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The second edition of the Bartender Spirits Awards saw entries from across the globe with diverse and innovative spirits.
There were 7 double gold winners which scored 96 and more points, 127 gold medals in the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards. The 2020 competition saw submissions from 34 countries including some new additions like Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Switzerland. The United States had the top submissions where 251 brands were entered followed by Mexico and Australia demonstrating the growth in Tequila and Australian craft spirits culture. Japan was the top favorite when it came to overall quality by country with the highest average by country for gold medals.
‘Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the industry,’ explained Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network, the Organizer company of BSA, ‘and when we come out of this, we hope to see a strong rebound in the hospitality sector. The increased number of quantity in 2020 submissions truly demonstrated the faith our industry has in the long term outlook of our hospitality industry’.
Winners will also be promoted on BTN’s new direct to consumer portals Los Angeles Drinks Guide, London Drinks Guide, and Get Drinks Delivered along with BTN’s trade portal Bartenders Business and BevRoute
The top 100 spirits for bars will also be marketed to thousands of bartenders and mixologists via the Top 100 On-Premise Spirits website.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bartender Spirits Awards along with Bartenders Business will be offering its support to the industry with Bartenders Looking For Jobs Help Page on BSA and on BB and Daily Updates On The Reopening Of On-Premise Industry.
Here are the top winners of the 2020 Bartenders Spirits Awards
DROUET VSOP COGNAC Wins The Best Spirits Award at 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards which is made by Drouet.
Spirit of the Year - DROUET VSOP COGNAC
Distillery of the Year - Drouet
Best Value of the Year - DROUET VSOP COGNAC
Best Package of the Year - V-Sinne Gin Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Liqueur of the Year - Ginja9
Gin of the Year - Kinsale Gin
Vodka of the Year - South Fork Vodka
Tequila of the Year - Maestro Dobel Anejo
Whisky of the Year - Meiyo 17 Japanese Whisky
Brandy/ Cognac of the Year - DROUET VSOP COGNAC
Rum of the Year - Saltwater Woody REAL GRAPEFRUIT
View 2020 All Bartenders Spirits Awards Winners
The judging panel of the Bartender Spirits Awards included top bartenders at U.S. restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs. Judges from the panel also included cocktail consultants for on-premise establishments, who play an important buying role for their on-premise establishment.
The Bartender Spirits Awards judge spirits across the parameters of Mixability, Balance and Versatility, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish, Package and Price.
According to CEO, Sid Patel of event organizer, Beverage Trade Network, “Idea of Bartender Spirits Awards is to put the best judges forward to evaluate the best on-premise spirits for the consumers. We were very pleased with the quality of the spirits we received in the second year of the competition”.
ABOUT THE BARTENDER SPIRITS AWARDS
The aim of Bartender Spirits Awards is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands who are looking to enter the U.S. on-premise industry. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. The result will be a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners, and other industry professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.
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"Giving a rating to just liquid, blind has its place in the market and is very important, but that is different to when I have to decide what to put on the shelf. The USA Spirits Ratings competition is closer to the way I make chain assortment decisions". - Jeff