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CLYDE MAY’S

ALABAMA WHISKEY KEEPING IT REAL

+ VODKA • WHISKEY • WINE BUZZ • TREND SPOTTING • THE FIND • AND MORE


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F EATU R E S 18 CLYDE MAY’S ALABAMA WHISKEY

Growing Conecuh Ridge Whiskey Clyde May’s From the Still Up. 30 A CASE FOR VODKA

It’s hard to call a spirit neutral when there’s so much diversity within its category. 52 IS WHISKEY THE NEW WINE?

The liquids are different, but the trajectory begs comparison. 74 ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE

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2018 Guide to the World’s Best Wine & Spirits.

P ROF I LE S 14 DUBONNET ROUGE RETURNS TO TRADITION

In a return to its vintage roots, Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif has launched a new package and formula. 28 HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY

A nurturer of storied and award winning brands.

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The Father of Bourbon. 42 HOT TEQUILA PICKS FROM CESAR RAMIREZ

Showcasing the best of the best, these tequila picks should be at the top of your list. 50 ARGENTINA WITH AN EDGE

Ruca Malen breaks out of the Mendoza Pack. 60 MODERN JOINS CLASSIC

Bodegas Lan’s dynamic approach to making wine in Rioja.

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Meticulously brewed and impeccably crafted by hand. 70 ELEVATING ABRUZZO

Codice Citra puts indigenous varieties center stage.

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EDITOR'S WIRE

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WINE BUZZ

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THE FIND

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NEW PRODUCTS & PROMOTIONS

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Tito’s All-Time Favorite This is our man Tito’s signature spin on a classic “Vodka Soda,” and it’s become a company staple. The orange adds a bit of sweetness, the lime adds a bit of tartness, and mixed together it tastes fresh and clean.


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IS THE PINK WAVE STARTING TO BUBBLE? Rosé has maintained its momentum through the summer. What’s next for the category? Bubbles, perhaps. According to Nielsen, the Brut Rosé segment has seen 24.6% growth over the past year—greater than any other sparkling wine type. Signs of more growth ahead: Action at the luxury end: Teaming with one of today’s most celebrated creative visionaries in design, Virgil Abloh, Moët et Chandon will debut an exclusive collection of custom bottles of Nectar Imperial Rosé—currently the #1 selling rosé Champagne in the U.S. The designer’s Instagram teaser for Moët X Virgil scored 109,000 likes in one weekend.

No hesitation in Italy: The DOC folks have not quite figured out how to allow Rosé Prosecco, but that is not stopping Italian bubbly-makers. For instance, Accolade Wines North America just introduced Da Luca Sparkling Rosé (SRP $13.99), an equal blend of Merlot and Raboso, with a fruity bouquet and berry notes. “Prosecco is leading the way with consumers in enjoyment of sparkling wines,” says Senior Brand Manager Stephanie Hahn. “So, as part of the Da Luca family, our Da Luca Sparkling Rosé is well positioned to capitalize on these continually growing trends of both rosé and sparkling wine consumption.”

CONSTELLATION LAUNCHES PAIR OF BOLD REDS FROM WASHINGTON Constellation continues to test new waters in wine. Spoken Barrel, their latest brand, hails from Washington State, featuring just two bold reds, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage, both from Columbia Valley. The number 42 on the paper-free bottles is a nod Washington being the 42nd state. Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon brings together lush, concentrated flavors of blackberry and cherry with a hint of vanilla and velvety tannins; the Meritage blend delivers bright red fruit flavors accented with chocolate, leather and toasty oak. SRP $19.99 spokenbarrel.com

MÉNAGE À TROIS DOUBLES DOWN ON PLUSH WINES Big goes small: Thinking pink, bubbly and small, Korbel is producing their Brut Rosé minis all year long now. Packaged in green glass, to stay fresh longer, the bubbly features bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and melon in a slightly sweet style. Grapes are Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Gamay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc; ABV 12%. At $12.99/fourpack, drinkers of single-serve rosé bubbly now have a new everyday-priced option.

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Ménage à Trois—a driver of the wildly popular $10 Red Blend category—continues to innovate. Luscious Pinot Noir (SRP $14) and Lavish Merlot ($12) join the ranks of the brand’s four consecutive No. 1 new wine items released over the past four years: Ménage à Trois Midnight, Silk, Gold and Decadence. Luscious Pinot Noir exposes the darker side of Pinot Noir; it brims with with dark cherry and vanilla (76% Pinot Noir, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel). Lavish Merlot (81% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot) is smooth, dark and ripe with blueberry and plum flavors, accented by mocha notes. menageatroiswines.com


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NO BONES ABOUT IT: HALLOWEEN IS BIG BUSINESS WHISKIES CONTINUE TO IMPRESS (& PILE UP) The shift of season prompts pivots for many consumergoods. Fall’s cooler weather sets a stage for new whiskies that stretch the category in myriad directions. On the simpler side are extensions like ryes from Knob Creek and Clyde May’s; and the “return” of certain bottlings, e.g., Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Bourbon and GlenDronach 15. Brand new whiskies on tap include a 15YO single malt Irish whiskey: Egan’s Legacy Reserve. Established names are retrenching; Evan Williams has a new marketing campaign, “Bourbon Done Right,” and will be advertising on TV during the World Series. William Grant & Sons has simplified and refreshed the entire Grant’s line, led by flagship Grant’s Triple Wood. And the Diageo Special Releases collection makes a strong statement for the ability of a big company to showcase small bottling; this 10-bottle collection of natural cask strength bottlings encompass some of the rarest and oldest whiskies from famous, lesser known and often closed distilleries; seven are available in the U.S.

Halloween has become a monthlong endeavor in retail. Stocking Halloween-specific inventory can be tricky; one spirit that can double as a seasonal eye candy and then continue to wow fans all year is Maggie’s Farm Rum. Distilled in Pittsburgh and distributed through LibDib.com, the skeletallylabeled line earned multiple accolades at the recent 2018 Ultimate Beverage Challenge. POS is another way to ride the orange-and-black costeffectively—as in the case of Gosling’s posters for their Dark ’n Stormy classic. And of course, custom cocktails can get guests in the spirit; the Casa Candy is made with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and orgeat, then topped with tonic and garnished with cotton candy.

PATRÓN TAKES TEQUILA IN (ANOTHER) NEW DIRECTION Brand new from Patrón, Gran Patrón Smoky is the first tequila to use agave roasted with mesquite in small stone pits. Bottled at 101 proof, the new tequila is packaged in an 750ml tall bottle, topped with a wood stopper and cork closure and adorned with “smoke” climbing the front label. Gran Patrón Smoky will be available at SRP $199 in limited supply in 13 select U.S. markets with broader expansion in 2019. patrontequila.com


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1. O’NEILL ‘EXITUS’ RED BLEND O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has launched Exitus, a bourbon-barrel-aged red blend composed of Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot. Fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 3 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, Exitus is a bold blend with a deep ruby color and aromas of blackberry, leather and dark chocolate. Bourbon barrel aging offers aromas of fire toasted oak, baking spice, caramel and tobacco. Available nationwide.

SRP: $25.99 exituswines.com

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2. APPALACHIAN SIPPIN’ CREAM Sugarlands Distilling Company is adding two seasonal flavors to their Appalachian Sippin’ Creams—a line of rum-based cream liqueurs that can be sipped over ice, added to coffee or used to create cocktails. First, in August, came a re-release of Pumpkin Spice Latte Sippin’ Cream, which includes touches of ginger, cinnamon and clove. Coming in October: Eggnog Sippin’ Cream. Both are 40 proof and packaged in amber mason jars; in 24 states.

SRP: $24.99 sugarlands.com

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3. O.R.E. 118 GIN O.R.E. 118 is the first spirit in the U.S. to be allowed a Raw Vegan claim on its Certificate of Label Approval. While there are other vegan gins, O.R.E. 118 is “raw” because throughout its production it is kept below 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature above which many enzymes break down and foods and beverages are no longer considered raw. O.R.E. stands for “Original Raw Essence” and the letters the initials of brand founder Robert Elder’s father. 80 proof.

SRP: $34.99 118and1st.com

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A deeply-hued lager with distinctive hoppy impressions, Red Horse Beer offers an easy-drinking combination of flavors with an interesting Phillipine beer profile. Its smooth bitterness drives the refreshingly zesty taste, complemented by a full, slightly warm, well-rounded mouthfeel. With brewer San Miguel having garnered 40 awards from Monde Selection, Red Horse Beer has global pedigree as well. Perfect for those looking for a more accessible specialty beer. Available in 330ml bottle and a 1 pint can; ABV 8%.

The Riboli family has expanded the Stella Rosa line with Rosa 22, an aromatic aperitivo made in Italy’s Piedmont region. Balancing bitter and sweet, Rosa 22 comprises 22 natural ingredients of fruits, spices and herbs, yielding characteristics of an amaro with slightly sweet floral notes. The mixture steeps in stainless steel tanks for 60 days before undergoing cold stabilization and filtration. The end result creates a unique cross between a spirit and an aperitivo, best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or mixed in a cocktail. 15% ABV (30 proof).

Smirnoff Vodka claims to have invented the Original Moscow Mule back in 1941; now they have released it as a bottled cocktail. Well, most of the cocktail, that is. The product is vodka infused with ginger and lime flavors, making it easy to make a Moscow Mule at home—just add ginger ale/beer and ice. A vivid copper-colored bottle wrap references the cocktail’s traditional copper mug. 60 proof; also in 50ml. Available only through September 30th.

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7. DUBONNET ROUGE The iconic aperitif Dubonnet Rouge has been repackaged and reformulated. The fortified wine keys on Cinchona bark, combined with a wine base of Muscat of Alexandria, plus herbs and spices including black currant, tea and a dollop of 100% cane sugar. It is vibrant, both in color and flavor, at once complex and refreshingly light. Inspired by a 1940s bottle, the updated packaging features the cat of Sir Dubonnet’s wife. In both 750ml and 1L; 38 proof.

SRP: $17.99/750ml doyoudubonnet.com

10. OWNEY’S RUM Think of it as a taste of history via Brooklyn: Owney’s Rum pays homage to a Prohibition rum runner, Owen “Owney” Madden, and is made in the style commonly enjoyed in NYC speakeasies. Comprised of Owney’s Distiller’s Reserve (the first NYC-made rum that came out in 2012) and two-year-old cask-aged Dominican rum, Owney’s is the latest from The Nobel Experiment, whose founder and distiller, Bridget Firtle, who left Wall Street to open NYC’s first exclusive rum distillery since Prohibition. 80 proof.

SRP: $28 owneys.com

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Two new gins—Gin Con Arancia (Sicilian Blood Orange) and Gin Rosa (Sicilian Pink Grapefruit)—are joining Gin Con Limone (Amalfi Coast Lemon Peel) and Gin Originale (distilled with all Italian botanicals) in the Malfy range. Distilled in a family-run distillery in Moncalieri, using a stainless steel vacuum still, ideal for capturing citrus aromas and flavors. Malfy Gin is sold in over 50 countries. 82 proof. Imported and distributed by Infinium Spirits.

From the Philippines’ largest liquor company and the world’s largest brandy maker, Emperador Solera Brandy has multi-faceted appeal. Resonant aromatics include caramelized nuts, tiramisu, honey, butter and mocha. Flavors complement, with notes of latte, tres leche cake, milk chocolate, delicate spices and cola, finishing with subtle almond. Smooth on its own, Emperador can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks; its flavor complexity works well in brandy-based cocktails as well. 80 proof.

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11. SANTI ‘VENTALE’ VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC The Santi winery, under the direction of Cristian Ridolfi, has launched “Ventale,” a Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC named as a tribute to the local winds. Mostly Corvina, plus 10% each of Corvinone and Rondinella, the wine spends 18 months in 500L casks made of 70% oak plus native chestnut and cherry. The 2016 Ventale is aromatic with cherry, currant, blackberry and green pepper; juicy on the palate, with velvety tannins and a tangy aftertaste. SRP: $14.99 frederickwildman.com

SRP: $12.99 emperadorbrandy.com

12. JÄGERMEISTER ‘MINI MEISTER’ SHOTS-TO-GO Jägermeister is already ahead of the pack in terms of stocking stuffers, having released the new “Mini Meister,” a 20ml bottle, sold in a tenpack. The single-serve glass bottle is designed to appeal with convenience and an “on-the-go” mentality, allowing fans to still seize the moment. As a selling point, the miniature glass bottle allows the Jägermeister to quickly chill to its optimal -18°C, making for 10 “ice kühl” serves.

SRP: $10/ten-pack jagermeister.com


Red Wine Aged 3 Months in Bourbon BarrelS Bold and unconventional, Exitus is our answer to the monotony of boring, forgettable wines. Crafted for the adventurous drinker looking for a novel experience, we solicited the signature smoky notes from classic Kentucky Bourbon barrels to turn up the heat on our big, Zin-based red wine.

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Exitus Wines Offer a D e pa r t u r e f r o m t h e O r d i n a r y Nimble to adapt to consumers’ desires to explore new products, Exitus answered the call with a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend. This Zinfandel based blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot is a red wine with the barrel aged curb appeal for the brown spirit drinkers who may or may not drink wine. “Bourbon barrel-aged wines are one of the fastest growing wine categories today and part of what makes them fascinating is that they appeal to both wine and spirit drinkers. Given our expertise in both wine and spirits, crafting Exitus has been one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on – it’s simply a stunning wine,” exudes Steven DeCosta, winemaker. Fermented in American stainless steel, and then aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, Exitus is deep ruby in color with aromas of blackberry compote, oak, baking spice, caramel and loose-leaf tobacco. Exitus is the perfect wine for consumers seeking a bold, rich red blend combining the best of both worlds. Awarded 93 Points – “Superb!” by Liquor Rank presented by Beverage Industry News. Exitus is available nationwide in 2019.

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DUBONNET ROUGE RETURNS TO TRADITION By Allison Levine

1.25 oz. Dubonnet 1.5 oz. Elijah Craig Bourbon .25 oz. Orange Liqueur 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 2 Dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters Combine all ingredients in a mixing

In a return to its vintage roots, Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif has launched a new package and formula inspired by its 170-year-old legacy. The historic brand is getting back to the root flavor basics to offer a well-balanced cocktail companion. The new formula incorporates a key ingredient used since 1846, Cinchona Bark, which was originally discovered as a cure to common illnesses in the 1600’s. Combined with a red wine incorporating Muscat of Alexandria, herbs and spices including black currant and tea varietals, and 100 percent cane sugar, the taste will delight history buffs and cocktail proficianados alike. The result is an aperitif with 19 percent alcohol that is medium-bodied with dark fruit tannins and a balanced sweetness, creating a versatile flavor that is both complex and refreshingly light. Inspired by a 1940’s bottle, the updated packaging features the iconic cat of Sir Dubonnet’s beloved wife that now lives in infamy on various versions of the bottle throughout history. Sir Joseph Dubonnet,

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a Paris pharmacist and wine merchant, developed this fortified-wine aperitif containing the key medicinal ingredient, quinine, derived from the Cinchona Tree. His creation offered a more flavorful option for those who needed to ingest the medicinal concoction, and the fortified wine soon also became a favored cocktail component. Dubonnet can be found in any respected cocktail book including the Savoy Cocktail Book Difford’s, and others. Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif can be enjoyed on its own or in classic or creative cocktails. It can make a refreshing drink to enjoy in the summer or, due to its depth of flavor, can be enjoyed in the winter.

glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Serve up in a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an orange swath.

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GROWING CONECUH RIDGE WHISKEY CLYDE MAY'S FROM THE STILL UP By Amanda Schuster

Since the American whiskey boom of the early 2000s, it can be tough to keep a brand afloat. Labels from the stalwarts compete for shelf space with renegade crafters, and the only way to distinguish a quality whiskey portfolio is with a good backstory attached to it. Not only must that tale be entertaining, but consumers have become awfully picky about these things - the story also must be based on the truth. In 2014 Roy Danis was brought on by Conecuh Ridge Whiskey to revive a struggling whiskey brand from Alabama -– Clyde May’s.

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Roy Danis, President and CEO

Years of experience and industry relationships through working with premium brands had prepared him for the job, yet there is still a considerable challenge in elevating a lesser known whiskey brand amongst so much competition. Now Clyde May’s Original Alabama Style Whiskey, born of an illicit moonshing operation, is considered the fastest growing brand in the U.S. Nielsen top 100 American Whiskey brands, and there’s more to come to delight existing fans and entice new ones. Building a brand like Clyde May’s is second nature to an entrepreneur like Danis who has been involved in the spirits business his entire adult life. “I started my career with Seagram and advanced through various sales, marketing and general management roles.” From there, he earned his stripes at some of the top companies in the biz, eventually promoted to senior leadership positions - not only at Seagram, but also Diageo, Pernod, José Cuervo and Campari. Like learning a new language, the best way to learn the business and gain fluency in brand management is by doing. “Through these experiences I have been intimately involved in numerous world class brands,” says Danis. “You learn over the years what it takes to make a brand great and enduring.” Taking the helm at Clyde May’s brings all of this experience full circle. “I am trying to bring all my learning and experiences to my role as

Jay Liddell, VP, Sales - U.S.

CEO of Conecuh Brands to build an enduring brand in Clyde May's and to build a unique and exciting company.”

“We have learned so much about the man, through public records and through conversation with direct family members...his grandchild [with the same name, Lewis Clyde May] currently works for us as the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Clyde May’s.” He has worked with some of the world’s most famous and prestigious labels - one would wonder if taking on a little whiskey from Alabama is akin to “slumming it.” Danis begs to differ, and says that the legacy behind the Clyde May’s brand is what makes it such an attractive prospect. “I’ve always been interested in the stories behind brands. What is it that makes a brand unique? What is it that makes a brand authentic? I can’t recall working on a brand with greater authenticity than Clyde May’s.”

CLYDE MAY: THE MAN To correctly tie the whiskey to the legend requires the right facts. Information about May’s life took some digging to find, but his family was willing to share the story. Danis reveals, “We have learned so much about the man, through public records and through conversation with direct family members. I have personally spoken with several of his children, his grandchild [with the same name, Lewis Clyde May] currently works for us as the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Clyde May’s.” Luck would have it there are still people alive who can share first hand accounts and attest to May’s character. “I even had an opportunity to meet and speak with their family attorney, who represented Clyde during some of his ‘run-ins’ with the law.” Another integral member of the Clyde May's brand building team is Jay Liddell, V.P of Sales. He is one of the founding Sales Leadership members and has seen the evolution of Clyde May’s since starting with the company in 2013. Being eloquent in storytelling and having worked in previous marketing roles at Spirit companies including Remy Cointreau and Macallan, Liddell is passionate in bringing the Clyde May’s story to life and engaging the trade on the brand’s heritage and “Alabama Style” twist. “Clyde May’s continues to grow at a tremendous pace not only due to the brand story, but also due to our ability to innovate and grow with the American whiskey category,” says Liddell.


Robert Thomas, Administrative Manager, Roy Danis, President and CEO, Tina Franzese, Marketing Manager, Jan Kotowski-Chang, Director of Operations, Dorothy Ryan, Controller, Jay Liddell, VP, Sales - U.S.

Clyde May’s Warm Apple Cider

According to records and accounts, Clyde May was born in 1925 and raised by a single mother during the Great Depression, and there is no doubt his early experiences and hardships had a profound effect on his strength of character. He was a young man by the time World War II broke out, and he went on to serve in the Army’s 77th Infantry Division. While commanding a 12-man rifle squad, he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart on the front line. “My colleagues and I so enjoy telling the story of Clyde May, his life, his experience of serving our country in WWII,” Danis says.

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Just after the War, May began producing moonshine in Alabama, for which it is said he used the best equipment he could get his hands on. He was apparently a stickler for purity, and was known for taking extra steps to ensure quality. The product was sold as unaged corn liquor, though some was also aged in charred oak for up to a year. He claimed the hot seasonal temperatures accelerated the aging process, comparing his younger whiskey to straight bourbon. The climate and its effects might well have had something to do with how much moonshine was produced in the state at the time

In April of 2004, as a further celebration of his legacy, the Alabama Legislature named Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey as the official state spirit. “I guess in many ways, you can say the story of Clyde May is a uniquely American story,” claims Danis. “It’s the story about a man, who grew up in relative poverty and obscurity. He goes off to serve his country in WWII. He returns from the South Pacific with a Purple Heart and a Medal of Valor and starts moonshining to provide for his growing family. He builds a reputation in the South for producing the best whiskey in the entire area.”

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His son Kenny decided that the best way to honor his father would be to produce Clyde May’s whiskey legally. The first batches were made at Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, using water from Conecuh Ridge Springs in Alabama, which, according to Danis, makes all the difference. “I know whiskey producers from certain states often talk about how their water makes better whiskey,” he states. “If you ask the great people of Alabama, they will tell you their limestone fed streams are the best water for making whiskey.”

It’s just a shame May passed without seeing the happy conclusion to his own story. “In the end he finally received the recognition he deserved. I know this makes his family quite proud,” says Danis.

A UNIQUE RECIPE Aside from his coveted moonshine, May created his own widely popular recipe

for flavored whiskey. Danis explains what inspired the brand’s Alabama Style Whiskey, which has a hint of apple flavor: “He literally pioneered infusing his whiskey with flavor by aging it in vats with baked apples in the bottom. According to his youngest son, Bill May, we learned that this process had as much to do with imbuing a certain color to his whiskey, as it did for adding some flavor - mellowing it out for a smoother taste.” It wasn’t merely about tossing in some apples to cover up rough hooch, which was the case with most flavored whiskey back in the day. “His whiskey-making skills had gotten so good, that people were driving from all over to sample his product.” By the time of his release from prison, there was no doubt what May’s would go on to do. “His reputation for making the best whiskey had become legendary,” says Danis. “So, he had little choice but to continue to moonshine to provide for his family. He did this right up to his death in 1990.” Liddell mentions bartenders are drawn to the brand story too. “Over the last four years that we have been positioning and presenting Clyde May’s to bartenders the response always starts with ‘what an incredible story!’” More importantly, the liquid becomes a draw. “As they discover May family photos and Clyde quotes on the bottles, most bartenders start to taste the pride of authorship and love the subtle hint of apple made famous in Clyde’s proprietary finish. That grin on bartender’s faces after they taste Clyde May’s never gets old for us.”


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Clyde May’s Old Fashioned

CLYDE MAY STRAIGHT RYE As a new extension for the brand portfolio, Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey was released on September 1. The latest innovation to the Clyde May’s lineup is aged a minimum of 3 years, non-chill filtered and bottled at 47% ABV. Rye is all the rage in American whiskey, but it also has an authentic connection. “When Clyde was arrested for possession of moonshine, not only did he have barrels of moonshine in his truck, but he had several bushels of rye seed,” reveals Danis. “We know through court documents, when asked what he was doing with all this rye in his truck, he raised the point that he was a ‘farmer’. Well, we know now that he was making straight rye before it was even fashionable.” Apparently rye was the only whiskey May produced for his own consumption.

foreseeable future, there is a distillery in the works. At the end of the year, the company will break ground on the Clyde May Consumer Experiential Center in Troy, Alabama. “We picked Troy, due to its proximity to where Clyde lived and pursued his whiskey making craft,” says Danis. For a brand born out of a moonshining business, the legitimate operation sounds quite modern and sophisticated, and there will be plenty of attractions to delight serious Clyde-heads. “This consumer experience center housed along the Conecuh Ridge of Alabama, will include a distillery, bottling facility, several rack houses, a retail store and café, along with a museum dedicated to all things ‘Clyde’. We even intend to house the ‘Clyde 240’ - his original still, so named because it cost him $240 to make.”

