Results

The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in Review

Check out details, trends, and this year’s top winners.

 

The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco from March 22nd through March 24th. The 2019 Competition was another record-breaking year that featured almost 3,000 entries from all corners of the world.

A complete list of 2019 winners will be released the end of April.

BEST IN SHOW

BEST IN CLASS

Best Vodka
Hollywood Oasis Vodka, California, USA
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $79
Best Flavored Vodka
Dixie Black Pepper Vodka, South Carolina, USA
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $18
Best Aquavit
Norden Aquavit, Michigan, USA
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Gin
Arctic Blue Navy Strength Gin, Finland
ALCOHOL: 58.5%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Genever
de Vine Genever, British Columbia, Canada
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE: $47
Best Barrel-Aged Gin
New Riff Bourbon Barreled Kentucky Wild Gin, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 47%      RETAIL PRICE: $33
Best Shochu
Shiro Kirishima Shochu, Japan
ALCOHOL: 25%      RETAIL PRICE: $20
Best Baiju
Kinmen Karoliang Liquor 58%, Taiwan
ALCOHOL: 58%      RETAIL PRICE: $14
Best Silver/Gold Unaged Tequila
Kostiv Ultra Premium Blanco Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $45
Best Reposado Tequila
Vikera Tequila Reposado, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $58
Best Añejo Tequila
Hotel California Tequila Añejo, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $48
Best Extra Añejo Tequila
Chamucos Extra Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $177
Best Mezcal
Mezcal Vago Espadin - By Emiglio Jarquin, Oaxaca, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $53
Best Other Agave Spirit
Raicilla De Una, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 43%      RETAIL PRICE: $58
Best White Rum
Banks 5 Island Rum, West Indies
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Rhum Agricole
Rhum Sampan White Agricole Rhum, Quang Nam, Vietnam
ALCOHOL: 54%      RETAIL PRICE: $45
Best Over-Proof Rum
Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum, Jamaica
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE: $59
Best Dark/Gold Rum
Pusser's Rum, Guayana
ALCOHOL: 42%      RETAIL PRICE: $23
Best Extra-Aged Rum - 5 Years and Older
Arizona Craft Beverage Regalo de Vida Ron Imperial, Arizona, USA
ALCOHOL: 50.75%      RETAIL PRICE: $90
Best Straight Bourbon
Ezra Brooks 7 Year Barrel Proof Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 58.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Small Batch Bourbon - Up to 5 Years
Redemption Wheated Straight Bourbon, Indiana, USA
ALCOHOL: 48%      RETAIL PRICE: $46
Best Small Batch Bourbon • Best Small Batch Bourbon - 6 to 10 Years
Traverse City Whiskey Co. Barrel Proof Bourbon, Michigan, USA
ALCOHOL: 57.47%      RETAIL PRICE: $70
Best Small Batch Bourbon - 11 Years and Older
Barrell Bourbon Batch 018 11 Year Old Cask Strength, USA
ALCOHOL: 55.78%      RETAIL PRICE: $90
Best Bourbon • Best Single Barrel Bourbon - Up to 10 Years
Henry McKenna Bottled-in-Bond Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $35
Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon
Belle Meade Honey Cask Bourbon, Tennesee/Indiana, USA
ALCOHOL: 55.9%      RETAIL PRICE: $125
Best Craft Distiller Whiskey
Rogue Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, Oregon, USA
ALCOHOL: 48.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $75
Best Wheat Whiskey
Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Wheat Whiskey, Washington, USA
ALCOHOL: 43%      RETAIL PRICE: $79
Best Rye Whiskey
Sagamore Spirit Reserve Port Finish Rye Whiskey, Maryland, USA
ALCOHOL: 50.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $70
Best Other Single Malt Whiskey
Westland Distillery 5th Annual Peat Week Single Malt, Washington, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Jack Ryan Toomevara 10 YO Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Château du Breuil Calvados Finish), Dublin, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Blended Scotch - 16 Years And Older
Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Blended Scotch, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $85
Best Blended Scotch - No Age Statement
Cutty Stark Prohibition Blended Scotch, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Wemyss The Hive Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Campbelltown, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $55
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - Up to 12 Years
Lagavulin 9 Year Old Game of Thrones "House Lannister" Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $65
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Years
The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Scotch • Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - 20 Years And Older
BenRiach Temporis Aged 21 Years Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $121
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - No Age Statement
BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 60.6%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Independent Merchant Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 72.62 Full-throttle Sophistication Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland, UK
ALCOHOL: 51.7%      RETAIL PRICE: $495
Best Cognac VSOP or Equivalent
Courvoisier Master's Cask Collection Sherry Finish Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Cognac XO
Maxime Trijol Cognac XO, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Cognac Extra-Aged/Vintage
A. De Fussigny Extra Premier Grand Cru Cognac , Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $250
Best American Grape Brandy
Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Bottled-in-Bond Brandy, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $18
Best Spanish Grape Brandy
Torres 20 Hors d'Age Superior Brandy, Spain
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Pisco
Intipalka Mosto Verde Torontel Pisco, Peru
ALCOHOL: 42%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Eau-de-Vie
Impression Grape Spirits 42°, Yunnan, China
ALCOHOL: 42%      RETAIL PRICE: $34
Best Fruit Liqueur
Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire Liqueur, Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $200
Best Apéritif
Boissiere Sweet Vermouth, Abruzzo, Italy
ALCOHOL: 18%      RETAIL PRICE: $11
Best Cream/Dairy Liqueurs
Sean's Irish Cream Liqueur, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 34%      RETAIL PRICE: