Adictivo Anejo Tequila

Panther City Distillery Hell’s Half Acre Vodka

Central City Brewers Queensborough Gin

Ron Veleiro Reserva Especial Extra Aged Rum Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Select

Nardini Pescacello Peach Liqueur


Design /Packaging Awards 

​Double Gold - Adictvio Tequila

Double Gold - Ayate Tequila

Gold  - Suave Tequila Lunar Rested Gold

Gold  - El Rey Tequila Anejo

Gold  - William Hinton Madeira Rum Gold

Gold  - Sharish Gin

Gold -  Gem & Bolt Mezcal

Gold -  Rabbit & Grass Tequila

Gold -  Saville Rumtini

Gold -  Fáilte Vodka

Bronze -Glass Vodka

Bronze -Gorgeous Vodka

Bronze -Virus Vodka

The 2017 San Diego International Spirits Competition had the toughest field of great entries from both the USA and Internationally, and all spirits were judged on their individual merits and attributes. The 2017 bottle judging competition was well supported with 162 entries in various categories from vodka and gin to whiskeys, rum, agave spirits and liqueurs and packaged cocktails. George Manska, inventor of the Neat Glass is the Advisory Council.


Spirits were presented to judges in coded NEAT glasses in a blind tasting format. No spirits bottles were visible to judges at any time until the competition was finalized.

Of the 162 entries entered, only 81 Medals were awarded across all categories, 6 Double Gold; 17 Gold; 27 Silver; 29 Bronze


Judges: Philip Dobard, David Rippentrop, Brian Christensen, John Fluke, Rich Manning, Billy Nordmeier, Greg Nagel, Jeremiah White, Jeff Apodaca Paula Dezzutti Hewlette tasted all entries in the NEAT glass, designed to dissipate alcohol and magnify aromas. Spirits were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and finish. 


Every medal awarded was won against a field of competitors, and no automatic medals were awarded.   2017 saw Six Double Gold medals (Highest Recommendation) awarded to Adictivo Anejo Tequila, Panther City Distillery Hell’s Half Acre Vodka, Queensborough Gin, Ron Valiero Reserva Especial Extra Aged Rum, Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Select and Nardini Pescacello Peach Liqueur.


Seventeen Gold medals (Highly Recommended) 27 Silver medals and 29 Bronze medals were awarded. The judges at the competition awarded these distinguished medals to the best of the best.


DOUBLE GOLD -  Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Select

Gold:     Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey Port Barrel Finish

Gold:     Kamiki Japanese Whiskey

Silver:    Cadee Distillery Deciptivus Bourbon Whiskey

Silver:    Two James Spirits Catchers Rye Whiskey

Silver:    Laphroaig LORE Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bronze:  Southern Champion Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey

Bronze:  Early Times Bottled in Bond Whiskey

Bronze:  Cadee Distillery Cascadia Rye Whiskey

Bronze:  Catskill Provisions New York Honey Whiskey

Bronze:  Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 year old

Bronze:  Micil Irish Poitin

Bronze:   Arizona Straight Bourbon Whiskey



DOUBLE GOLD: Panther City Distillery Hell’s Half Acre Vodka

Gold:    Drake’s Organic Vodka

Gold:    Aermoor Vodka

Gold:    Gorgeous Vodka Original

Silver:   Southern Champion XIII Kings Vodka

Silver:   Texas Wildflower Craft Vodka

Silver:   Northwest Natural Spirits Wild Root Pear Vodka

Silver:   Failte Vodka

Silver:   BLK EYE Vodka

Bronze: Native Spirits Vektor Vodka

Bronze: Purity Vodka

Bronze: Benazet Blanc Vodka

Bronze: Dry Town Vodka

Bronze: Texas Wildflower Blood Orange Vodka




DOUBLE GOLD Ron Veleiro Reserva Especial Extra Aged Rum

Gold:    Yolo Rum Gold

Gold:    Mountain Peak Espresso Rum

Gold:    Ron Veleiro Anejo Rum

Silver:   William Hinton Rum Agricole

Silver:   Yolo Rum Clear

Silver:   Drake’s Organic White Rum

Silver:   Redlock Spiced Rum

Bronze: Southern Champion Pelican Harbor Light Rum

Bronze: Tanduay Asian Rum Silver


Gold:   Jose Miguel Puro Midnight Moonshine

Silver:  Dark Corner World’s Best Moonshine

Silver:  300 Days of Shine Centennial Wheat Moonshine


DOUBLE GOLD: Adictivo Anejo Tequila

Gold:     Suave Spirits Blanco Tequila

Gold:     Oro Imperial Silver Tequila

Gold:     Savage and Cooke Ayate Tequila Reposado

Gold:     Adictivo Extra Anejo Tequila

Silver:    Siempre Tequila Plata

Silver:    Suave Lunar Rested Tequila

Silver:    60 Tequila Reposado

Silver:    Suave Tequila Reposado

Silver:    Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo Cristallino

Silver:    Meil de Tiera Espadin Mezcal

Bronze:  60 Tequila Blanco

Bronze:  El Rey Tequila Blanco

Bronze:  Adictivo Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Vikera Tequila Anejo

Bronze:  Vikera Tequila Extra Anejo

Bronze:  Mezcal Veras Reposado

Bronze:  Mezcal Veras Joven

Bronze:  El Rey Hibiscus Tequila

Bronze:  El Rey Pineapple Coconut Tequila


​DOUBLE GOLD - Central City Brewers  Queensborough Gin

Gold:     Dry Town Gin

Gold:     Gin 13

Silver:    Faber Gin

Silver:    Baltimore Shot Tower Gin

Bronze:  Gordon Castle Gin

Bronze:  Southern Champion Andrew John’s Gin

Bronze:  Braunstein Distillery Danica Gin




DOUBLE GOLD  Nardini Pescacello Peach Liqueur

Gold:    Nardini Ameretto Liqueur

Gold:    Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur

Silver:   Marquinhas Ginja D’Obidas Cherry Liqueur

Silver:   Nardini Limoncello

Silver:    Nardini Sambuca

Silver:    Cafe Agave Salted Caramel Liqueur

Silver:    Café Agave Mocha Liqueur

Bronze:  Cafe Agave Toasted Coconut Liqueur

Bronze:  Café Agave French Vanilla Liqueur

Bronze:  Nardini Applecello

Bronze:  Zamaca Liqueur

Bronze:  Buzz Box Coconut Cocktail

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