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ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary and Announces This Year's Top Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Tequila and More

NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world's premier spirits competition. Today, Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) announces 37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists, 171 Tried & True Awards(SM) and 89 Great Values. The Challenge, celebrating its fifth anniversary, was held in New York on March 10-14. For the second consecutive year, a perfect 100 point score was given by multiple panels to a whiskey. This year's 100-point recipient is Redbreast 21 Years Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult (L) and Dave Wondrich (R) conferring at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger

"Interest in Ultimate Spirits Challenge has never been greater," says Ultimate Spirits Challenge founder F. Paul Pacult. "Companies enter because they want brands to be evaluated against their peers by the world's best judges. USC provides the most trusted, sought after testimonials that help distillers and importers build their brands."

This year, USC introduces the Tried & True Award(SM) to recognize brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered USC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this year's Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.

All products entered are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry's most renowned judges that include award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. This year's judges were: USC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW and David Wondrich.


All spirits rated 85 points and higher receive their own page showing current award results, downloadable score icons, tasting notes and bottle image. USC results will be promoted via the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide to be published in the October issue of The Beverage Media Group's top 15 U.S. markets, reaching more than 70,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers.


For a complete list of results visit


Luxardo Aperitivo


Unflavored: Absolut

Flavored: Belvedere Lemon Tea


Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)


Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)


Rum: Don Q Gran Anejo (Tried & True Award)

Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue

Flavored Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored

Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced


Sagatiba Velha


Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Reposado: Blue Nectar

Anejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)

Extra Anejo: Herradura Seleccion Suprema (Tried & True Award)


Del Maguey Iberico


American: Wild Turkey Forgiven

Kentucky Straight Bourbon: George T. Stagg

Rye: Bulleit 95 Small Batch


Blended: Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old (Tried & True Award)

Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old

Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (Tried & True Award)


Blended Malt: Big Peat

Blended: Ballantine's 17 Years Old

Single Malt: Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old


Alberta Premium Dark Horse


Nikka Coffey Grain


Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac

Calvados: Pere Magloire 20 Years Old

Cognac: Delamain Pale & Dry

Grappa: Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino

Pisco: KAPPA (Tried & True Award)

Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez

American Brandy: Osocalis Heritage

Pineau des Charentes: Jean Fillioux Vieux


Cointreau (Tried & True Award)


Maurin Dry


iichiko Frasco

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Next Challenge: Ultimate Wine Challenge, June 2-13, 2014. Information at:

Ultimate Spirits Challenge…like no other competition and doesn't want to be.


Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. Based on exacting standards, expert judges and rigorous methodology, UBC raises the standards of spirits and wine evaluation and supplies ratings and accolades to help companies build their brands with buyers, both industry and consumer. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, David Talbot and Sean Ludford. Past Challenge results and event photos, videos and press coverage can be found at

Ultimate Beverage Challenge inquiries: [email protected], 1-347-878-6551

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