2012 Winners

Announcing the Winners of the 3rd Annual New York International Spirits Competition!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our third smash year in New York City!

350+ Submissions
34+ Countries

50+ Categories
The 3rd Annual NYISC Took Place on October 21st, 2012 in New York City

In its 3rd year, the New York International Spirits Competition (“NYISC”) was held at 3 West Club on October 21th to taste, evaluate and judge close to 400 of the world’s best–distilled spirits – a 25% increase from last years submissions. Over 34 countries submitted their brands to be critiqued by a hand-selected panel of A-List and key TRADE ONLY judges – buyers, retail storeowners, restaurant/bar proprietors, distributors and importers – those that have the unique ability to make a direct impact on sales.

“This year’s significant increase in submissions is a clear sign that the industry truly recognizes and appreciates NYISC’s overall philosophy of judging for real sales impact,” says Adam Levy, Founder of the NYISC. ”While other renowned competitions prize up to 85% of entrants with awards, the discerning panel and ethos of the NYISC is to honor the brands that are most deserving among their peers. This year, NYISC prized only 40% of its entrants.

The Judges awarded only 3 Double Gold Medal, 9 Gold Medals, 66 Silver Medals and 67 Bronze Medals.

Medal Winners
Double Gold Medal

Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin $44.99


Amarula $19.00


Bacardi Oakheart $13.99

International Awards
Austria Distillery of the Year

Mozart Distillery

Canada Distillery of the Year

Persian Empire

Columbia Distillery of the Year

Rum Dictador

Finland Distillery of the Year

Global Drinks Finland 

Japan Distillery of the Year

Nikka Distillery

South Africa Distillery of the Year

Distill LTD

Taiwan Distillery of the Year

Kavalan Distillery 

Turkey Distillery of the Year

Mey Icki

Sweden Distillery of the Year

Wannborga Distillery 

Domestic Awards
Arkansas Distillery of the Year

Rock Town Distillery 

Brooklyn Distillery of the Year

Greenhook Ginsmiths 

Colorado Distillery of the Year

Colorado Gold Distillery 

Ohio Distillery of the Year

Crystal Spirits

Illinois Distillery of the Year

Koval Distillery

Massachusetts Distillery of the Year

Grand Ten Distillery 

Maine Distillery of the Year

New England Distilling 

North Fork Distillery of the Year

Long Island Spirits 

New Mexico Distillery of the Year

Santa Fe Spirits

South Carolina Distillery of the Year

Dark Corner

Tennessee Distillery of the Year


Utah Distillery of the Year

Ogden’s Own

Vermont Distillery of the Year

Caledonia Spirits & Winery

Wisconsin Distillery of the Year

Great Lakes Distillery

Individual Spirit Awards
Flavored Bourbon of the Year

Wild Turkey Honey

Best New Irish Whiskey of the Year

Concannon Irish Whiskey

Canadian Whiskey Distillery of the Year

Canadian Club

Best Irish Whiskey of the Year

Tullamore D.E.W 10 Yr Single Malt

Wheated Bourbon of the Year


Bourbon of the Year

Knob Creek Small Batch 

Brandy Brand of the Year

Oude Meester

Cachaca of the Year

Soul Rum

Limoncello of the Year

Dolce Cilento Limoncello

Nicaragua Rum of the Year

Ron Fortuna

Tequila Distillery of the Year

Mi Casa Tequila

Rhum Agricole Distillery of the Year

Rhum Clement

Best Vodka Value of the Year

New Amsterdam Vodka 

Spiced Rum of the Year

Bacardi Oakheart Rum 

Tea Liqueur of the Year

Tatratea Tea Liqueur

Best Blended Scotch of the Year

Buchanan Distillery 

Whiskey Importer of the Year

International Beverage Holdings

Rum Importer of the Year


Best Single Malt Scotch over $100

Aberfeldy 21 Year

Best Value Cognac under $20

Landy Cognac VS

Cognac Producer of the Year

Cognac Park

Cognac Importer of the Year

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Liqueur of the Year


Whiskey Portfolio of the Year


Blended Scotch of the Year Less than $50

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Islay Distillery of the Year

Lagavulin Distillery 

Trinidad Distillery of the Year

Stolen Rum

Register Now

We invite you to register for the NYISC online, or use the downloadable form below to submit your spirit or mixer.