The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

2020 IWSC spirits trophies announced

The top IWSC spirits of the year have been announced with 16 trophies presented to winners hailing from countries as diverse as Germany, China, Japan, Barbados and Mexico.

The trophy categories included London Dry and contemporary gin, rum, vodka, scotch, bourbon and worldwide whiskies, Cognac, shochu and baijiu.

“Despite all that is happening in the world at the moment, experienced industry professionals can still be wowed – and often left speechless – by incredible spirits,” says IWSC Spirit Judging Committee member, Joel Harrison.

The winners are as follows:

Agave Trophy: 
Mezcal Colores Tobala (Mexico)

Baijiu Trophy: 
Quantu Jingxuan Soft Style Baijiu (China)

Bourbon Trophy: 
1820 Single Barrel Whiskey (USA)

Cognac Trophy: 
1960 Grande Champagne Cognac (France)

Contemporary Gin Trophy: 
Boulder Spirits Ginskey Gin (USA)

Fruit Spirits Trophy: 
Framboise Sauvage VRP Eau-de-Vie (France)

Grape Brandy Trophy: 
Pure Folle Blanche 15 YO Bas-Armagnac (France)

Liqueur Trophy: 
Nigori Umeshu (Japan)

London Dry Gin Trophy: 
Monterey Gin (England)

Rum Trophy: 
Foursquare 2008 (Barbados)

Shochu Trophy: 
Inugami Shochu (Scotland)

Vodka Trophy: 
Naud French Vodka (France)

Worldwide Whiskey Trophy: 
The Westfalian Peated 6 YO Single Malt Whisky (Germany)

Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy: 
Glory Leading 1972 45 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

The Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 Years and Under Trophy: 
Bunnahabhain 25 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland)

The Single Malt Scotch Whisky 26 Years and Over Trophy: 
Glenfiddich 40 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland)

To read the full report on the winners, click here.

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