OVERVIEW of 2016 COMPETITION

The 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, March 17th through 20th. Thirty-nine spirits experts convened to judge a record-breaking 1,899 entries!

 

Bunnahabhain Distillery of Islay, Scotland, was named the 2016 Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year. Bunnahabhain's 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch also earned the award for Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch.

 

Importer of the Year honors went to Pernod Ricard of New York, U.S.A., for their outstanding performance, winning 10 Double Gold and six Best in Show awards.

 

The Director's Award of Excellence went to Four Roses Distillery of Kentucky, U.S.A. The award recognizes Jim Rutledge’s final creations as Four Roses' master distiller, especially for his 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, which our judges named 2016’s Best Bourbon.

 

The San Francisco World Spirits Competitions congratulates all medal winners, especially the Double Gold and Premium Award winners!

 

Please click here for our 2016 press release.