HERE TO STAY Tying it all together, the bottle also pays tribute to May in its design, with a green and white label, which are apparently reminiscent of the colors used in his prison cell. Images of May and the Alabalama courthouse where he was tried for bootlegging are also on the label

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The Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey line will continue its progression with various new offerings. For the holiday season, Danis reveals they will add a Cask Strength Straight Bourbon. It will be a 10-year- “young” Straight Bourbon bottled at a cask strength of 117 proof. “We are very excited to bring this product out, which will pair up nicely with our Cask Strength ‘Alabama Style’ Whiskey

product,” he says. Of course the product will also be packaged to fit aspects of the Clyde May legend. “As you might be able to tell and in the spirit of Clyde, we are meticulous about our packaging. Our new Cask Bourbon is featured with a wood label, symbolic of Clyde’s hiding of his whiskey in wood chips in the forests of Alabama.” So much American whiskey is based on thin origin stories, typically involving a crusty old grandpappy and the continuation of a “secret” family recipe. In most instances, it really is just that - a story. However, Danis feels a real connection to the Clyde May legend. “The making of any great brand must be based on truth,” he says. Although he’s moved around the block, he feels committed to continuing his work with the Clyde May brand. “It is sometimes an overwhelming responsibility I feel towards the May family to manage his legacy for what I hope will be generations to come.” www.mayswhiskey.com


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HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY A Nurturer of Storied and Award-Winning Brands By Michael Chu Founded in Kentucky in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery has been a nurturer of storied brands for more than 80 years. In a post-Prohibition America, Ed Shapira and his brothers invested in a new distillery, without knowing a barrel from a box, as the family says. They had no inventory, no warehousing and no brand when they started. What once started as a leap of faith, is now the second largest holder of aging American Whiskey in the world. Today, a third generation continues the family legacy of quality and heritage within each of the 1.4 million barrels in inventory The foundation of Heaven Hill Distillery was built with historic brands like Evan Williams Bourbon, the second largestselling Bourbon in the world, Elijah Craig, and Larceny which builds on the Old Fitzgerald story. From a brand born from the ingenuity of a Baptist preacher that is now one of the fastest growing premium Bourbons, to a brand launched less than a decade ago now growing rapidly nationwide, Heaven Hill Distillery has a taste for heritage. The care taken from grain to glass is poured into each bottle, after aging for just the right amount of time in the heart of Bourbon country. Each brand is steeped 28 BIN 2018

in history with its own unique story showcasing the enduring commitment of Heaven Hill Distillery to resurrecting and creating products of authenticity. “Heaven Hill Distillery’s pedigree of producing Bourbons and whiskeys with award-winning flavor is a tale of more than

80 years of family passion,” said Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira. Recent numerous accolades for the distillery’s brands only solidifies that passion breeds progress. Henry McKenna Single Barrel was named both Best Single Barrel Bourbon and Best Bourbon and Elijah Craig was named Best Small Batch Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits

Competition. In addition, both brands, as well as Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey, received Double Gold Awards. At the 2018 WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition, Elijah Craig Small Batch was named Best of Show Bourbon and Pikesville was named Best of Show American Rye Whiskey. Whisky Advocate gave Elijah Craig Barrel Proof “Whisky of the Year” in 2017 and the product also was named a 2018 Ultimate Spirits Competition Finalist. The World Whiskies Awards named Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof and Pikesville Rye their respective category winners for 2017. Through the American Whiskey revival and cocktail craze, these historic names have been given new life in a diverse portfolio that continues to grow and innovate. Heaven Hill Distillery’s family of whiskeys have prospered beyond expectation with a commitment to legacy and American Whiskey’s heritage.


A CASE FOR VODKA IT’S HARD TO CALL A SPIRIT ‘NEUTRAL’ WHEN THERE’S SO MUCH DIVERSITY WITHIN ITS CATEGORY BY JEFF CIOLETTI

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odka hasn’t attracted the sort of feverish fandom that, say, whiskey and agave spirits have, but that, in a sense, is by design. If vodka is truly doing its job and being everything it’s supposed to be, it’s neutral—without color, aroma or flavor (mostly). What’s to get excited about? Well, it still outsells every other spirit—that’s pretty exciting. The fact of the matter is that vodka’s blank slate character empowers it to play exceptionally well with other ingredients in cocktails, helping it become the largest spirits category by volume—71.3 million of the 226.1 million 9-liter cases that make up the total U.S. spirits universe, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. That means nearly a third of the spirits that legal drinking age Americans consumed last year was vodka. And, as large and mature as the category is, it still managed to post more than 2% volume growth in 2017. If there’s ever been a “something for everyone” category, it’s vodka. And that “everyone” includes even the “craft” and

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Vodka’s superpower is its ability to play a role in countless cocktails, such as Absolut’s Unicorn Froze. // Belvedere is among the distilleries championing rye as a vodka base. // Absolut Patriot Punch. // The 17th-century manor “Le Logis” is a signature element at Grey Goose, situated in France’s Cognac region. // Deep Eddy Blueberry Ginger Mule // Simple yet sophisticated: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint with a splash of soda. // Van Gogh Vodka’s Dutch Berry Gimlet. // Grey Goose Martinis.

“authenticity”-minded consumers who gravitate toward brown spirits. “If you pick up a magazine, it’ll say that whiskey is the top trend, and now that the female demographic is invested, it continues to rise,” observes Sly Cosmopoulos, Corporate Mixologist at Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC). “Then I pick up another magazine and it’s tequila, and then in another magazine it’s ‘poor tequila, mezcal is taking over.’ And then another and it’s gin, with all the different botanicals.” Often forgotten among those sexier headlines is vodka. But it’s no less relevant. “When you’re dealing with the mass market, the general public, the average consumer—open the front door and look up and down the street in the neighborhood—it’s still vodka,” says Cosmopoulos. “With all the different price points and styles and flavors, there really is a different vodka for every age and demographic.”

VALUE VODKA STILL ROCKS Low price doesn’t necessarily mean low quality. Since there’s no aging involved

with vodka, it’s bottled and distributed quite soon after distillation and doesn’t have to sit in a barrel for a couple of years not making any money. Vodka tonic drinkers typically aren’t looking to break the bank and they can’t go wrong with something along the lines of Georgi, Popov, Burnett’s or New Amsterdam, all of which sell off-premise for around $13 and under for a 750ml bottle. And there’s a good reason value vodkas come in large bottles, too: they are crowdpleasers that don’t bust budgets—perfect for parties. Value-priced vodkas are also ideal for infusions, which are a real cash cow for Washington, DC’s Eastern European eatery Russia House Lounge—whose menu boasts some 200 vodkas. “I just use different house vodkas and go for the best deal,” says Russia House general manager Andrew Embree, “As long as it’s a decent vodka, when you infuse it correctly, it takes any of the kick out of it.” Russia House sells infusions—everything from pickle, horseradish and mango to roasted tomato and habanero—for $10 a shot, so it’s a highly profitable endeavor.

FLAVORS: EVOLUTION, NOT REVOLUTION Of course, not all flavors have to be homemade. And it was not too long ago that you could barely think of flavors that had not already been tried. And the sub-category itself was ripe for parody. Flavored vodka may have taken a bit of a hit recently—the segment lost 400,000 cases last year, according to the Distilled


Spirits Council—but there always will be a place at the bar and on the retail shelf for ready-to-drink flavors. The segment is just evolving away from gimmicks. “It’s been seven or eight years since the huge confectionery [flavored vodka] trend, the whipped cream, the Fruit Loops flavors,” says Cosmopoulos. “We’re steering away from that and we’re starting to see lighter flavor profiles.” At the Value end, Burnett’s and Pinnacle remain flavored vodka anchors. But also at more premium price points, with the exception of Tito’s, practically every big brand-Absolut, Stoli, Smirnoff, Svedka, Cîroc, Ketel One-has distinctive (and valuable) flavors in their franchise. And continued promotions by established vodkas that remind consumers how easy and rewarding these variations can be. Meanwhile, some national brands-Van Gogh, for one-have become synonymous with flavor, while craft-scaled brands such as Charbay and new labels like Western Son are gaining traction. Old stand-bys like citrus will remain on-trend, as will spicy, peppery expressions. Absolut was among the pioneers of both. In 1986, seven years after the brand launched its original vodka, it unveiled Absolut Peppar and, two years later, it introduced Absolut Citron. Both remain in the Absolut portfolio today. Last year, the brand launched Absolut Lime—and launching this summer: Grapefruit. The Skyy Vodka portfolio also includes a number of tropical and citrus offerings within its Skyy Infusions line. Among those are Citrus, Texas Grapefruit, Blood Orange and Pineapple. A sign of the times: 32 BIN 2018

Brands continually reinforce vodka’s flexibility in cocktails by serving up easy recipes and delicious imagery. Seen here: Absolut Citron “Champagne Tito'sGogh’s Adult Root BeerPalmer” Float. minis. Popper” and Van “Peachy

the lastest Infusion is a re-boot: Watermelon is back, but now it’s “Sun-Ripened” and featuring real fruit. Meanwhile, Austin Texas-based Deep Eddy, now part of Heaven Hill brands, has gained as much attention for its Ruby Red Vodka—which includes real grapefruit juice—as it has for its 10-times-distilled original. One of the flavored vodka game’s biggest rising stars of the past few years has been cucumber. “Everyone would say that cucumber was a really hard flavor to capture in a bottle, but now we’re seeing a lot of it,” Cosmopoulos adds. In 2016, Svedka combined a pair of the hottest trending flavors when it introduced Svedka Cucumber Lime. And, in April of this year, the venerable Stolichnaya brand launched Stoli Cucumber. Focus is another trend. One longtime leader in the flavor arena, Van Gogh, scaled back last year from 24 flavors to 15. Double Espresso is their best-selling flavor overall, followed by Açai-Blueberry, suggesting people still have a taste for the exotic. That’s what keeps driving a brand like Figenza, whose fig flavor doubles as a bit of a curiosity for consumers looking to try something a bit different, and as an interesting cocktail enhancer to mixologists.

THE LOCAL TEAM SCORES BIG Vodka is an incredibly crowded category and it’s notoriously difficult for a new brand to break through. But if the craft beverage movement has taught us any-

thing, it’s that local sells. Brands like Tito’s and Deep Eddy may be national players now, but both are still very much Austin brands with fiercely loyal followings around the Texas capital. “If a brand is local, then that is a selling point for that particular area,” says JR Starkus, Nevada-based master mixology for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. He points to the Frey Ranch Estate Distillery in Fallon, Nevada as an example. “You want to do local, here’s someone who’s doing it local on their farm, at a single distillery. But that’s tied into how close you are to the source. It doesn’t mean anything in Texas—Texans are going to do Deep Eddy and Tito’s.”

INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS Another element that Nevada’s Frey Ranch has going for it is its grain base— made from an uncommon combination of corn, rye, wheat and barley. That wouldn’t have mattered a handful of years ago, but today’s consumers are increasingly attuned to how their spirits are made and the ingredients with which they are made. “Consumers are savvier now than they’ve ever been and they’re more aware of what they’re putting in their bodies,” says Cosmopoulos. “They realize, ‘I want potato vodka,’ ‘I want wheat vodka,’ ‘I want rye.’ A lot more people are taking a look at the base ingredient.” That’s what convinced Belvedere and Sobieski to play up their respective rye bases in marketing and prompted Chopin to release its “Single” line of spirits distilled only once to retain the character of its base—be it wheat, rye, barley or potato.


Potato remains a classic base, and arguably carries more cachet today than it ever has, thanks to producers who treat it conscientiously. Examples besides Chopin include Karlsson’s Gold (Sweden), Boyd & Blair (Pennsylvania), LIV (Long Island), Blue Ice (made with Idaho potatoes); Gorgeous (Montana); and Chase from England, created by the family behind a famous Tyrrell’s potato chips for some serious potato pedigree. Grey Goose probably gets much of the credit for making people start to care more about bases. Few people were talking about “winter wheat” before the Sidney Frank-launched, nowBacardi-owned brand exploded onto the market. And now it’s part of the everyday vodka drinker’s lexicon, tied to no single country. Ravo, for instance gets as much mileage playing up its Swedish winter wheat base as Grey Goose does with its French crop. Grey Goose also got people talking more about water sources, as well, being sourced from a pristine French spring. It certainly has helped pave the way for the success of brands like Global Spirits USA’s Leaf Vodka, whose water sources are front-and-center on its label. One iteration is made from Alaskan glacial water and the other with Rocky Mountain mineral water. The growing ingredient orientation also has enabled smaller brands to distinguish themselves by showcasing their off-the-beaten-path bases. That’s a definite selling point for Argentina’s Primo Vodka, made from Malbec grapes. Cîroc is certainly the best known of the grape vodka niche, but it’s far better known for 34 BIN 2018

Marketing emphasis has shifted away from number of times distilled and types of filtration; ingredients are emerging as more important. Potatoes rule at Chopin, while rye stars at Belvedere.

its association with brand partner Sean “Diddy” Combs than its base. A similar case can be made for Bedlam Vodka from Durham, NC-based Graybeard Distillery. Bedlam’s base is rice—more commonly associated with saké, but not so frequently linked to vodka. As for some really out there ingredients, Fair Vodka is made in France from quinoa. Hangar 1, the Alameda, California distillery adept at offbeat fruit vodkas such as Buddha’s Hand, also created a Fog Point expression using water harvested from San Francisco Bay fog. Black Cow, made

in England from the milk of grass-grazed cows, is not in the U.S.; but in suburban NYC there is nice vodka made from honey, called Comb. And Peony Vodka, from the Hudson Valley, includes nine natural ingredients, most importantly the essence of its namesake flower.

ORGANIC: THE NEW PURITY As vodka marketing tactics go, “X-timesdistilled” is starting to feel nostalgic. Consumers bought into the idea that each distillation would render the spirit even more pure. Ditto filtering—from charcoal to diamonds—again in the name of purity. Well, here is a radical idea: the purest spirit starts with pure

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ext time someone asks “Is there anything new in vodka?” you can say yes without hesitation. Ketel One has a trio of new products which, if not game changers, undoubtedly represent a contemporary take on flavored vodkas. Very consciously named, Ketel One Botanical is vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit and botanical essences. Made with non-GMO grain and finished at 30% ABV, the spirit has no carbs, no artificial flavors, no sweeteners and only 73 calories. Beyond pushing lifestyle buttons, it also delivers aromatics and flavor that with just ice, a splash of soda and a garnish become an instant sophisticated cocktail. The prime drivers behind the spin-off are 11th generation brothers Carl Nolet Jr. and

Bob Nolet. “Just as our father redefined the possibilities for vodka with the exceptionally smooth crisp taste of Ketel One Vodka, we believe Ketel One Botanical sets a completely new standard in spirits,” says Bob Nolet. Available in three expressions—Peach & Orange Blossom; Cucumber & Mint; and Grapefruit & Rose— at SRP $24.99,. the new members of the Ketel One portfolio are hitting shelves and backbars now.


ingredients—and in that respect, organic vodkas separate themselves logically and provide a natural selling point. American Harvest Organic Vodka, recently repackaged, is made from organic Rocky Mountain wheat, certified organic ingredients and water from deep beneath the Snake River Plain. The Snake River actually runs under the Square One distillery; they use organic rye as a base. Prairie, also recently redesigned, is proudly made Minnesota, starting with singlevintage organic yellow corn grown on family farms, without herbicides and pesticides (Prairie also make Cucumber). The Crop line is a veritable organic garden with flavor extensions cucumber, tomato and lemon. Ocean Organic Vodka, made in Maui, is made using sugar cane and ocean water, naturally. And from Europe, Punzone uses organic Piemontese wheat and water from the Italian Alps; Kanon is made from organic wheat in Sweden.

A SENSE OF PLACE Most brands showcase their place of origin in one way or another, but some wear it on their sleeves. Think Khor Vodka, which proudly highlights its Ukrainian heritage. Khor takes its name from Khortytsa, a famous, natural wonder of an island on Ukraine’s River Dnieper. And, while there are so many vodkas coming out of Poland—which claims to be the birthplace of the spirit, much to Russia’s consternation—few own their homeland as much as Lvov, whose package contains a very detailed map of its region of origin. More Polish pride can be found in Wyborowa and Luksusowa and 1852 Kurant Crystal Vodka. 36 BIN 2018

Grey Goose incorporates its estate in France into much of the brand’s content and imagery. // Taking over an old glass factory outside Pittsburgh, Boyd & Blair was only the second distillery in Pennsylvania since Prohibition; their vodka is made from local potatoes. // Lvov Vodka, made from beets, proudly wears a map of Poland on its label.

Of course, Russia remains well represented by evocative brands such as Beluga, Hammer & Sickle, Legend of Kremlin, Ruskova and Russian Standard. Then again, the great thing about vodka is you can make it anywhere—that factor can elevate locales from around the globe. Ketel One, Van Gogh, Vox and Effen all hail from the Netherlands. Finlandia comes from Finland, Reyka from Iceland, Three Olives from England, and Ao from Japan. Absolut and Svedka come from Sweden, as do Purity and Ravo. Canada supplies Crystal Head, Iceberg and Pearl. Don’t forget Slovenia Vodka, whose brand team includes chef Peter X. Kelly, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Bill Murray—not to be confused with the Slovakian vodka Double Cross.

ROYAL TREATMENT Finally, sometimes consumers just want to splurge, especially if they’ve got money to burn or they just want to live the celebrity lifestyle—if only for one night. Italy’s Carbonadi vodka is very much tied to its luxurious image—thanks in part to its price tag. “Carbonadi will probably run you $80 to $100 off premise, but in one of the Las Vegas night clubs, a bottle will probably run you $1,000,” says Starkus. Similarly, Stoli Elit, easily recognizable by its sleek, silver and black bottle, usually costs

around $60 to $75 a bottle off-premise, with a hefty markup in bottle-servicestyle establishments. Then there’s Stoli’s Elit Pristine Waters series, which sources from exotic, remote locations. Bottles often run upwards of $3,000—off-premise! “There’s definitely a pocketbook that goes along with something like that,” Starkus says. “People purchase it simply because they can. In the world of the mega-rich and super-rich, they want to show each other up and show you what they have and you don’t.” But there is also a practical side to luxury vodka, especially off-premise—it arguably makes a safer gift than more particular-tasting spirits at similar price points.

IMAGE NO LONGER EVERYTHING? Vodka’s blank slate character naturally provides ample freedom for creating brands, from the fanciful to the commemorative. Consider Mamont, a Siberian vodka, was launched by an explorer to celebrate the discovery of the Yukagir Mammoth; its bottle is modeled after the tusk. Then, of course, marketers have always had fun with vodka: Bong Vodka’s bottle embodies its name; Black Death became a perennial Halloween hit; Crystal Head embraced both celebrity ownership by Dan Aykroyd and chic/cheeky skull-shaped packaging. Some vodkas draw inspiration from local history and geography; others tie in to causes (Heroes, Salute, Simple, Equality). The list of image-driven vodka brands is long, as vodka’s neutral character continues to act as a very willing enabler. ■`


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ELIJAH CRAIG The Father of Bourbon By Allison Levine

From the spark of an entrepreneurial spirit, Elijah Craig is credited with pioneering the charring of oak Barrels to age Bourbon. A Baptist preacher in 1700’s Kentucky, many recognize him as the Father of Bourbon. A man of many traits, Craig was a distiller, educator, road builder and land speculator, and also built the first paper and wool mills in the state of Kentucky. Elijah Craig’s legacy was preserved by Heaven Hill Distillery who crafts the Bourbon with the same basic methods used by Elijah Craig over 200 years ago. Local corn and grains are fermented and then distilled. After aging in charred oak, the most complex barrels are selected to become Elijah Craig Small Batch, Barrel Proof and Single Barrel Bourbons. Much like the story behind the brand, Elijah Craig celebrates entrepreneurs who showcase the passion and ingenuity the minister himself came to be known for. Reverend Elijah Craig’s innovative spirit enabled him to break tradition by using charred oak barrels to make Bourbon, which changed whiskey-making in America forever. In his honor, the Elijah Craig brand partners with entrepreneurs in areas like menswear, food and charity who have the same spirit. From the Founder of Lemonade, Chef Alan Jackson, who revolutionized the approach to food, combining tradition, fine dining and fast food with healthy, delicious prepared foods to Alton Lane, co-founded by college friends Colin Hunter and Peyton Jenkins in 2009, altering the customer’s shopping experience with a blend of big-data and menswear, the Elijah Craig Fire Starters are changing the game in their respective industries.

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Created in 1986, the Elijah Craig family of Bourbons is led by the flagship Elijah Craig Small Batch, made exclusively from batches of 200 barrels or less of 8 to 1 2 - y e a rold Bourbon. The creation of Elijah Craig began when Heaven Hill’s Master Distillers selected a small number of barrels of the finest Bourbon for the Elijah Craig label, creating small batch Bourbon before the term “small batch” existed. In addition, the portfolio now includes Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel and Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel. Much like the rest of the Heaven Hill Distillery portfolio, Elijah Craig is no stranger to critical acclaim. Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon has received a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has been awarded two-times “Best of the Best” Bourbon by Whisky Magazine. The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof was named Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Whisky of the Year. It was also a 2017 World Whiskies Awards’ category winner as well as a Double Gold and Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years and Older

winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. And, it received 95 points at F. Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Gold at the SIP Awards. Fred Minnick described Elijah Craig Barrel Proof as “pure bliss; must sip” when it received 94 points in the Sumer 2017 issue of Whisky Advocate Magazine. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of a man, Elijah Craig has honored his legacy with award winning whiskeys and by encouraging other Fire Starters to challenge the norm.


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The Gratefully Dead Cocktail Created to celebrate the Fall season and El Día de Los Muertos, The Gratefully Dead Cocktail is a refreshing twist on America’s favorite cocktail, the Margarita. This must try cocktail is made using Araceli Marigold Liqueur and Sunora Bacanora Blanco, two of Mexico’s most unique spirit offerings. The Gratefully Dead Cocktail offers a wonderful blend of Marigold, Bacanora, Pineapple juice and a light hint of smoke to round out this delicious one-of-a-kind taste sensation. Araceli Marigold Liqueur is the world's very first liqueur of its kind and offers a unique bouquet of delicate complex flavors that are rich, floral and fragrant, ending with a soft, clean and pleasant finish. Sunora Bacanora Blanco, is smoother than tequila and less smoky than mezcal, with a dry, complex, peppery, smoky, earthy finish. Marigold flowers are the traditional flowers used in Mexico throughout El Día de Los Muertos, and it is believed that the fragrance of the flowers serve as a guide for spirits, in finding their way back to join amongst loving family gatherings honoring them, and this fantastic cocktail will have you feeling thankful and grateful.

The Gratefully Dead Cocktail Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Araceli Marigold Liqueur 1.5 oz. Sunora Bacanora Blanco 5 oz. Pineapple Juice Directions: Rim glass with lime juice and salt. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a margarita glass with ice. Garnish with a lime twist.

