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March 20, 2014

BERLIN SPIRITS COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2014 WINNERS

BERLIN SPIRITS COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2014 WINNERS

In Its First Year, the BISC Competition Sets Unparalleled Standards and Uncovers the World’s Best Spirits

Berlin, Germany (March 2014) – The 1st Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition was held on March 2nd in the heart of Berlin to evaluate and judge the world’s best spirits. Close to 200 Spirits from over 20 countries were submitted to be critiqued by a hand-selected panel of A-List and key TRADE ONLY judges – spirits buyers, spirits retail storeowners, restaurant/bar proprietors, spirits distributors and importers and World Class Cocktail Finalists – those that have the unique ability to make a direct impact on sales. Unlike other competitions less than 35% of those who submitted won a medal.
WINNING SPIRITS – SEPARATED BY MEDAL AND CATEGORY

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DOUBLE GOLD

Whiskies

Alltech Pearse Lyons Reserve

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon

Knob Creek Rye

Redemption Rye Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

 

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GOLD

Gin

Roundhouse Distillery Roundhouse Gin

Rum

Cubana Rum

Whiskies

Knob Creek 9yr

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Westland Distillery American Single Malt Whiskey

 

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SILVER

Gin

Hammer & Sons Botanical Gin

Roundhouse Distillery Roundhouse Imperial Gin

Liqueurs

Bailey Chocolate Luxe

Pasko Liker Od Narance South Dalmatia

Pisco

Pago De Los Frailes Pisco Puro Acholado

Rum

Hampden Estates Rum Fire

Vodka

Cal-Czech Morava Vodka

Khortytsa Ice Vodka

Stalinskaya Vodka

Whiskies

Alltech Town Branch Bourbon

Braunstein Whisky Library Collection 13:2

Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Singleton Tailfire

Singleton Sunray

Valentine Woodward Ltd.

 

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BRONZE

Brandies

Metaxa 12 Stars

Gin

Mikkeller Botanical Gin

Liqueurs

Cold Hand Winery Malus X Feminam

Mickeys Delight Chocolate Honeycrisp and Caramel

Moka Original Coffee Liqueur

Riga Black Balsam Currant

Rivulet Pecan Liqueur

Pisco

Pago De Los Frailes Pisco Puro Acholado

Rum

Bayou Silver Rum

Bayou Spiced Rum

El Ron Prohibido Solera Blended

Selvarey Cacao

Zacapa Solera 23 Rum

Vodka

Black Onyx Vodka

Dry Fly Vodka

Gera Premium Vodka

Truuli Peak Vodka

Valentine White Blossom Vodka

Whiskies

Braunstein Whisky Library Collection 13:1

Braunstein Whisky Edition 5

Blue Ridge Distilling Company Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

Few Spirits Rye

Knob Creek Smoked Maple

Talisker Storm

 

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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

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American Rye of the Year

Redemption Rye Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

American Bourbon of the Year

Alltech Pearse Lyons Reserve

American Vodka of the Year

Vodka Morva

Blended Scotch of the Year

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Brandy of the Year

Metaxa 12 Star

Gin of the Year

Roundhouse Distillery Gin

Pecan Liqueur of the Year

Rivulet Pecan Liqueur

Pisco Distillery of the Year

Pago De Los Frailes

Rum of the Year

Cubana Rum

Flavored Rum of the Year

Selvarey Cacao

Rhum Agricole of the Year

Zacapa 23

Unaged Scotch of the Year

Singleton Sunray

Flavored Vodka of the Year

Valentine White Blossom Vodka

Croatia Distillery of the Year

Pasko

Denmark Distillery of the Year

Braunstein Distillery

Denmark Gin of the Year

Mikkeller Botanical Gin

Egyptian Distillery of the Year

Al Ahrah Beverage

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England Gin of the Year

Hammer & Sons Botanical Gin

Holland Liqueur of the Year

Mickeys Delight Chocolate Honeycrisp and Caramel

Guatemala Distillery of the Year

Zacapa

Jamaica Distillery of the Year

Hampden Estates

Latvia Distillery of the Year

Riga Distillery

Romania Vodka of the Year

Stalinskaya Vodka

Ukraine Distillery of the Year

Khortytsa

USA

Colorado Distillery of the Year

Roundhouse Spirits

Illinois Distillery of the Year

Few Spirits

Kentucky Distillery of the Year

Alltech Distillery and Brewery

Louisiana Rum Producer of the Year

Bayou Rum

Michigan Distillery of the Year

Valentine Distilling Co.

North Carolina Distillery of the Year

Blue Ridge Distilling Company

Washington State Distillery of the Year

Dry Fly Distilling

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COMPETITION OVERVIEW:
Founded by Adam Levy, aka the “Alcohol Professor”, The Berlin International Spirits Competition (“BISC”) is the first major international spirits competition in Europe with trade-only judges from top to bottom. Judges are buyers from top spirits retail stores, restaurant & bar owner, spirits distributors & importers and World Class Cocktail Mixologists Finalists. This guarantees that each spirit judged is evaluated by those who make real impact on product sales. Each product submitted is tested against other brands blindly according to its product category as well as its pricing category. Spirits are rated on a set of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish.

Award levels are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Double Gold award winners are re-tasted by all panelists to establish which brands are eligible to receive a ‘Best of Category’ endorsement in their pricing category.

BISC prides itself in the fact that it does not award medals to all of its product submissions. Only 35% of submissions receive medals as opposed to other international beer competition that give away 85%+ medals, diminishing the importance and significance of being honored.

The BISC is part of the New York International Beverage Competition that also includes the New York International Wine Competition, New York International Beer Competition and the New York International Spirits Competition. Its sister competitions is the Melbourne International Wine Competition and Melbourne International Spirits Competition.

The 2nd Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition and future Berlin International Wine Competition will be held March 1st 2015 at the Berlin Kempinski Hotel.

For more information about the competition please visit:
www.berlininternationalspiritslcompetition.com

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