2010 Winners



This is the year that the face of spirits competitions changes


November 22, 2010, New York, NY The New York International Spirits Competition, which welcomed 187 submissions from 28 countries in 47  categories had only 1 Double Gold, 13 Golds, 36 Silver and 45 Bronze Medals.   The NYISC also awarded a “Distillery of The Year” and “Importer of The Year”  This is the first major international spirits competition to be judged solely by members of the trade who have purchasing power through their stores, bars, distribution networks and their resulting ability to make a direct impact on brand sales.

Held at the Brandy Library earlier this month this year’s judging panel included buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant and bar owners, distributors and importers who all donated their time and palates without hesitation or compensation.

Additionally, what sets this competition apart from others where members of the media are included in the judging process is the fact that the New York International Spirits Competition judges evaluate spirits within their categories at pricing parity.  So, for instance, a whiskey that retails for $50 will be judged with other whiskeys in that price range and not be put up against whiskies that go for $100.

While keeping to the philosophy that “like should be compared with like” when it comes to pricing, the competition also strives to only award the crème de la crème in a category, instead of handing out medals to every entrant. Only the truly stand-out brands end up in the winner’s circle and then, accordingly, find themselves placed up on wine and liquor store shelves and on the city’s best back bars.  In addition to considering similarly priced bottles against similarly priced bottles, each spirit was sampled for appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, and finish. Each panel conferred on their choices to come to a unanimous decision.

Spirits landing on these shelves are carrying awards designated as either: Double Gold, Gold, Silver, or Bronze though not every bottle entered received a medal, as is common practice with many other competitions.  A Bronze medal indicates it is something a judge would consider carrying; Silver medals designate the spirit that judges really liked; Gold medals are affixed to brands that the judging panel believed was worth promoting to their customers;    Gold award winners were re-tasted by all panelists to establish which brands may be eligible to receive a ‘Double Gold’ endorsement in its pricing.




NYISC Distillery of the Year Medalist

NYISC Distillery of the Year Medalist



Double Gold

Rum Dark $26-40
Vizcaya VXOP


Distillers Single Malt 10 Years And Younger & Less Than $40
Laphroaig 10 Year
Springbank CV

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Years & $40-70
Balvenie Carribean Cask
Glenlivet Nadurra Cask
Glendronach 14Yr Virgin Oak Finish

Unaged Craft Distillery $41-70
Rye Dog

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Year & $71-100
Benriach 15 Yr Cask 7165

Unflavored Vodka $26-40
Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka

Flavored Vodka $26-40
Hangar One Pear

Gin $41+
Oxley Gin

Pisco $30 Less
Don Alvaro

Absinthe $41+
Walton Waters

Reposado $51+
Milagro Select

Anejo $31-50
El Ultimo


Blended Scotch Whiskey 11-20 Years $40-70
Dewars 18 Year

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Years & $40-70
Benriach 12 Year
Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Year & $71-100
Laphroaig 18 YR

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Year & $101+
Balvenie Peated Cask

Small Batch Bourbons 10Yr and Younger & $40 Less
Woodford Reserve

Aged Craft Distillery Less Than 2 Year & $40 Less
Catoctin Roundstone Rye
Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey

Unaged Craft Distillery Less Than $40
Catoctin Organic Mosby Spirit

Unflavored Vodka Less Than $25
Finlandia Vodka

Unflavored Vodka $26-40
Comb Vodka
Silver "CHINGGIS" Mongolian Vodka
Moses Vodka

Flavored Vodka Less Than $25
Finlandia Grapefruit
Stolichynaya Blueberry
360 Vodka Cola Double Chocolate

Flavored Vodka $26-40
Hangar One Mandarin

Gin $26-40
Cardinal Gin

Rum White $25 Less
Santa Teresa Claro
Siesta Key

Rum Dark $25 Less
Bacardi Select

Rum Dark $41+
Rum Dictator 20 Yr

Rum Gold $25 Less
Cruzan 9

Rum Gold $26-40
Santa Teresa 1796

Eau-de-Vie $30 Less
Williams Crist

Coffee Liqueurs $25 Less
Fair Cafe Liqueur

Fruit Liqueurs $26-40
Crème Yvette
Ventura Limoncello

Herbal/Botanicals $26-40
St. Germain

Unlisted Spirit $26-40
Jaan Liqueur

Blanco $30 Less
Ambhar Plata

Reposado $30 Less
El Ultimo

Reposado $31-50
El Jimador

Anejo $31-50

Anejo $51+
Milagro Select


Blended Irish Whiskey Less Than $40
Slane Castle

Blended Scotch Whiskey 10 Year And Younger & Less Than $40
Fort Glen

Blended Scotch Whiskey 11-20 Years Less Than $40
Dewars 12 Year

Blended Scotch Whiskey 11-20 Years $40-70
Black Bull 12 Year

Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Years & $40-70
Glendronach 12 Year
Distillers Single Malt 11-20 Year & $101+
GlenDronach 15 Year 1995 Cask 2045

Single Malt Irish Whiskey 10 Year & Younger $40-70
Slieve Foy

Small Batch Bourbons 10Yr and Younger & $40 Less
Basil Hayden

Straight Bourbon 10 Year and Younger & $40 Less
Old Forrester

Aged Craft Distillery Less Than 2 Year & $40 Less
Balcones Blue
Balcones Rumble
Rogue Oregon Single Malt

Aged Craft Distillery Less Than 2 Year & $41-70
Balcones True Blue

Unflavored Vodka Less Than $25
Hudson Feruss

Unflavored Vodka $26-40
Twenty 2 Vodka
666 Voka
Bee Vodka
Peabody Jones Vodka

Unflavored Vodka $41+
42 Below Vodka

Flavored Vodka Less Than $25
Stolichynaya Blakberi
Stolichynaya Gala Apple
Stolichynaya Razberry
360 Vodka- Vanilla

Flavored Vodka $26-40
Hangar One Rasberry

Gin $26-40
Comb Gin
Wild Kis Gin

Gin Craft Flavored Gin $26-40
Rogue Pink Gin

Rum Dark $25 Less
Bacardi 8

Rum Dark $26-40
Rum Dictator 12 YR

Rum Gold $25 Less
Santa Teresa Gran Reserva

Rum Spiced $25 Less
Sailor Jerry

Rum Liqueur $25 Less

Cognac XO $151+
‘Cognac Hors D’age Bache-Gabrielsen

French Grape Brandy $30 Less
Marquis de Villard

Other Brandies $30 Less
Staldjanska Muscat Matured Rakia

Cream/Dairy Liqueurs $25 Less
Amarula – Bronze
Molly’s Irish Cream

Fruit Liqueurs $25 Less

Herbal/Botanicals $25 Less
Sugar Maple Liqueur

Blanco $30 Less

Blanco $31-50

Reposado $31-50

Anejo $30 Less

Judging Panel:

Bek Allen

Miguel Aranda

Flavian Desoblin

Ray Deter

Eben Freeman

Courtenay Greenleaf

Chris Hiatt

Katherine Ramos

Raphael Reyes

David Roth

Erin-Elizabeth Williams

Partner -Hush Cocktails

Mixologist - Apotheke

Owner - Brandy Library

Owner - d.b.a

Beverage Director - Altamarea Group

Tequila Librarian of La Biblioteca - Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Slope Cellars of Brooklyn

Drink Up NY

Mixologist - 1534

Beverage Director- Feng Asian Bistro

Partner - Hush Cocktails

For more information:

Adam Levy


V. (201) 747-7111

F. (917) 338-0163