24 March 2014 11:08

Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2014 Results

The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) announced 37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists, 171 Tried & True Awards (SM) and 89 Great Values.

The Challenge, celebrating its fifth anniversary, was held in New York on March 10-14. For the second consecutive year, a perfect 100 point score was given by multiple panels to a whisk(e)y. This year's 100-point recipient is Redbreast 21 Years Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

"Interest in Ultimate Spirits Challenge has never been greater," says Ultimate Spirits Challenge founder F. Paul Pacult. "Companies enter because they want brands to be evaluated against their peers by the world's best judges. USC provides the most trusted, sought after testimonials that help distillers and importers build their brands."

This year, USC introduces the Tried & True Award(SM) to recognize brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered USC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this year's Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.

All products entered are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry's most renowned judges that include award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. This year's judges were:

  • USC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult
  • Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
  • Tad Carducci
  • James Conley
  • Dale DeGroff
  • Jim Meehan
  • Dan Nicolaescu
  • Steve Olson
  • Andy Seymour
  • Jennifer Simonetti-Bryanv MW
  • David Wondrich

 

 

2014 Results

2014 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE - CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY WINNERS

For a complete list of results click here.

 

APERITIF

Luxardo Aperitivo

 

VODKA

Unflavoured: Absolut

Flavoured: Belvedere Lemon Tea

 

AQUAVIT

Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)

 

GIN

Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)

 

RUM

Rum: Don Q Gran Anejo (Tried & True Award)

Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue

Flavoured Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored

Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced

 

CACHACA

Sagatiba Velha

 

TEQUILA 100% AGAVE

Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Reposado: Blue Nectar

Anejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Extra Anejo: Herradura Seleccion Suprema (Tried & True Award)

 

MEZCAL

Del Maguey Iberico

 

WHISKEY – USA

American: Wild Turkey Forgiven

Kentucky Straight Bourbon: George T. Stagg

Rye: Bulleit 95 Small Batch

 

WHISKEY - IRELAND

Blended: Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old (Tried & True Award)

Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old

Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (Tried & True Award)

 

WHISKY - SCOTLAND

Blended Malt: Big Peat

Blended: Ballantine's 17 Years Old

Single Malt: Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old

 

WHISKY - CANADA

Alberta Premium Dark Horse

 

WHISKY – JAPAN

Nikka Coffey Grain

 

BRANDY

Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac

Calvados: Pere Magloire 20 Years Old

Cognac: Delamain Pale & Dry

Grappa: Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino

Pisco: KAPPA (Tried & True Award)

Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez

American Brandy: Osocalis Heritage

Pineau des Charentes: Jean Fillioux Vieux

 

LIQUEUR

Cointreau (Tried & True Award)

 

VERMOUTH

Maurin Dry

 

SHOCHU

iichiko Frasco