2015 Winners

New York, NY (Nov 7, 2015) - In its 6th year, the New York International Spirits Competition (“NYISC”) was held at 3 West Club on October 18th to taste, evaluate, and judge almost 500 of the world’s best-distilled spirits — a double-digit increase from last year's submissions. Over 35 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.

The NYISC is truly an international spirits competition, and has created new categories as the spirits world continues to evolve. The number of international whiskey producers continues to grow at an incredible rate, and as a result the NYISC has created (on advice from trade buyers and judges) the “American Single Malt” and “International Single Malt” categories.

“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 46% of its entrants.

The New York International Spirits Competition is part of the International Beverage Competitions Group founded by Adam Levy, the “Alcohol Professor.” International Beverage Competitions includes the New York International Wine Competition on May 17th 2016, Berlin International Spirits Competition being held February 21st 2016, and the Melbourne International Spirits Competition being held July 3rd 2016.

The 7th Annual New York International Competition will be held October 22-23rd in New York....Mark your calendar!

Winners are below:

Double Gold

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon 


Jelinek Pear Brandy
Van Ryn’s 12 Yr Distiller's Reserve
Van Ryn’s 20 Yr Collector's Reserve

Boulard Calvados XO

The Westwinds Gin Broadside

Amarula Cream Liqueur

Balcones Texas Rum
Damoiseau 110 Blanc

Backwards Distilling Co. Ringleader Vodka
Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka
Bain Cape Mountain Whisky

Glengarry Blended Scotch
Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength
O.Z. Tyler Bourbon
Patton Road Reserve Cask Strength
Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt
Speyburn 10
Speyburn Bradan Orach
Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

White Spirits
Kawar Arak 53


Mt Defiance Absinthe Superieur

Koktebel Brandy 15 yr
Oude Meester 18 Souverein
Van Ryn’s 10 yr Vintage

Boulard VSOP

Augier Le Singulier
Augier Le Sauvage
Bache Gabrielsen Natur & Elegance XO Cognac
Grand Domaines VSOP

Atelier Vie Euphrosine Gin #9
Beehive Distilling Jack Rabbit Gin
Ballast Point Old Grove Barrel Rested Gin
Domaine Pinnacle Ungava
Durham Distillery Conniption Navy Strength Gin
Monopolowa Gin
One Eight Distilling Ivy City Gin
Portobello Road Gin
Rogue Spruce Gin
Scratch Distillery G&T Style Gin
6th Sense London Dry Gin
The Westwinds Gin The Cutlass
Thunder Road Distillery Dumplin Creek Gin
Tucker’s Gin

Bent Brewstillery Bent Anchor
Durham Distillery Damm Fine Chocolate Liqueur
Jefferson Barrel Finished Manhattan
Jelinek Fernet
Klipdrift Black Gold
Licor Beirao
Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur
The Irishman Superior Cream Liqueur
Tuthilltown Spirits Triple Sec
Wild & Pure Lingonberry Liqueur
Wild & Pure Cloudberry Liqueur

Mezcal Mala Idea-Cuishe

Mixers Non-Carbonated
Owls Brew Pink and Black
Taste of Florida Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
Tres Agaves Bloody Mary Mix

Pisco Viejo Tonel Italia

Afrohead Aged Dark Rum XO 15 yr
Ballast Point Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum
Bluebird Distilling Sugarcane Rum
CH Distillery Rum
Hotel Tango Romeo Rum

Key West Rumbunctious Gold Rum
Mezan Guyana 2005
Old House Vineyards Ryno Rum Amber
Stillwrights Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum
Wilderness Trail Distillery Harvest Rum

Yobo Soju

Blue Label Vodka
Big River Distilling Pyramid Vodka

Bootlegger 21 Vodka

Bourge Noble Vodka
Cruz Premium Vodka
Domaine Pinnacle Quartz Vodka
Flirt Vodka
Halico Vodka Hanoi
Khortytsa De Luxe Vodka
Medoff Classic Vodka
Mernaya on Milk Vodka
Ridna Rosa Chysta Vodka
Tuthilltown Spirits Indigenous Vodka

Vodka Flavored
500 Coconut Pineapple Flavored Vodka
Ballast Point Fugu Pina Vodka
Mainstay Exotic Fusion
Piedmont Distillers Method And Standard Vodka Raspberry

