2013 Winners Include First 100 Point Spirit - Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 45.7% ABV
Judging is done as Blind Tastings, where judges do not know what has been poured for them.
Panels of highly qualified experts blind taste/evaluate flights of distilled spirits by classifications within major spirits categories, employing a custom-created, multistage format. Judges record their findings on a worksheet on which they score each product on the 100-point scale.
Multiple 3-person panels of judges are formed. The products from each category that score 90 or more undergo another level of evaluation by UBC panels of
experts to arrive at the best products from each greater category.
Final scores are derived from the cumulative total in order to allow each product multiple chances to shine. Each category will have a coveted “Chairman’s Trophy” winner selected from the Finalists.
New York, NY (March 21, 2013) – Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s (UBC) fourth annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge was held at state-of-the-art Astor Center in New York City on March 11-15, 2013. Today, Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) proudly announces this year’s Chairman’s Trophy winners and Finalists in more than 30 spirits categories, including USC’s first 100-point score that honors Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Orkney.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 had a record number of entries, up 8% from last year, from more than 70 companies and 30 countries around the world. This year’s entries likewise included more craft spirits than ever before and an extraordinarily high standard of spirits across all categories.
Led by UBC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, the judges included many of the world’s most famous distilled spirits authorities, award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. The judging panels rated the distillates on the 100-point scale, using USC’s innovative multilevel evaluation system, which renders the industry’s most unassailable results. This remarkable super-group of experts named 33 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman’s Trophy winners and 151 Finalists.
Top Three of Each Whisk(e)y Category (Scores shown, first):
96 Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt American Whiskey, 53% ABV
92 Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat, 45% ABV
88 Catskill Distilling One & Only Buckwheat, 42.5% ABV
97 Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 46.5% ABV
95 Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 50% ABV
95 Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon, 45% ABV
94 Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, United States, 50% ABV
92 Masterson’s French Oak Finished 10 years Old Rye Whiskey, Canada, 45% ABV
91 Bulleit Rye Whiskey, united States, 45% ABV
95 George Dickel No. 12, 45% ABV
93 George Dickel Barrel Select, 43%
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