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TEQUILA CROSSES BORDERS, PUSHES LIMITS

Is it something in the water? Agave spirits are hot, and tequila suppliers are diversifying as quickly and creatively as ever. Some developments of note: TEQUILA EL REY is an award-winning brand that offers a unique portfolio of traditional and flavored tequila expressions that are smooth and easy to drink. El Rey is produced at the world-renowned Cascahuín Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, using traditional methods to transform 100% blue agave into a decidedly suave tequila that is as rich and welcoming as the land and culture from which it hails. The smooth, nuanced taste of Tequila El Rey took years to perfect. It is the product of the rich low land soil surrounding Mount Cascahuín, the sweet flavor of 100% blue agave, and traditional methods of distillation that have flourished for centuries — reimagined here for the modern palette. Tequila El Rey Brand Portfolio Silver: Three months of rest in stainless steel containers allows our silver tequila's distinctive agave flavor to mature. Suave yet snappy, it brings cocktails to life with its bright yet mellow flavor. Reposado: A fine tequila for sipping or mixing, our reposado nurtures a distinct sweetness within its rich agave flavor. Six months of aging in American Oak barrels lends warmth and color. Añejo: Aged for fourteen months in American Oak barrels, El Rey's Premium Añejo Tequila produces an exceptionally smooth, refined taste that is best appreciated slowly and on its own. Silver Strawberry: Crafted from silver tequila and added natural strawberry flavors for a refreshingly sweet twist on a classic. Silver Hibiscus: Balancing the tartness of lemons with the sweetness of berries, natural hibiscus flavor lends a gentle richness to our nimble silver tequila. Silver Pineapple Coconut: The tangy sweetness of pineapple meets the lush richness of coconut, turning our nimble silver tequila into a tropical confection. www.tequilaelrey.com

UNO POR FAVOR Uno Por Favor is a brand that commands attention and brings something new to the table. Within a relatively short period of time, Uno Por Favor has captured the pallets of the most discerning tequila aficionados across the country and continues to garner rave reviews from both trade and consumers. Uno Por Favor is an ultra soft and pure tequila made at Compañia Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico. Utilizing the finest agaves and distilling techniques, each of their tequilas are subjected to an aeration / oxygenation process that evaporates all existing impurities resulting in a tequila that retains its character and body but with an unequaled flavor and smoothness. Offerings include: Uno Por Favor Blanco, made with 100% blue agave, an ultra-premium tequila full of flavor and character, extremely smooth and light, along with the newly released Uno Por Favor Reposado, made with 100% agave, preserved in oak barrels for more than 6 months, an ultra-premium tequila that is full of taste and character. www.unoporfavor.com

TEQUILA DON CHEYO Made of 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Weber, Tequila Don Cheyo is twice distilled and masterfully aged in French White Oak barrels resulting in a distinguished, full-bodied flavor and a seductively smooth finish. Made from the heart, right from the start, Don Cheyo’s handcrafted, artisanal tequila is made in small batches and is created in the same traditional manner from centuries ago. Flavors and aromas range from pure agave, hints of red fruits, caramel, toffee, almonds and a touch of wood.

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The Don Cheyo portfolio includes: Silver, Reposado (aged for 6 months), Añejo (aged for 18 months) and Extra Añejo (aged for 36 months). www.doncheyo.com


TEQUILA MAR AZUL Mar Azul is a family owned company based in San Antonio, Texas who understand what it takes to make the perfect Tequila. Mar Azul takes pride in their promise to not use any chemical additives and to make their tequila with only the finest Blue Weber Agave, traditional distilling techniques and 100% natural ingredients. In creating the finest handcrafted tequilas, there are no short-cuts taken whatsoever. As a result to the family’s dedication to their craft, the entire Mar Azul tequila portfolio is beautifully aromatic and stunningly smooth with rich vibrant tastes and delightful finishes. Mar Azul Premium tequilas are meant to be sipped and savored and their wide range of Silver infused tequilas offer unique taste profiles that are second to none. Mar Azul’s Portfolio Includes: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo & Habanero Tequila Mar Azul’s Silver Infused Tequilas Include: Almond, Coconut, Coffee, Mint, Pomegranate, Banana and Chocolate. Taste the new face of tequila and experience the award-winning brands of Tequila Mar Azul. www.marazultequila.com

TEQUILA PADRE AZUL Padre Azul is hands down one of the smoothest, and coolest tequila brands on earth. Born out of a love story between HP Eder from Austria, and Adriana Alvarez Maxemin from Guadalajara, Mexico, Padre Azul is an award-winning 100% blue agave super-premium tequila known for its vanilla and caramel flavors and unparalleled smooth finish. Available in blanco, reposado (aged for 8 months), and añejo (aged for 18 months), Padre Azul’s portfolio is quickly generating traction in the U.S., and continues to grow throughout Europe and other countries. You won’t find any compromises in the design of the unusual “Padre Azul” bottle. Only the best is good enough for Padre Azul, both inside and out. The handmade bottle is inspired by the heritage and culture of Mexico, with each Padre Azul bottle being topped with a 270-gram solid metal skull, which pays homage to Dia de los Muertos and eternal friendship. The leather jacket with lacing is a tribute to the Spanish language term “Lucha Libre” which translates to "freestyle (professional) wrestling" along with the masks worn by the "luchadores" (singular luchador, meaning "wrestler"), and is a tribute to “El Santo”, the most famous luchador in Mexico. www.padreazul.com

TEQUILA RYNO Ryno Premium Tequila begins with carefully selected mature blue agave plants and old world distilling methods. A truly impressive brand, Ryno Tequila is handcrafted in small batches at Tequila Las Americas, NOM 1480, in Jalisco, Mexico. Ryno Tequila is exactly what you are looking for when it comes to tequila – incredibly smooth, 100% agave and certified organic without any additives. A taste treat for the senses, this ultra-smooth, delicately nuanced organic tequila line of blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo, is one of the best sipping tequila brands in the marketplace, and should certainly be on your list of must try brands. www.rynotequila.com

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First quantitative survey says ‘Can do!’ As wine in cans continues to proliferate, some fresh stats from a two-year study are providing a clearer picture as to the trend’s drivers and staying power. “Wine in a can is not a fad,” says Robert Williams Jr., Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. “It represents a significant new wine category that is finding a permanent, positive place in the overall wine market.” Shooting star Over the past two years, Williams and of the can realm appears to be colleagues from Texas Tech University surveyed —no surprise— consumers and suppliers about their attitudes toward wine in cans. Their research assembled a database of over 450 CANNED-WINE offerings,

from 160 WINERIES covering 22 states and 17 countries. The survey had 1,000 RESPONDENTS AGES 88, with an average age of 34. Some key takeaways:

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 Early adopter producers see cans as an extension into new markets as opposed to a mere substitution or cannibalization of bottled wine.  Interestingly, even though 60% of respondents were aware of wine-in-cans, only 40% of them could remember a brand name, suggesting wineries have not developed a strong image such that consumers recall the brand name, even if they are aware of this type of packaging.  The top drivers motivating wine-in-can purchases are: 1) convenience, 2) occasion expansion, 3) sustainability/cost savings.  The most popular can sizes are 250ml 375ml, 187ml, and a few unique sizes.

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 All major wine types and grape varieties found in bottles are available in a can, but the shooting The eye-catching star of the can realm appears to be—no graphics for UPPERCUT! surprise—ROSÉ. Pink wine is the #2 most cans are inspired by recent popular wine-in-a-can style, compared to its trends in media and film #9 ranking in 750ml bottles. depicting empowered female figures.

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New Zealand’s wine industry has notched their 23rd consecutive year of export growth, with exports now valued at $1.13 BILLION USD, according to the New Zealand Winegrowers annual report. The NZwine industry is targeting $2 BILLION BY 2020, and that figure seems even more attainable when considering that the growth continued despite supply constraints caused by the short 2017 harvest. New Zealand exports to 90 COUNTRIES; the U.S. is their largest wine export market, with over $500 MILLION IN EXPORTS/YEAR. Perhaps more surprising, NZ is the third biggest importer to the U.S. in dollar value, trailing only Italy and France. Tourism is one key: More than a quarter of international visitors to NZ visit a winery—and apparently take their taste for NZ wine home with them.

BEER BRACES FOR COST HIT

Food and drink products are by nature impacted by both the cost of ingredients and the cost of packaging, and beer is unfortunately staring at the prospect of double-barreled hikes, according to a report by the investment bank Berenberg. The cost of aluminum rose 7% in 2018, on top of a 20% rise in 2017. Plus, the heat wave that scorched Europe this summer has put world barley stocks at their lowest level since 1984. Barley represents an estimated 20% of total costs of goods sold for the average brewer. At the end of August, UK barley prices were up 37% year-on-year, and in France they were up 23%—putting significant pressure on the breweries in coming months. The Berenberg report predicts the worlds biggest brewers are facing a rise in production costs of 16% heading into 2019.


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ARGENTINA WITH AN EDGE RUCA MALEN BREAKS OUT THE MENDOZA PACK BY W. R. TISH

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endoza and Malbec are Argentina’s indisputable wine calling cards—and with so many labels cropping up in the last decade, it becomes a challenge for suppliers to stand out. Ruca Malen—an established brand coming off a significant reinvestment—is distinguishing itself in multiple ways. Setting the progress in motion, in 2015 Molinos Río de la Plata, Argentina’s most prominent food and beverage business, acquired Ruca Malen with a goal to make the country’s most inspired food-friendly wines—and to make their reach global. As part of the rejuvenation, the winery brought on a new head winemaker, Noelia Torres, a longtime protégé of legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs. Her mission has been to capture the true expression of Argentina wines via distinct tiers within the portfolio. The flagship Ruca Malen Classics offer refined, modern styles of Malbec, Cabernet, a Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc; they are balanced, elegant, varietally true—and attractively priced at $11.99-$12.99 SRP. With the Terroir Series, Torres explores the unique personalities rooted The restaurant on-site at Ruca Malen in Lujan de Cuyo is the most successful in the country, drawing wine lovers from around the world.

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“We are seeing firsthand an increase in momentum across all segments of the industry. Argentina is not just about Malbecs anymore.” – Michael Bruntz, Brand Manager

in the Mendoza sub-zones of Luján de Cuyo and particularly Uco Valley, at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, taking full advantage of estate vineyards dating back to 1996. At SRP $18-$20, this range offers a trio of sophisticated reds—Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot—with clear fruit expression with complexity and elegance; ideal for premium by-the-glass pours.

On-Premise Accolades Emphasizing the delinieation, Ruca Malen created bold new packaging for both the Classics and Terroir Series. Fortuitously, the makeover coincides with some especially positive media recognition: Wine & Spirits magazine singled out Ruca Malen as a “Most Popular Argentine Wine in America” in the 29th Annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll. The survey of on-premise trade professionals named 93 wineries in 2018, but only four from Argentina. This recognition dovetails naturally with the brand’s mission. “Our winemaking

strategy begins with respecting the expression of the varietals. The style of wines that pair well with fine foods is one of the main pillars of Ruca Malen,” says Torres. Moreover, Ruca Malen was the first winery in Argentina to adopt the “tasting menu” concept. Today, the restaurant on-site at Ruca Malen in Lujan de Cuyo is the most successful in the country, drawing wine lovers from around the world and generating stellar reviews on Trip Advisor and other platforms.

Perfect Positive Storm Gathering momentum from the new packaging, new winemaker and freshly minted critical acclaim, U.S. importer Opici Wines and Ruca Malen have embarked a 360-degree promotional push. “The pedigree and potential of Ruca Malen belongs at the forefront of the Argentine wine industry and this new look and the Terroir Series wines puts our audacious character front and center,” notes Federico Ruiz, Export Director. At Opici Wines, VP of Marketing Mike Wolff calls the brand “reignited,” adding, “It is exciting to see the reaction on the street to both the package and the wine. Noelia Torres is making brilliant wines that people are going to remember.” ■


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IS WHISKEY THE NEW WINE? THE LIQUIDS ARE DIFFERENT, BUT THE TRAJECTORY BEGS COMPARISON BY W. R. TISH

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hose selling wine in the varietally charged 1990s remember how a 60 Minutes report on The French Paradox kicked off an unprecedented run of wine popularity. As Americans came to embrace The Grape, consumption rose steadily, and the market exploded with expressions: single-vineyard wines, reserve wines, varietal extensions, new labels, cult wines, kitsch wines, Euro-style blends, proprietary blends, alternative packages, and so on. The wine boom reverberated loudly if not clearly for decades. Today, brown goods are enjoying a similar type of explosion— products seem to be appearing at warp speed, diverse in styles and origins, reflecting varied techniques, and stratified in price, prestige, usage and appeal. 52 BIN 2018

Highland Park has embraced Viking imagery in developing their portfolio, packaging and promotions. // Brenne, sourced in France by Allison Parc, is fruitforward whiskey aged in Cognac casks; she smartly followed up the initial release with a 10 Year Old. // Stillhouse is among the increasing cadre of distillers toying with novel barrel additions—in their case, roasted coffee beans.

The proliferation of brown goods naturally makes a merchant’s job more challenging—it means editing the expanding whisk(e)y universe down to a sampling that works for your clientele. Unlike wine, whose character is influenced by myriad aspects of grape, place and treatment, whiskey operates within a more focused playing field, and its inherent logic is ready to help sellers connect buyers to whiskies that appeal to their tastes and curiosity. While every bit as handcrafted as fine wines, whiskies are apt to reach shelves with distinct selling points—calling cards, if you will, that can make for concise, compelling, shelftalker-length stories.


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AGE STATEMENTS Whiskey does not develop further in the bottle, which makes age statements, rather than vintages, the de facto measuring stick. Single malts represent the pack leaders, with pricing escalating naturally with age. Interestingly, supply pressure in recent years has some leading brands to abandon age statements purposefully and successfully, e.g., Elijah Craig 12 Year Old becoming Elijah Craig Small Batch. Jim Beam Black, featuring Extra-Aged on its front label, positions itself as a smoother, mellower complement to the ever-popular White Label. Others have retooled to position themselves in the contemporary market; Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, for instance, re-launched to acclaim in 2010 at 102.6 proof, with a declaration of no chill-filtration and no added coloring.

Elijah Craig is arguably America’s original “Small Batch” bourbon. // Outside-the-box marketing has ramped up as brands aim for the attention of newer whisky enthusiasts; seen here, The Macallan’s immersive “4D” experience that virtually transported participants to the new distillery in Scotland.

STRENGTH MATTERS Overproof whiskies carry an air of authenticity and uniqueness, and have helped inject terms like “cask strength” into the whiskey lexicon. Michter’s has developed a collectible reputation based on their varied finishes and proofs; Distiller Willie Pratt believes that bottling at barrel strength yields a richer, more fullbodied whiskey, as seen in such examples as Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye. Bottled in Bond whiskies are becoming more common, bearing both high proof and retro appeal. Historically defined, bottled-in-bond whiskey must be the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof.

ished releases have become quite popular among international distillers. Sherry barrels are classic; Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask, the brand’s latest annual limited edition, which imbues notes of toasted almonds, dried fruit and sea salt alongside the whisky’s signature peaty character. Even wine (Woodford Reserve), Port (The Dalmore) and beer barrels (Jameson) have gotten into the whiskey act.

OTHER FINISHES Barrels are not the only way to generate of distinct liquid. Consider Clyde May’s “Alabama style” whiskey—a bourbon

WOOD FINISHES Shifting a whiskey into a freshly used barrels that contained a different liquid is a classic—and utterly intuitive—means of shaping a different final product. Bourbon barrels may only be used once—in turn, bourbon-barrel-fin2018 BIN 53


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with dried apples added to barrels as they age. Stillhouse Black Bourbon is the first ever to be rested in roasted coffee beans. Tap 357 is rye-driven Canadian whiskey, aged in bourbon barrels and finished with a touch of maple syrup. Oak & Eden comes bottles with piece of an actual barrel. Lambay, a new Irish whiskey, purports that their unpeated, triple-distilled spirit benefits from exposure to the sea air and maritime winds on Lambay Island.

FLAVORS Flavored whiskey is not like flavored vodka, presenting a narrower range, and flavored whiskey fans tend not to overlap with single malt enthusiasts—but smart merchants will have a spectrum of flavor options available. Cinnamon, Honey, Vanilla and to a lesser extent fruit (Cherry, Apple, Peach…) and Spice are among the 21st-century hits.

LIMITED EDITIONS The creativity of marketing departments has been a byproduct of the whiskey

Bulleit’s Tattoo Edition features designs by prominent artists in four different cities: NYC, LA, Austin and Portland. Adding a touch of AR, each bottle includes a hangtag with a scannable QR code that brings the design to life digitally. // Highland Park brought an authentic replica Viking ship into several U.S. harbors this year.

boom. Limited editions abound. Among the prime providers: Heaven Hill, with multiple brands; The Macallan; Michter’s; Buffalo Trace; even Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s have done a nifty job of releasing a stream of evocatively conceived projects. (Jim Beam “Repeal Batch” is hitting shelves this fall.) Highland Park has cornered the whiskey market in terms of editions honoring Gods of ancient Norse mythology. In taking on different shapes and concepts, these special editions often arrive with compelling backstories. To wit: Jefferson’s “Ocean” bottlings, which have been aged aboard a ship crossing the Equator multiple times. And eye-catching packaging is yet another way brand teams are reaffirming their market presence; a good recent example is Bulleit’s “Tattoo Edition.”

COLLECTIBILITY & GIFTABILITY Aside from limited editions, evocative labels are another way that whiskies can project simple yet endearing appeal, enhancing their giftability. J.J. Corry is made by a woman distiller who has revived the tradition of bonding—as in 54 BIN 2018

STAR POWER Celebrity whiskey is a real thing now. A prime time TV ad campaign has made Mila Kunis is the face of Jim Beam. Matthew Maconaghy took time away from making movies to creative-directing Wild Turkey. Drake released Virginia Black between hits. Bob Dylan followed up his Nobel Prize with a whiskey, Heaven’s Door. And maybe the biggest whiskey star of all will turn out to be Conor McGregor’s new Irish Whiskey, Proper Twelve.

blending and maturing select casks of Irish spirits; Brenne is another womanled whiskey, sourced from France’s Cognac region. Hunters might enjoy Bird Dog; John Wayne film fans can drink The Duke; outdoors enthusiasts would appreciate Boone and Crockett Club, a bourbon label from the nation’s oldest conservation organization, founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt.

CRAFT FACTOR On top of the brand stories and special bottling accounted for by mainstream whiskies, the craft arena is of course brimming with novel producers. Local distillers, specialists and evocative labels can colorfully round out any wine shop’s or back bar’s stylistic selection. ■


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DISCOVER THE AWARD WINNING SPIRITS OF DUNCAN TAYLOR Duncan Taylor started business as a merchant and cask broker for premiere Scottish distilleries until their focus evolved to the production and marketing of their own Scotch Whisky, Rum and Gin. Today, Duncan Taylor owns one of the largest privately-held collections of rare whisky casks in the world, which they use to make several award winning blends. Black Bull Scotch Whisky the cornerstone of Duncan Taylor, has been a blended whisky since 1864, mixing 50% single malt with 50% single grain and bottling at 50% abv without being altered by chill filtration. Each blend of Black Bull is created with its own flavor and character, from the boldfaced 12 Year Old to the vibrant Kyloe. At the 2017 World Whisky Awards, Black Bull 40 Year Old earned the distinction of “World’s Best Scotch Blend New Release”.   Indian Summer Gin a winner at the 2018 World Gin Awards, is spiced with pink peppercorns, infused with saffron and bottled at 46% abv, adding taste and affluence to a traditional summer cocktail. Duncan Taylor’s foray into Gin has a unique backstory inspired by the personal collection of saffron that CEO Moji Shand acquired from giftbearing relatives who would visit from across the world. www.duncantaylor.com

UFC® NAMES NEMIROFF FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL VODKA PARTNER Multi-Year Global Partnership Establishes New Sponsorship category for UFC Las Vegas and Nemyriv, Ukraine – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, recently announced a new, multi-year global marketing partnership with Nemiroff, one of the best-selling vodkas in the world. Under the terms of the agreement, Nemiroff becomes UFC’s first-ever “Official Vodka” Partner, creating a new sponsorship category for UFC. In return, Nemiroff will have a branded presence inside the world-famous Octagon® at all UFC events, including UFC’s remaining Pay-PerView events in 2018. “We’re excited that Nemiroff is joining us as UFC’s first-ever global Vodka partner,” said Paul Asencio, UFC Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. “The alcohol and spirits categories continue to be an important component of our sponsorship business, and Nemiroff’s global popularity will help us grow UFC’s brand and the sport of MMA around the world.”

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“We’re really pleased to establish a partnership with UFC worldwide,” said Yuriy Sorochynskiy, Chief Executive Officer of Nemiroff. “The vision and values of UFC are highly relevant and parallel with Nemiroff’s brand DNA. By establishing Nemiroff as UFC’s Official Vodka Partner, we can align brand strategy and reach a wider market.”


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n the heart of the Rioja Alta, surrounded by the meandering Ebro River, the stunning 178-acre Viña Lanciano vineyard is among the most coveted locations in all of Rioja, and is responsible for the beauty and singularity of Bodegas LAN’s premium wines. Named for the three provinces that form Rioja—Logroño (now La Rioja), Alavesa and Navarra—Bodegas LAN is a relative newcomer, founded in 1972. Since that time, the winery has been committed to perfecting the consistent high quality of its classic range and an increased focus on boutique winemaking (hand picking, sorting). Additionally, LAN has introduced modern practices in the vineyards and the cellar including sustainable viticulture, the elimination of chemical fertilizers, and creating a highly innovative barrel storage and maintenance system. Bodegas LAN crafts traditional Rioja (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva) as well as a range of modern bottlings. While 60 BIN 2018

many of the region’s wineries produce these two styles, few are as successful at mastering both, which has earned the estate a reputation as one of the most dynamic producers in the region. “Within LAN’s traditional range, you really see the terroir coming through, and the modern-styled wines showcase the other side of what Rioja has to offer,” said Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier, University Club; Co-founder, Wine on Wheels. Benjamin was joined by Brooke Sabel, Wine Director at New Jersey’s Gary’s Yannick Benjamin

Wine & Marketplace, at the Beverage Media headquarters to taste and discuss the wines of Bodegas LAN. “When I visited the estate, I was blown away by the high-tech winery,” shared Benjamin. “It’s like Willy Wonka with mechanical innovations I’ve never seen in any other facility. Barrels are stacked with spaces between them to allow for complete air circulation.” Bodegas LAN has embraced innovation from the beginning, and winemaker María Barúa is leading experimentation Brooke Sabel


t What’s so special about the Lanciano vineyard is a combination of the microclimate (sheltered by the Sierra Cantabria mountain range) and the mineral-rich bedrock from the Ebro. Many vines here are over 60 years old.

on the influence of oak, including testing the Spanish species roble pirenaico. She relies on a mix of American and French oak as well as hybrids; the staves are composed of American oak, while the heads are French.

