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Ultimate Spirits Challenge Sets Platinum Standard for Spirits Competitions...Again!

March 16, 2011


Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s second annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge was held on March 1-4, 2011 at Astor Center in New York City. Once again, Ultimate Spirits Challenge proved that integrity, method, and credibility can flourish and be the driving forces in a competitive beverage alcohol environment. Nearly 600 entries from over one hundred companies were entered, with wide international representation. Chairman’s Trophy honors were awarded to the highest scoring spirits in 27 distinct spirits categories. Finalist status was awarded on a category by category basis to the top performing products. Following multiple stages of competitive judging over the course of four days, Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman’s Trophy winners were determined based on their aggregate score on the 100-point scale. Panels of USC’s world-class judges utilized UBC’s innovative multi-stage scoring system to determine “the best of the best” entries. Led by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Assistant Judging Chairman Sean Ludford, judges included Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Robert Plotkin, Julie Reiner, Jack Robertiello, Steve Olson, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, David Wondrich and more.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Chairman’s Trophy Winners & Finalists 2011
Finalists listed alphabetically. For a complete list of results, scores and images please go to www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2011results




Vodka - World

Chairman’s Trophy-Unflavored
Finlandia Classic Vodka
Chairman’s Trophy-Flavored
Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka

Finalists
Bainbridge Legacy Vodka
Boomerang Vodka
Brandon's Vodka
Eristoff Vodka


Gin - World

Chairman’s Trophy
Beefeater London Dry Gin

Finalists
Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin
Bloom London Dry Gin
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
Citadelle Reserve Vintage 2010 Gin
Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin
OXLEY Gin
Plymouth Gin
Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Tanqueray No. Ten Gin


Tequila - Mexico

Chairman’s Trophy-Blanco
Olmeca Plata Blanco, 100% Agave
Chairman’s Trophy-Reposado
Cabo Wabo Reposado, 100% Agave
Chairman’s Trophy-Añejo
Calle 23 Añejo, 100% Agave
Chairman’s Trophy-Extra Añejo
Grand Mayan Extra Añejo, 100% Agave

Finalists
Antiguo Reposado, 100% Agave
Espolon Blanco, 100% Agave
Herradura Añejo, 100% Agave
Izkali Añejo, 100% Agave
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo, 100% Agave
Tres Agaves Blanco, 100% Agave
Tres Agaves Resposado, 100% Agave
Tres Mujeres Blanco, 100% Agave
Tres Mujeres Resposado, 100% Agave

Mezcal - Mexico

Chairman’s Trophy
El Tinieblo Joven

Finalists
Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas
Del Maguey Vida
Fidencio Classico Joven


Rum - World

Chairman’s Trophy
Dos Maderas PX 5+5

Finalists
Appleton Estate Reserve
Chauffe Coeur Rhum Agricole
Cockspur Bajan-Crafted 12 Years Old
Denizen White Rum 2 Years Old
Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum Agricole
Holey Dollar Rum Rebellion Platinum Cask Strength
J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof
Mount Gay Extra Old
Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection
Plantation Vintage 2000 Jamaica


Whiskey – USA

Chairman’s Trophy-Bourbon
George T. Stagg 17 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Chairman’s Trophy-Rye
Sazerac Straight 18 Years Old Rye

Finalists
Benjamin Prichards Double Barreled Bourbon 9 Years Old
Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Old Forester Birthday Vintage-Dated 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Pappy Van Winkle #8 20 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Parker's Heritage Collection 10 Years Old Wheated Bourbon
Russell's Reserve 10 Years Old Bourbon
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight 6 Years Old Rye
Whistlepig 10 Years Old Rye
Wild Turkey Tradition 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon


Whiskey - Ireland

Chairman’s Trophy-Blended
Michael Collins Blended
Chairman’s Trophy-Single Malt
Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt

Finalists
Jameson 18 Years Old Blended
Jameson Gold Blended
Midleton Very Rare Blended
Kilbeggan 15 Years Old Blended
Redbreast 15 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey
Slane Castle Blended
The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Single Malt


Whisky - Scotland

Chairman’s Trophy-Cask Strength
Aberlour a'bunadh Single Malt
Chairman’s Trophy-Speyside
The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Years Old Single Malt
Chairman’s Trophy-Islands
Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt
Chairman’s Trophy-Islay
Lagavulin Distillers Edition Single Malt
Chairman’s Trophy Winner-Blended
Dewar's 18 Years Old Blended

Finalists
Aberlour 18 Years Old Single Malt
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old Single Malt
Buchanan's 18 Years Old Blended
Caol Ila Unpeated 10 Years Old Single Malt
Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Single Malt
Glen Garioch 12 Years Old Single Malt
Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt
Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt
Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt
Royal Salute Blended
The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt


Whisky - Canada

Chairman’s Trophy
Canadian Mist Black Diamond Canadian Blended

Finalist
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Blended


Brandy - World

Chairman’s Trophy-Aged
Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez 17 Years Old Spanish Brandy
Chairman’s Trophy-Unaged
Rémy Martin V Grape Spirit
Cognac - France

Chairman’s Trophy
Martell XO

Finalists
Delamain Extra Grande Champagne
Delamain Pale & Dry XO Grande Champagne
Frapin Chateau Fontpinot XO Grande Champagne
Grosperrin XO Fine Champagne
Landy VSOP


Armagnac - France

Chairman’s Trophy
Delord 25 Years Old Bas-Armagnac

Finalists
Artez VSOP 100% Folle Blanche Bas-Armagnac
Castarede Reserve de la Famille 20 Years Old Armagnac
Chateau de Laubade 1985 Bas-Armagnac


Calvados - France

Chairman’s Trophy
Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Pays d’Auge

Finalists
Lecompte 12 Years Old Pays d'Auge
Lecompte Originel Pays d'Auge


Liqueurs - World

Chairman’s Trophy-Fruit
Merlet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur
Chairman’s Trophy-Herbal
Stroh Jagertee Liqueur

Finalists
Bauchant Orange Liqueur
Cointreau Liqueur
Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liquore
Liquore Strega Benevento Liquore
Merlet Crème de Peche, Peach Liqueur
Varnelli Sibilla Amaro


Aperitifs - World

Chairman’s Trophy
Lillet Rosé Aperitif

For a complete list of all results and scores please go to: www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2011results

Said UBC Managing Partner F. Paul Pacult, “We were honored that companies, both large and small, recognized the Challenge’s high standards by entering their best products. As a result we had some close contenders for the Chairman’s Trophy in many of the categories. The top scoring products were awarded the Chairman’s Trophy; Finalist status was awarded based on the number of entries in each category and how well the products scored within the category. The Scotch Whisky category was, in particular, filled with great spirits. Therefore, Sean Ludford and I decided we had to award five Trophies for Scotch. Across all spirit categories the quality level was impressive.

“As an added value for entered products, this year Sean and I have provided brief tasting notes for all Chairman’s Trophy-winning products as well as for Finalists. And, in order to provide an additional marketing tool, I am producing video reviews for each USC Chairman’s Trophy winning product. The video reviews will be made available to both trade and consumers on our website." UBC's upcoming Challenges:

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge, consisting of Classic Cocktail Challenge and Signature Cocktail Challenge, April 5-8, 2011. Click here for more information.

Ultimate Wine Challenge, May 2-6, 2011. Click here for more information.


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