2015 Winners

BERLIN SPIRITS COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

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

Berlin, Germany (March 2015) – The 2nd 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

Blended Whisky
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Johnnie Walker Odyssey

Gold

American Whiskey
Dry Fly Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey

Blended Scotch
Johnnie Walker King George V

Liqueur
Gammel Dansk Shot

Rye
Knob Creek Rye

Single Malt Scotch
Laphroaig 10yr
Mortlach 18yr

Tequila
Tequila 30-30 Blanco

Silver

Aquavit
Aalborg Nordguld Akvavit

Blended Scotch
Dewars Signature
Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Gold Route
Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Royal Route

Bourbon
Triple Eight Distillery Nor’Easter Bourbon

Brandies
Jullius Distillery Marc de Galilee
Nordisk Braenderi Eblebraendevin

Calvados
Manoir D’Apreval Calvados Grande Reserve Calvados Pays D’Auge

Cognac
Cognac Le Reviseur Cognac Reviseur
Pierre Lecat VSOP

Gin

Gin Sieben

Monopolowa Gin
Valentine Distilling Liberator Old Tom Gin

Liqueur
Regal Rogue Rosso

Rhum Agricole
Batiste Rhum ECOISTE

Single Malt Scotch
Aberfeldy 12Yr
Aberfeldy 21Yr
Mortlach Rare Old

Tequila Anejo
Tequila Anejo Campo Azul

Tequila Blanco
Tequila Blanco Campo Azul

Vermouth
Regal Rogue Rosso

Vodka
KASATKA Vodka

Bronze

Aquavit
Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit
Aalborg Taffel Akvavit
Gammel Opland Aquavit
Lysholm Linie Aquavit

American Single Malt
Triple Eight Distillery Notch Single Malt

Blended Scotch
Dewars White Label
Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Spice Road

Brandies
Subarashi Kudamono Asian Pear Eau de Vie
Nordisk Braenderi Druebraendevin

Calvados
Manoir D’Apreval Calvados Millesime 1980

Cognac
Braastad Cjateau de Triac Single Vineyard
Braastad XO
Coganc LEYRAT XO
Pierre Lecat XO

Flavored Vodka
Triple Eight Cranberry Triple Eight Vodka

Gin
Dry Fly Gin
J&L Sno Gin
Valentine Distilling Company Liberator Gin

Liqueurs
Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram
Goldendrop Limoncello

Karmely
Licor deGinja de Obidos “Vila das Rainhas”
Mampe Flieger Cocktail Orange Apricot Liqueur
Mickey Finn Serpents Bite

Rum
Triple Eight Distillery Hurricane Rum

Single Malt Scotch
Laphroaig Select
Mortlach 25yr

Tequila Anejo
Tequila 30-30 Anejo
Tequila Alebrijes Anejo

Tequila Reposado
Tequila Alebrijes Reposado
Tequila Reposado Campo Azul Premium

Vodka
EKISS Vodka
Pick Six Vodka
Vintage Vodka Super Premium Vintage Vodka

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Individual Awards

American Gin Distillery of the Year
Valentine Distillery

American Single Malt Distillery of the Year
Triple Eight Distillery

American Whiskey Distillery of the Year
Dry Fly Distilling

Blended Whiskey Producer of the Year
Johnnie Walker

Calvados Producer of the Year
Manoir D’Apreval

Eau de Vie of the Year
Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear

Islay Distillery of the Year
Laphroaig Distillery

Israel Distillery of the Year
Jullius Distillery

Rye of the Year
Knob Creek Rye

Single Malt Distillery of the Year
Aberfeldy Distillery

Sugar Cane Gin of the Year
Sno Gin

Tequila Distillery of the Year
Tequila 30-30

Vermouth of the Year
Regal Rogue Rosso

Wheat Vodka of the Year
KASATKA Vodka

International

Cognac Producer of the Year
ABK6

Denmark Distillery of the Year
Nordisk Braenderi

Italy Liqueur Distillery of the Year
Goldendrop

Portugal Liqueur Distillery of the Year
Frutobidos

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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 3rd Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition and future Berlin International Wine Competition will be held March 1st 2016 at the Berlin Kempinski Hotel.

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