The 2014 San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition
was open to emerging craft distillers, American merchant bottlers and large distillers alike, the competition brought renowned experts from the worlds of spirits and hospitality together to determine the best tasting spirits in a blind analysis held at the San Diego Spirits Festival August 23, 2014.
The competition was conducted in the Upstairs View Room . The View Room was a closed event and only the Judges and Advisory Council George Manska were admitted.
A highly-qualified panel of spirits judges evaluated the entries using a proprietary scoring system that evaluated each spirit on a number of factors, including taste, appearance, aroma and commercial suitability. Judges included Henry Preiss, Forest Cokely, Frankie Thaheld, Rich Manning. Michael Neff, Roberto Loppi, Dushan Zaric and David Rippentrop
George Manska, inventor of the Neat Glass was the advisory council for the San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition. George is the Chief of Research and Development, Corporate Strategy officer of Arsilica, Inc., Las Vegas, NV and inventor of the NEAT glass, and NEAT science of nosing and evaluation.
George has designed and developed products to enhance nosing and evaluation in many areas including but not limited to alcohol beverages. George has worked with many spirits festivals and judging competitions to introduce the NEAT glass and NEAT science to the world of judges, aficionados, chefs, and those who desire to understand more about proper evaluation and value decision making for alcohol beverages.
George writes a comprehensive guide to tasting and evaluation. George is the Wine and Spirits, Maître, Commanderie de Bordeaux 2005-2013, and a member various high-end wine clubs 1970-present. He is an avid collector of rare whiskeys, and other spirits.
Medal winning spirits were announced during the San Diego Spirits Festival’s Beverage Networking event on Saturday evening..