Results

The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in Review

Check out details, trends, and this year’s top winners.

 

The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco from March 13th through March 15th. The 2020 Competition was another record-breaking year that featured almost 3,000 entries from all corners of the world.

 

VIEW 2020 RESULTS

BEST IN SHOW

BEST IN CLASS

Best Vodka
Organika Life Vodka, Russia
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $32
Best Aquavit
New Alchemy Distilling Fylleangst Aquavit, California, USA
ALCOHOL: 42.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $32
Best London Dry Gin
Bareksten Botanical Gin,
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Regular Gin
Never Never Distilling Co. Triple Juniper Export Strength Gin, South Australia
ALCOHOL: 47%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Flavored Gin
Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber Gin,
ALCOHOL: 43%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Genever
Filliers Young & Pure Geneva, Belgium
ALCOHOL: 35%      RETAIL PRICE: $22
Best Other White Spirit
Wapirits Tumugi, Ōita
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Shochu
Hombo Shuzo Akane Kaze 43 Shochu, Kagoshima
ALCOHOL: 43%      RETAIL PRICE: $46
Best Baijiu
TTL Longtian Distillery Yushan Aromar Kaoliang Liquor,
ALCOHOL: 43.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $10
BEST TEQUILA • BEST SILVER/GOLD TEQUILA
El Sativo Organic, Kosher, Single Estate Reserve Blanco Tequila,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Reposado Tequila
Cutwater Spirits Reposado Tequila,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Añejo Tequila
Dano's Dangerous Añejo Tequila,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $53
Best Extra Añejo Tequila
Cierto Private Collection Extra Añejo Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $450
Best Mezcal
Mezcal Carreño Ensamble 7, Oaxaca
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE: $140
Best Dark/Gold Rum
Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum,
ALCOHOL: 43%      RETAIL PRICE: $25
Best Cachaça
Leblon Cachaça, Minas Gerais
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $30
Best Extra Aged Rum
Pusser's 15 Year Old Rum,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $65
BEST BOURBON • BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON • BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON - 6 TO 10 YEARS
Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 10 Year Old Cask Strength,
ALCOHOL: 53.1%      RETAIL PRICE: $90
Best Straight Bourbon
Woodinville Straight Bourbon, Washington, USA
ALCOHOL: 45%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Small Batch Bourbon - Up to 5 Years
Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, New York, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Small Batch Bourbon - 11 Years and Older
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 50.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
BEST SINGLE BARREL BOURBON • BEST SINGLE BARREL BOURBON - UP TO 10 YEARS
Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 53.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $60
Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon
Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series "Phifer Pavitt Reserve" Bourbon, Tennessee, USA
ALCOHOL: 53.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $125
Best Craft Distiller Whiskey
ASW Distillery Maris Otter Single Varietal Single Malt Whiskey, Georgia, USA
ALCOHOL: 54.2%      RETAIL PRICE: $49
Best Tennessee Whiskey
Davidson Reserve Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey, Tennessee, USA
ALCOHOL: 50%      RETAIL PRICE: $40
Best Rye Whiskey
Parker's Heritage Collection 13th Edition Rye Whiskey, Kentucky, USA
ALCOHOL: 52.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $150
Best Canadian Whisky
Rare Perfection 15 Year Old, Canada
ALCOHOL: 59.8%      RETAIL PRICE: $189
Best Other Single Malt Whiskey
The Notch Nantucket Island 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Massachusetts, USA
ALCOHOL: 48%      RETAIL PRICE: $500
Best Single Grain Whiskey
Ohishi 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Matured Japanese Whisky, Kumamoto, Japan
ALCOHOL: 41.7%      RETAIL PRICE: $80
Best Other Whiskey
Shin 10 Year Old Mizunara Oak Finished Malt Whiskey, Niigata, Japan
ALCOHOL: 48%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best American Blended Whiskey
FEW American Whiskey, Illinois, USA
ALCOHOL: 46.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $47
Best Flavored Whiskey
Catskill Provisions New York Honey Rye Whiskey, New York, USA
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $45
Best Blended Irish Whiskey
Hyde #6 Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $59
BEST IRISH WHISKEY • BEST SINGLE MALT IRISH WHISKEY
Matt D'Arcy's 17 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Whiskey, Ireland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE:
BEST BLENDED SCOTCH • BEST BLENDED SCOTCH - UP TO 15 YEARS
Buchanan's DeLuxe 12 Year Old Blended Scotch, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $31
Best Blended Scotch - No Age Statement
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal Blended Scotch, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 43.8%      RETAIL PRICE: $350
Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 46.3%      RETAIL PRICE: $47
Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 20 Years and Older
Aultmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Speyside, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement
Aberlour A'bunadh Single Malt Scotch, Highlands, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 61%      RETAIL PRICE: $100
Best Independent Merchant Single Malt
Port Askaig 110 Proof Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland
ALCOHOL: 55%      RETAIL PRICE: $80
Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Compass Box Whisky The Spice Tree Scotch,
ALCOHOL: 46%      RETAIL PRICE: $68
Best Pisco
Mistral Nobel Pisco,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $13
Best Cognac VSOP or Equivalent
Martell Matured in Red Barrels Cognac VSOP, Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $45
BEST COGNAC • BEST COGNAC EXTRA AGED/VINTAGE
Gautier Extra Since 1755 Cognac, Cognac, France
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best French Grape Brandy
Le Furet Lysens 30 Year Old Brandy,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE: $299
Best Spanish Grape Brandy & Brandy de Jerez
Torres 20 Hors d'Age Brandy,
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Fruit Liqueur
Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve Liqueur, Missouri, USA
ALCOHOL: 31.8%      RETAIL PRICE: $34
BEST VERMOUTH • BEST APERITIF
Foro Rosso Vermouth di Torino,
ALCOHOL: 16.5%      RETAIL PRICE: $13
Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail
The Family Jones Automatic Jones Rock & Rye, Colorado, USA
ALCOHOL: 40%      RETAIL PRICE:
Best Cream/Dairy Liqueur
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Cream Liqueur, Ontario, Canada
ALCOHOL: 17%      RETAIL PRICE: $35