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IWSC names the Best Spirits in the World

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced the top 22 spirits in the world following the 2021 blind-tasting.

For the IWSC’s 2021 awards – their biggest spirits tasting in history – 80 experts sampled more than 4,000 spirits across eight days to name their champions.

The winners include everything from a £12 liqueur to a £500 Cognac – here are the best spirits in the world…

The Best American Whisky: Redemption Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon Whiskey, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits

The Best Armagnac
Bas-Armagnac 1995, Domaine Tariquet

The Best Baijiu
Ganjiang Tiancheng Laojiao Baijiu, Zhangshu Ganjiang Brewery

The Best Blended Scotch Whisky
21 YO Blended Scotch Whisky, Matisse

The Best Cognac
50yo Grande Champagne Cognac, Hermitage Cognac

The Best Contemporary Gin
Lightning Gin, Karu

The Best Gin for a G&T
Kalas Rabarber Gin, Destilleriet Als

The Best Grape Brandy
Muscat Hamburg, Chateau Kamnik

The Best Grappa
Grappa Extrafina, Distilleria Nardini

The Best Liqueur
Gingerbread Latte Irish Cream Liqueur, Tesco Finest

The Best London Dry Gin
Hench Gin, Lucky Bee

The Best Vodka for a Vodka & Tonic
Gustav Dill Vodka, Lignell & Piispanen

The Best Mezcal
Los Vecinos Del Campo Mezcal Tobala, Casa San Matias

The Best Rum
VSOP Rum, Depaz Distillery

The Best Shochu
Akane Kaze 43 Shochu, Hombo Shuzo

The Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky (no age statement)
Octaves Batch 2 Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Glenglassaugh

The Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 15 Years and Under
15 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyburn

The Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 16 to 25 Year Old
25 YO Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bunnahabhain

The Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Over 26 Years Old
Highland Single Malt 1978 Whisky, Tomatin

The Best Tequila
Paradiso Tequila, El Tesoro

The Best Vodka
Misty Isle Vodka, Isle of Skye Distillers

The Best Worldwide Whisky
Podium Single Malt Whisky, Kavalan Distillery

For more from the IWSC, click here.

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