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Aberfeldy 21 Yr
Artisan Grain Original Moonshine
Bakers Bourbon
Banner Distilling Company Wheat Whiskey
Balblair 1983
Breuckelen Distilling 77 Whiskey New York Wheat
Breuckelen Distilling 77 Whiskey Local Rye and Corn
Bunnahabhain 12 Yr
Bunnahabhain 18 yr
Burn Stewart Black Bottle
Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey
Dewars 15 Year
Dewars Scratched Cask White Label
Dewars 12 yr Scratched Cask
Dewars Signature
Dewars White Label
Egan’s 10 Yr Single Old Single Malt
Glengarry Single Malt Scotch
Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Bourbon
Ironroot Republic Carpenters Bluff Moonshine
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut
Jim Beam Pre Prohibition Style Rye Whiskey
Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
J. Henry & Sons Whisky
Jim Beam Black Bourbon
Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon
Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish
Knob Creek Bourbon
Knob Creek Rye
Knob Creek Smoked Maple
Laphroaig 15 yr
Laphroaig Select

Palmetto Whiskey
Sheep Dip 16 yr Malt
The Irishman Single Malt
Three Ships 5 Yr
William Lawson’s Finest Blended


CH Quince Brandy
Van Ryn’s 15 Yr Fine Cask Reserve

Rio do Engenho Reserva

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP
Bache Gabrielsen XO Fine Champagne Cognac

Anvil Ironface Gin
Arbikie Distilling Highland Estate Kirsty’s Gin
Bluebird Distilling Juniperous Gin

Bootlegger 21 Gin
Breuckelen Distilling Glorius Gin
Coastal Spirits Gin Farallon
Darmley’s View Spiced Gin
Great Notch Distillery Garden State Dry Gin
Hendricks Gin
Hixson Gin
Hotel Tango Golf Gin
Kangaroo Spirits Kis Old Tom
John Emerald Distilling Hugh Wesley Gin
Lee Spirits Dry Gin
Oppidan America Botanical Gin
Rogue Pink Spruce Gin
Rowhouse Spirits Gin
Scratch Distillery Martini Style Gin
SIEGFRIED Rheinland Dry Gin
Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin

Arctic Rasberry Liquer
Breckenridge Distillery Bitters
CH Fernet-Dogman
Disoranno Originale
Hirsch Rudel Krauterlikor
Marble Distilling Moonlight EXpresso
Meukow Xpresso
MQI Ultra Premium Handcrafted Maqui Liqueur Blend
Petersen & Sonner MJOD no. 1
Satsuma Rum Liqueur

Cat Mezcal

Mixers Non Carbonated
Taste of Florida Pina Colada
Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix

La Caravedo by Pisco Porton
Pisco Porton

Pre Mixed Cocktails
Maven Chardonnay Vodka Cocktail


3Howls Rum
Astraluna Distillery Cape Cod Great White Rum
Batiste Rum ECOISTE
Bayou Rum Select
Mezan Panama 2006
Ron Cihuatan Solera 8 Gran Reserva
Sangre Distilleries Wet Mountain Spiced Rum
Shellback Rum Spiced

Cruz Tequila Anejo
Familia Camarena Tequila Silver
Los Amantes Joven

Arbikie Highland Estate Potato Vodka
Charleston Distilling Co. King Charles Vodka
Feingeistere Wahrer Vodka
Frey Ranch Vodka

Green Palm Vodka
Ironroot Republic Blue Northern Vodka

Key West Spyglass Vodka
Kruto Original
Kruto Flawless
Khortytsa Ice Vodka
Long Road Vodka
Mainstay 54
Piedmont Distillers Method And Standard Vodka
Rock Town Distillery Vodka
Sash & Fritz The German Vodka

Social Still Vodka
Tryst Vodka

Vodka Flavored
Bella Mar Spirits Orange Basil Vodka
Breckenridge Chili Chile Vodka
Marz White Cranberry Flavored Vodka
Mainstay Island Fusion
Supernova Spirits Marz White Cranberry Flavored Vodka

