08/09/2020 Gold winner Saltwater Woody bagged Rum of the year and Producer award at the Bartender Spirits Awards that took place in San Francisco on August 13.
Saltwater Woody REAL GRAPEFRUIT Gets Rum Of The Year, Rum Producer Of The Year, and a Gold At 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards. Rum helped build this country as it was the first spirit distilled in America, and most of the patriots fighting in the American Revolution were even paid in rum. They are proud of their 100% American supply chain.
Their rum is distilled in the coastal South with Florida molasses and blended and bottled in the heart of America.
They are the first-ever liquor to use saltwater directly in our blending process. The reason is simple: salt helps to tamper the bitterness and amplify the sweet and sour flavors in a cocktail. It brightens citrus and delicate flavors like fresh herbs and fresh fruits. Salt also frees up aromatic molecules in a drink when mixed with water delivering a delicious smell every time you open a bottle or take a sip.
The Bartender Spirits Awards judge spirits across the parameters of Mixability, Balance and Versatility, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish, Package and Price.
This competition recognizes that bartenders are the true influencers – their passions and tastes provide direction for the consumer, especially via their guidance with wine, beer or spirit recommendations. “We really wanted a way to recognize those spirits that would be a great addition to any bar and that are completely on-trend in terms of packaging and price,” said Sid Patel, Founder and CEO of Beverage Trade Network. “Whether bartenders are looking to plug a very specific gap in their existing spirits inventory, or construct an entirely new cocktail menu from scratch, what better advice could they get than from fellow bartenders?”
Medals were awarded to those spirits that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying spirits that should become additions to bar inventories. Each spirits brand was evaluated on Mixability, Balance and Versatility, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish, Package and Price.
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
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.
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.