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Announcement of the results of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2022

The world spirits competition, Ultimate Spirits Challenge, recently published the results of the 2022 edition.

In 2022, USC had its 13th straight year of record submissions, with entries from more than 50 spirits-producing countries.

The judging, which took place in May and early June, named 57 President’s Trophy winners, 274 finalists, 446 great values ​​and 143 Tried & True award winners. The challenge took place at the custom-designed Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) assessment center, located in Hawthorne, New York.

Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 17 Year Old Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was among the 2022 Chairman’s Trophy winners. (image via Heaven Hill)

UBC Co-Founder and Jury Director F. Paul Pacult said in a prepared statement, “In addition to being the biggest USC ever, this year’s Challenge was also the most global. , with an impressive range of quality distillates from places as far away from New York as China, Australia, Ecuador, India and Chile.

He said nearly all categories saw healthy gains, including gin, ready-to-drink cocktails, mezcal, rum, tequila, rum, vodka and all whiskey and brandy categories.

2022 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman’s Trophy Winners

AMARO

Nonino Amaro Reserve

APERITIF/APERITIF

  • Bache Gabrielsen Very Old Pineau des Charentes

BAIJIU

  • Yushan Taiwan Superior 12 Year Old Kaoliang

BRANDY

  • American: BrandyLab California Brandy
  • Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade Cask Strength 1994 Bas Armagnac
  • Calvados: Christian Drouin Vintages 1982 Pays d’Auge
  • Cognac: Pierre Vallet Single Cask
  • Pisco: Tres Erres Reserved

GIN & JUNIPER

  • Gin: Gordon’s Traveller’s Edition London Dry
  • Juniper: Notaris Bartender’s Choice Jerry Thomas Rome Edition

HARD SELTZER

  • High Noon Sun Sips Vodka and Pineapple Soda

LIQUOR

  • Berry/Fruit: Matsui Brandy Umeshu Fruit
  • Citrus/Triple Sec: Cointreau
  • Chocolate: Chocolate Faretti Biscotti
  • Cream/Milk: Carolans Cold Brew
  • Herbal/Mint/Spice/Botanical: Sorel

MEZCAL

MIXER

READY TO DRINK COCKTAIL

  • Gin: The Hanky ​​Panky Bartender
  • Rum: Koloa Sparkling Mango Hawaiian Rum Cocktail
  • Tequila: Cazadores Paloma
  • Vodka: Boyd & Blair Blood Orange Cosmo
  • Whisky: Social Hour Harvest Whiskey Sour Made with George Dickel

RUM

  • Dark/Gold: Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Pot Still
  • Flavored: Plantation Cut & Dry Coconut
  • Agricultural Rum: Baie de Trésors Plein Soleil Blanc
  • Over-Proof: ImpEx Collection Long Pond 2007 14 Year Old
  • White/Silver: 3 Star Plantation

SHOCHU

TEQUILA, 100% AGAVED

  • Blanco/Plata: El Tesoro
  • Reposado: Don Fulano
  • Anejo: Tequila Ocho
  • Extra Year: Cierto Reserve Collection

VERMOUTH

  • Dry: La Quintinye Royal Extra Dry
  • Sweet: La Quintinye Royal Rouge

VODKA

  • Unflavoured: Belvedere Smogóry Forest Single Estate Rye
  • Flavored: 23rd Street Riverland Rose

WHISKEY – CANADA

  • WhistlePig The Boss Hog VIII LapuLapu’s Pacific Straight Rye

WHISKEY – IRELAND

  • Mixed: JJ Corry The Gael
  • Single Pot Still: Redbreast 21 years old
  • Single Malt: Knappogue Castle 21 years old

WHISKEY – SCOTLAND

  • Blend: Dewar’s Double Double 32 years old
  • Blended Malt: The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society Batch #13 Tabanco Time 11 years old
  • Single Malt-Highland: Glenmorangie Truffle Oak Reserve 26 years old
  • Single Malt-Island: Highland Park Viking Honor 12 years old
  • Single Malt-Islay: Ardbeg Uigedail
  • Single Malt-Speyside: Mortlach Cowie’s Blue Seal 20 years old

WHISKEY – UNITED STATES

  • Bottled-In-Bond: Old Fitzgerald Spring 2022 17 Year Old Edition
  • Bourbon: Aigle Rare 17 Year Old
  • Rye: Smooth Ambler Founders’ Cask Strength Series
  • Single Barrel: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
  • Single Malt: Courage & Conviction Cuvée Single Cask, Cask n° 1266
  • Tennessee: 10 years of Jack Daniel
  • Wheat: Bainbridge Battle Point Two Islands Islay Cask
  • Other: Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJA1 Blend 1 Finished in a St. Agrestis Brooklyn Amaro Cask

WHISK(E)Y – WORLD

  • Japanese: Matsui The Kurayoshi Sakura Cask Japanese Single Malt
  • World: Seven Seals The Age of Pisces Oloroso Sherry Wood Finish Single Malt

Judging consists of analysis across multiple panels, then all products are rated on a 100-point scale by spirits industry judges, including buyers, journalists, educators, authors, and owners. bars. Spirits scoring more than 85 points receive a detailed tasting score. All spirits scoring over 80 points receive an individual results page, which provides all downloadable marketing material.

You can view the full results at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2022results.