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Most Alluring Spirits Of 2020

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16/09/2020 Below listed spirits are the highest rated spirits of the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards.

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We are super excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards. Using the tagline “Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers For The On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards recognizes, encourages, promotes, and celebrates excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.

The aim of the spirits competition is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. 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. 

In this article, we are going to talk about the award-winning spirits at the Bartender Spirits Awards. Below listed are the spirits with the highest scores in the competition.

What are you waiting for? Have a look at the Most Alluring Spirits Of 2020.

VSOP COGNAC

VSOP Cognac by DROUET, France has mahogany and bronze tints. On the nose, this cognac is subtle, has notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and mild spices. On the palate, VSOP Cognac has a harmonious balance between fruity-floral and a touch of wood. Full and powerful in the mouth, VSOP Cognac has been aged longer than is required by law. Drink it on the rocks as an aperitif, or as a digestif. 

VSOP Cognac won a Double Gold along with “Spirit Of The Year,” “Best Value Of The Year,” “Brandy Cognac Of The Year,” and the distillery - DROUET bagged “Brandy Cognac Producer Of The Year” at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

98 Points

 Kinsale Gin

Distilled with great care and without compromise, Kinsale Gin by Kinsale Spirit Company is said to be a labor of love. This is a small batch, premium Irish Gin which was distilled with local botanicals from the Kinsale countryside - such as meadowsweet, elderflower, lemon verbena, and germanium. Spicy juniper balances the taste of this gin well with a flurry of bright, floral notes and sweet citrus.

The flavor of Kinsale Gin is true of the Kinsale countryside and the development process went through many iterations before the final harmonious aroma and taste were established.

Kinsale Gin won a Double Gold along with “Gin Of The Year,” and the distillery - Kinsale Spirit Company bagged “Gin Producer Of The Year” at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

97 Points

Meiyo 17 Japanese Whisky

Meiyo 17 Japanese Whisky by Aiko Importers Inc. & The Kumesen Distillery, Japan is a single grain Japanese whiskey, aged for 17 years in ex-bourbon casks. This whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled at the Kumesen distillery in Okinawa, Japan. In Bushido, the unwritten Samurai code of conduct, Meiyo is the principle that represents Honor. Meiyo brings discipline and stability to a higher level. With 42% ABV, this whiskey was meticulously crafted with the virtue of Meiyo as a guide. 

Meiyo 17 Japanese Whisky won a Double Gold along with “World Whiskey Of The Year,” and the distillery - Aiko Importers Inc. & The Kumesen Distillery bagged “World Whiskey Producer Of The Year,” at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

97 Points

Cutwater Tequila Margarita

Cutwater Tequila Margarita by Cutwater Spirits, United States comes with 40% ABV. The elegant and precise nature of the Rayador, also known as the Black Skimmer sea bird is served as the inspiration for our Cutwater Tequila. It begins with 100% blue agave harvested from Jalisco that’s slow-cooked in traditional brick ovens, open-fermented, and double-distilled in traditional “alambique” stills made of stainless and copper in Tequila. The spirit is then aged in Cutwater whiskey barrels, allowing the rich cooked agave flavor to meld perfectly with hints of vanilla and oak to create this distinctly Cutwater Tequila Reposado.

Cutwater Tequila Margarita won a Double Gold at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

97 Points

South Fork Vodka

South Fork Vodka by Satellite Spirits, United States has an extraordinary, world-class taste experience. The exceptional smoothness of this vodka results from a multi-distillation process and a unique, small-batch finishing method utilized by no other producer in the world. Its smooth taste and ultra-refined finish is unsurpassed.

South Fork Vodka won a Double Gold along with “Vodka Of The Year,” and the distillery - Satellite Spirits bagged “Vodka Producer Of The Year,” at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

97 Points

V-Sinne-Gin Schwarzwald Dry Gin

V-Sinne-Gin Schwarzwald Dry Gin by V-Sinne-Gin Schwarzwald, Germany has the vision to take everyone on a trip to the Black Forest in order to enjoy the moment with all their senses. The distillery burns with passion for this - and not just gin, but also for unconventional ideas and innovations. V-SINNE Black Forest Dry Gin is made from 31 masterfully composed natural and hand-picked ingredients. The result takes you on a journey through our beloved Black Forest - with all five senses. Try the unmistakable combination of handmade tradition and aromatic variety of flavors!

V-Sinne-Gin Schwarzwald Dry Gin won a Double Gold along with “Best Package Of The Year,” at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

96 Points

Purity Vodka Connoisseur 51

Purity Vodka Connoisseur 51 by Purity Vodka, Sweden has fresh aromas of slate and mineral water. Equally refreshing in the mouth, this vodka has a soft plush texture that creates a smooth experience with a subtle flavor that is sweet and earthy. An all-purpose vodka for sipping and mixing.

Purity Vodka Connoisseur 51 is a crown jewel which is to be drunk neat and enjoy it slowly. For the true connoisseur, this is Purity Vodka’s most refined and exquisite vodka. Incredibly smooth and distinctive, this flagship spirit requires very little to enjoy all the nuances and flavors that the world’s finest vodka has to offer. 

Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve is made from natural ingredients, its prize-winning flavors come from the combination of organic barley and wheat, distilled slowly with low heat multiple times. The heart of Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve is distilled 51 times to maximize flavor as well as smoothness.

Purity Vodka won a Double Gold at the Bartender Spirits Awards held on Aug 13, 2020.

96 Points