2018 BEST OF SHOW 

D’Usse Cognac XO

 HIGHEST HONOR DOUBLE GOLD  

Dr Zzyzx Vodka – Caraway

Dr Zzyzx Vodka – Desert Rose

Ryno Tequila Anejo

Kamiki Japanese Whisky

American Soju – Watermelon

Sagamore Spirit Vintners Finish Rye Whiskey

Dame Mas Tequila Extra Anejo

D’Usse Cognac XO

E & J Brandy XO

Devil’s river Rye Whiskey

Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey

Cane Land Red Stick Rum

Canefire #14 Premium Australian Rum

Koloa Rum Kauai Spice

Cane Land Shindig Vodka

Tiera Sagrada Tequila Extra Anejo

Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo Cristalino

El Nacimiento Tequila Blanco

Martini & Rossi Vermouth Riserva Speciale Ambrato

Martini & Rossi Vermouth Riserva Speciale Rubino

Loch & Union American Dry Gin

Lohin McKinnon Peated Whisky

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Bitters by Christos Aromatic

Bitters by Christos Rosemary

Bitters by Christos Mole

Taste of Florida Bloody Mary

Taste of Florida Bloody Mary Spice

Neat Tasting Glass

 

 

 

The 2018 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 2018 bottle judging competition was well supported with 252 entries in various categories from vodka and gin to whiskeys, rum, agave spirits and liqueurs. George Manska, inventor of the Neat Glass is the Advisory Council for the San Diego Spirits Festival.

 

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 252 entries entered, 144 Medals were awarded across all categories, 28 Double Gold; 20 Gold; 44 Silver; 52 Bronze

 

Judges: Andrew Faulkner, Philip Dobard, Brian Christensen, John Fluke, Billy Nordmeier, Greg Nagel, Mario Marquez, Rich Manning, Dennis Morales, Jordan Catapano, Christie Norman Paul Garduño and Jay Ojeda 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.  

2018 Awarded:

Twenty Eight Double Gold medals (Highest Recommendation) 

Twenty Gold medals (Highly Recommended)

Forty Four Silver medals 

Fifty Two  Bronze medals 

The judges at the competition awarded these distinguished medals to the best of the best.

WHISKEY 

DOUBLE GOLD: Kamiki Japanese Whisky

DOUBLE GOLD: Devil’s River Rye Whiskey

DOUBLE GOLD: Rossville Union Master Crafted Rye Whiskey

DOUBLE GOLD: Lohin McKinnon Peated Whisky

Gold:     Tanner’s Creek Blended Bourbon Whiskey

Gold:     Devils River Bourbon Whiskey

Gold:     George Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon

Gold:     Bogart Spirits Irish Whiskey

Silver:    Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whisky

Silver:    Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey Cognac Finish

Silver:    Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey Double Oak

Silver:    Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey Cask Strength

Silver:    Savage and Cooke Second Glance Corn Whiskey

Bronze:  Warbringer Southwest Bourbon Mesquite Smoked

Bronze:  Dark Door Spirits Whisky Spirit of IPA

Bronze:  Devil’s River Whiskey Barrel Strength

Bronze:  Savage & Cooke Small Batch Bourbon The Burning Chair

Bronze:  Sagamore Spirit Rye Signature 83

Bronze:  John Drew Canadian Rye Whiskey

Bronze:  Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whiskey Chocolate Malt