Ancnoc 12 Year
Backwards Distilling Company Milk Can Moonshine
Balcones Texas ‘1’ Single Malt
Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
Balblair 1990
Balblair 2003
Ballast Point Devil’s Share Bourbon
Ballast Point Devil Share Single Malt Whiskey
Ballast Point Devil’s Share Moonshine
Bastille 1789 Single Malt

Bootlegger 21 New York Bourbon
Breckenridge Bourbon
Bunnahabain 25 Year
Cedar Ridge Distillery Iowa Bourbon
Coppersea Green Malt Rye
Coppersea New York Raw Rye
Dewars 18 Year
Gold Bar Gold Finished Whiskey
Hamilton Distillers Whiskey Del Bac Classic
Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask
Hillrock Estate Single Malt Whiskey
Hood River Distillers Pendleton Midnight
Ironroot Republic Barrel #24 American Whiskey
Jefferson Reserve Groth Cask Finish
John’s Emerald Alabama Single Malt
KO Distilling Virginia Moon White Whisky
Ledaig 10 yr
New Liberty Distillery Kinsey Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
New Liberty Distillery Kinsey Rye Whiskey
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch 12 Yr
Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Palmetto Corn Moonshine
Penderyn Single Malt Whisky
Pigs Nose Scotch Blend Whisky
Rogue Single Malt Whiskey
Sons of Liberty Battle Cry Whiskey
Spirit of America Whisky
The Irishman Founders Reserve
Thunder Road Distillery Runners Rye
Tirado Distillery Double Gold
Winchester Bourbon
Whisky De Bac Dorado
Yankee Distillers Bourbon

White Spirits
Lysholm Linie Aquavit

Individual Awards — International

Caribbean Rum Distillery of the Year

Caribbean Rum Producer of the Year


Australia Gin Distillery of the Year
The Westwinds Distillery

Australia Old Tom Distillery of the Year
Kangaroo Spirits


Austria Distillery of the Year


Cachaca of the Year
Rio do Engenho Reserva


Bulgaria Vodka of the Year
Flirt Vodka


Canada Distillery of the Year
Domaine Pinnacle


Chile Liqueur of the Year

Czech Republic

Czech Distillery of the Year
R. Jelinek


Denmark Liqueur of the Year
Mjodbryggeriet Petersen & Sonner

El Salvador

El Salvador Rum of the Year
Ron Cihuatan Solera 8


London Distillery of the Year
Portobello Road


Finland Liqueur Distillery of the Year


Calvados Distillery of the Year

Best New Cognac Brand of the Year

France Coffee Liqueur of the Year
Meukow Xpresso

Cognac XO Producer of the Year
Bache Gabrielsen

Cognac VSOP Producer of the Year
Grand Domaines

France Vodka of the Year

France Wheat Vodka of the Year

Bourge Noble Vodka


Germany Gin Distillery of the Year
Rheinland Distillers

Germany Liqueur Distillery of the Year


Best Value Irish Whisky of the Year
2 Gingers Irish Whisky

Best Irish Whisky Brand of the Year
The Irishman

Best Irish Single Malt Whisky of the Year
Egan’s 10 Yr Single Malt


Israel Distillery of the Year


Italy Liqueur of the Year


Anejo Tequila of the Year
Cruz Tequila Anejo

Blanco Tequila of the Year
Familia Camarena Tequila Silver

Mezcal of the Year
Mezcal Mala Idea-Cuishe


Norway Distillery of the Year


Pisco Distillery of the Year
Pisco Viejo Tonel


Portugal Liqueur of the Year
Licor Beirao


Best Islay Single Malt over 15 year
Bunnahabin 18yr

Best Value Scotch Blend of the Year

Best Blended Scotch Brand of the Year

Best Blended Scotch Whisky Barrel Finish
Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish

