—WHISKEY/IRELAND

E740. Blended
E742. Single Malt
E744. Single Pot Still
E746. Single Grain
E748. Poitin/Poteen

WHISK(E)Y—WHISKY/SCOTLAND

W701. Blended
W703. Blended Malt
W705. Single Grain
W707. Blended Grain
W709. Speyside Single Malt
W711. Islay Single Malt
W713. Lowland Single Malt
W715. Island Single Malt (Skye/Orkneys/Jura/Arran/Mull)
W717. Highland Single Malt (Non-Speyside)
W719. Campbeltown Single Malt
W721. Independent Merchant Bottling (Single Malt/Blended)

WHISK(E)Y—WHISKEY/UNITED STATES

P771. Moonshine/White Dog/Unaged Grain Spirits (Any state)
P773. Rye (Any state/any age)
P775. Straight/Non-Straight/Small Batch Bourbon (Any state/aged less than 5 years)
P777. Straight/Non-Straight/Small Batch Bourbon (Any state/aged 5+ years)
P779. Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon (50% abv – any state/any age)
P781. Bottled-in-Bond Rye (50% abv – any state/any age)
P783. Blended/Multi-Grain (Any state/any age)
P785. Single Barrel (Any style/any state/any age)
P787. Wheat (Any state/any age)
P789. Single Grain (Any state/any age)
P791. Single Malt (Any state/any age)
P793. American/Experimental/Other (Any state/any age)

WHISK(E)Y—WORLD

H900. Japanese Blended
H902. Japanese Single Grain
H904. Japanese Single Malt
H906. Japanese Column Still
H908. Taiwanese Blended
H910. Taiwanese Single Malt
H912. Indian Blended
H914. Indian Single Malt
H916. French Blended
H918. French Single Malt
H920. Wales/England Blended
H922. Wales/England Single Malt
H924. Australia Blended
H926. Australia Single Malt
H928. Other—World

WHISK(E)Y—FLAVORED

Q941. Flavored—World

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