Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011 Announces Best Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila and More

By Ultimate Beverage Challenge, PRNE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chairman's Trophy Winners Named in 27 Spirits Categories

NEW YORK, March 17, 2011 - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011 today announces the best of the best -
the Chairman's Trophy winners - in 27 spirits categories from vodka to rum to
whiskey and more. This is the second annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge and
once again it proved that integrity, method, and credibility can flourish and
be the driving forces in alcohol beverage competitions. Judging took place at
Astor Center in NYC on March 1-4, 2011 and was led by Ultimate Beverage
Challenge founder and Judging Chairman, F. Paul Pacult and Assistant Judging
Chairman Sean Ludford.

Nearly 600 entries from scores of companies and nations were evaluated
under the most exacting conditions: products were served in the most
appropriate glassware, at ideal serving temperatures, in a state-of-the-art
judging facility and evaluated under the best possible circumstances. Spirits
were scored on the user-friendly and widely-adopted 100-point scale in
multiple rounds which produces the fairest, most unbiased results possible.
The Chairman's Trophy is awarded to the highest scoring spirit in its

Ultimate Spirits Challenge judges included the world's foremost spirits
authorities: Eric Alperin, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley,
Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Jim Meehan, Robert Plotkin, Julie Reiner, Jack
, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Aisha Sharpe, Willy Shine, Jennifer
and David Wondrich.

For complete results, including all Finalists, scores and downloadable
images, go to: www.ultimate-beverage.com.

2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy Winners

    Vodka - World
    Unflavored: Finlandia Classic Vodka (Finland)
    Flavored: Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka (Netherlands)

    Gin - World
    Beefeater London Dry Gin (United Kingdom)

    Tequila - Mexico
    Blanco: Olmeca Plata Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila
    Reposado: Cabo Wabo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila
    Anejo: Calle 23 Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila
    Extra Anejo: Grand Mayan Extra Anejo, 100% Agave Tequila

    Mezcal - Mexico
    El Tinieblo Joven Mezcal

    Rum - World
    Dos Maderas PX 5+5 Rum (Spain)

    Whiskey - USA
    Bourbon: George T. Stagg 17 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    Rye: Sazerac Straight 18 Years Old Rye Whiskey

    Whiskey - Ireland
    Blended: Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
    Single Malt: Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish

    Whisky - Scotland
    Single Malt-Cask Strength: Aberlour a'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Single Malt-Speyside: The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Years Old Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky
    Single Malt-Islands: Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Single Malt-Islay: Lagavulin Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Blended: Dewar's 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky

    Whisky - Canada
    Canadian Mist Black Diamond Canadian Blended Whisky

    Brandy - World
    Aged: Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez 17 Years Old Spanish Brandy
    Unaged: Remy Martin V Grape Spirit (France)

    Cognac - France
    Martell XO Cognac

    Armagnac - France
    Delord 25 Years Old Bas-Armagnac

    Calvados - France
    Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados

    Liqueurs - World
    Fruit: Merlet Creme de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur (France)
    Herbal: Stroh Jagertee Liqueur (Austria)

    Aperitifs - World
    Lillet Rose Aperitif (France)

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge now accepting entries; deadline March 22,
. Ultimate Wine Challenge now accepting entries; deadline April 22, 2011.
Entry forms at www.ultimate-beverage.com.

ABOUT ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE (www.ultimate-beverage.com)

Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and
spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its three innovative
annual competitions - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Ultimate Cocktail Challenge
and Ultimate Wine Challenge. UBC hosts ULTIMATE BLAST on Oct. 14, 2011 in
NYC, a gala consumer, media and trade tasting event to showcase noteworthy
wines and spirits.

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Manuela Savona, +1-917-969-1275, manuela at savonacommunications.com

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