Ultimate Spirits Challenges Announces 2012 Winners

The annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) was held at Astor Center in New York City March 5-9. Ultimate Beverage Challenge LLC, the sponsoring company, proudly announces the top spirits in more than 30 categories. USC began with a record number of contestants as more than 650 spirits were entered (up 15% from 2011) from more than 70 companies and 30 countries around the world.
Led by Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, 14 of the world’s foremost distilled spirits authorities, including award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants rated the world’s finest distillates on USC’s innovative multilevel system, rendering unassailable results. This group of experts named 31 USC Chairman’s Trophy winners and more than 80 Finalists.
Said Pacult, “Since we started Ultimate Spirits Challenge we have seen double digit growth in number of entries each year. Whether a product receives a Chairman’s Trophy Winner, a Finalist or a regular score, USC entrants are able to use their credible scores and insightful tasting notes to market and sell their products to bars, retailers and ultimately the consumer. USC is in the business of helping spirits companies achieve their sales goals, not by pandering to false aspirations but by telling the truth. With USC, you know the score.”

Judges for USC 2012 were: Pacult; Co-Chairman Sean Ludford; Jacques Bezuidenhout; Tad Carducci; James Conley; Dale DeGroff; Doug Frost, MS, MW; Jim Meehan; Steve Olson; Julie Reiner; Jack Robertiello; Andy Seymour; Marcos Tello; and David Wondrich.
For a complete list of results go to www.ultimate-beverage.com.
2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy Winners
Vodka, Unflavored
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium
Vodka, Flavored
BAK’s Bison Grass Zubrowka
Bols Barrel Aged
Tequila, 100% Agave
BLANCO: Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver
ANEJO: Siete Leguas
EXTRA ANEJO: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
Del Maguey Vida Single Village
Appleton Estate Reserve
Rhum Agricole
Rhum J.M. White
INOX Original
Whisk(e)y, North America
AMERICAN WHISKEY: Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt
BOURBON: Blanton’s Single Barrel
RYE: Masterson’s
TENNESSEE WHISKEY: George Dickel Barrel Select
Whiskey, Ireland

BLENDED: Midleton Barry Crockett
IRISH POT STILL WHISKEY: Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old
SINGLE MALT: Bushmills 16 Years Old
Whisky, Scotland
BLENDED MALT: Johnnie Walker Green Label
BLENDED: Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Years Old
SINGLE MALT: Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Whisky, Canada
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
Whisky, World
Japan: Yamazaki Single Malt 18 Years Old
ARMAGNAC: Delord 1978
CALVADOS: Calvados Drouin 25 Years Old
COGNAC: Frapin Château Fontpinot XO
GRAPPA: Jacopo Poli Sarpa Barrique
PISCO: Pisco Porton
Green Chartreuse
Lise Baccara Troussepinete Red


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