RIOJA & THE AMERICAN PALATE The American interest in Rioja has been steadily increasing, both Sabel and Benjamin reported. But the Rioja consumer

is as diverse as the styles of wines being made in the region. “I have serious Rioja drinkers that follow aged Reservas and Gran Reservas, and then consumers who will chose a Crianza because it is a well-made wine for $10, not necessarily because it’s a Spanish Rioja,” Sabel explained. “I like introducing Tempranillo to Sangiovese drinkers— those who enjoy Rosso and Chianti will like Crianza; it’s the same bright fruit, high-acid, food-friendly experience.” Older expressions, like Reservas and Gran Reservas, remain some of the best values on the market. “Rioja used to be this great secret and you could find older vintages for practically nothing,” said Benjamin. “Prices have increased along with Rioja’s popularity, but these wines

are still phenomenal values.” Even the full-bodied, modern-style wines, which as in the case of Bodegas LAN, are made with the estate’s finest fruit and employ expensive oak regimes, still offer terrific value: “It would be impossible to find Super Tuscans or Napa Cabernets of similar quality for well under $30,” said Benjamin. “It’s just one of reasons that Rioja is incredibly unique.” ■

BODEGAS LAN LINEUP CRIANZA 2014 Fresh and fruity, LAN’s Crianza is always a “great value,” described Sabel. Benjamin liked the structure and upfront fruit: “Perfect for someone looking for an accessible wine with some body and texture, you can’t go wrong with this, especially for the price.” SRP $14 RESERVA 2011 Tempranillo is joined by 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano from 25 year-old vines in this perfumed Reserva. Somewhat muted, it will benefit from more bottle age as well as decanting, said Sabel. Dried and fresh fruit notes are upheld by vibrant acidity. $20 GRAN RESERVA 2010 Thirty-year-old bush vines in the prized Viña Lanciano vineyard

yield a wine that nicely straddles the modern and traditional style. “It’s a happy medium for those who enjoy nonoxidative, bold fruit flavors but appreciate restraint and don’t want too much oak or jammy fruit,” said Sabel. Benjamin emphasized just how rare it is to get an eight-yearold single vineyard wine of this quality for around $20; “Not to mention 2010 was a terrific vintage.” $25 D-12 2015 This 100% Tempranillo wine— now in its 9th vintage—was created to showcase the finest parcels in the estate’s vineyard. Full-bodied, dark and powerful, it shows ample tannin and structure, despite micro-oxigenation and lees contact. “I’d recommend this to a Merlot or Cabernet

drinker, or even the Super Tuscan fan,” Sabel shared. “In a steakhouse, this is a great value. It would likely be under $100 on a list,” explained Benjamin. $20 VIÑA LANCIANO RESERVA 2011 Winemaker María Barúa’s oak innovation is on display in this reserva, aged in a combination of French and Russian oak barrels. Savory, mineral intensity underscores the red and black fruit. Only 400 cases make it to the U.S. $30 EDICION LIMITADA 2013 This blend of 86% Tempranillo, 6% Mazuelo and 8% Graciano is modern-styled and concentrated, yet elegant at the same time. “The

combination of French and Russian oak really works here, and the spice notes that Graciano brings adds lovely complexity,” Sabel described. “Beautifully-made, full-bodied, modern style Rioja,” added Benjamin. $50 CULMEN RESERVA 2011 A powerfully-built, concentrated red, this comes from 40- to 60-year-old vines in the Pago El Rincon section of the Viña Lanciano vineyard site. Brooding and nearly black in color, it’s aged 26 months in new French oak barrels, and shows notes of cocoa, tobacco, licorice and balsamic woven with black fruit flavors. Though seven years old, it is still tightly wound and will benefit from more bottle age and decanting to showcase its complexity and potential, the group agreed. $65


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WILD TONIC ® IS TRANFORMING THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY A rare cousin of Kombucha, our Jun is fermented with exotic teas, honey, organic heirloom raw Jun culture (SCOBY), fruit juices and botanicals, herbs and spices, creating our signature smooth, subtle, and sophisticated beverage.  Milder than traditional Kombucha, Jun is absent of the tangy, abrasiveness characteristic of many refined sugar-based Kombuchas.    In fact, there are many facets to this ancient elixir and our innovative approach!  Although Wild Tonic® Jun Kombucha is now just 3 years old, we have released 3 types of beverages in as many years: · 2015-16: Wild Tonic® Jun Kombucha (9 flavors) · 2017: Wild Tonic® 5.6% ABV (5 flavors) ·2018: Wild Tonic® 7.6% ABV – Fall Release (3 varieties) From Blackberry Mint to Raspberry Goji Rose, Hoppy Buzz™ to Mango Ginger, and Dancing Naked® to Mind Spank® we invite you to fall in Wild Love™ with one of our 17 varieties.  Wild Tonic® Hard Jun Kombucha 5.6% ABV was named one of Beverage Industry’s Hottest New Beverage Innovations (2017).  64 BIN 2018

Our 100% woman-owned brewery is disrupting the brewing scene by competing with craft beers nationwide with the release of the first 7.6% ABV Hard Jun Kombucha. Meticulously brewed and impeccably crafted by hand, this ferment is steeped in mystery and celebrated for its delicate effervescence.  Wild Tonic® is brimming with certified organic ingredients and gluten-free goodness.    A wonderful alternative to wine or beer, Wild Tonic® 7.6% ABV reveals truly unique flavor profiles, an unexpected combination of fruit married with various herbs and botanicals.  We invite you to EXPERIENCE Wild Tonic.  Indulge your senses with Dancing Naked’s satisfying notes of Zinfandel; succumb to Mind Spank’s devilishly tantalizing notes of coffee, chocolate and maple; and surrender Wild Love’s the sensuous notes of luscious blackberry with hints of lavender in:   Each of these unique combinations was carefully crafted to enhance the characteristics of honey.  Because honey is a primary ingredient in the ferment,

Wild Tonic® is dedicated to helping support and fund the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers Association, not only to raise awareness around the plight of the declining bee populations but also to educate beekeepers on sustainable practices. Wild Tonic® continues to distinguish itself nationally in the Kombucha realm.   The 7.6% version will be not only the first high alcohol Jun but also the highest ABV Kombucha to be distributed nationally.   Wild Tonic® Jun Kombucha is now available in 43+ states; Wild Tonic® Hard Jun Kombucha is available in 15+ states and rapidly growing!  Where are we in your neighborhood?  Check out our new website and map: www.wildtonic.com/find-us.    Wild Tonic® and you.  Beautiful inside and out. Wild Tonic®. Kombucha Redefined™.


REATY OAK DISTILLING DEFIES CONVENTION AS IT LAUNCHES WHISKEY & GIN PORTFOLIO IN NEW U.S. MARKETS Seasoned Team of Mavericks Embrace the Spirit of Innovation Treaty Oak Distilling, a vanguard distillery that has been at the leading-edge of the small spirits movement for over a decade, is ready to reach new heights. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Barnes, this talented team of rebels have a clear cause – to make the best spirits that purposefully break from convention in order to create something new, or even curious. Comprised of distillers, sommeliers, botanists and architects, the crew draws inspiration from the past, but also the world around them. “We strive to strike the perfect balance between heritage and innovation,” said Daniel Barnes, founder of Treaty Oak Distilling. “Our willingness to be different based on knowledge and expertise is what sets us apart.” Until now, the company’s awardwinning portfolio of hand-crafted whiskey and gin has been one of the best kept secrets in Texas. But, thanks to a new partnership with Mahalo Spirits Group, a leading craft spirits sales organization, the upstart brand is set to make its mark on the spirits industry. The Treaty Oak portfolio – from the most awarded distillery in Texas – includes three expressions each of whiskey and gin. The team carefully balances tradition vs. experimentation, and when possible, use local resources, including limestone filtered Texas spring water. In partnership with James Brown, (who is on the forefront of the heirloom grain movement), the team sources corn and wheat from Barton Springs Mill, where 90% of grains are grown by Texas farmers using sustainable organic practices. But, they’re also transparent when sourcing from outside partners. The Treaty Oak portfolio includes: Red Handed Bourbon, Red Handed Rye, Ghost Hill Bourbon, Waterloo No. 9 Gin, Waterloo Antique Gin and Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin. For more information, about Treaty Oak and its whiskey portfolio, visit treatyoakdistilling. com. Follow the brand on Facebook @TreatyOak and on Twitter and Instagram @ TreatyOakTX 66 BIN 2018


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NEW C A M P F I R E S M O K I N E S S

T O F F E E S W E E T N E S S N O. 4 I N T H E G L E N F I D D I C H E X P E R I M E N TA L S E R I ES

Glenfiddich has long pushed boundaries and challenged traditions. Never has this been more evident than with Fire & Cane. It’s a bold fusion of campfire smokiness with oak and peaty notes, finished in Latin rum casks to produce a surprising toffee sweetness.

Skillfully crafted, Enjoy responsibly. Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% Alc./ Vol. Š2018 Imported by William Grant & Sons. New York, NY.

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BRAND PROFILE

ELEVATING ABRUZZO CODICE CITRA PUTS INDIGENOUS VARIETIES CENTER STAGE BY W. R. TISH

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n adding Codice Citra to their stellar portfolio, LLS, a division of The Winebow Group, did not just bring on another well-recognized label. With a plan to upgrade and promote the winery’s distinct programs, Winebow and Codice Citra are aiming to vault the central coastal region of Abruzzo into the conversation of great authentic Italian wines. Since its founding in 1973, Codice Citra has focused on cultivating quality, indigenous grape varieties, from the well-known Montepulciano and Trebbiano to the more esoteric Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola. Setting the stage for this new phase in Codice Citra’s progress, in 2017 the winery partnered with Riccardo Cotarella as Executive Enologist—significant both for his acclaim working with varieties/regions throughout Italy and for his longtime connection with Winebow. “Our partnership with Codice Citra goes hand-in-hand with our longstanding dedication to quality and authenticity, and our mission to bring to the U.S. lesser-known gems from all corners of Italy,” notes Ted Campbell, SVP and GM of the LLS import division. “This is also what attracted Riccardo to this project and the great potential to help elevate Abruzzo.”

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Valentino Di Campli, President of Codice Citra, adds, “With our reinvigorated dedication to quality and our new partnership with LLS— whose team understands Italian wine better than anyone else—we look forward to increasing the knowledge-base of what the Abruzzo region has to offer.” Codice Citra is sub-divided into four ranges of wine, which together showcase the quality and potential of Abruzzo. ■ CITRA: Already well-known in America, hallmarks of the “new” Citra include: all estate-grown fruit from family-owned vineyards in Abruzzo; superior expression of indigenous and international varieties led by Riccardo Cotarella’s precise vinification techniques and custom blending; and a brand new label, reflecting the diversity of terrain from seaside to mountaintop. These eight wines offer clean varietal expressions that provide the perfect introduction to Abruzzo. SRP $9.99/750ml, $18.99/1.5L. ■ FERZO: Brand new to the U.S., Ferzo—whose name refers to a patch of fabric that is stitched together with others to create a

Situated in Abruzzo’s province of Chieti, Codice Citra’s vineyards stretch from the hulking Majella Mountain to the Adriatic Sea, benefiting from the cooling, vine-friendly “brezza di terra” that flows through the valleys. Current research on nearly 2,000 acres of vines in Chieti aims to identify distinctive sub-zones and terroirs.

sail—is a union of the finest viticultural “patches” of southern Abruzzo, which are hand-harvested from 20-year-old vines. The five Ferzo wines are: Passerina, Cococciola, Pecorino, Rosato (all Terre di Chieti IGP); and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. SRP $25.99. ■ CAROSO: This elegant and powerful Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva is a singular expression of Chieti’s top cru. The hills of Chieti province run parallel to the Adriatic, which creates a unique microclimate. SRP $29.99. ■ LAUS VITAE: Meaning “praise to life,” Laus Vitae is a refined Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from 40-year-old hand-harvested vines from an exclusive high-altitude vineyard with extremely low yields. The wine starts in stainless, then moves to large and then small oak barrels until it reaches a high structural complexity. SRP $39.99. ■


. . . is proud to be the exclusive importer of Abruzzo’s Codice Citra family of wine.

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A UTHENTIC T HE

FROM THE GROUND UP

SAME ROOTS.

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NEW LOOK

“Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Trinidad vineyard, which is located on the coastal side of the Maipo Valley and provides a Mediterranean climate. The combination of the soft breezes from the Pacific and ancient granite soils creates a unique terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon - resulting in a wine that has pure and intense aromas of cassis, black pepper and red berries with great balance.” Sergio Hormazábal, Head Winemaker. Imported by Winebow, Inc., New York, NY MundoVinoImports.com - Root1Wine.com

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last call

Perfect Pear-ing Bourbon gets fresh-roasted new partner for fall. BY MARLENA HOFFMAN

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hen adjusting their cocktail menus, one way to navigate whiskey into fall is to introduce a strong complementary flavor. Ashley Kane from Time, a whiskey-centric bar in Philadelphia, uses roasted pears to “add depth to the fruit and help it relate better to the whisky.” She notes, “Fresh pear could be a bit bright for a fall-inspired cocktail.” Her original inspiration came from an old-school style influencer, via a new-school medium. “I know it’s laughable,” Kane says, “I was honestly inspired by a roasted pear tart posted by Martha Stewart on Instagram.” For the whiskey, Kane selected Maker’s Mark because of the smoothness and subtle sweetness, which complements the pear; the bourbon’s fair amount of oak and vanilla also “drive the flavor home” keeping the cocktail “balanced and approachable.” In the case of “A Perfect Pear,” the garnish also matters—aromatically compensating for the pear’s muted scent. Kane says, “I feel without the fresh herbs the drink can really fall a bit flat and not fully inspire the autumn flavors we’re going for. Both the pear and the herb garnishes are equally important.” n

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• A Perfect Pear Ingredients: 2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon ½ oz Roasted Pear Purée ½ oz Simple Syrup ½ oz fresh Lemon Juice Fresh Thyme & Rosemary for garnish Method: Add all ingredients to a tin and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over new ice. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.


CONGRATULATIONS

TO THIS YEAR’S HIGH-SCORING WINES

Marcel Dubois White Loire Wine 2017 Vouvray

Chateau Malbec 2015 Bordeaux

Chateau Picau Perna 2015 Saint-Emilion

Aime Roquesante 2017 Cotes de Provence France

95 • CHAIRMAN TROPHY

94 • FINALIST GREAT VALUE

93 • FINALIST GREAT VALUE

91 • TRIED & TRUE

GREAT VALUE

Chateau Haut Surget 2014 Lalande de Pomerol

Tour Prignac Grande Reserve 2015 Medoc

Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Gascony

91 • POINTS

91 • POINTS

90 • GREAT VALUE

Imported by Luneau USA Inc. Westport, CT

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ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE 2018 IDENTIFYING THE WORLD’S BEST SPIRITS, COCKTAILS, CIDERS, SAKES & WINES LIKE NO OTHER COMPETITION

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ltimate Beverage Challenge® (UBC) conducts two major international beverage competitions: Ultimate

Spirits Challenge® (USC) each March and Ultimate Wine Challenge® (UWC) each May. So, since 2010, why has UBC become the beverage industry’s most trusted and respected evaluation company? Answers UBC’s Judging Chairman and Co-Founder F. Paul Pacult, “Three crucial factors have made UBC the world’s foremost authority of beverage alcohol quality. First is our rigorous, innovative methodology that creates a level playing field for every spirit and wine that’s submitted to USC and UWC. We introduced the industry’s strictest analytical processes by instituting a unique multi-level evaluation system that allows more than one panel to analyze each entry. In order for spirits and wines to display their virtues, they are served at optimum temperatures. UBC is the only competition company to insist on staging only small flights of 2 to 8 beverages so judges remain alert and fresh. Entries are tasted blind with like-with-like spirits and wines to ensure that each entry is dealt with fairly. Our goal is one-pointed: to provide unbiased, accurate ratings.

JUDGING: Tasting flights are narrowed so that all products are evaluated likewith-like. SCORE: The results published in this Ultimate Guide represent all products that scored 90 points and above (out of a maximum score of 100 points) in the 2018 Challenges. A complete list of all products scoring 80 points and higher can be viewed at ultimatebeverage.com. Online results include tasting notes for all products scoring 85 points and higher and marketing collateral. AWARD: Top scoring products in each category are recognized based upon

“Second, because of UBC’s uncompromising and stringent procedural standards we must hire the world’s foremost authorities as our spirits and wine judges. By that I mean our generation’s most prominent and acknowledged beverage specialists, such as Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, award-winning authors and journalists, consultants and buyers, bartenders, bar owners, and food and beverage managers. In addition to the UBC judges, we employ the most capable and experienced organizational team in the world to guarantee the smooth operation of each competition. “Third, UBC has its own dedicated facility in Hawthorne, New York, a mere 35 minutes north of Manhattan, where both USC and UWC are conducted. By creating a pristine, calm, and conducive environment for our staff and judges, we have brought forward the entire concept of beverage competitions. The UBC Evaluation Center provides brick-and-mortar proof of UBC’s total commitment to doing things right. It’s the UBC way, where shortcuts are never allowed.” If these reasons aren’t enough for you to believe in UBC as being the world’s finest beverage competition company, visit the UBC website for more at www.ultimate-beverage.com.

their results in each Challenge: Chairman’s Trophy and Finalist. The number of Finalists per category will vary depending on product type, number of submissions and overall quality. ACCOLADE: In addition to the score, products are further distinguished as a guide to consumers: 95-100 points: Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation; 90-94 points: Excellent, Highly Recommended; 85-89 points: Very Good, Strong Recommendation; 80-84 points: Good, Recommended. PRICE: All prices listed are retail prices suggested by the producer and may vary by market. Products available in

the U.S. are quoted in dollars; those not imported show prices as available in the country of origin. TRIED & TRUE AWARD ( ): Products that were entered into USC or UWC for the two previous, consecutive years as well as the present year and have scored 90 or higher each time, are recognized for consistency of product quality with this award. GREAT VALUE ( ): Indication of products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score. SIZE: All sizes are 750 ml unless otherwise noted.

DATES FOR 2019: USC ENTRIES OCT. 3rd, 2018 UNTIL FEB. 27th, 2019. UWC ENTRIES OCT. 3rd, 2018 UNTIL APR. 17th, 2019. ULTIMATE-BEVERAGE.COM For a complete list of results, visit ultimate-beverage.com

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ULTIMATE SPIRITS

CHALLENGE t Ultimate Spirits Challenge® (USC) each year, the quality rankings for every category for spirits are determined with uncommon skill and precision by the all-star Ultimate Spirits Challenge judging panels convened by the person whom Forbes.com called, “America’s foremost spirits authority”, USC Judging Director F. Paul Pacult. USC 2018 took place at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center located north of Manhattan. There, Pacult and his super-star judges, including Eric Alperin, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Troy Clarke, Tim Cooper, Dale DeGroff, Leo DeGroff, Meaghan Dorman, Tyler Hudgens, Sean Kenyon, Justin Lavenue, Don Lee, Andy Seymour; Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Joaquín Simó, Charlotte Voisey, and Jillian Vose, evaluated hundreds of spirits and cocktails throughout March. All entries were painstaking assessed neat within their peer group and many spirits were tested in category-appropriate cocktails.

Said Pacult of USC’s revolutionary two-pronged analytical approach, “To properly analyze most distilled spirits in 2018 I believe that it’s mandatory to evaluate them both neat and in cocktails. In the neat phase, judging panels are assigned small flights of like-with-like spirits to determine their quality. Small flights assure that the judges remain fresh and engaged. All spirits are tasted blind by multiple panels to maintain a level playing field.” Continued Pacult, “After judging spirits neat, the subsequent analysis comes in the form of USC’s cocktail phase to gauge the mixability of spirits. I feel strongly that it’s just as vital to know how brandies, for example, work in a Sidecar as to know how they rank neat within their category. Each cocktail is evaluated blind with a glass of its base spirit ingredient poured neat next to it for reference. The cocktail data is an added value factor for producers who enter USC.”

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE…NO SHORTCUTS. JUST HONEST, IMPARTIAL JUDGING. ABSINTHE AWARD

SCORE 96

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

La Muse Verte Absinthe (France), 68% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$68.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BAIJIU BAIJIU/KAOLIANG AWARD

SCORE

Chairman’s Trophy

97

Jian Nan Chun Baijiu (China), 52% abv. 375 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

Finalist

96

TTL Yusahn Taiwan 58% Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv. 600 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

NT$360.00

Finalist

96

Kweichow Moutai Feitian Baijiu (China), 53% abv. 375 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$159.99

Finalist

94

0.5L-58% Kinmen Logo Version Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY268.00

Finalist

94

Yushan Daqu Taiwan Blue Magpie 8 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 59.5% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$1000.00

Finalist

94

Yushan Kaoliang Chiew XO Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 50% abv. 660 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$900.00

Finalist

94

Lvxi Jiangjin Shaojiu Craft Baijiu (China), 52% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY480.00

Finalist

94

Premium Kinmen Red Dragon Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 56% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY578.00

93

Kinmen 1958 Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 53% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY268.00

93

Kinmen Taiwan Merchant Selection Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 50% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY428.00

93

TTL Yushan Aged 6 Years (Black Sticker) 56% Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 56% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$700.00

93

TTL Yushan Aged 6 Years 58% Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$750.00

93

TTL Yushan Rtaiwan Cellaring 58% Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

93

Yushan Taiwan 5 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 52% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

93

Jiangxiaobai Joyouth Baijiu (China), 40% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY88.00

93

Lvxi Jiangjin Shaojiu Classic Version Baijiu (China), 52% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY69.00

92

0.5L-53% Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 53% abv.500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY178.00

92

Kinmen 12 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 56% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$4800.00

92

Original Distilled No. 21 Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$480.00

92

Yushan Taiwan 3 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

Yushan Taiwan Yuan Jiao 8 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 52% abv. 700 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

Jiangji Distillery Blue 5-Star Baijiu (China), 40% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY280.00

91

38% Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 38% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

91

Baoyue Spring Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 46% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

NT$690.00

91

Jiangxiaobai Intimate Friend Baijiu (China), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY360.00

90

58% Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 58% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

90

Cellar Reserve Kinmen 3 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 56% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY918.00

90

Yushan Daqu Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 59.5% abv. 600 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.90

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90

Jiangxiaobai S 100 Baijiu (China), 40% abv. 100 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY24.00

90

LVXI Jiangjin Shaojiu Standard Version Baijiu (China), 40% abv. 500 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY55.00

96

Ireland, 46% abv, $49.99

BITTER/AMARO/APERITIF/APERITIVO AMARO AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Meletti Amaro (Italy), 32% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

Finalist

95

Distilleria Varnelli Amaro dell'Erborista Amaro (Italy), 21% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$64.99

Finalist

93

dell'Etna Amaro (Italy), 29% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

92

Black Note Amaro (Italy), 21% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.00

92

Nardini Amaro (Italy), 31% abv. 1 L Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

91

Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene Amaro (United States), 29% $43.99 abv. 1L Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Chairman's Trophy

Cocktail Recommendation: THE COPYWRITER «««

Finalist

teelingwhiskey.com

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

96

Lillet Rose Aperitif (France), 17% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$24.99

93

Lillet Blanc Aperitif (France), 17% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Dubonnet Aperitif (United States), 19% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

96

ROUGH RIDER BULL MOOSE THREE BARREL RYE WHISKEY

United States, 45% abv, $35

BITTER/AMARO/APERITIF/APERITIVO BITTER AWARD

SCORE 92

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter (Italy), 28.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BRANDY AMERICAN BRANDY AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $200.00

Chairman's Trophy

95

Argonaut The Claim California American Brandy (United States), 42% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

92

Argonaut Fat Thumb Premium California American Brandy (United $50.00 States), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Edelbrand Vinars da Meila Small Batch Apple American Brandy (United States), 41% abv. 375 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

SCORE

Spicy, earthy oiled leather and pipe tobacco are accompanied by dates and apple tarte tatin on the nose. Grain-forward and toasted on the palate, stone fruits and honey come forward before touches of white pepper, brown sugar, and rolled oats on the finish.

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE Category: American/Rye

$49.50

Cocktail Recommendation: OLD FASHIONED «««

BRANDY ARMAGNAC AWARD

Wonderfully fruited and honeyed, with subtle aromatics reminiscent of rose hips, passion fruit, and nutmeg. Cinnamon and toasted walnuts at first on the palate, with hints of delicate white tea, peaches, and fresh cream followed by a warm, toasted finish.

Category: Irish/Single Grain

BITTER/AMARO/APERITIF/APERITIVO APERITIF AWARD

TEELING SINGLE GRAIN IRISH WHISKEY

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Delord l'Authentique Bas Armagnac (France), 45.9% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$105.00

Finalist

95

Larressingle Napoleon Armagnac (France), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$69.99

Finalist

93

Chateau de Laubade Cask Strength Vintage 1998 Armagnac (France), 52.1% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$150.00

Finalist

93

Darroze Grand Assemblage 20 Years Old Bas Armagnac (France), $85.00 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Dartigalongue Hors d'Age Bas Armagnac (France), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$62.00

91

Marie Duffau Vintage 1979 Bas Armagnac (France), 45.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$110.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

lispirits.com

90

DUBONNET ROUGE GRAND APERITIF

United States, 19% abv, $17.99 This aperitif pours a scarlet red with dark highlights. The nose shows intense notes of wild cherry bolstered by an intriguing assortment of smoked herbs. The palate has an autumnal fruit tone and refreshing bitterness.

