An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) is one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions. It’s noted both for the quality of its judges, many of whom are renowned experts in their fields, with decades of industry experience, and the scope of the different spirit categories that it judges.
Each year, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) receives over 1,000 whisky entries in its spirit judging. In 2021, it received 1,276 to be exact.
Glen Scotia is one of three remaining distilleries on the Campbeltown peninsula. Located southwest of Glasgow, the peninsula was once one of the centers of Scotch whisky production. At its peak, in the late 19th century, the region boasted 30 different distilleries. Twenty-one of those distilleries were in the small town of Campbeltown.
Finding the “best” bottle of any whiskey for that matter — is a tough task. There’s just so much of it out there. Hell, this year alone I’ve ranked bottles as rye, Irish whiskeys), best way way over $30. It can all be confusing and frustrating for the uninitiated.
There are a lot of bourbons out there. It may not always seem like that, since a few big brands tend to take up so much of the bourbon conversation. But trust us, there’s so much goddamn bourbon being shipped right now that it can be dizzying to think about. Certainly to cover.
Spirits competitions are suddenly big business in an increasingly crowded booze industry. What marks the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the gold standard?
Every year, a team of more than 40 spirits experts tries, compares and ultimately judges hundreds of bourbon whiskeys. These are their picks for 2019.
SAN FRANCISCO (May 7, 2018) —The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), internationally respected as the most influential event of its kind, is proud to announce the top award winners from the 18th annual blind judging, which took place April 13-15 at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco.
For many years, when Tom Bulleit took his annual trip to San Francisco, he only had one gift to share: that familiar orange-label of Bulleit bourbon. “I can remember sitting in Bourbon & Branch about 10 years ago, a bunch of bartenders are chatting with Tom and they’d say things like ‘Tom…