Best Blended Highlands Scotch of the Year
Sheep Dip 16yr

Best Value Single Malt of the Year
Speyburn 10yr

Highlands Distillery of the Year

Islay Distillery of the Year
Laphroaig Distiller

Scotland Gin Distillery of the Year


Spain Gin Distillery of the Year

Spain Liqueur of the Year
Licor 43

South Africa

South Africa Distillery of the Year

Best International Whisky Distillery of the Year
The James Sedgwick Distillery

Brandy Producer of the Year
Van Ryn’s

South Africa Vodka of the Year
Cruz Premium

Trinidad & Tobago

Rum Producer of the Year


Ukraine Brandy of the Year
Koktebel Brandy 15 yr

Ukraine Milk Vodka of the Year
Mernaya on Milk Vodka

Ukraine Wheat Vodka of the Year


Vietnam Vodka of the Year
Vodka Hanoi


Wales Distillery of the Year
Penderyn Distillery

Individual Awards — Domestic

Absinthe Distillery of the Year
Mt. Defiance Distillery

Bloody Mary Mix of the Year
Taste of Florida Bloody Mary Mix

Organic Bloody Mary Mix
Tres Agaves Bloody Mary Mix

Flavored Bourbon of the Year
Knob Creek Smoked Maple

Pina Colada Mixer of the Year
Taste of Florida Pina Colada

Solera Bourbon of the Year
Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Bourbon

Soju of the Year
Yobo Soju

Best Value Rum of the Year
Shellback Rum

Best Value Rye of the Year
Knob Creek Rye

Pre Mixed Manhattan of the Year
Jefferson Barrel Finished Manhattan

Vodka of the Year-Distilled from Coconut Nectar

Green Palm Vodka


Alabama Distillery of the Year
John Emerald Distilling


Arkansas Distillery of the Year
Rock Town Distillery


Arizona Distillery of the Year
Hamilton Distillers


California Distillery of the Year
Ballast Point Distillery


Colorado Distillery of the Year
Breckenridge Distillery

Colorado Gin Distillery of the Year
Anvil Distillery

Colorado Rum Distillery of the Year
Sangre Distilleries


Florida Distillery of the Year

Key West Distilling


Chicago Distillery of the Year
CH Distillery


Indiana Distillery of the Year
Hotel Tango Distillery


Iowa Distillery of the Year
Cedar Ridge Distillery

Iowa Moonshine Distillery of the Year
Artisan Grain Distillery


Kentucky Rum Distillery of the Year
Wilderness Trail Distillery


Louisiana Gin Distillery of the Year
Atelier Vie

Louisiana Rum Distillery of the Year
Louisiana Spirits


Massachusetts Rum Distillery of the Year
Astraluna Distillery


Michigan Vodka Distillery of the Year
Long Road Distillers


Minnesota Distillery of the Year
Bent Brewstillery

New Jersey

New Jersey Distillery of the Year
Great Notch Distillery

New York

Apple Vodka Distillery of the Year
Tuthilltown Spirits

New York City Distillery of the Year
Breuckelen Distilling

New York Corn Vodka of the Year

Bootlegger 21 Vodka

New York Rye Distillery of the Year
Coppersea Distillery

New York Whiskey Distillery of the Year
Hillrock Estate Distillery


Nevada Distillery of the Year
Frey Ranch Estate Distillery

North Carolina

North Carolina Distillery of the Year
Durham Distillery

North Carolina Vodka Distillery of the Year
Piedmont Distillery


Ohio Distillery of the Year
Flat Rock Spirits


Oregon Distillery of the Year
Rogue Distillery


Pennsylvania Gin Distillery of the Year
Bluebird Distilling

Pennsylvania Whiskey Distillery of the Year
New Liberty Distillery

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Distillery of the Year
Sons of Liberty

South Carolina

South Carolina Vodka Distillery of the Year
Charleston Distilling Co.

South Carolina Whiskey Distillery of the Year
Palmetto Distillery


Tennessee Distillery of the Year
Thunder Road Distillery

Tennessee Vodka Distillery of the Year
Big River Distilling Company


Texas Distillery of the Year

Texas Moonshine Distillery of the Year
Ironroot Republic


Utah Distillery of the Year
Beehive Distilling


Vermont Distillery of the Year
Stonecutter Spirits


Central Virginia Distillery of the Year

Belle Isle Craft Spirits

Virginia Moonshine Distillery of the Year
Ko Distilling

Virginia Rum Distillery of the Year
Old House Vineyards

Washington DC

Washington DC Distillery of the Year
One Eight Distilling


Washington Gin Distillery of the Year
Scratch Distillery


Wisconsin Distillery of the Year
J. Henry & Sons


Wyoming Distillery of the Year
Backwards Distilling Company