BRANDY CALVADOS AWARD

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

93

Christian Drouin Selection Calvados (France), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

93

Christian Drouin XO Pays d'Auge Calvados (France), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

92

Claque Pepin Certified Organic Vieille Reserve Calvados (France), $48.00 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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GREAT VALUE Category: Aperitif

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doyoudubonnet.com


BRANDY COGNAC AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 97

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Jean Fillioux XO Grande Champagne Cognac (France), 44% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$140.00

Finalist

95

Courvoisier XO Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$150.00

Finalist

94

Camus Borderies XO Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$179.99

Finalist

94

Chateau de Triac Single Vineyard Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

Finalist

94

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

Finalist

94

D'usse XO Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$230.00

Finalist

94

Maison Gautier VS Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

94

Maison Gautier VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

Camus Elegance VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

93

D'USSE VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

93

Martell Blue Swift VSOP Finished in Bourbon Oak Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

93

Naud VS Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Pierre Ferrand Renegade Barrel No. 2 Cognac (France), 47.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$90.00

92

Augier L'Oceanique Cognac (France), 40.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

92

Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

92

Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

91

Camus Elegance VS Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Merlet Brother's Blend VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

91

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac (France), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

90

Augier Le Singulier Cognac (France), 41.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

90

Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BRANDY EUROPEAN BRANDY AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Lucien Bernard XO - 2017 Release French Brandy (France), 42% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.00

Finalist

94

Brancoveanu VSOP Vinars Brandy (Romania)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Brancoveanu XO Vinars Brandy (Romania), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Monteru Single Grape Chardonnay European Brandy (France), 41.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

93

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery Verak XO 10 Years Old European Brandy (Kosovo), 40% abv. 1 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

92

Aqua Collection Ambre French Brandy (France), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

92

Perea Grape European Brandy (Bulgaria), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

Schladerer Black Forest Pear European Brandy (Germany), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

90

Perea Barrel Aged Grape 3 Years Old European Brandy (Bulgaria), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

90

Perea Chili Spiced European Brandy (Bulgaria), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Bocchino Cantina Privata Moscato Sauternes Cask Finish Grappa (Italy), 42% abv. 700 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

€150.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BRANDY GRAPPA AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 96

Finalist

95

POLI Cleopatra Moscato Oro Grappa (Italy), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$80.00

Finalist

94

Nonino Il Moscato Grappa (Italy), 41% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$78.99

Finalist

94

Nonino Vendemmia Grappa (Italy), 41% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

93

Carlo Bocchino Riserva Grappa (Italy), 43% abv. 700 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€250.00

92

Nonino Vendemmia Riserva Grappa (Italy), 41% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BRANDY PISCO AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Caravedo Puro Torontel Pisco (Peru), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

93

Porton Acholado Pisco (Peru), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

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PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

95

Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez (Spain), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

93

Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez (Spain), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Gran Duque d'Alba Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez (Spain), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

94

Hotaling & Co. Genevieve Barrel Finished Genever Style (United States), 47.3 abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$64.99

94

Old Duff 100% Maltwine Genever (Netherlands), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

90

Old Duff Genever (Netherlands), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Luxardo Sour Cherry Flavored Gin (Italy), 37.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Plymouth Gin (England), 41.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$32.99

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GENEVER AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GIN FLAVORED GIN AWARD

SCORE 90

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GIN AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 96

Finalist

95

Nouaison by G'Vine Gin (France), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

94

Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

Finalist

94

Thomas Dakin Gin (United Kingdom), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Battle Standard 142 Gin (United States), 57% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

93

Farmer's Botanical Organic Gin (United States), 46.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

93

Plymouth Navy Strength Gin (England), 57% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

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94 Highly Recommended Finalist / Great Value

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93 Excellent, Highly Recommended Finalist

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93 Highly Recommended

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95 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation Chairman’s Trophy / Great Value

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93 Highly Recommended

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92

Ransom Old Tom Batch #82 Gin (United States), 44% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.00

91

Ada Lovelace Great Women Spirits by Francis Ford Coppola Gin (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.00

91

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin (Australia), 41.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

91

Tinkerman's Recipe No. 4.2 Citrus Supreme Gin (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin (England), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Tinkerman's Recipe No. 6.3 Sweet Spice Gin (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GIN LONDON DRY GIN AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin (England), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

94

Beefeater London Dry Gin (England), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

Finalist

93

Citadelle London Dry Gin (France), 44% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

93

Darnley's View London Dry Gin (England), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

93

Fords London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

92

Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin (England), 43.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

92

Gordon's Traveller's Edition London Dry Gin (Scotland), 47.3% abv. 1 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

92

Inverroche Classic London Dry Gin (South Africa), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

92

Inverroche Amber London Dry Gin (South Africa), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

92

No. 3 London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.99

91

Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin (England), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

91

Martin Miller's Original London Dry Gin (England), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

93

Martin Miller's 9 Moons Cask Aged Matured Gin (England), 40% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

92

Citadelle Reserve Matured Gin (France), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

91

Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Organic Doug Fir Matured Gin (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.95

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GIN MATURED GIN AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

LIQUEUR AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur (Ireland), 17% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

96

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (France), 20% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$33.99

Finalist

95

Dimmi Liquore di Milano Liqueur (Italy), 35% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

95

Marie Brizard Parfait Amour Liqueur (France), 25% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

Finalist

95

Merlet Trois Citrus Triple Sec (France), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

Finalist

95

Tempus Fugit Creme de Banane Liqueur (Switzerland), 26% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$42.99

Finalist

94

Bauchant Orange Liqueur (France), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

Finalist

94

Jagermeister Manifest Herbal Liqueur (Germany), 38% abv. 1 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

Finalist

94

Kahlua Salted Caramel Liqueur (United States), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

94

The King's Ginger Liqueur (United Kingdom), 41% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

Finalist

93

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Coconut Rum Cream Liqueur (St. Kitts ), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

Finalist

93

Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream Liqueur (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

93

Cardenal Mendoza Angelus Liqueur (Spain), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

93

Merlet Creme de Cassis Creme de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur (France), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

Finalist

93

Plymouth Sloe Gin Liqueur (England), 26% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

Finalist

93

Priqly Prickly Pear Liqueur (Malta), 21% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

92

Kahlua Chili Chocolate Liqueur (United States), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

92

Merlet Creme de Fraise Creme de Fraise, Strawberry Liqueur (France), 18% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

91

Kahlua French Vanilla Liqueur (United States), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Liquore Strega Liqueur (Italy), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

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91

Schladerer Black Forest Raspberry Liqueur (Germany), 28% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur (United States), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Merlet C² Cafe, Coffee Liqueur (France), 33% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

MEZCAL AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Del Maguey Single Village Wild Jabali Mezcal (Mexico), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$99.00

Finalist

94

Los Vecinos del Campo Espadin Mezcal (Mexico), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.00

Finalist

94

Los Vecinos del Campo Tobola Mezcal (Mexico), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$90.00

Finalist

93

Del Maguey Single Village Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal (Mexico), 48% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

Finalist

93

Del Maguey Single Village San Luis Del Rio Azul Mezcal (Mexico), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.00

Finalist

93

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (Mexico), 50.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

Finalist

93

Real Minero Pechuga Mezcal (Mexico), n/a abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Del Maguey Single Village Minero Mezcal (Mexico), 49% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

91

Real Minero Espadin Mezcal (Mexico), 45.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Rey Campero Mexicano Joven Mezcal (Mexico), 47.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Flavored Rum (West Indies), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 2 Barbet Still Rum (Venezuela), 47% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$79.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RUM FLAVORED RUM AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 95

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RUM AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 98

Finalist

97

Plantation Fiji Vintage 2009 Rum (Fiji), 44.8% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.99

Finalist

95

Bly Silver Rum (United States), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.00

Finalist

95

Marti Dorado 3 Years Old Gold Rum (Panama), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$18.99

Finalist

94

Bounty Gold Rum (St. Lucia), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

Finalist

94

Denizen Aged White Rum (Trinidad/Jamaica), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

94

Denizen Dark Rum (Guyana/Martinique), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

Finalist

94

Facundo Exquisito 23 Years Old Rum (Bahamas), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$150.00

Finalist

94

Maggie's Farm White Rum (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

Finalist

94

The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak Bourbon Cask 10 Years Old Rum (Barbados), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

Finalist

94

Twenty Boat Cape Cod Amber Rum (United States), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

Finalist

93

Bacardi Black Rum (Puerto Rico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

Finalist

93

Bounty Dark Rum (St. Lucia), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.99

Finalist

93

Dictador Distiller Icon Reserve 20 Years Old Rum (Colombia), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

Finalist

93

Facundo Eximo 10 Years Old Rum (Bahamas), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

Finalist

93

Grander Single Barrel 8 Years Old Rum (Panama), 52.57% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

Finalist

93

Maggie's Farm Queen's Share Double Oak Rum (United States), 55% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

93

Plantation Peru Vintage 2004 Rum (Peru), 43.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

Finalist

93

Ron Viejo de Caldas Gran Reserva Especial Rum (Colombia), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

93

Rumson's Grand Reserve Rum (Trinidad), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

92

Brugal Anejo Rum (Dominican Rep.), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

Cana Brava Reserva Aneja 7 Years Old Rum (Panama), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.00

92

Denizen Merchant's Reserve 8 Years Old Rum (Jamaica/Martinique), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 1 Batch Kettle Still Rum (Venezuela), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

92

La Hechicera Solera 21 Aged Rum (Colombia), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

92

Plantation Jamaica Vintage 2002 Rum (Jamaica), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

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92

Plantation Barbados Vintage 2002 Rum (Barbados), 43.2% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

91

Bacardi 8 Años Rum (Puerto Rico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Brugal Extra Dry Rum (Dominican Rep.), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Cruzan Single Barrel Extra Aged Rum (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum (Barbados), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

90

Ron Viejo de Caldas 3 Years Old Rum (Colombia), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Twenty Boat White Rum (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

THREE OF THE FIVE

HIGHEST RATED AMERICAN RUMS!

RUM SPICED RUM AWARD

SCORE 91

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Maggie's Farm Spiced Rum (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Maggie’s Farm White Rum United States, 40% abv, $27.99

SHOCHU/SOJU AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

iichiko Reserve Zenwa 2018 Edition Shochu (Japan), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

JPY5000.00

Finalist

94

iichiko BLŪ Shochu (Japan), 30% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

93

iichiko Hita Distillery Barrel Aged 3 Years Old Shochu (Japan), 40% abv. 200ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY600.00

91

iichiko Kurobin Shochu (Japan), 25% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

iichiko Reserve Shinwa 2018 Edition Shochu (Japan), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY5000.00

90

iichiko Frasco Shochu (Japan), 30% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

World’s second highestrated white rum.

-2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

This white rum has an inviting nose of fresh tropical fruit and sea breeze. The palate brings forth a pleasingly full, smooth body with subtle flavors of damp earth, molasses, and walnut.

Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Double Oak Rum United States, 55% abv, $34.99

TEQUILA ANEJO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Revolucion Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$59.99

Finalist

94

Herradura Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$56.99

Finalist

93

El Tesoro Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$64.99

Finalist

93

Expresiones Corazon Sazerac Rye Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 45% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

93

Partida Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

Finalist

93

Siete Leguas Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$56.99

Finalist

93

Tromba Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Expresiones Corazon George T. Stagg Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila $79.99 (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Expresiones Corazon Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

90

Espolon Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

90

Lunazul Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

This domestic rum has a complex nose that shows brown butter, wild fern, and honey dew melon. The oak comes through on the palate with intense vanillin and a bit of drying tannin before ending in a blast of exotic spice.

Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum United States, 40% abv, $29.99

World’s highest-rated spiced rum.

-2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

TEQUILA BLANCO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Lunazul Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

Finalist

95

Siete Leguas Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$46.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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Finalist

94

Revoluccion Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

Finalist

94

San Matias Tahona Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

Finalist

93

Calle 23 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

Finalist

93

Chavo Malo Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

Finalist

93

Partida Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

Pasote Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.00

Finalist

93

Tequila Cabeza Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

93

Tromba Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

93

UWA Tequila Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. 700ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

£55.00

91

El Tesoro Platinum, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

91

Familia Camarena Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Tres Agaves Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Corazon de Agave Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Izkali Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

90

TEQUILA EXTRA ANEJO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Partida Elegante Extra Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$374.99

Finalist

94

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$349.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

TEQUILA REPOSADO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Siete Leguas Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$51.99

Finalist

94

Partida Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

Finalist

93

Pasote Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.00

Finalist

93

Tequila Pueblo Viejo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

91

Corazon Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

91

Familia Camarena Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

90

Lunazul Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

90

UWA Tequila Speyside Whisky Cask Aged Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv. 700 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

£60.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

VERMOUTH AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Cinzano Bianco Vermouth (Italy), 15% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$7.99

Finalist

95

Montanaro Vermouth di Torino Rosso Vermouth (Italy), 16% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$24.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

VODKA/AQUAVIT AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Belvedere Lake Bartezek Single Estate Rye Vodka (Poland), 40% abv. 1 L

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

Finalist

95

Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$36.95

Finalist

95

Kalak Peat Cask Single Malt Grain Spirits (for USA) Vodka (Ireland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

Purity 34 Ultra Premium Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$26.99

Finalist

94

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

Finalist

94

Crop Harvest Earth Organic Artisanal Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

94

Kalak Single Malt Vodka (Ireland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

Finalist

94

Long Road Aquavit (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

Finalist

94

Misadventure Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.00

93

Deep Eddy Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

93

Holla Vodka (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.00

93

Luksusowa Vodka (Poland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

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93

Purity 17 Super Premium Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

93

Purity Organic Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv, Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

93

Snow Leopard Vodka (Poland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

93

Till American Wheat Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Belvedere Vodka (Poland), 40% abv. 1 L Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.00

92

Drake's Organic Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

92

Pinnacle Original Vodka (France), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

92

Purity 51 Connoisseur Reserve Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Svedka 80 Proof Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.95

92

Teaz Vodka (France), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.00

91

1852 Kurant Crystal Organic Vodka (Poland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Aylesbury Duck Vodka (Canada), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

91

Burnett's Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

91

Cylinder Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Effen Vodka (Netherlands), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Khaoma Platinum 1996 Vodka (Kazakhstan), 40% abv. 500 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

LiV Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

New Amsterdam 50 Vodka (United States), 50% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

New Amsterdam Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Ravo Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

91

Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka (United States), 50% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

91

Smithworks Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Finlandia Classic Vodka (Finland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Khaoma Gold 1996 Vodka (Kazakhstan), 40% abv. 500 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Platinum 7X Vodka (United States), 40% abv. 1.75 L Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Van Gogh Vodka (Netherlands), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Wheatley Vodka (United States), 41% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

94

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $17.99

Chairman's Trophy

95

Dixie Black Pepper Flavored Vodka (United States), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

93

New Amsterdam Lemon Flavored Vodka (United States), 35% abv. $12.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

92

Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Flavored Vodka (United States), 35% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

Finalist

92

Effen Cucumber Flavored Vodka (Netherlands), 37.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

92

New Amsterdam Raspberry Flavored Vodka (United States), 35% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Nemiroff Honey Pepper Flavored Vodka (Ukraine), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Flavored Vodka (Netherlands), 35% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

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93

Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 97

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon (United States), 47% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$74.99

BOUNTY DARK RUM St. Lucia, 43% abv, $20.99

This bold and complex rum shows dense flavors of charred caramel, dark chocolate, and pastry crème. The palate reasserts these flavors but also shows a crisp citrus streak. At slightly over-proof, a perfect candidate for a rum old fashioned.

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: Rum Cocktail Recommendation: PAPA DOBLE «««

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GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

93

ELIJAH CRAIG SMALL BATCH BOURBON

United States, 47% abv, $29.99 Elegant oak dances alongside fresh cornbread with maple syrup on the nose. The palate is warm and deeply pleasing, with pecan pie, candied almonds, creme brulee and stewed cinnamon coming to mind, where balance is never lost. Another classic from an American mainstay.

WHISK(E)Y AMERICAN/BOURBON AWARD

St. Lucia, 40% abv, $17.99

Mild, but not meek for what is an extremely versatile rum. Charred banana leaves, grilled pineapple, pickled watermelon rinds, underripe bananas, tarragon, vanilla, pimento berries, and orange oil are anchored with a Caribbean pepper heat and smoke that are present throughout, but not overdone.

VODKA/AQUAVIT VODKA/FLAVORED AWARD

BOUNTY GOLD RUM

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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Finalist

96

Clyde May's Cask Strength 10 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 57% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$99.99

Finalist

96

Heaven's Door Straight American Bourbon (United States), 44% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

96

Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon (United States), 47.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

Finalist

96

Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 65.95% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

95

Barrell Bourbon Batch 013 Cask Strength 5 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 56.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$89.99

Finalist

95

Big City Small Batch Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.99

Finalist

95

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A118 12 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 65.3% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$59.99 $49.99

Finalist

95

Few Bourbon (United States), 46.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

95

George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 64.6% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$89.99

Finalist

95

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

95

Maker's Mark Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$24.99

Finalist

95

Woodford Reserve Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

95

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$54.99

94

1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 62.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

94

Bare Knuckle Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

94

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel Straight Bourbon (United States), 66.6% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$115.00

94

Chicken Cock Single Barrel 160th Anniversary 8 Years Old Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$95.00

94

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

94

Early Times Bottled-In-Bond 4 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

94

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition Barrel Strength 2017 Bourbon (United States), 54% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$130.00

94

George Remus Straight Bourbon (United States), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

94

Hillrock Solera Aged Napa Cabernet Finished Bourbon (United States), 46.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

94

Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

94

Maker's 46 Bourbon (United States), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

94

Noble Oak Double Oak Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

94

Parker's Heritage Collection Single Barrel 11 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 61% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$129.99

94

William Wolf Bourbon (United States), 43.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46.85% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

Barrell Bourbon Batch 014 9 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 54.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

93

Bib & Tucker Small Batch 6 Years Old Straight Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

93

Blanton's Gold Edition Straight Bourbon (United States), 51.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$90.00

93

Bower Hill Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 59.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$129.99

93

Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

93

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 41.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

93

Eagle Rare 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon (United States), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

High West American Prairie Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon (United States), 46.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

93

Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Cask Finish Straight Bourbon (United States), 56% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

93

Jim Beam Black Bourbon (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Jim Beam Distiller's Cut 2017 Release Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Old Forester 100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

93

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

The Burning Chair Bourbon (United States), 44% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

93

Union Horse Distilling Company Reserve Straight Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

93

W.L. Weller 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

93

Widow Jane 10 Years Old Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

92

Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Bower Hill Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

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92

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

92

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 2018 Edition 11 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$110.00

92

Old Forester Statesman Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 47.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

92

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$169.99

92

Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Wolf Bite Smoked Bourbon (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.99

91

Blanton's The Original Single Barrel Straight Bourbon (United States), 46.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

91

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Four Roses Bourbon (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Hudson Baby Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

91

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon (United States), 55.35% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

91

Rock Town Four Grain Sour Mash Bourbon (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Tanner's Creek Blended Bourbon (United States), 42.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

W. L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 53.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon (United States), 64.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

90

Barrell Bourbon Batch 015 Cask Strength 9.5 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 53.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

90

Cleveland Underground Select Finished with Black Cherry Wood Bourbon (United States), 47% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Maker's Mark Private Select Forecastle 15 Year Anniversary Bourbon (United States), 55.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISK(E)Y AMERICAN/RYE AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Rough Rider Bull Moose Three Barrel Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

Hillrock Finished in Sauternes Casks Double Cask Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

95

Stoll and Wolfe Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

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Finalist

94

Balcones Texas Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 62.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

Finalist

94

Basil Hayden's Dark Rye Whiskey (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

94

Heaven's Door Finished in Oak Cigar Barrels Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

94

Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

Finalist

94

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

Finalist

94

Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

Finalist

94

Union Horse Distilling Company Reunion Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 46.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.00

93

Catskill Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 42.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

93

Dancing Goat Limousin Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

93

High West Double Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

93

Pikesville 6 Years Old Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 55% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

92

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

92

Few Rye Whiskey (United States), 46.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

92

Jim Beam Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

92

Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 57.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

92

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (United States), 52% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

91

Hillrock Finished in Port Casks Double Cask Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

91

Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

91

Yankee Doodle Madeira Cask Finished Rye Whiskey (United States), 48% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

91

Yankee Doodle Port Cask Finished Rye Whiskey (United States), 48% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

90

77 Whiskey Bonded Rye Whiskey (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Bainbridge Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain American Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$525.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$69.99

WHISK(E)Y AMERICAN/SINGLE GRAIN AWARD

SCORE 91

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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SCORE 97

Finalist

94

Copperworks Release 006 American Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 47.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

Finalist

93

Westward American Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

90

Balcones Classic Edition '1' Texas Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 53% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$70.00

90

Breuckelen Distilling Project No. 2 5 Years Old Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey (United States), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

93

Bainbridge Battle Point Organic American Wheat Whiskey (United States), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$58.95

93

Bernheim Original Small Batch Kentucky Straight 7 Years Old American Wheat Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

77 Whiskey New York American Wheat Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$43.00

90

Catskill Distilling Company Fearless American Wheat Whiskey (United States), 42.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

93

Heaven's Door Double Barrel Whiskey (United States), 50% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Redwood Empire American Whiskey (United States), 45% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

93

The Old Reliable Easy Drinking American Whiskey (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.99

92

Ransom Rye-Barley-Wheat Batch #3 American Whiskey (United States), 46.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

92

Relativity The New American Whiskey (United States), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

92

Westland Peat Week 2017 American Whiskey (United States), 54.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

91

Little Book "The Easy" Whiskey (United States), 64.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y AMERICAN/STRAIGHT MALT AWARD

SCORE 93

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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91

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 107 American Whiskey (United States), $39.00 53.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Union Horse Distilling Company Rolling Standard American Whiskey (United States), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.00

90

Second Glance American Whiskey (United States), 44% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.00

95

MOSSBURN ISLAND THE SIGNATURE CASK SERIES BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99

WHISK(E)Y CANADIAN AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Like standing by a bog while facing a sea breeze, the nose on this whisky is refreshingly bright. A remarkable balancing act is pulled off on the palate, where anise, graham cracker, honeyed almond, and subtly decadent peat smoke harmonize beautifully. Pleasant and reaffirming.

Chairman's Trophy

96

Crown Royal XR Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$129.99

Finalist

94

J.P. Wiser's 18 Years Old Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

Finalist

94

Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

94

Masterson's 10 Years Old Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 45% abv. $70.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

FINALIST Category: Scotch/Blended Malt

Finalist

93

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. $49.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Cocktail Recommendation: ROB ROY «««

92

Crown Royal Deluxe Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

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91

Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

91

J.P. Wiser's Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), $19.99 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40% abv. $11.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

93

MOSSBURN SPEYSIDE THE SIGNATURE CASK SERIES BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Scotland, 46% abv, $39.99

WHISK(E)Y INDIAN AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $44.00

Chairman's Trophy

95

Paul John Edited Single Malt Indian Single Malt Whisky (India), 46% abv. 700 ml Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

92

Paul John Brillance Single Malt Indian Single Malt Whisky (India), $40.00 46% abv. 700 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

92

Paul John Classic Select Cask Single Malt Indian Single Malt Whisky (India), 55.2% abv. 700 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

91

Star Walker Golden Reserve Indian Blended Whisky (India), 42.8% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: Scotch/Blended Malt

WHISK(E)Y IRISH/BLENDED AWARD

SCORE

Wisps of peat smoke dance between roasted grain and honeysuckle on the nose. Ripe stone fruit arrives early on the palate before being joined by graham cracker, lemon zest, and fermented tropical fruit. Subtle smoke wafts forth on the finish.

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$139.99

Finalist

95

Slane Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.00

Finalist

94

Jameson Cooper's Croze Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

Finalist

94

Teeling Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

The Dead Rabbit Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 44% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

Finalist

92

Hyde No. 6 President's Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

Finalist

92

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

92

Paddy Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

92

The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

John L. Sullivan Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Cocktail Recommendation: ROB ROY ««« ourniche.com

93

BERNHEIM ORIGINAL SMALL BATCH KENTUCKY STRAIGHT 7 YEARS OLD AMERICAN WHEAT WHISKEY United States, 45% abv, $29.99 Delicious inviting flavors of maple candy, lemon meringue, and sandalwood show prominently on the nose of this delightful whiskey. The palate has wonderful sweet flavors of vanilla toffee and candied orange balanced by a touch of dried oak.

