New York International Spirits Competition 2013 Winners Announced




This Year’s Spirits Competition Once Again Sets Unparalleled Standards and Uncovers the World’s Best-Distilled Spirits



New York, NY (Nov 11, 2013) - In its 4th year, the New York International Spirits Competition (“NYISC”) was held at 3 West Club on October 21th to taste, evaluate and judge over 400 of the world’s best–distilled spirits - a 23% increase from last years submissions. Over 37 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 created new categories as the spirits world continues to evolve.  This year the NYISC created a new category for the growing Chinese Market and for the first time had Baiju in its competition.  The number of international whiskey producers continues to grow and the NYISC created  with advise of the trade buyers judges “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 48% of its entrants.


The Press/Trade tasting showcasing the winners will be held November 25th 2013 at the 3 West Club from 4-7pm.


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


International Awards

Singani Bolivia Distillery of the Year

Distillerie Fils du Roy Canada Distillery of the Year

Guajiro Canary Island Distillery of the Year

Louis Royer France Distillery of the Year

Damoiseau Guadeloupe Distillery of the Year

Druppie Drop Holland Distillery of the Year

Distell South Africa Distillery of the Year

Kavalan Taiwan Distillery of the Year

Son Tinh Vietnam Distillery of the Year



Domestic Awards

Ballast Point Distillery California Distillery of the Year

Breckenridge Distillery Colorado Distillery of the Year

Koval Distillery Illinois Distillery of the Year

Alltech Distillery Kentucky Distillery of the Year

New England Distillery Maine Distillery of the Year

Ole Smoky Distillery Tennessee Distillery of the Year

Balcones Texas Distillery of the Year

Ogden Distillery Utah Distillery of the Year

Chuckanut Bay Washington State Distillery of the Year

Wyoming Whiskey Wyoming Distillery of the Year


Individual Spirit Awards

Brovo Spirits USA Liqueur Producer of the Year

Chateau de Laubade Armagnac Producer of the Year

Pisco Porton PIsco Distillery of the Year

Saint James Reserve Aruba Rum of the Year

Turin Distillery Vermouth Producer of the Year

Tree Spirits Vodka Apple Distilled Vodka of the Year

Deep Eddy Spirits Flavored Vodka Distillery of the Year

Belaya Rus Rye Vodka of the Year

Laphroaig Islay Distillery fo the Year

Buchanan Scotch Blended Scotch of the Year

E&J Brandy XO Best Value Brandy of the Year

Confucius Wisdom Baiju of the Year

Long Island Spirits Long Island Distillery of the Year




Winning Spirits  - separated by Medal and Category


Double Gold


Chateau de Laubade XO


Louis Royer VSOP Preference


Brovo Amaro #14- Mike Ryan

Drapo Vermouth Rosso


Belaya Rus Vodka

Chuckanut Bay Distillery Potato Vodka


Alltech Pearse Lyons Reserve

Balcones Crooked Bourbon

Bains Cap Mountain Whisky

Silver Lightning Moonshine

Speyburn 10 YR

Three Ships Premium Select 5 year

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish



Drouet et Fils Cuvee de Ulysses XO

Giraud Cognac VSOP


Drapo Vermouth Blanco

Druppie Drop


Hosto Verde Toronlel


Rum Fire


Infuse Vodka Lemon

Monopolowa Vodka



Big House Bourbon

Buchanan 12 YR

Dewars Signature

Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whiskey

Kavalan Ex Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whiskey

Kavalan Soloist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 YR Finished with Rare Spanish Brandy