BRANDY AND COGNAC

DOUBLE GOLD: D’Usse Cognac XO

DOUBLE GOLD: E & J Brandy XO

Gold:     D’Usse Cognac VSOP

Gold:     E & J Brandy VS

Gold:     E & J Brandy VSOP

Silver:    Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy VSOP

Silver:    E & J Brandy Apple

Bronze:  E & J Brandy Peach

Bronze:  Divine Distillers - Apple Brandy - Paradiso

VODKA 

DOUBLE GOLD: Dr Zzyzx Vodka – Caraway

DOUBLE GOLD: Dr Zzyzx Vodka – Desert Rose

DOUBLE GOLD: Sagamore Spirit Vintners Finish Rye Whiskey

DOUBLE GOLD: Cane Land Shindig Vodka

Gold:    Panther City Vodka Hell’s Half Acre 1885

​Gold:   Hoarfrost Distilling Brilliant Vodka

Gold:   D & S Dam Vodka

Silver:  440 North Vodka Magic Valley Wheat

Silver:   OHSO Vodka Arcadia Coffee

Silver:  10 Torr Vodka

Silver:    Heroes Vodka

Silver:  New Amsterdam Lemon Vodka

Bronze: Compass Distillers Vodka

Bronze: All Points West Bone Black Vodka

Bronze: New Amsterdam #574 Vodka

Bronze: 440 North Vodka Ranier Cherry

Bronze: 440 North Vodka Ranier Sunny Slope Nectarine

Bronze: Dr Zzyzx Vodka Chipotle

Bronze: OHSO Arcadian Cucumber Vodka

Bronze: Touch Vodka

GIN 

DOUBLE GOLD: - Loch & Union American Dry Gin

Gold:     Enmienda 18 Gin Citrico

Silver:    Dry Town Gin

Silver:    Storm King Gin

Silver:    All Points West Cathouse Gin

Silver:    Six Gin

Silver:    Loch & Union Barley Gin

Silver:    Bogart Spirits Gin

Silver:    Compass Aged Gin

Bronze: 10 Torr Gin

Bronze:  Nippitary Gin

Bronze:  Gray Whale Gin

​​LIQUEURS & OTHERS 

DOUBLE GOLD: American Soju – Watermelon

DOUBLE GOLD: Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

DOUBLE GOLD: Martini & Rossi Vermouth Riserva Speciale Ambrato

DOUBLE GOLD: Martini & Rossi Vermouth Riserva Speciale Rubino

DOUBLE GOLD: Bitters by Christos Aromatic

DOUBLE GOLD: Bitters by Christos Rosemary

DOUBLE GOLD: Bitters by Christos Mole

DOUBLE GOLD: Taste of Florida Bloody Mary

DOUBLE GOLD: Taste of Florida Bloody Mary Spicy

Gold:    Toco Cachaça

Gold:    Cachaca Estacao Coquieros

Gold:    Cinpatrazzo Amaro

Silver:   Compass Distillers Aquavit

​Silver:   American Soju Lemon

Silver:   Nooku Bourbon Cream

Silver:   10 Torr Old World Coffee Liqueur

Silver:   Bitters by Christos Cherry

Silver:   Bitters by Christos Orange

Silver:   10 Torr Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

Bronze:  Martini & Rossi Reserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur

Bronze:  Patique Cherry Liqueur

Bronze:  Cane Land Cachaca

Bronze:  American Soju Original

Bronze:  American Soju Cucumber

Bronze:  Bayon Liqueur

Bronze:  Wicked Mule Lime Vodka Cocktail

Bronze:  10 Torr Distilling Greyhound Soda

AGAVE SPIRITS 

DOUBLE GOLD: Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo Cristalino

DOUBLE GOLD: El Nacimiento Tequila Blanco

DOUBLE GOLD: Tiera Sagrada Tequila Extra Anejo

DOUBLE GOLD: Ryno Tequila Anejo

DOUBLE GOLD: Dame Mas Tequila Extra Anejo

Gold:     Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo Black Label

Gold:     Bandero Tequila Blanco

Gold:     Dano’s Dangerous Tequila Azul Reposado

Gold:     Casa Noble Tequila Overproof Anejo

Gold:     Mandala Spirits Tequila Extra Anejo

Silver :   Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo

Silver :   Ryno Tequila Reposado

Silver :   Dano’s Dangerous Tequila Blanco

Silver :   Tierra Sagrada Tequila Plata

Silver :   Familia Camarena Tequila Silver

Silver :   Bandido de Amores Extra Anejo Black Label

Silver :   Hacienda Sahuayo Tequila Reposado

Silver :   Hacienda Sahuayo Tequila Blanco

Silver :   Casa Noble Tequila Reposado

Silver :   Sierra Tierra Sagrada Tequila Anejo

Silver :   El Nacimiento Tequila Anejo

Silver :   Casa Noble Tequila Joven

Bronze:  Adictivo Tequila Plata

Bronze:  El Nacimiento Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Ryno Tequila Blanco

Bronze:  Familia Camarena Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Cava de Oro Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Savage & Cooke Ayate Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Adictivo Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Don Cayo Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Adictivo Tequila Plata

Bronze:  Savage & Cooke Ayate Tequila Anejo

Bronze:  Dano’s Dangerous Tequila 100% Agave Azul Anejo

Bronze:  Hacienda Sahuayo Anejo Cristalino

Bronze:  Ryno Tequila Extra Anejo

Bronze:  Don Cayo Extra Anejo

Bronze:  Savage & Cooke Ayate Tequila Reposado

Bronze:  Revel Tequila Avila

Bronze:  Selecto Amatian Tequila Azulillo

Bronze:  Cava de Oro Tequila Plata

Bronze:  Dano’s Dangerous Tequila Pineapple and Jalapeno Infused

Bronze:  Don Alberto Joven

Bronze:  El Chiwahwah Tequila Blanco

 

RUM 

DOUBLE GOLD: Cane Land Red Stick Rum

DOUBLE GOLD: Canefire #14 Premium Australian Rum

DOUBLE GOLD: Koloa Rum Kauai Spice

Gold:    Cane Land Rhum Agricole

Gold:   Toco Cachaça

Silver:   Don Q Rum 2005 Single Barrel Signature Release

Silver:   Canefire #9Premium Australian Rum

Silver:   Ron Veleiro XO Rum

Silver:   Don Q Double Aged Rum

Silver:   Edwards Ridge Rum William Tallus Silver

Silver:   D & S Rum Delgado White

Silver:   Neptune Rum Barbados Gold

Bronze: Cane Land Rum Silver

Bronze: Dove Tale Puerto Rico Rum

Bronze: Blue Chair Bay Pineapple Rum Cream

Bronze: Virago Spirits Four Port Rum

DESIGN AWARDS 

D’Usse Cognac XO

Dame Mas Tequila Extra Anejo

Toco Cachaça

Mandala Spirits Tequila Extra Anejo

Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo Black Label

Canefire Australian Rum

Sagamore Spirits

Devils River Whiskey

Bandero Tequila Blanco

Don Cayo Tequila

Sierra Tierra Sagrada Tequila

Savage & Cooke Reposado Tequila

Revel Tequila

Ron Veleiro XO Rum

Mandala Spirits Tequila Extra Anejo

D’Usse Cognac VSOP

Casa Noble Tequila

Loch & Union Gin

Warbringer Southwest Bourbon Mesquite Smoked

Hacienda Sahuayo Anejo Cristalino

Absinthia Absinthe Blanche

Neat Tasting Glass

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