WHISK(E)Y IRISH/POT STILL AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE 96

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

£50.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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Finalist

95

Green Spot Chateau Montelena Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

n/a

Finalist

95

Redbreast 15 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

£150.00

Finalist

95

Redbreast 21 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

£150.00

Finalist

94

Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 58.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

£85.00

93

Midleton Very Rare 2017 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€180.00

93

Yellow Spot 12 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

£60.00

90

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Virgin Irish Oak Collection Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 56.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$280.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

96

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

92

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISK(E)Y IRISH/SINGLE GRAIN AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y IRISH/SINGLE MALT AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

96

West Cork Distillers Glengarriff Series Peat Charred Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

95

Teeling Vintage Reserve Collection Matured in Sauternes and Bourbon Casks 24 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$499.00

Finalist

95

The Tyrconnell Madeira Cask Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$74.99

Finalist

94

The Tyrconnell Madeira Cask Finish 15 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

Finalist

94

The Tyrconnell Port Cask Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

94

West Cork Distillers Glengarriff Series Bog Oak Charred Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

93

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

93

The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

93

The Tyrconnell Sherry Cask Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

92

Lambay Finished in Cognac Casks Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv,.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$70.00

92

The Dubliner 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

The Temple Bar Cask Aged 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y JAPANESE AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Kamiki Maltage Japanese Whisky (Japan), 48% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Japanese Whisky (Japan), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$64.99

Finalist

93

Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Years Old Japanese Whisky (Japan), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$84.99

91

Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whisky (Japan), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

97

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$225.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/BLENDED AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

Finalist

96

Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.00

Finalist

96

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

Buchanan's Master Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

94

Dewar's The Signature 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$n/a

Finalist

93

Buchanan's DeLuxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$31.00

Finalist

93

Chivas Regal Mizunara Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

Finalist

93

Dewar's The Ancestor 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

Finalist

93

Dewar's The Vintage 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

93

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$399.99

92

Dewar's The Monarch 15 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

92

Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Wine Cask Blend Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

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91

Buchanan's Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. $160.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

96

VIRGINIA DISTILLERY CO. PORT CASK FINISHED VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND WHISKY

United States / Scotland, 46% abv, $57.99

$25.00

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/BLENDED MALT AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $34.99

Chairman's Trophy

96

Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

95

Mossburn Island The Signature Cask Series Blended Malt Scotch $49.99 Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

95

Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

93

Mossburn Speyside The Signature Cask Series Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY Category: World/Whiskey

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/SINGLE MALT/HIGHLAND AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$53.99

Finalist

95

Glengoyne 15 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$89.99

Finalist

95

The GlenDronach Peated Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$73.00

Finalist

94

Glengoyne 21 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$169.99

Finalist

94

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

Finalist

94

Oban 14 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.99

Finalist

94

Oban Little Bay Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.99

Finalist

94

The GlenDronach 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$67.00

93

Glenglassaugh Evolution Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 50% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$61.00

93

Glengoyne 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Glengoyne 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$129.99

93

Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$119.00

93

Oban 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$140.99

93

Old Pulteney 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$420.00

93

Tullibardine 20 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$160.00

92

Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

92

Glenglassaugh Torfa Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 50% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$66.00

92

Glengoyne 10 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

92

Glengoyne Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 59.1% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

92

Glenmorangie Spios Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.00

92

The Dalmore Portwood Reserve Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

92

The GlenDronach 21 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 48% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$262.00

92

Tullibardine 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$300.00

91

Glenmorangie Signet Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$199.00

The port cask comes through on the nose, with undertones of juicy red fruits amid earthy grains. A deep flavor of caramelized pastry and coffee grounds mixes with high toned roasted cranberry and generous acidity.

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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95

KAMIKI MALTAGE JAPANESE WHISKY

Japan, 48% abv, Sandalwood aromas are robust and exhilarating on the nose. The cedar cask influence is immediately apparent in the mouth, filling the palate with spicy wood flavors. Robust coffee and hints of dried fig deepen the layers.

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY Category: Japanese/Whiskey

kamikiwhisky.com

91

NOMAD OUTLAND WHISKY

Scotland / Spain, 41.3% abv, $49.99 A pleasingly complex nose holds hints of nuttiness and brine. Pleasing notes of cocoa nibs, caraway seed, ripe stone fruit, and honey pastry are abundant on the palate, where spice arises during a lingering finish.

Category: World/Whiskey

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91

Glenmorangie The Original 10 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

90

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

97

Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Years Old Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$144.99

Finalist

96

Highland Park The Dark 17 Years Old Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 52.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$299.99

Finalist

95

Jura 18 Years Old Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 44% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$129.99

Finalist

95

Talisker Storm Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.8% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$84.99

Finalist

94

Highland Park Valkyrie Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

94

Jura Seven Wood Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 42% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

94

Scapa Skirren Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

93

Highland Park Magnus Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

93

Scapa Glansa Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$94.99

93

Talisker 10 Years Old Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

92

Highland Park FIRE Edition 15 Years Old Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$299.99

92

Highland Park Full Volume Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 47.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

91

Arran 10 Years Old Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Years Old Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/SINGLE MALT/ISLAND AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/SINGLE MALT/ISLAY AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Lagavulin 8 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 48% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.99

Finalist

96

Lagavulin 16 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$89.99

Finalist

95

Kilchoman Sanaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.00

Finalist

95

Laphroaig Lore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 48% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$117.52

Finalist

95

Port Askaig 8 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.8% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

95

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No. 29.234 Smoked and salted toffee apples 1989 27 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 54.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$675.00

Finalist

94

Ardbeg An Oa Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46.6% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$62.99

Finalist

94

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 57.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

Finalist

94

Ardbeg Uigeadail Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 54.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

94

Laphroaig 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.83

93

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.99

93

Bowmore 18 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$129.99

92

Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

91

Bowmore 15 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.99

90

Bowmore 12 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$51.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHISK(E)Y SCOTCH/SINGLE MALT/SPEYSIDE AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

The Glenrothes 25 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$500.00

Finalist

96

BenRiach Curiositas Peated 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$67.00

Finalist

96

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

95

BenRiach 21 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$250.00

Finalist

95

Speyburn 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

Finalist

95

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

95

The Glenrothes 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

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Finalist

95

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

94

anCnoc 24 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$170.00

94

BenRiach 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$62.00

94

The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 61.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$84.99

94

The Glenrothes 2001 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

94

The Glenrothes 2004 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

94

The Macallan Rare Cask Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$350.00

94

The Singleton of Glendullan 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt $69.99 Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

93

King's Falcon Bourbon Cask Finish Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

Speyburn Arranta Casks Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.00

93

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

93

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 60.3% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$84.99

93

The Glenrothes 12 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky $55.00 (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

Longmorn 16 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 48% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$124.99

92

Speyburn 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

92

Speyburn Bradan Orach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

92

The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

92

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch $39.99 Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Years Old Speyside Single Malt $42.99 Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv.Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Glen Grant 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 50% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

95

WILLIAM WOLF FRISKY FLAVORED WHISKEY

United States, 35% abv, $24.99 On the nose this untraditional whiskey offers ripe scents of dulce de leche, candied apple, soft mint, French vanilla, burnt butter and basil. Deep flavors of butterscotch, overripe bananas, candied orange peel, tangerine oil, and a hint of spicy pepper make this whiskey very tasty and easy to drink.

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY Category: World/Flavored Whiskey

thinklikeawolf.com

95

BALLETTO VINEYARDS PINOT GRIS 2017 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

United States, 13.9% abv, $20.00 A well balanced wine that combines refreshing flavors of lime flower and wet stones with a creamy texture of ripe pear and red apple. Lush but dry, it is a versatile wine that will pair with a variety of foods and is also lovely on its own.

$39.99

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY Category: White Wine—Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris-World

n/a

ballettovineyards.com

WHISK(E)Y WORLD/FLAVORED AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $24.99

Chairman's Trophy

95

William Wolf Frisky Flavored Whiskey (United States), 35% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavored Whisky (Canada), 35% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

93

William Wolf Pecan Flavored Whiskey (Netherlands), 30% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CALL FOR ENTRIES October 3, 2018

WHISK(E)Y WORLD AWARD Chairman's Trophy Finalist

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

96

Virginia Distillery Co. Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, 46% abv. (United States/Scotland) Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$57.99

93

Bastille 1789 Single Malt French Whisky (France), 43% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

91

Armorik Single Malt Armagnac Finish French Whisky (France), 46% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$90.00

91

Nomad Outland Whisky (Scotland/Spain), 41.3% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

SCORE

Ultimate Spirits Challenge® (USC)

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

For a complete list of results, visit ultimate-beverage.com

Deadline for Submission February 27, 2019 Ultimate Wine Challenge® (UWC)

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Deadline for Submission April 17, 2019


ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE

2018

U LT I M AT E

SPIRITS CHALLENGE

SHAKING IT UP—AGAIN

T

he over-the-shoulder shaking was piston-like and the clanking of ice cubes was deafening at the UBC Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY this past March as Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) 2018 swung into fullscale cocktail judging mode. For the fourth year in a row, USC’s super-star judging panels tested hundreds of spirits in appropriate classic cocktails to further embellish the data for spirits producers and marketers. To ensure impartiality, the identical recipe was painstakingly measured, including dilution, in milliliters for each cocktail by world-class professional bartenders, led by Leo DeGroff, Troy Clarke and Sean Kenyon, in every suitable category. All Gins in USC 2018 were tasted in a Dry Martini; Blanco and Reposado Tequilas in a Soul Train; Añejo Tequilas in an Old Fashioned Añejo; Mezcal in Last Word Dos; Bourbon Whiskeys in a Gold Rush; Canadian and Rye Whiskeys in an Old Fashioned; Irish Whiskey & World Whiskey in The Copywriter; Scotch & Japanese Whisky in a Rob Roy; Grape Brandy and Cognac in a Sidecar; Calvados and Apple Brandy in a Nassau Street

Cocktail; Pisco in a Chilcano; Vodka in a Flame of Love; Rums in a Papa Doble; Baijiu & Shochu in an Asian Sour. Each cocktail was evaluated blind individually with a glass of its base spirit ingredient poured neat next to it for reference. Cocktails were scored on a 1-to-5 star scale, with 2½ to 3 stars being hailed as Delicious, 3½ to 4 stars as Very Delicious, and 4½ to 5 stars as Drop Dead Delicious. Said USC Judging Director F. Paul Pacult, “By methodically assessing the mixability factor of spirits as part of USC we’ve broadened the analytical data that we furnish for suppliers and their marketing teams. Spirits, after all, aren’t only consumed neat. To have expert analysis by mixology superstars such as Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Dale DeGroff, Meaghan Dorman, Tyler Hudgens, Don Lee, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Joaquin Simo, Tim Cooper, Charlotte Voisey, Jillian Vose and more on both straight enjoyment AND how that spirit performs in a cocktail is highly advantageous to brands and consumers. As the only major spirits competition in North America to include mixability evaluations as part of the entry fee, USC’s findings provide marketers with valuable insights as to how their spirits perform in classic cocktails. What’s not to love?”

RESULTS FOR SPIRITS SCORED 4 ½ TO 5 STARS, RATED AS DROP DEAD DELICIOUS: BAIJIU/KAOLIANG— ASIAN SOUR

BRANDY/APPLE & CALVADOS— NASSAU STREET

5 Stars ««««« • Jian Nan Chun Baijiu • Premium Kinmen Red Dragon Kaoliang

4.5 Stars «««« • E&J Distillers Apple American Brandy

4.5 Stars «««« • Kinmen Pure Wheat Kaoliang • TTL Yushan Taiwan Cellaring 58% Kaoliang

BRANDY/ARMAGNAC & COGNAC & GRAPE-BASED—SIDECAR 5 Stars ««««« • Agnesi 1799 Great Women Spirits by Francis Ford Coppola 5 Years

Old American Brandy • Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Bottled In Bond American Brandy • Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery Verak XO 10 Years Old European Brandy 4.5 Stars «««« • Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac • Maison Gautier VS Cognac


96

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GIN—DRY MARTINI 5 • • •

Stars ««««« No. 3 London Dry Gin Nouaison by G’Vine Gin Plymouth Navy Strength Gin

• Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon • William Wolf Bourbon

RUM—PAPA DOBLE

4.5 Stars «««« • Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon • Old Forester Statesman Kentucky Straight Bourbon • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

5 Stars ««««« • The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak Bourbon Cask 10 Years Old Rum

WHISK(E)Y/IRISH & WORLD— THE COPYWRITER

4.5 Stars «««« • Citadelle London Dry Gin • Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin

SHOCHU—ASIAN SOUR 4.5 Stars «««« _ • iichiko BLU Shochu • iichiko Special 5 Years Old Shochu

TEQUILA/BLANCO & REPOSADO—SOUL TRAIN 4.5 Stars «««« • Corazon de Agave Blanco Tequila • Revoluccion Silver Tequila • Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila

VODKA—FLAME OF LOVE 4.5 Stars «««« • Kalak Single Malt Vodka • LiV Vodka • The Countess Walewska Great Women Spirits by Francis Ford Coppola Vodka

WHISKEY/BOURBON— GOLD RUSH 5 Stars ««««« • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon • Hudson Baby Bourbon • Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

5 Stars ««««« • Blenders Pride Indian Blended Whisky 4.5 Stars «««« • Jameson Crested Blended Irish Whiskey • Paddy Blended Irish Whiskey • West Cork Distillers Glengarriff Series Bog Oak Charred Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey

WHISKY/JAPANESE & SCOTCH—ROB ROY

Spain, 14.5% abv, $19.99 Cascading layers of dark berries and sweet oak give rise to hints of fennel seed, oiled leather, pipe tobacco, and warm vanilla bean. Well-integrated tannins frame more dark fruits with drying touches of herbs, black pepper, and earth. Classic.

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE Category: Red Wine—Spain bodegasmuseum.com

93

AKASHI TAI JUNMAI DAIGINJO GENSHU SAKE AKASHI CITY Japan, 16% abv, 720ml, $57.99 Lemon balm and fresh green herbs fill the nose with hints of melon rind, petunia, and edamame. Soft and round on the palate with pleasant fruitiness, this is an easydrinking sake that would be well matched with many foods.

5 Stars ««««« • Arran 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 4.5 Stars «««« • Glenmorangie The Original 10 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky • Suntory TOKI Blended Japanese Whisky • The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

WHISKEY/RYE—OLD FASHIONED 5 Stars ««««« • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE… NO SHORTCUTS. JUST HONEST, IMPARTIAL JUDGING.

Category: Junmai Dai Ginjo— World

ourniche.com

92

AKASHI TAI SHIRAUME GINJO UMESHU SAKE AKASHI CITY

Japan, 14% abv, 500ml, $19.99 Unbelievably floral aromas waft from the glass, with yellow plums, cherry blossom, and ripe golden cherries. Concentrated sweet plums, honey, clementine pulp, and morello cherry flavors are bold, lightly sweet and high toned. The drawn-out finish is dry and perfumed. Exquisite.

For a complete list of 2018 results, go to ultimate-beverage.com/usc2018results For Ultimate Spirits Challenge cocktail recommendations go to ultimate-beverage.com/usc2018cocktails

Category: Ginjo—World

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2018

ULTIMATE WINE

CHALLENGE t this year’s Ultimate Wine Challenge® (UWC) led by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, a team of the world’s foremost wine experts, buyers and journalists convened in May at the UBC Evaluation Center to evaluate more than 1,300+ still, sparkling and fortified wines, ciders and sakes from around the world. The judges included editor Kristen Wolfe Bieler; buyer James Conley; sommelier Vitalii Dascaliuc; Master Sommelier, Master of Wine Doug Frost; buyer Tim Gagnon; beverage director Jason Hedges; educator Danny Klein; educator/journalist Tess Rose Lampert; buyer John Rankin; MW candidate Mike Reilly; journalist Patricia Savoie; educator Rick Schofield; and buyer Paul Tanguay. Under the strict tenets of UWC’s rules of service for the award round, all entries are served without the judges knowing anything about the wines except for their category. In order to insure

complete fairness, no labels are seen, no producer identities are revealed and no prices divulged to the judges. All wines are judged at the proper temperature and grouped for the judges into small flights of 2-8 wines matching like-with-like in terms of grape type, region and price. Said Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, “To get the most accurate results it takes seasoned wine veterans on the judging and preparation teams, the ideal analytical environment, and the proper methodology. Whether a wine sells for $4.99 or $499.00 per bottle is immaterial to us. What matters most is that each wine, cider and sake submission, no matter what its price tag, is treated with respect and evaluated in the fairest possible conditions. UWC owes the producers of wine, cider and sake from around the world who have submitted their entries to UWC the scrupulous evaluation that they deserve.”

ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE…NO SHORTCUTS. JUST HONEST, IMPARTIAL JUDGING. CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE ASTI/MOSCATO D’ASTI—ITALY AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Villa Rosa 2017 Moscato d'Asti (Italy), 5.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$13.00

Finalist

92

Martini & Rossi Asti Italy (Italy), 7.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Anna de Codorniu Brut Rose Cava (Spain), 12% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$14.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE CAVA—SPAIN AWARD Chairman's Trophy Finalist

SCORE 95 93

Anna de Codorniu Brut Blanc de Blancs Reserva Cava (Spain), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Chic Barcelona Brut Cava (Spain), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE CHAMPAGNE—FRANCE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 Champagne (France), 12.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$64.99

Finalist

94

Champagne des Barons de Rothschild Champagne (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

Finalist

94

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2009 Champagne (France), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

92

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Moet & Chandon MCIII Champagne (France), 12.5% abv. 1.5 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$650.00

90

Moet & Chandon Imperial Rose Champagne (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE FRIZZANTE WINE—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

92

Villa Rosa Brachetto d’Acqui (Italy), 6.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Medici Ermete Solo 2016 Reggiano (Italy), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE PROSECCO—ITALY AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

La Marca Prosecco Veneto (Italy), 11.29% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$18.00

Finalist

93

Rivaj Extra Dry Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (Italy), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€10.00

Finalist

92

Merotto Cuvee del Fondatore 2017 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (Italy), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

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Finalist

92

Rivaj Brut Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (Italy), 11.5% abv. €10.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

95

91

Astoria Prosecco Treviso (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Greece, 13.5% abv, $12.99

91

Bivio Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

91

Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Extra Dry Prosecco Breganze (Italy), 11.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Bivio Slim Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

90

Cavit Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Rich, bold flavors of grilled plum, cassis liqueur, baked clove, and dried bay leaf erupt from this dark-toned Mediterranean wine. The palate has mouth-coating dry tannins introducing an earthy blast to the long, powerful finish.

90

Luna Nuda Prosecco Treviso (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

ZACHARIAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 PELOPONNESE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE SPARKLING WINE—USA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $115.00

Chairman's Trophy

95

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Le Reve 2011 Carneros (United States), 12% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Russian River Valley (United States), 12.5% abv. $38.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

93

J Vineyards Brut Rose Russian River Valley (United States), 12.5% $45.00 abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee California (United States), 10.5% abv. $9.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

stellarimports.com

94

PROTOS TINTO FINO TEMPRANILLO 2016 RIBERA DEL DUERO

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING/FRIZZANTE WINE SPARKLING WINE—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE $45.00

Chairman's Trophy

94

Chapel Down Classic Brut Tenterden (England), 12% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

93

Chapel Down Three Graces 2011 Tenterden (England), 12.5% abv. $58.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

92

Chapel Down Rose Brut Tenterden (England), 12% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

91

Patriarche Brut Cremant de Bourgogne (France), 12% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Patriarche Rose Cremant de Bourgogne (France), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Rotari 40 2011 Trento (Italy), 12.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.99

91

Veuve du Vernay Ice White France (France), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Veuve du Vernay Brut France (France), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

Veuve du Vernay Rose France (France), 11.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Rosa di Sera Extra Dry Breganze (Italy), 11.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Fantini Gran Cuvee Rose Spumante Aglianico del Vulture Abruzzi $24.99 (Italy), 12.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Gratien & Meyer Brut Cremant de Loire (France), 12.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Ruffino Extra Dry Sparkling Rose Italy (Italy), 11% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Veuve du Vernay Ice Rose France (France), 11.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

Spain, 14% abv, $15.99 This classic expression of Ribera del Duero exhibits cracked black pepper and dark chocolate on the nose. Rich, ripe red and black fruit flavors of cherry compote, blueberry preserves, and stewed black plums are round and full on the palate with dusty tannins. Exquisite.

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: Red Wine—Spain bodegasprotos.com

89

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Angry Orchard Iceman Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United States), $14.99 10% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

95

Angry Orchard The Muse Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United States), 10% abv. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

93

Angry Orchard Green Apple Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United $9.99 States), 5% abv. 6 pack/12 oz. each Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

Angry Orchard Easy Apple Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United States), $9.99 4.2% abv. 6 pack/12 oz. each Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Angry Orchard Knotty Pear Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United States), 6.5% abv. 375 ml Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Angry Orchard Wooden Sleeper Hard Cider Hudson Valley (United States), 9.5% abv. Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

PROTOS VERDEJO 2017 RUEDA SUPERIOR

Spain, 13% abv, $12.99

CIDER WORLD AWARD

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY GREAT VALUE Category: Red Wine— Eastern Mediterranean

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$14.99

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Aromas of lemon zest, lily blossom, and grapefruit pith create a summer-nostalgiainducing bouquet. Illuminating acidity brings up flavors of honeydew melon and peach puree along with subtle savory notes of shaved fennel and a kiss of minerality. Easy to sip, hard to forget.

