San Francisco World Spirits Competition announces 2020 Winners!

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition announces results of their 20th anniversary judging, held on March 13th through the 15th at the Hotel Nikko.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition announces results of their 20th anniversary judging, held on March 13th through the 15th at the Hotel Nikko. The 2020 Competition was another record-breaking year that featured almost 3,000 entries from all corners of the world. Founded in 2000, the SFWSC is the world’s most respected spirits competition due in large part to their esteemed judges. Each with a distinct story and trusted palate, these seasoned experts are one of the reasons an SFWSC medal indicates the highest caliber of quality. This year’s judges can be found here.

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2020 Best In Show and Best Of Class –

Best in Show

Best In Show Unaged White Spirit: Defiance Navy Strength Gin, Manchester, United Kingdom

Best In Show Aged White Spirit: Rhum Savanna Traditionnel Le Must, France

Best In Show Whiskey: The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Scotland

Best In Show Brandy: Marie Brizard Anisette, France

Best In Show Liqueur: Château de Laubade Cask Strength Vintage 2000 Armagnac Bas Armagnac, France

Clear & Unaged Spirits

Best Vodka: Organika Life Vodka, Russia

Best Aquavit: New Alchemy Distilling Fylleangst Aquavit, California, USA

Best London Dry Gin: Bareksten Botanical Gin, Norway

Best Regular Gin: Never Never Distilling Co. Triple Juniper Export Strength Gin, South Australia

Best Flavored Gin: Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber Gin

Best Genever: Filliers Young & Pure Geneva, Belgium

Best Other White Spirit: Iichiko Wapirits Tumugi, Ōita, Japan

Best Shochu: Hombo Shuzo Akane Kaze 43 Shochu, Kagoshima

Best Baijiu: TTL Longtian Distillery Yushan Aromar Kaoliang Liquor

Tequilas, Rums, Mezcal & Cachaca

Best Tequila • Best Silver/Gold Tequila: El Sativo Organic, Kosher, Single Estate Reserve Blanco Tequila, Mexico

Best Reposado Tequila: Cutwater Spirits Reposado Tequila, Mexico

Best Añejo Tequila: Dano’s Dangerous Añejo Tequila, Mexico 

Best Mezcal: Mezcal Carreño Ensamble 7, Oaxaca, Mexico 

Best Cachaça: Leblon Cachaça, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Best Dark/Gold Rum: Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum, Jamaica

Best Extra Aged Rum: Pusser’s 15 Year Old Rum

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Bourbons & Other Whiskeys

Best Straight Bourbon: Woodinville Straight Bourbon, Washington, USA

Best Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 5 Years: Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, New York, USA

Best Bourbon • Best Small Batch Bourbon • Best Small Batch Bourbon – 6 to 10 Years: Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 10 Year Old Cask Strength, USA

Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years and Older: Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

Best Single Barrel Bourbon • Best Single Barrel Bourbon – Up to 10 Years: Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon, Kentucky, USA 

Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series “Phifer Pavitt Reserve” Bourbon, Tennessee, USA

Best Craft Distiller Whiskey: ASW Distillery Maris Otter Single Varietal Single Malt Whiskey, Georgia, USA 

Best Tennessee Whiskey: Davidson Reserve Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey, Tennessee, USA 

Best Rye Whiskey: Parker’s Heritage Collection 13th Edition Rye Whiskey, Kentucky, USA

Best Canadian Whisky: Rare Perfection 15 Year Old, Canada

Best Other Single Malt Whiskey: Triple Eight Notch Nantucket Island Single Malt Whiskey, Maryland, USA 

Best Single Grain Whiskey: Ohishi 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Matured Japanese Whisky, Kumamoto, Japan 

Best Other Whiskey: Shin 10 Year Old Mizunara Oak Finished Malt Whiskey, Niigata, Japan

Best American Blended Whiskey: FEW American Whiskey, Illinois, USA

Best Flavored Whiskey: Catskill Provisions New York Honey Rye Whiskey, New York, USA

Best Blended Irish Whiskey: Hyde #6 Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey, Ireland

Best Irish Whiskey • Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey: Matt D’Arcy’s 17 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Whiskey, Ireland 

Best Blended Scotch • Best Blended Scotch – Up to 15 Years: Buchanan’s DeLuxe 12 Year Old Blended Scotch, Scotland 

Best Blended Scotch – No Age Statement: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal Blended Scotch, Scotland 

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 20 Years and Older: Aultmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland 

Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement: Aberlour A’bunadh Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland 

Best Independent Merchant Single Malt: Port Askaig 110 Proof Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland

Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: Compass Box Whisky The Spice Tree Scotch, Scotland

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Cognac, Brandy and Others

Best Pisco: Mistral Nobel Pisco, Chile

Best Cognac VSOP or Equivalent: Martell Matured in Red Barrels Cognac VSOP, Cognac, France

Best Cognac • Best Cognac Extra-Aged/Vintage: Gautier Extra Since 1755 Cognac, Cognac, France 

Best French Grape Brandy: Le Furet Lysens 30 Year Old Brandy, France

Best Spanish Grape Brandy & Brandy de Jerez: Torres 20 Hors d’Age Brandy, Spain

Best Fruit Liqueur: Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve Liqueur, Missouri, USA

Best Vermouth • Best Apéritif: Foro Rosso Vermouth di Torino, Italy

Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail: The Family Jones Automatic Jones Rock & Rye, Colorado, USA

Best Cream/Dairy Liqueur: Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Cream Liqueur, Ontario, Canada

Full Results will be published at

  • All Gold, Double Gold, and Premium Award winners will be listed in an issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine, which reaches over 90,000 beverage-trade decision makers. 
  • Bottle stickers are available for purchase to help increase visibility and distinguish winning products on store shelves. 
  • High-quality, high-resolution medallion imagery is available for licensed use in winners’ online, print, and POS materials. 
  • Developed exclusively for SFWSC winners, a complimentary marketing toolkit will provide ideas, tips, and strategies for promoting your award to increase visibility and maximize sales. 
  • Throughout the year, the Competition hosts numerous media, trade, and consumer tasting events around the country to showcase top winners.

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