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

Double Gold

Whiskies
Alltech Pearse Lyons Reserve
Dry Fly Washington Bourbon
Knob Creek Rye
Redemption Rye Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

Gold

Cachaca
Seleta Cachaca

Gin
Roundhouse Spirits Roundhouse Gin

Rum
Cubana Rum

Whiskies
Knob Creek 9yr
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
Westland Distillery American Single Malt Whiskey

Silver

Gin
Hammer & Sons Botanical Gin
Roundhouse Spirits 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.

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

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Individual Awards

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 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

International

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

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