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: White Wine—Spain

25

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DESSERT WINE WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Elysium Red Dessert Wine 2016 California (United States), 15% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$24.99

Finalist

94

Parallel 44 Ice Wine St. Pepin 2016 Wisconsin Ledge (United States), 11% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

Finalist

94

Tzafona Cold Climate Vidal Ice Wine 2015 Niagara Peninsula (Canada), 12% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

Finalist

93

Wagner Vineyards Riesling Ice Wine 2016 Finger Lakes (United States), 14% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

93

Wagner Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine 2016 Finger Lakes (United States), 13% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Essensia Dessert Wine 2016 California (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

FORTIFIED WINE NORTH AMERICA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

92

Quady's Starboard Batch 88 California (United States), 20% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Shadow Sonoita (United States), 18% abv. 375 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

FORTIFIED WINE PINEAU DES CHARENTES/POMMEAU DE NORMANDIE—FRANCE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

94

Claque-Pepin Pommeau de Normandie (France), 17% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

94

Tiffon Pineau des Charentes (France), 17.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

MEAD/FRUIT/MISCELLANEOUS WINE MEAD—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 90

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Sky River Cherry Vanilla Mead Washington (United States), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$20.50

MEAD/FRUIT/MISCELLANEOUS WINE MISCELLANEOUS WINES—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

92

Gallo Family Vineyards Peach California (United States), 9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$4.99

91

Gallo Family Vineyards Berry California (United States), 9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$4.99

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE CABERNET SAUVIGNON—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Backstage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Oakville (United States), 14.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

96

J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

95

Backstage Encore Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Rutherford (United States), 14.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$135.00

Finalist

93

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Alexander Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

Finalist

92

Backstage Green Room Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Howell Mountain (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$150.00

Finalist

92

Cabo de Hornos Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Cachapoal Valley (Chile), 15.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

92

Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Paso Robles (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

Finalist

92

J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

Finalist

92

Magistrate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Alexander Valley (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

92

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Knights Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

A3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

91

Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Gallo Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa/Sonoma/San Joaquin (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

91

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Nederburg The Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Western Cape (South Africa), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Lodi (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Three Thieves Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.00

90

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

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90

Cabulous Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 California (United States), 13.85% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Don Leo Linde Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Valle de Parras (Mexico), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

MXP329.00

90

Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Central Coast (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Fidel Amador (Amarone Style) Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Cachapoal (Chile), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

90

Franzia Cabernet Sauvignon Chile (Chile), 12.5% abv. 5 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Dry Creek/Alexander Valley (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

90

Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Lodi (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

McBains of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Coonawarra (Australia), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

AUD24.95

90

Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Paso Robles (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.00

90

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley (United States), 14.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

90

Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

The Recipient Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Paso Robles (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

William Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

RED WINE MALBEC—WORLD AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

95

Alamos Malbec 2016 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

92

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2015 Mendoza (Argentina), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

91

Alta Vista Estate Malbec 2016 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Septima Obra Malbec 2016 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Finca el Origen Reserva Malbec 2016 Uco Valley (Argentina), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Layer Cake Malbec 2016 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

Proemio Malbec 2017 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.6% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE MERLOT—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

93

Robert Hall Merlot 2015 Paso Robles (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

91

Rodney Strong Vineyards Merlot 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

Chloe San Lucas Estate Vineyard Merlot 2015 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Columbia Merlot 2015 Columbia Valley (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Edna Valley Merlot 2016 Central Coast (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Ghost Pines Winemaker Blend Merlot 2015 Napa/Sonoma (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

Noble Vines 181 Merlot 2015 Lodi (United States), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Skyfall Merlot 2016 Columbia Valley (United States), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE OTHER RED VARIETALS—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

93

J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah 2015 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

92

Kingston Estate Petit Verdot 2016 Riverland (Australia), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

AUD19.99

91

Dos Almas Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015 Colchagua Valley (Chile), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

New Clairvaux Vineyard Poor Souls Block Barbera 2016 Tehama County (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.00

91

Proemio Petit Verdot 2015 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.6% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Ulupna Viviana Ferrari Collection Promenade Grenache/Shiraz 2016 South Eastern Australia (Australia), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

AUD16.00

90

1865 Single Vineyard Carmenere 2015 Maule Valley (Chile), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Adamo Estate Winery Foxcroft Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015 Twenty Mile Bench (Canada), Excellent, Highly Recommended 13.6% abv.

n/a

90

Door 44 M Marquette 2017 Door County (United States), 12.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

90

Senda 66 Roble Bobal 2016 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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SCORE 97

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

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PRICE $35.00

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Finalist

96

Domaine Carneros The Famous Gate Pinot Noir 2015 Carneros (United States), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$80.00

Finalist

96

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

95

J. Lohr Fog's Reach Pinot Noir 2015 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

94

MacMurray Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River Valley/Sonoma County (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

Finalist

94

Wild Horse Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Santa Barbara County (United States), 13.78% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

93

Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

93

Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

92

Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016 Monterey/Santa Barbara/Sonoma (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Bridlewood Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Monterey County (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

91

Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016 Santa Rita Hills (United States), 13.85% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

91

Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.00

91

The Recipient Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Wine Cube Pinot Noir 2016 California (United States), 13.8% abv. 3L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Adamo Estate Winery Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 St. David's Bench (Canada), 12.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Balletto Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

90

Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir 2016 Carneros (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

90

Daffodil Winery Pinot Noir 2014 Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

DeLoach Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

90

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2015 Carneros (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

90

Don Leo Pinot Noir 2016 Valle de Parras (Mexico), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

MXP482.00

90

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Central Coast (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Estancia Reserve Stonewall Pinot Noir 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

90

Ghost Pines Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey/Sonoma/San Joaquin (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

90

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

90

Line 39 Pinot Noir 2016 California (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

Mark West Pinot Noir 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Wild Horse Winery Cheval Sauvage Pinot Noir 2015 Santa Maria Valley (United States), 13.97% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

RED WINE RED BLENDS—NORTH AMERICA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

J. Lohr Cuvee ST. E 2014 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

95

J. Lohr Cuvee PAU 2014 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

95

J. Lohr Cuvee POM 2014 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

94

Mullan Road Red Blend 2015 Columbia Valley (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

Finalist

93

William Hill Estate Red Blend 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 14.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

92

Chloe Red No. 249 2015 North Coast (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

92

Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Red Blend 2016 Lodi (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Apothic Red Blend 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

91

Boneyard Wines Pinnacle 2014 Virginia (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.00

91

Menage a Trois Silk Red Blend 2016 California (United States), 13.95% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Heritage Red Blend 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

Bota Box Nighthawk Black Red Blend 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv. 3L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

90

Cell Block Shackled Red 2016 Sonoma County (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Cell Block Solitary Confinement 2016 Napa Valley (United States), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

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90

Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno 2016 Paso Robles (United States), 14.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.99

90

Door 44 F2 Red 2016 Wisconsin Ledge (United States), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

90

Tarara Winery Long Bomb Edition 9 2015 Virginia (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

90

Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Red Blend 2016 California (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

RED WINE RED BLENDS—SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

91

Sideral 2015 (Chile), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

Indaba Mosaic Red Blend 2017 Cape Winelands (South Africa), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE CENTRAL/SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery Selection Merlot 2014 Rahovec (Kosovo), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

Finalist

93

Rigid Elm Mavrud 2016 Thracian Valley (Bulgaria), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

Finalist

92

Vinakoper Capris Cabernet Franc 2013 Slovene Istria (Slovenia), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.95

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Zacharias Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Peloponnese (Greece), 13.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$12.99

Finalist

94

Suvla Kirte 2015 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

Shiloh Mosaic 2014 Shomron (Israel), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

91

Suvla Karasakiz 2017 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Suvla Bogazkere Okuzgozu 2017 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE FRANCE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Chateau Bellevue-Cardon 2015 Pauillac (France), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

€145.00

Finalist

95

B&G Chateau Magnol 2015 Haut-Medoc (France), 13.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

94

Chateau Malbec 2015 Bordeaux (France), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

Finalist

93

Chateau Picau Perna 2015 Saint-Emilion (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

93

Matayac Malbec 2016 Cahors (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

B&G Thomas Barton 2015 Saint-Emilion (France), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Chateau Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes 2015 Saint-Chinian (France), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

92

Château La Haye Cru Bourgeois 2015 Saint-Estephe (France), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

92

Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2015 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 13.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Chateau Haut Surget 2014 Lalande de Pomerol (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

91

Domaine Treloar Tahi 2011 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Les Dauphins Reserve 2016 Cotes du Rhone (France), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

L'Odalet Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Pays d'Oc (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Mouton Cadet Reserve 2015 Bordeaux (France), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

91

N°1 Saint-Cernin 2016 Bergerac (France), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€80.00

91

Tour Prignac Grande Reserve 2015 Medoc (France), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Vestior Cuvee Speciale 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages (France), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Bernard Magrez Mon Cotes du Rhone Syrah 2016 Cotes du Rhone (France), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€6.15

90

Rouge de Leoube Syrah 2016 Cotes de Provence (France), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE ITALY AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

San Felo Balla la Vecchia 2016 Maremma Tuscana (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

94

Brancaia 2014 Rosso di Toscana (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

Finalist

94

Castel Giocondo Sangiovese 2012 Brunello di Montalcino (Italy), 15.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$70.00

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To Create Wines That People Like To Drink Made In Portugal

Certification of the quality BRC - Highest Level

JOSÉ NEIVA CORREIA

Enólogo | Winemaker Orgulho de ser Português | Proud to be Portuguese

Cara Viva Rose 2017 Lisboa Wine

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Jag Red 2016 Lisboa Wine

2376 Awards since 2010 468 in 2017 alone

Vega Red 2015 Douro DOC

Portada Winemaker’s Portada Reserva Selection 2017 Red 2014 Lisboa Wine Lisboa Wine

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Grand’Arte Shiraz 2014 Lisboa Wine

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91

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91

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Finalist

94

Fantini Casale Vecchio 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

94

Righetti Capitel de Roari 2014 Amarone della Valpolicella (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

Castello di Querceto Gran Selezione Il Picchio 2015 Chianti Classico (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

93

Stemmari Nero d'Avola 2016 Sicilia (Italy), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

Finalist

93

Vallepicciola 2015 Chianti Classico (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.95

Finalist

93

Vigneti Zabu Il Passo 2016 Terre Siciliane (Italy), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

Antek Sangiovese 2013 Marche Sangiovese (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

Monteci (Ripasso process) 2014 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€6.35

92

Pasqua Romeo and Juliet Rosso 2015 Veneto (Italy), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

92

Principium Vigna Maurisi Aglianico 2007 Taurasi (Italy), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€25.00

92

Vallepicciola Pievasciata 2015 Tuscany (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.95

92

Vigneti Zabu Impari Nero d'Avola 2013 Sicilia (Italy), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$48.99

91

Castello di Querceto 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva (Italy), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Luiano Sangiovese 2016 Chianti Classico (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese 2016 Maremma Tuscana (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Stemmari Hedonis Nero d'Avola 2015 Sicilia (Italy), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Vigneti Zabu Nero d'Avola 2016 Terre Siciliane (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Allegrini 2016 Valpolicella (Italy), 13.97% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

90

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2014 Valpolicella (Italy), 13.33% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Bel Colle Simposio Nebbiolo 2013 Barolo (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

90

Capezzana Barco Reale 2014 Carmignano (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Castello di Querceto 2016 Chianti Classico (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Cesari Jema Corvina 2012 Veneto (Italy), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

90

Ecco Domani Merlot 2015 Delle Venezie (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Luiano Lui 2015 Tuscany (Italy), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Remole Sangiovese/Cabernet 2016 Tuscany (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

San Felo Lampo Sangiovese 2016 Morellino di Scansano (Italy), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

90

Stemmari Pinot Noir 2016 Sicilia (Italy), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Vallepicciola Boscobruno Pinot Nero 2015 Tuscany (Italy), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.95

RED WINE PORTUGAL AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Quinta da Alorna Reserva 2014 Tejo (Portugal), 13% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$15.00

Finalist

94

Castello D'Alba Limited Edition 2013 Douro (Portugal), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.00

Finalist

93

1808 Red Blend 2016 Regional Lisboa (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.95

Finalist

93

Jag Red 2016 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

Finalist

93

Quetzal Reserva 2015 Alentejo (Portugal), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€20.00

Finalist

93

Vega Red 2015 Douro (Portugal), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

92

Guadalupe 2015 Alentejano (Portugal), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€4.50

91

Barrancoa Red 2015 Alentejo (Portugal), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Gaudio Classico 2014 Vidigueira (Portugal), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€11.25

91

Grand'arte Shiraz 2014 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

Portada Reserva Red 2014 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

1808 Red Blend 2016 Douro (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.95

90

Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Cabo da Roca Red 2017 Regional Lisboa (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.95

90

Castello D'Alba Vinhas Velhas 2015 Douro (Portugal), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

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90

Geracoes de Xisto Red 2014 Douro (Portugal), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Grand'arte Touriga Nacional 2014 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Quinta do Gradil 2016 Lisboa (Portugal), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

90

Segada Red 2016 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.00

RED WINE SPAIN AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Baron De Ley Museum Reserva Tempranillo 2012 Cigales (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

Finalist

94

Finca La Estacada Varietales 2014 Ucles (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

Finalist

94

Pinna Fidelis Crianza Tempranillo 2015 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

94

Protos Tinto Fino Tempranillo 2016 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

Finalist

93

Celler de Capcanes La Flor del Flor de Primavera Samso Carignan 2014 Montsant (Spain), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$64.99

Finalist

93

La Planta Tempranillo 2016 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

Finalist

93

Monte Aixa Crianza Tempranillo 2015 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.95

Finalist

93

Vitivinicola de Valbuena Carme Tempranillo 2016 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

Archangelous Gabrihel American Oak Tempranillo 2015 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

92

Vina Mayor Crianza Tempranillo 2015 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Bodegas Briego Fiel Edicion Limitada Tempranillo 2011 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

91

Hello World Cabernet Franc 2017 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Hello World Petit Verdot 2017 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Marques de Riscal Finca Torrea Tempranillo 2015 Rioja (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

91

Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2007 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Pagos del Rey Bajoz Tinta de Toro 2017 Toro (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE WINNERS

J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES

96

POINTS

2014 J. LOHR CUVÉE ST. E Chairman’s Trophy Winner, Tried & True Award

96

POINTS

2016 J. LOHR OCTOBER NIGHT CHARDONNAY Chairman’s Trophy Finalist, Tried & True Award

POINTS

2014 J. LOHR SIGNATURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Chairman’s Trophy Finalist

POINTS

2014 J. LOHR CUVÉE PAU Chairman’s Trophy Finalist, Tried & True Award

POINTS

2014 J. LOHR CUVÉE POM Chairman’s Trophy Finalist, Tried & True Award

POINTS

2015 J. LOHR FOG’S REACH PINOT NOIR Chairman’s Trophy Finalist

POINTS

2015 J. LOHR TOWER ROAD PETITE SIRAH Tried & True Award

POINTS

2015 J. LOHR CAROL’S VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON Chairman’s Trophy Finalist, Tried & True Award

POINTS

2015 J. LOHR HILLTOP CABERNET SAUVIGNON Tried & True Award

POINTS

2016 J. LOHR OCTOBER NIGHT CHARDONNAY Tried & True Award

96 95 95 95

2015 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir

97 POINTS

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY

93 92 91 91


91

Senda 66 Tempranillo 2014 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Valcavado de Traslascuestas Tempranillo 2009 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

90

Felix Solis Vina Albali Gran Reserva Seleccion Privada Tempranillo 2011 Valdepenas (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Felix Solis Vina Albali Reserva Tempranillo 2012 Valdepenas (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Glorioso Reserva Tempranillo 2014 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Matanegra Perillan Cosecha Tempranillo 2016 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Pagos del Rey Arnegui Crianza Tempranillo 2015 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Pinna Fidelis Reserva Tempranillo 2014 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Pinna Fidelis Roble Tempranillo 2017 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Raimat Pirincenca Tempranillo 2016 Costers del Segre (Spain), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

Secua Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah 2013 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$31.99

90

RED WINE SHIRAZ/SYRAH—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

92

McGuigan The Plan Shiraz 2016 South Eastern Australia (Australia), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

91

Peter Lehmann The Barosson Shiraz 2015 Barossa Valley (Australia), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE SWEET RED WINE—WORLD AWARD Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

94

Quady Winery Red Electra Moscato 2016 California (United States), 5.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Barefoot Cellars Red Moscato California (United States), 9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2017 Cape Winelands (South Africa), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED WINE ZINFANDEL—USA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Gallo Signature Series Zinfandel 2015 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 15.8% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

94

DeLoach Vineyards Zinfandel 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

Finalist

94

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

93

The Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel 2015 Mendocino (United States), 15.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.99

Finalist

92

Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel 2015 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 14.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

92

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin Zinfandel 2016 Lodi (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Brazin Zinfandel 2015 Lodi (United States), 15.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Ghost Pines Winemaker Blend Zinfandel 2016 Sonoma County/San Joaquin County (United States), 15.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

Menage a Trois Zinfandel 2015 Lodi (United States), 13.75% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Lodi (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

90

Sutter Home Zinfandel California (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

90

Whiplash Zinfandel 2015 Lodi (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Zinfatuation Zinfandel 2015 Amador County (United States), 13.75% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

ROSE WINE EUROPE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Cara Viva Rose 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 11.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$15.00

Finalist

93

Billette Rose 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

Chateau Tourril Havana 2017 Minervois (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

93

Faustino VII Rose 2017 Rioja (Spain), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

Finalist

93

Quinta da Alorna Rose Touriga Nacional 2017 Tejo (Portugal), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

92

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Rosato Aglianico del Vulture 2017 Basilicata (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Aime Roquesante 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

34

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91

Beaumatin 2017 Mediterrannee (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Raimat Rosada Rose 2017 Costers del Segre (Spain), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

Fleurs de Prairie Rose 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

90

Love By Leoube 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Rose de Loeube 2017 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Sauvion 2017 Rose d'Anjou (France), 10% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

90

Stemmari Rose 2017 Terre Siciliane (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery Rose 2016 Rahovec (Kosovo), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Vivanco Tempranillo-Garnacha Tinta 2014 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

ROSE WINE NORTH AMERICA AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Sonoma-Cutrer Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 Sonoma County (United States), 12.2% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

94

Chloe Rose 2017 Central Coast (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

94

New Clairvaux Vineyard Syrah 2017 Tehama County (United States), 13.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

Finalist

94

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 Russian River Valley (United States), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

92

Flipflop Pink Moscato California (United States), 11% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.00

91

Franzia Pink Moscato California (United States), 10% abv. 5 L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

AVA Grace Vineyards Rose 2017 California (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Noble Vines 515 Rose 2017 Central Coast (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE


SAKE DAI GINJO—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 93

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Joto Sake “The One with the Clocks” Dai Ginjo Hiroshima (Japan), 16% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$42.99

SAKE GINJO—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 92

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Akashi Tai Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu Sake Akashi City (Japan), 14% abv. 500 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$19.99

SAKE HONJOZO—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

92

Akashi Tai Tokubetsu Honjozo Sake Akashi City (Japan), 15% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Eiko Fuji Sake Ban Ryu "1000 Way" Honjozo Yamagata (Japan), 15.3% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SAKE JUNMAI DAI GINJO—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 93

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Akashi Tai Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Sake Akashi City (Japan), 16% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$57.99

SAKE JUNMAI GINJO—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Joto Sake “The Pink One” Junmai Ginjo Ibaraki (Japan), 15.3% abv. 720 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$26.99

Finalist

94

Okuizumo Junmai Ginjo Shimane Prefecture (Japan), 16% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY2300.00

Finalist

93

Kiso Sansen Niji No Shirabe Rainbow Aria Junmai Ginjo Aichi Prefecture (Japan), 15% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Nakamuraya Junmai Ginjo Ishikawa Prefecture (Japan), 15.5% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY2500.00

90

Yuki No Bosha Sake “Cabin in the Snow” Junmai Ginjo Akita (Japan), 16% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SAKE JUNMAI—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Joto Sake “The Green One" Junmai Yamagata (Japan), 15% abv. 720 ml

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.99

Finalist

94

Yuki No Bosha Sake "The Seven Spearsmen" Junmai Shiga (Japan), 15.8% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

Finalist

93

Joto Sake “The Blue One” Junmai Nigori Hiroshima (Japan), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

92

Nakamuraya Tokubetsu Junmai Ishikawa Prefecture (Japan), 16% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY2300.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SAKE SPARKLING SAKE—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 90

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Hakkaisan Clear AWA Sparkling Sake Niigata (Japan), 13% abv. 720 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$40.00

SANGRIA WORLD AWARD

SCORE 92

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Real Red Sangria Spain (Spain), 9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$7.99

WHITE WINE CHARDONNAY—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 Chalk Hill (United States), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.00

Finalist

97

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2016 Napa Valley (United States), 14.1% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$28.00

Finalist

96

J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2016 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

96

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

95

Herzog Special Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

95

Talbott Logan Chardonnay 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$28.00

Finalist

94

William Hill Estate Coastal Collection Chardonnay 2016 North Coast (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

Finalist

93

Davis Bynum River West Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

93

Kingston Estate Chardonnay 2017 Padthaway (Australia), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

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Finalist

93

Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2016 Monterey (United States), 14.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

92

Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay 2015 Carneros (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

92

Cave de Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2016 Macon (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

92

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2015 San Luis Obispo (United States), 13.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

92

Rodney Strong Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma County (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

92

Wild Horse Winery Cheval Sauvage Chardonnay 2016 Santa Maria Valley (United States), 14.38% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Austerity Chardonnay 2016 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Flipflop Chardonnay California (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.00

91

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Chardonnay 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Adamo Estate Winery Chardonnay 2016 Ontario (Canada), 12.7% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Bota Box Chardonnay Monterey (United States), 14.5% abv. 3L

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

90

Cloudfall Chardonnay 2016 Monterey County (United States), 13.6% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

90

Contraband Vineyards Chardonnay 2017 South Eastern Australia (Australia), 15% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Dominant Seven Chardonnay 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

90

Estancia Chardonnay 2016 Monterey County (United States), 13.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Newman's Own Common Good Chardonnay 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay 2016 San Bernabe (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Reata Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Slow Press Chardonnay 2015 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma County (United States), 14.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.00

90

The Recipient Chardonnay 2016 Santa Barbara County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

WHITE WINE MUSCAT/MOSCATO/MOSCATEL—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 90

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Seven Daughters Moscato 2016 Veneto (Italy), 7.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$14.00

WHITE WINE OTHER WHITE VARIETALS—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

92

Aimee TART Tocai Friulano 2017 Napa Valley (United States), 12.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

New Clairvaux Vineyard St. James Block Albarino 2017 Tehama County (United States), 12.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Alamos Torrontes 2016 Salta (Argentina), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

90

Sutter Home Gewurztraminer California (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE PINOT GRIGIO/PINOT GRIS—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Balletto Vineyards Pinot Gris 2017 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

Finalist

94

MacMurray Estate Pinot Gris 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

93

Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Le Colline di San Giorgio Pinot Grigio 2017 Breganze (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio 2017 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

Finalist

92

Three Thieves Pinot Grigio 2016 California (United States), 13.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.00

91

Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2017 Alto Adige (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Barefoot Cellars Pinot Grigio California (United States), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 2017 Valdadige (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Cavit Pinot Grigio 2017 Delle Venezie (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

90

Laurelwood Winery Pinot Gris 2016 Willamette Valley (United States), 13.89% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.99

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90

Mark West Pinot Grigio 2016 California (United States), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2017 Trentino (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Montevina Pinot Grigio 2016 California (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Nobilissima Pinot Grigio 2016 Delle Venezie (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio 2017 Marsala (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

WHITE WINE RIESLING—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Wagner Vineyards Semi Dry Riesling 2016 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$14.99

Finalist

94

Wagner Vineyards Select Riesling 2016 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

Adamo Estate Winery Riesling 2017 Ontario (Canada), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Schloss Johannisberg Gelblack Riesling 2016 Rheingau (Germany), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

92

Flipflop Left Coast Riesling American (United States), 11% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.00

91

Wagner Vineyards Dry Riesling 2016 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.9% abv. 750 ml

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE SAUVIGNON BLANC—WORLD AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Frei Brothers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.9% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

Finalist

93

Chateau Souverain Sauvignon Blanc 2017 North Coast (United States), 12.8% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

Finalist

93

Storyteller About Last Night Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

Finalist

92

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough (New Zealand), 12.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

Finalist

92

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough (New Zealand), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Leyda Valley (Chile), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Leyda Valley (Chile), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Ara Resolute Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Don Leo Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Valle de Parras (Mexico), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

MXP304.00

90

Portillo Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Uco Valley (Argentina), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Northern Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE SWEET WHITE WINE—WORLD AWARD

SCORE 93

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Quady Winery Electra Moscato 2016 California (United States), 4.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Parallel 44 Frozen Tundra White Wisconsin (United States), 12.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

90

Parallel 44 Lacrescent Wisconsin Ledge (United States), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE WHITE BLENDS—NORTH AMERICA AWARD

SCORE 91

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay 2017 Nova Scotia (Canada), 11% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CAD21.99

WHITE WINE CENTRAL/SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Lenkey Dulohazassag 2007 Tokaj (Hungary), 13% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$28.00

Finalist

95

Arvay Harslevelu 2015 Tokaj (Hungary), 12.5% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

Finalist

94

Human Furmint 2011 Tokaj (Hungary), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

Rigid Elm Muscat 2016 Danube Plain (Bulgaria), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN AWARD

SCORE 90

38

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

Zacharias Assyrtiko 2017 Peloponnese (Greece), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2018 Guide To The World’s Best Wines & Spirits

PRICE $12.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE


WHITE WINE FRANCE AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Marcel Dubois White Loire Wine 2017 Vouvray (France), 11.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$11.99

Finalist

93

Laville Pavillon Blanc 2017 Bordeaux (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

L'Odalet Chardonnay 2017 Pays d'Oc (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Patriarche Chardonnay 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2016 Vouvray (France), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Blos Sauvignon Blanc-Colombard 2017 Cotes de Gascogne (France)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Gascony (France), 11.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Patriarche 2017 Chablis (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Ravoire et Fils Rhone To The Bone 2017 Cotes du Rhone (France), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE ITALY AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

San Felo Le Stoppie Vermentino 2017 Maremma Tuscana (Italy), 13% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

93

Murola Giulia Morichelli d'Altemps 2016 Marche Bianco (Italy), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

92

Magnificat Vigna Maurisi Greco 2017 Greco di Tufo (Italy), 13.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€15.00

91

Cavit Moscato 2017 Trevenezie (Italy), 7.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

91

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Sensuale Moscato 2017 Aglianico del Vulture (Italy), 9.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Pieropan 2016 Soave Classico (Italy), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE PORTUGAL AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Beyra 2017 Beira Interior (Portugal), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.00

Finalist

93

Cara Viva White 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

Finalist

93

Guadalupe Winemakers Selection Antao Vaz 2016 Alentejano (Portugal), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€7.50

91

Geracoes de Xisto White 2017 Douro (Portugal), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Paxis Arinto 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

91

Portada Winemaker's Selection 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Paxis Bulldog White 2017 Vinho Regional (Portugal), 12% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

WHITE WINE WHITE WINE—SPAIN AWARD

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Valdecuevas Cuvee Verdejo 2016 Rueda Superior (Spain), 13% abv.

