Thursday, March 10, 2011

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITON MEDAL WINNERS by Philip S. Kampe

Recently I attended New York's "PREMIER" Spirits Competion at the elegant BRANDY LIBRARY.

Hosted by ADAM LEVY info@nyispiritscompetion.com , founder of the competion, and judged solely by a cast of members of the Trade, who have purchasing power and make a direct impact on brand sales throughout the world.

The COMPETION was ON...

After attempting to sample ALL 187 SUBMISSIONS from 28 Countries, I found my favorites.
The philosophy of the competion was simple " LIKE SHOULD BE COMPARED TO LIKE", when it comes to pricing. Only the "CREME de la CREME" stand out.

Awards were given in the following catagories:
DOUBLE GOLD...The absolute BEST in class and pricing
GOLD...Brands worth promoting to establishments customers
SILVER...Spirits that judges really liked
BRONZE....Spirits a judge would consider selling

SELECTED WINNERS:

WHISKIES

Distillers SINGLE MALT 10 years and younger under $40
LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR--GOLD
SPRINGBANK CV--GOLD

Unaged Craft Distillery $41-$70
RYE DOG--GOLD

Unaged Craft Distillery under $40
CATOCTIN OR4GANIC MOSBY SPIRIT--SILVER
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VODKAS

Unflavored Vodka under $25
FINLANDIA VODKA--SILVER
HUDSON FERUSS--BRONZE

Flavored Vodka under $25
FINLANDIA GRAPEFRUIT--SILVER
STOLICHYNAYA BLUEBERRY--SILVER
360 VODKA COLA DOUBLE CHOCOLATE--SILVER
STOLICHYNANA BLAKBERI--BRONZE
STOLICHYNANA GALA APPLE--BRONZE
STOLICHYNANA RAZBERRY--BRONZE
360 VANILLA--BRONZE
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GIN

GIN $26-$40
CARDINAL GIN--SILVER
COMB GIN--BRONZE
WILD KIS GIN--BRONZE

GIN $41+
OXLEY GIN--GOLD
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
RUM

RUM WHITE under $25
SANTA TERESA CLARO--SILVER
SIESTA KEY--SILVER

RUM DARK under $25
BARCADI SELECT--SILVER
BRACADI 8--BRONZE

RUM GOLD under $25
CRUZAN 9--SILVER
SANTA TERESA GRAN RESERVA--BRONZE
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BRANDIES

EAU-de-VIE under $30
WILLIAMS CRIST--SILVER

PISCO under $30
DON ALVARO--GOLD

COGNAC XO over $150
COGNAC HORS D'age BACHE-GABRIELSEN--BRONZE
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LIQUERS

ABSINTHE over $41
WALTON WATERS--GOLD

COFFEE LIQUEURS undr $25
FAIR TRADE COFFEE LIQUEUR--SILVER

CREAM/DAIRY LIQUEURS under $25
AMARULA--BRONZE
MOLLY'S IRISH CREAM--BRONZE

FRUIT LIQUEURS $26-$40
CREME YVETTE--SILVER
VENTURA LIMONCELLO--SILVER

HERBAL/BOTANICALS $26-$40
ST. GERMAINE--SILVER

UNLISTED SPIRIT $26-$40
JAAN LIQUEUR--SILVER
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
TEQUILA

BLANCO under $30
AMBHAR PLATA--SILVER
CORZO--BRONZE
SAUZA--BRONZE

BLANCO $31-$50
HERRADURA--BRONZE

REPOSADO--under $30
EL ULTIMO--SILVER

REPOSADO $31-$50
EL JINADOR--SILVER
AMBHAR--BRONZE

REPSADO $51+
MILAGRO SELECT--GOLD

ANEJO under $30
SAUZA--BRONZE

ANEJO $31-$50
EL ULTIMO--GOLD
MILAGRO--SILVER

ANEJO $51+
MILAGRO SELECT--SILVER

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The JUDGING PANAL consisted of:
BEK ALLEN: Partner/Hush Cocktails
MIGUEL ARANDA: Mixologist/Apotheke
FLAVIAN DESOBLIN: Owner/Brandy Library
RAY DETER: Owner d.b.a.
EBEN FREEMAN: Beverage Director/Altamarea Group
COURTNEY GREENLEAF: Tequila Librarian of La Biblioteca/Richard Sandoval Restaurants
CHRIS HIATT: Slope cellars of Brooklyn
KATHERINE RAMOS: Drink Up NY
DAVID ROTH: Beverage Director/Feng Asian Bistro
ERIN-ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Partner/Hush Cocktails
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For further information, visit: http://www.nywinecompetion.com/

PHILIP S. KAMPE
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com
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