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IWSC announces 2022 spirits trophy winners

Having completed its biggest year for spirits award entries, the IWSC has announced the 23 trophy-winning spirits for the 2022 competition.

Last week the top-scoring medal winners were retasted by the IWSC’s panel of experts, and trophies were awarded to the top-scoring spirit from each category.

New categories were added reflecting the changing trends within the spirits market, including trophies for Irish Whiskey, Asian Whiskey and Flavoured Gin.

Highlighting the growth in the agave category, a separate Mezcal Trophy was added to the Tequila Trophy to encompass the differing styles.

Each year the IWSC brings together a host of experts from across the globe to judge thousands of entrants to its awards.

The biggest year for entries in its 53-year history, this year the IWSC received more than 4,000 spirits from over 90 countries.

The IWSC’s 2022 Trophy winners are:

Shanxi Guoyuan Fengxiang Baijiu Industry Co. (China)
30 Years Baijiu

Deanston (Scotland)
Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Junimperium Distillery (Estonia)
Sloe Gin

The Copeland Distillery (Northern Ireland)
Irish Gin

Tomatin Distillery (Scotland)
1976 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distell International Ltd (Scotland)
Black Bottle Alchemy Series Double Cask Blended Scotch Whisky

Irish Distillers (Republic of Ireland)
Redbreast 27 YO Irish Whiskey

Distillerie Combier (France)
Marie-Antoinette Vodka

Holyrood Distillery (Guyana)
Elizabeth Yard Diamond Distillery 10 YO Ungrogged American Oak Octave Rum

The GlenDronach Distillery (Scotland)
16 YO Boynsmill Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Chivas Brothers (Scotland)
Ballantine’s The Glenburgie 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nagahama distillery (Japan)
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask 1564 Single Malt Whisky

Sanwa Shurui (Japan)
Iichiko Saiten Shochu

Quintessential Brands (England)
Opihr Aromatic Bitters Gin

SCV Beraut (France)
Château de Pellehaut Ugni Blanc 40 YO Armagnac

Distilleria Sibona (Italy)
Botti da Madeira Riserva Grappa

Attraction SA (Member of Mantis Group) (Greece)
Stichion Premium Mastiha Spirit

Heaven Hill Distillery (USA)
Larceny Barrel Proof (A122) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Corte Vetusto (Mexico)
Mesquite Smoked Artesanal Espadin Joven Mezcal

Proximo Spirits (Mexico)
1800 Milenio Tequila Extra Anejo

Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits (USA)
Redemption 10 YO Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey

Maison Boutillier (France)
Essence Du Paradis Grand M. Cognac

Grupo Osborne (Spain)
1866 Brandy de Jerez

For more on the IWSC 2022 competition, click here.

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