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

93

De Alberto Verdejo 2017 Rueda Superior (Spain), 13.3% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.00

Finalist

93

Valdecuevas Verdejo 2017 Rueda Superior (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

Finalist

92

Vivanco Viura-Tempranillo Blanco-Maturana Blanco 2017 Rioja (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

La Poda Albarino 2017 Rias Baixas (Spain), 13.2% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Cubo Blanco Viura 2017 Tierra de Castilla (Spain), 12.5% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.00

90

Dominio de la Granadilla Verdejo 2017 Rueda (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€9.95

90

Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo 2017 Rueda Superior (Spain), 13.4% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.00

90

Oro de Castilla Verdejo 2017 Rueda (Spain), 13.05% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Pagos del Rey Blume Verdejo 2017 Rueda (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Pagos del Rey Pulpo Albarino 2017 Rias Baixas (Spain), 13% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

90

Trascampanas Seleccion Verdejo 2017 Rueda (Spain), 12.17% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Vina Mayor Verdejo 2017 Rueda (Spain), 13.1% abv.

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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U LT I M AT E WINE CH ALLENGE CastelGiocondo Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Cabo de Hornos 2015

Cruz Garcia Real Sangria

Finalist

Great Value

92

94 Finalist

Mouton Cadet 2015

Finca Torrea by Marqués de Riscal 2015

Great Value

Great Value

91

91

Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 2007

Remole Sangiovese 2016

1865 Carmenere 2015

1865 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

90

90

90

90

91

91

92

Château D’Esclans Whispering Angel 2017

Sideral 2015

Great Value

ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE 2018

WINNERS! www.shawross.com

U LT I M AT E SP IRITS CH ALLENGE Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real

95

Tried & True

Cardenal Mendoza Brandy

93

Tried & True

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch 15 YEARS

Tequila Revolución Añejo

Tequila Revolución Silver

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch 21 YEARS

Cardenal Mendoza Angelus

Finalist

Finalist

Finalist

Finalist

Finalist Tried & True

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch 18 YEARS

93

94

95

95

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch 12 YEARS

93

Fifty Pounds Gin

92

Tried & True

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Cask Strength

94

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch 10 YEARS

92

IMPORTED BY SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL IMPORTERS, LLC. MIRAMAR, FLORIDA. WWW.SHAW-ROSS.COM. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

92

Great Value

93

Liquore Strega

91


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Spirits Index by Brand PARADIS 80 PF PARADIS IMPERIAL 80 PF RICHARD 80 PF VS 80 PF PRIVILEGE VSOP 80 PF XO 80 PF HINE COGNAC ANTIQUE XO lER CRU 80 PF H BY HINE VSOP 80 PF HOMAGE 80 PF RARE VSOP 80 PF TRIOMPHE 80 PF HORSE NAPOLEON XO COGNAC 80 PF JACQUES CARDIN COGNAC APPLE 80 PF JASMIN 80 PF VSOP 80 PF JEAN FILLIOUX COGNAC KELT COGNAC COMMODORE COGNAC PETRA TOUR DU MONDE COGNAC VSOP COGNAC XO MERLET BROTHERS BLEND COGNAC MERLET C2 COGNAC & CASSIS LANDY COGNAC DESIR RED 80 PF VS 80 PF VSOP 80 PF XO 80 PF LEOPOLD GOURMEL COGNAC QUINTESSENCE 84 PF LEOPOLD RAFFIN COGNAC EXTRA COGNAC VS COGNAC XO COGNAC LOUIS ROYER VS COGNAC KOSHER 80 PF VSOP COGNAC KOSHER VSOP PREFERENCE 80 PF XO COGNAC KOSHER 80 PF MAISON ROUGE VS COGNAC 80 PF VSOP COGNAC 80 PF MAISON SURRENNE BORDERIES (DISTILLERIE GALTAUD) 80 PF GRANDE CHAMPAGNE XO 80 PF SURRENNE COGNAC 80 PF TONNEAU NO 1 80 PF MARTELL COGNAC CARACTERE 80 PF CORDON BLEU 80 PF L'OR JEAN MARTELL 80 PF VS 80 PF VSOP 80 PF XO 80 PF YRC MAXIME TRIJOL COGNAC MEUKOW COGNAC VANILLA VS 60 PF VS 80 PF MONNETV.S. MOTORCYCLE NAPOLEON XO CGNAC 80 PF OTARD VSOP, XO 80 PF REMY MARTIN COGNAC 1738 ACCORD ROYAL COGNAC 1738 ACCORD ROYAL 80 PF COGNAC VS GRAND CRU COGNAC VSOP (NEW LABEL) COGNAC VSOP URBAN LIGHTS COGNAC XO EXCELLENCE REMY LOUIS XIII 80 PF REMY V VSOP ROBIN THICKE LTD EDITION VSOP W. 1738 SALIGNAC COGNAC VS 80 PF SENIOR ORIGINAL CURAc;AO BLUE 62 PF ORIGINAL CURAc;Ao CLEAR 62 PF ORIGINAL CURAc;AO ORANGE 62 PF THE LAST DROP COGNAC 1950 84 PF CURAc;AO BOLS BLUE CURAc;AO ORANGE CURAc;AO DUBOUCHETT BLUE CURAc;AO 30 PF POTTERS CURAc;Ao BLUE & ORANGE 40 PF EAUX-DE-VIE CHRISTIAN DROUIN BLANCHE NORMANDIE 80 PF ETTER FRAMBOISE 82 PF WILLIAMS PEAR 84 PF ZUGER KIRSCH 82 PF F MEYER FRAMBOISE 90 PF KIRSCH 90 PF MIRABELLE 90 PF POIRE WILLIAM 90 PF

PWS PWS PWS PWS PWS PWS

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SWS

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SWS

sws sws

CRIS WW WW WW WW WW WW WW

sws sws sws sws SWS

YMCO YMCO YMCO

sws

SWS

sws sws YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

sws sws

SWS

sws sws SWS

sws

CRIS

sws

SWS MWL PHI PEWS YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

sws sws sws

SWS YMCO

YMCO YMCO YMCO GREN

sws sws

SWS

sws sws sws

SWS

sws

FASSBIND KIRSCH -SWISS G.E. MASSENEZ EAUX-DE-VIE DE POIRE WILLIAMS PRISONNIERE FRAMBOISE WILD RASPBERRY BRANDY KIRSCHWASSER CHERRY BRANDY MIRABELLE YELLOW PLUM BRANDY POIRE WILLIAMS PEAR BRANDY MONTERU SINGLE GRAPE EAU DE VIE - FRANCE 80 PF CABERNET, CHARD, MER LOT, RIESLING PEAK SPIRITS EAU DE VIE PEACH 80 PF (ORGANIC) EAU DE VIE PEAR 80 PF (ORGANIC) ST GEORGE SPIRITS AQUA PERFECTA EAU DE VIE KIRSCH BRANDY AQUA PERFECTA EAU DE VIE PEAR BRANDY 80 PF BASIL EAU DE VIE 80 PF GEN EVER BOLS GENEVER 84 PROOF BARREL AGED GENEVER GENEVER 108.84 PF GENEVER W/COCKTAIL SET GIN - DOMESTIC AMADOR DISTILLERY GIN 80 PF AMETHYST LAVENDER GIN 90 PF AVIATION GIN 84 PF BAINBRIDGE HERITAGE GIN 90 PF ORG DOUG FIR BARTON GIN 80 PF BELLOWS GIN 80 PF BELLRINGER GIN 94.4 PF BERKSHIRE MOUNTAIN DISTILLERS ETHEREAL GIN 86 PF GREYLOCK GIN 80 PF BLADE GIN - CALIF BLADE GIN RUSTY BLADE GIN BRL-AGED CASK STRNGT BLUECOAT AMERICAN DRY GIN 94 PF BOORDS DRY GIN 80 PF BOOTH'S GIN 80 PF BRISTOL BUMMER & LAZARUS GIN 92 PF BURNETT'S GIN 80 PF CALVERT LONDON DRY 80 CAPROCK DRY GIN 82 PF ORGANIC CHATHAM GIN 80 PF CONEY ISLAND CARLO GIN CRATER LAKE CASCADE MT GIN 95 PF CROP FARMERS GIN ORGANIC 93.4 PF CROWN RUSSE GIN 80 PF CRYSTAL PEAK GIN DEATH'S DOOR GIN 94 PF DISTILLERY NO. 209 GIN BARREL RESERVE 92 PF GIN W/SOOM TONIC GIN 80 PF GIN 92 PF GIN 92 PF KOSHER DOROTHY PARKER AMERICAN GIN 86 PF DRY FLY DISTILLING - SPOKANE WA BARREL RESERVE GIN DRY FLY GIN ENGLISH GUARD GIN 80 PF FEW SPIRITS AMERICAN GIN 80 PF BARREL AGED GIN 80 PF STANDARD ISSUE GIN 114 PF FLEISCHMANN GIN 80 PF FREMONT MISCHIEF 80 PF GENEVIEVE GIN 94.6 PF GILBEY'S GIN 80 PF GORDONS GIN 80 PF HIGH SPIRITS DESERT DRY GIN 80 PF JOURNEYMAN BILLBRY BLK HRT GIN 90 PF JUNIPERO GIN 98.6 LEOPOLD BROTHERS - COLORADO AMERICAN SMALL BATCH GIN 80 PF NAVY STRENGTH GIN 114 PF MARTINI MCCORMICK GIN 80 PF MR. BOSTON ENGLISH MARKET GIN 80 PF NEW AMSTERDAM GIN RESTAURANT ONLY OLD GROVE 86 PF OOLA GIN 90 PF/ BRL AGED GIN 94 PF - WA PERRY'S TOT NAVY STRENGTH GIN 114 PF PLATINUM 7X GIN 80 PF PRARIE ORGANIC ON PREMISE ONLY PROHIBITION RANSOM RANSOM OLD TOM GIN 88 PF RE:FIND GIN ROGUE PINK SPRUCE GIN SPRUCE GIN ROYAL EMBASSY

CRIS WW WW WW WW WW PEWS

sws sws YMCO YMCO YMCO

YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

sws sws sws sws sws sws

GREN

BEEFEATER 24

YMCO YMCO

LONDON DRY GIN 90 PF BLOOM GIN 80 PF BOMBAY 86 PROOF

WW WW YMCO

sws

PWS MWL

sws

YMCO SWS

sws

GREN JWBG YMCO SWS YMCO JWBG SWS

sws sws sws

SWS

sws sws

WW WW YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO SWS YMCO

sws sws

PWS YMCO

sws sws

PEWS PEWS MWL YMCO SWS WW YMCO PEWS

sws

YMCO WW

sws

SWS AWS

sws

YMCO YMCO

sws

sws

ROYAL GATE RUSSELL HENRY GIN HAWAIIAN GINGER GIN LONDON DRY GIN MALAYSIAN LIME GIN SEAGRAM'S GIN & JUICE BLUE BEAST 35 PF GIN & JUICE CITRUS 35 PF GIN & JUICE GRN DRAGON 35 PF GIN & JUICE PRPLE RAGE 35 PF GIN & JUICE RED FURY 35 PF GIN DISTILLERS RSV 94 PF GIN EXTRA DRY 80 PF TWISTED GIN APPLE 70 PF TWISTED GIN LIME 70 PF TWISTED GIN ORANGE 70 PF TWISTED GIN PEACH 70 PF TWISTED GIN PINEAPPLE 70 PF TWISTED GIN RED BERRY 70 PF SPIRIT WORKS GIN 86 PF SLOE GIN 54 PF ST GEORGE SPIRITS BOTANIVORE GIN DRY RYE GIN TERROIRGIN TAAKA GIN 80 PF UNCLE VAL'S BOTANICAL GIN VOYAGER DRY GIN GIN - IMPORTED BEEFEATER GIN BURROUGHS RSV 86 PF GIN 94 PF

YMCO YMCO YMCO SWS

sws sws

SWS

sws sws sws sws

SWS

sws sws

SWS

sws

sws sws YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO WW WW SWS

sws sws sws sws sws

SWS

SAPPHIRE

94 PROOF EAST 84 PF EAST GIN 84 PF BOODLES GIN 90 PF BROKERS GIN 94 PF BULLDOG GIN LONDON DRY 80 PF CADENHEAD'S GIN OLD RAJ DRY GIN 110 PF OLD RAJ DRY GIN 92 PF CAORUNN GIN 83.6 PF GIN 92 PF CITADELLE GIN 88 PF RESERVE 88 PF DAMRAK GIN 83.6 PF DARNLEY'S VIEW GIN 94 PF DARNLEY'S VIEW GIN 94 PF DOORNKAAT EDINBURGH GIN 86 PF EMPRESS 1908 GIN 80 PF FORDS GIN 90 PF G'VINE SMALL BATCH FLORAISON 80 PF SMALL BATCH NOUAISON 88 PF GABRIEL BOUDIER - FRANCE BOUDIER SAFFRON GIN GATES OF LONDON GIN 80 PF HAYMAN'S OLD TOM - ENGLAND 80 PF HENDRICK'S 88 PF KONYAGI GIN KRISTA GIN 80 PF MAGELLAN GIN 80 PF 82.6 PF MARTIN MILLER'S GIN 80 PF 90.4 PF MAYFAIR LONDON DRY GIN 86 PF MONOPOLOWA DRY GIN 87 PF MONOPOLOWA GIN - AUSTRIA 87 PF NO. 3 LONDON DRY GIN 92 PF NOLET'S RESERVE DRY GIN 104.6.PF ORIGINAL INDIGO GIN 80 PF OXLEY DRY GIN 94 PF PINNACLE GIN 80 PF PLYMOUTH GIN 82.4 PF NAVY STRENGTH 114 PF RIGHT GIN 80 PF ROYAL DOCK GIN - ENGLAND 114 PF SACRED GIN ASST (PINK GRPFRT/LICORICE/ JUNIPER/ COR/CARD/ORRIS) 88 PF GIN CARDAMOM 87.6 PF GIN CORIANDER 87.6 PF GIN JUNIPER 87.6 PF GIN LICORICE 87.6 PF

SPIRITS INDEX

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SWS YMCO AWS AWS WW YMCO PEWS YMCO CRIS YMCO

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Spirits Index by Brand CAVA DE ORO

CAZADORES AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF WITH AiiiEJO EXTRA AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

CHAMUCOS ESPECIAL AiiiEJO 80 PF ESPECIAL BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF TEQUILA ASST (2EA AiiiEJO/REP/BLANCO) 80 PF CHARBAY TEQUILA BLANCO 80 PF

PHI

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SWS

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CHIMAYO BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO BLUE AGAVE 80 PF

CHINACO AiiiEJO TEQUILA 80 PF BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF NEGRO EXTRA AiiiEJO LOT 79 86 PF REPOSADO TEAUILA 80 PF

CIMARRON TEQUILA BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

CLASE AZUL DUO (lEA PLATA/REP) PLATA TEQUILA 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF ULTRA EXTRA AiiiEJO 80 PF COMISARIO TEQUILA REPOSADO 80 PF

CONEY ISLAND CARLO TEQUILA CORAZON TEQUILA AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

CORRALEJO AiiiJEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF CORRALEJO TRIO PACK CORRALES 99000 HORAS AiiiEJO GRAN RESERVA 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF REPOSADO TRIPLE-DISTILLED SILVER 80 PF

CRUZ TEQUILA REPOSADO TEQUILA SILVER TEQUILA

DELEON TEQUILA AiiiEJO 80 PF DIAMANTE 80 PF EXTRA AiiiEJO 102 PF LEONA RESERVE 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

80 PF AiiiEJO, REPOSADO, BLANCO

DON AGUSTIN TEQUILA REPOSADO 80 PF W/200ML BLANCO DON BENITO TEQUILA AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF DON CAMILO 100% AGAVE 80 PF AiiiEJO CERAMIC, REPOSADO

DON EDUARDO AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

DON FULANO 100% AGAVE

REPOSADO

DON VALENTE DOS ARMADILLOS SUPER PREMIUM 80 PF

100% BLUE AGAVE AiiiEJO 80 PF 100% BLUE AGAVE BLANCO 80 PF 100% BLUE AGAVE REPOSADO 80 PF

GOLD 80 PF

EXTRA AiiiEJO PINTADA COLLECTION

PEWS PHI

AWS

PEWS PEWS PEWS PEWS PEWS PEWS PEWS

AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

EXTRA AiiiEJO YMCO YMCO

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SWS

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REPOSADO BLANCO MIXTO REPOSADO GOLD BLANCO

DULCE VIDA ORGANIC TEQUILA 100 PF

AiiiEJO BLANCO EXTRA AiiiEJO REPOSADO

BLANCO WITH AiiiEJO HITCHER LONE STAR EDITION RAINBOW SLEEVES REPOSADO 100 PF ED HARDY 100% AGAVE

WW WW WW WW

AiiiEJO BLANCO REPOSADO

SILVER TEQUILA 80 PF

PEWS

ARTESENAL AiiiEJO 80 PF ARTESENAL EXTRA AiiiEJO 80 PF

JWBG

ARTESANAL SILVER 80 PF PINK TEQUILA 80 PF

YMCO YMCO

EL CARTEL BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF

YMCO

YMCO

W/GOLD FLAKES 80 PF

SWS SWS

sws sws

HERRADURA YMCO YMCO YMCO SELECCION SUPRE MA YMCO SILVER YMCO HIJOS DE VILLA PHI HOTEL CALIFORNIA TEQUILA REPOSADO 80 PF SWS HUSSONG'S TEQUILA REPOSADO 80 PF YMCO

JALISCOORO JOSE CUERVO

YMCO

YMCO

YMCO

ESPECIAL GOLD 80 PF

YMCO

AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

YMCO YMCO

ESPECIAL SILVER 80 PF PLAT/NO

YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

SILVER 80 PF EL DESTILADOR100% AGAVE 80 PF ARTISAN BOTTLE AiiiEJO ARTISAN BOTTLE BLANCO

YMCO

LA RESERVA PLATINO RESERVA RESERVA DE LA FAMILIA TRADICIONAL REPO REPOSADO TEQUILA 80 PF TRADICIONAL SILVER 80 PF TEQUILA

YMCO YMCO PWS PWS PWS PWS PWS WW WW WW PEWS

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SWS

REPOSADO SOCCER

YMCO

AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF EXTRA AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF EL PUEBLO 80 PROOF LIGHTOR GOLD

EL TESORO TEQUILA AiiiEJO 75 ANNIV 80 PF AiiiEJO 80 PF AiiiEJO 80 PF 70'" ANNIV PARADISO AiiiEJO 80 PF PLATINUM 80 PF

YMCO YMCO YMCO

EL TORO TEQUILA GOLD 80 PF WHITE 80 PF

EL ULTIMO TEQUILA PEWS PEWS

AGAVE REPOSADO 80 PF AGAVE BLANCO 80 PF

PEWS PEWS PEWS

AiiiEJO 80 PF ASST 80 PF (2EA ANJ/REP/BLCO)

PWS PWS PWS PWS PWS

ESPOL6N

80 PF ANEJO, REPOSADO, BLANCO

PEWS

BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF W/AGAVE NECTAR REPOSADO TEQUILA 80 PF

EXCELLIA TEQUILA ANEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

FAMILIA CAMARENA TEQUILAS YMCO YMCO

sws

SWS

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EL SAGRADO TEQUILA AiiiEJO 80 PF ASST (2EA REP/ AiiiEJO /BLANCO) BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF EL TEQUILENO BLANCO 80 PF

SWS

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YMCO

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SWS

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SWS

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ON PREMISES ONLY

FAT ASS

YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

JUAREZ TEQUILA YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

DON RAMON

PEWS

AiiiEJO AiiiEJO SOCCER BLANCO 100% AGAVE 80 PF BLANCO SOCCER REPOSADO REPOSADO 100% AGAVE

PEWS

PWS

PEWS PEWS PEWS

EL JIMADOR

EL MAYOR TEQUILA

PHI

C/NGE 70 PF

EL CHARRO

YMCO YMCO YMCO YMCO

sws sws sws PEWS PEWS PEWS PEWS

YMCO YMCO

ARTISAN BOTTLE REPOSADO BLANCO REPOSADO

YMCO YMCO YMCO PHI

HACIENDA DE NAVARRO HERENCIA MEXICANA 100% AGAVE 80 PF

WW WW WW

EL AGAVE

PHI

YMCO

GRAN MAYAN GRAND LEYENDA TEQUILA

AGAVE NECTAR AiiiEJO 100 PF BLANCO 100 PF

SWS

sws

sws

SILVER 80 PF

GRAN CAVA DE ORO GRAN CENTENARIO

DOS ARTES DOS MANOS 100% AGAVE 80 PF

sws

YMCO YMCO YMCO MWL

FRONTERA GIRO BY SAUZA TEQUILA

AiiiEJO 80 PF PLATA 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF ROSANGEL TEQUILA

"FUERTE" BLANCO 100 PF "SUAVE" BLANCO 80 PF 3 YR AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF IMPERIAL 5 YR AiiiEJO 80 PF DON JULIO 1942 TEQUILA 80 PF AiiiEJO TEQUILA 80 PF AiiiEJO TEQUILA 70TH ANNIV 80 PF BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF REAL TEQUILA 80 PF REPOSADO TEQUILA 80 PF DON MODESTO 100% AGAVE

ANEJO 80 PF PLATINUM 80 PF

YMCO YMCO YMCO PHI

SWS

DESTILERIA LA FORTALEZA TEQUILA FORTALEZA AiiiEJO TEQUILA FORTALEZA BLANCO TEQUILA FORTALEZA REPOSADO DON ABRAHAM 100% AGAVE

AiiiEJO PLATA

FRIDA KAHLO

PEWS PEWS PEWS

CORZO AiiiEJO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF CRISTEROS REPOSADO 80 PF

YMCO YMCO

AiiiEJO, REPOSADO, PLATA EXTRA AiiiEJO CLAY BOTTLE EXTRA AiiiEJO STERLING SILVER BOTTLE

CHAYA AiiiEJO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

REPOSADO 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

DON ROBERTO

PHI

GOLD 80 PF SILVER 80 PF

SWS

sws

KARMA TEQUILA AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF LA ARENITA SILVER 80 PF

AWS AWS AWS YMCO

LA CERTEZA AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

YMCO YMCO YMCO

LA PAZ GOLD 80 PF GOLD WITH MARGARITA MIX 80 PF LA PINTA POMEGRANATE INFUSED 38 PF

YMCO YMCO SWS

LA PRIMA DE PANCHO PISTOLAS 100% AGAVE 80 PF REPOSADO CERAMIC

PEWS

LA PUERTA NEGRA 100% AGAVE 80 PF AiiiEJO, REPOSADO, BLANCO

PEWS

LA TILICA SKULL TEQUILA LAPIS TEQUILA

PHI

sws sws

AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

SWS

LOS ARANGO TEQUILA

sws sws

AiiiEJO 80 PF BLANCO 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

SWS

LUNA MALVADA TEQUILA

sws sws

PLATA 80 PF REPOSADO 80 PF

LUNAZUL TEQUILA AiiiEJO TEQUILA 80 PF

YMCO YMCO YMCO

BLANCO TEQUILA 80 PF REPOSADO TEQUILA 80 PF

MAESTRO DOBEL DIAMOND 80 PF

YMCO

MANANA 100% AGAVE TEQUILA ANEJO TEQUILA BLANCO 100% AGAVE TEQUILA RAINBOW

WW WW WW

TEQUILA REPOSADO 100% AGAVE

WW

MARGARITAVILLE TEQUILA GOLD TEQUILA SILVER TEQUILA

WW WW

MARGARITAVILLE FLAVORED TEQUILA CALYPSO COCONUT TEQUILA

SPIRITS INDEX

WW

BIN

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