Ultimate Spirits Challenge, a global standard for spirits competitions, announced today the winners and full results for the 2015 Challenge.
The Challenge, which grew by 14% from 2014, was held in its specially designed evaluation center in Hawthorne, NY.
All products are rated on the 100-point scale by spirits industry judges, including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners.
The judges for USC 2015: Founder/Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, James Conley, Tad Carducci, Dale DeGroff, Gregg Glaser, Geoffrey Kleinman, Douglass Miller, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Will Shine, Francis Schott, Andy Seymour and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW.
USC 2015 – Chairman Trophy Winners
Tried & True Award (T&TA): Spirit brands are eligible for the Tried & True Award if they have scored 85 points or above in at least two Ultimate Spirits Challenges since 2010.
Great Values (GV): is awarded to products with a favorable relationship between their price and final USC score. They are the finest spirits within their respective price points.
Unflavored: Russian Standard Original (GV)
Flavored: Van Gogh Dutch Caramel (GV)
Cold River (GV, T&TA)
Opthimus Finished in Port Casks 25 Years Old
Blanco: El Tesoro Platinum (T&TA)
Reposado: Blue Nectar (GV)
Añejo: Siete Leguas (GV, T&TA)
Extra Añejo: Malinalli (T&TA)
WHISKEY – USA
American: Lone Elm Texas Wheat
Kentucky Straight Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Years Old (T&TA)
Rye: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight 6 Years Old (T&TA)
Tennessee: George Dickel No. 12 (GV, T&TA)
WHISKEY – IRELAND
Blended: Jameson 18 Years Old (T&TA)
Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 15 Years Old (T&TA)
Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (T&TA)
WHISKY – SCOTLAND
Blended Malt: Sheep Dip (T&TA)
Blended: Dewar’s 18 Years Old (T&TA)
Single Malt: Aberlour A’bunadh Single Malt (GV, T&TA)
WHISKY – CANADA
Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Years Old (GV)
WHISKY – FRANCE
Armorik Single Malt Sherry Finish (T&TA)
WHISKY – WALES
Penderyn Single Malt (T&TA)
Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade Cask Strength 1989 25 Years Old Bas-Armagnac
Calvados: Boulard XO Auguste
Cognac: ABK6 XO Family Reserve (GV)
Grappa: Candolini Bianca (GV)
Pisco: Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Italia
Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva (T&TA)
Grape Brandy: Asbach Gothe Vintage Reserve 1952 Cask No. 1777
Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire
Noilly Prat Rouge (GV)
Foro Amaro (GV)