Laphroaig 18 YR





Armagnac De Montal VSOP

Armagnac De Montal XO


Confucius Wisdom


E & J Gallo XO

Oude Meester Souverein 18 YR

Singani 63


Tree Spirits Apple Jack


Bache Gabrielsen XO Fine Champagne


Louis Royer VSOP Fine Champagne Force 53

Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal


Ballast Point Spirits

Captive Spirits Big Gin

Dark Corner White Tiger

Distillerie Fils du Roy Gin Thuya

Edinburgh Gin

Sears Cutting Edge Gin

Smooth Ambler Barrel Aged Gin


Berentzen Pear Liqueur

Breckenridge Bitters

Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Krupnikas

Brovo Amaro #10- Suzanne Miller

Fuchen Herbal Liqueur

Jack From Brooklyn Sorel

Maison D' Puranique Mangeaux

R. Baumgartner Coffee

Son Tinh Passion Fruit Liquor

Turin Vermouth Amaro


Hosto Verde Italia

Pisco Porton Hosto Verde Acholoado


Bacardi 1873 Solera

Guarijo Blanco

Old Ipswich Tavern Style Rum

Saint James Reserve

Stolen Gold Rum

Damoiseau V.S.O.P Rhum Vieux

The Noble Experiment Owney’s NYC Rum


El Tesoro Anejo

Milagro Silver

Milagro Select Silver

Sauza Blue

Tequila Espinoza Anejo


Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka

Deep Eddy Vodka

Glass Gridiron Vodka


Kremlin Awards 1901

SX Negro Cane Vodka


Aberfeldy 21 YR

Alltech Town Branch

Ancnon 12YR

Ballast Point Spirits Devils Share Moonshine

Bastille 1789

Beam Dark Horse

Buchanan 18 YR

Hillrock Estate Double Cask

Kavalan King Car Conductor Single Malt

Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength

Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 YR

Lake George Distilling Company Indian Kettles Smoke

Masterson 10 YR Rye

Masterson Wheat Whiskey 12 YR

Oban 14  YR

Old Pulteney 12 YR

Ole Smoky Moonshine Original Moonshine

Redemption Rye

Smuggler Notch Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The English Whisky Company Peated Single Malt

The Irishman Single Malt

Tullamore D.E.W 12 Yr

Yahara Bay V Bourbon




Abyss Absinthe


Castariade 1984


Byejoe Red


E & J Gallo VS

E & J Gallo VSOP

Oude Meester Reserve 12 YR

Van Ryns’s Collector Reserve 20 YR

Van Ryn’s Distiller Reserve 12 YR


Drouet et Fils Cognac VSOP


Boomsma Jonge Genever

Captive Spirits Bourbon Barreled Big Gin

Dillon Unfiltered Gin 22

Half Moon Orchard Gin

Martin Miller Gin

Mayfair Gin

New England Ingenium Gin

The Duke Gin

Uncle Val Gin

Valentine Liberator Gin


Barrows Intense Ginger

Brovo Amaro #16 -Stephen Cole

Distillerie Fils du Roy Monarque Rouge

St. Elder Natural Edlderflower Liqueur

VT Ice Maple Crème Liqueur


Hosto Verde Quebranta


Ballast Point White Rum

Reed & Lacey California Gold

Saint James Premium Caribbean Rum

Stolen White Rum

SX  Calypso


Dos  Lunas Blanco

Dos Lunas Anejo

El Tesoro Plata

Milagro Anejo

Milagro Reposado

Sauza Hornitos Black Barrel

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado

Tequila Espinoza Blanco


Anestasia Vodka

Balls Vodka

Boudoir Vodka

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea

Dillon’s Method 95

Falite Vodka

Flagship Vodka

Glass Vodka

I Spirit Vodka

Infuse Vodka Mango

Ivanabitch Dutch Apple

Mayfair Vodka

Ogden Sinful

Reyka Vodka

SX Blanco


Aberfeldy 12 Yr

Amrut Peated Single Malt

Ballas Point Spirits Devil’s Share Bourbon

Breaker Bourbon

Dark Corner Moonshine

Dewars White Label

Dewars 12 Yr

Dewars 18 YR

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon

Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Whiskey

Kavalan Sherry Oak Single Malt Whiskey

Label 5 Extra

Lagavulin 16 YR

Rough Rider Straight Bourbon

Rough Rider Bull Moose

Smooth Ambler Straight Rye

Talisker Storm

Tullamore D.E.W Original

Valenine Woodward

Wyoming Small Batch Bourbon






  • All spirits are judged by every brand’s TRUE key trade target – buyers, retail stores, restaurant & bar owners, distributors and importers.  Unlike other competitions, these expert TRADE ONLY judges and their opinions have immediate impact and the ability to make a direct influence on sales and a brand’s bottom line.  These panelists of trade volunteers are not involved for publicity or for their industry position as critics or members of the press. They are the decision makers, experts who have an authentic understanding of the business of buying and selling spirits.


  • Each product category has a sub category for pricing.  Therefore, a spirit will be judged in its category along with other spirits in its same price range.  Each category will have its own pricing levels and details are listed on the submission form. For example, a $35 bourbon will be placed into a judging category with a $40 bourbon and not a $70 bourbon.


  • Brands will be rated on a set of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish.   Upon completion of the tastings, panelists will confer and decide which samples are award worthy.


  • Award levels are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
    • Double Gold: Phenomenal Product for Buyers
    • Gold: Buyers “Love” It
    • Silver: Buyers “Like” It
    • Bronze: Buyers will purchase it



The 3rd Annual New York International Beer Competition is scheduled for February 9th 2014.  The 4th Annual New York International Wine Competition will be May  18th,2014 and the 5th Annual New York International Spirits Competition will be October 19th, 2014.


The New York International Beverage Competition will be expanding with its trade only buyers judging by price internationally in 2014 with the Berlin International Spirits Competition in March 2nd 2014 and the Melbourne International Spirits Competition June 29th 2014.


Please also visit us at ProWein in March 2014 where we will be showcasing the top winners from the New York International Spirits Competition and New York International Wine Competition


Our sister company All Spirits Events will continue to present and pour the winners from the competition at private and consumer events in the USA and Internationally.


For more information about the competitions please visit:

New York International Spirits Competition 2013 Winners

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