Results

The 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in Review

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

The 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco from April 13th through April 15th. The 2018 Competition was another record-breaking year that featured 2,469 spirit entries from all corners of the world, marking an 11% increase over last year’s competition.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is pleased to announce the results from the 2018 Competition and we congratulate all medal winners!

 

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BEST IN SHOW

BEST IN CLASS

Best Vodka
Neft Vodka, Austria
ALCOHOL: 49%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Gin
Batch Industrial Strength Gin, United Kingdom
ALCOHOL: 55%      RETAIL PRICE: $56
Best Genever
Old Duff Genever, Holland
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Flavored Gin
Watershed Distillery Chamomile Flavored Guild Series Gin, Ohio, USA
ALCOHOL: 44%      RETAIL PRICE: $29
Best Shochu
iichiko Special Shochu, Oita, Japan
ALCOHOL: 30%      RETAIL PRICE: $45
Best Baiju
Yushan Yuan Jiao 8 Year Old Kaoliang Liquor, Chiayi, Taiwan
ALCOHOL: 52%      RETAIL PRICE: $16
Best White Rum
Tanduay Asian Rum Silver, Philippines
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $20
Best Dark/Gold Rum
Arizona Craft Distillery Regalo de Vida Gran Rum, Arizona, USA
ALCOHOL: 53%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Flavored Rum
Ableforth’s XO 15 Year Old Rumbullion!, United Kingdom
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Cachaça
Avua Cachaca Prata Cachaça, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ALCOHOL: 42%      RETAIL PRICE: $35
Best Reposado Tequila
Azuñia Organic Reposado Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $34
Best Añejo Tequila
Tequila Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $57
Best Extra Añejo Tequila
El Tesoro Paradiso Extra Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Mezcal
Mezcal Nacional 1938, Oaxaca, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 46.2%      RETAIL PRICE: $85
Best Straight Bourbon
Bulleit Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 63%      RETAIL PRICE: $60
Best Small Batch Bourbon
Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 47%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Bourbon • Best Single Barrel Bourbon
Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $35
Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon
One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 10, Washington, D.C., USA
ALCOHOL: 44%      RETAIL PRICE: $99
Best Craft Distiller Whiskey
Balcones ‘1’ Texas Single Malt Whiskey, Texas, USA
ALCOHOL: 53%      RETAIL PRICE: $70
Best Corn Whiskey
David James Straight American Whiskey, Indiana, USA
ALCOHOL: 60%      RETAIL PRICE: $65
Best Rye Whiskey
Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 59%      RETAIL PRICE: $70
Best Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal 13 Year Old Blenders’ Mash, Canada
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Other Single Malt Whisky
Kavalan King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky, Taiwan
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $120
Best Other Whiskey
Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Murray Hill Club Blended Bourbon, Washington, D.C., USA
ALCOHOL: 54%      RETAIL PRICE: $92
Best Flavored Whiskey
Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Whiskey, California, USA
ALCOHOL: 35%      RETAIL PRICE: $20
Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $75
Best Irish Whiskey • Best Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Powers 12 Year Old John’s Lane Irish Whiskey, Cork, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $65
Best Blended Scotch - 16 Years And Older
Dewar’s The Signature 25 Year Old Scotch, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $322
Best Blended Scotch • Best Blended Scotch - No Age Statement
Cutty Sark Prohibition Blended Scotch, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $29
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - Up to 12 Years
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islands, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $60
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Years
Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Orkney, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 53%      RETAIL PRICE: $300
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - 20 Years And Older
Glencadam 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Highland, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $475
Best Distillers' Single Malt Scotch - No Age Statement
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 57%      RETAIL PRICE: $90
Best Blended Malt Scotch
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Exotic Cargo, 10 Years Aged Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $90
Best Cognac VSOP
GAUTIER Cognac VSOP, Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $42
Best Cognac XO
Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne Cognac, Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $145
Best Armagnac
Cyrano Armagnac X.O., Armagnac, France
ALCOHOL: 42%      RETAIL PRICE: $48
Best Spanish Grape Brandy
Torres 20 Hors d’Age Superior Brandy, Spain
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Pisco
Pisco La Caravedo Puro Torontel Pisco, Ica, Peru
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $33
Best Apéritif
Lillet Rosé Apéritif, Bordeaux, France
ALCOHOL: 15%      RETAIL PRICE: $25