The San Francisco World Spirits Competition held its 11th annual competition March 18-20. This year’s panel of 33 judges tasted and scored a record number of entries: 1,106 products from 61 countries. The judges awarded Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the participating brands, as well as three honors for outstanding achievements.
Gemini Spirits & Wine took home 34 medals from this year’s competition and was named Importer of the Year, honoring its portfolio of agave spirits, whiskeys, liqueurs and several other brands. A recent addition to the Gemini family, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals, was named Distiller of the Year.
Gemini Spirits & Wine earned 11 Double Gold Medals, the highest honor awarded to entrants. Gemini products recognized this year are:
• Double Gold Medals: Corazón Blanco, Siete Leguas Blanco, Pueblo Viejo Añejo, Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata, Del Maguey Vida, Del Maguey Minero, Del Maguey Chichicapa, Connemara Cask Strength, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Madeira Finish, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Port Finish, Forty Creek Confederation Oak
• Gold Medals: Pueblo Viejo Reposado, Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas, Kilbeggan 15 Yr Old, Connemara Peated Single Malt, Connemara 12 Year Old, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Sherry Finish
• Silver Medals: Siete Leguas Reposado, Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Carmessí, San Matías Gran Reserva, Rey Sol, Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Reposado, Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Añejo, Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio, Forty Creek Canadian Whisky, Forty Creek Double Barrel, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Connemara Turf Mor, Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Greenore 15 Year Old Single Grain
• Bronze Medals: Orgullo, Penderyn Single Malt Madeira Welsh Whisky, Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain