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The Votes Are In For The Best Spirits of 2014

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The 5th Annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge, led by F. Paul Pacult and his merry band of judges including: Sean Ludford (judging co-chair), Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW and David Wondrich; recently named the top spirits in their categories based on the 100-point scale (including a rare 100 pointer!).

37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists, 171 Tried & True AwardsSM 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 whiskey. 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 AwardSM 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.

2014 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE - CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY WINNERS

For a complete list of results visit www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2014results

APERITIF

Luxardo Aperitivo

VODKA

Unflavored: Absolut

Flavored: Belvedere Lemon Tea

AQUAVIT

Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)

GIN

Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)

RUM

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

Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue

Flavored Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored

Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced

CACHAÇA

Sagatiba Velha

TEQUILA 100% AGAVE

Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Reposado: Blue Nectar

Añejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Extra Añejo: 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

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Cristal Carrington

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