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More than 24 countries participated in the 2023 USA Spirits Ratings and about 20 different categories were involved. The top countries to enter were the United States, Mexico, and France, and the top categories were Whisky, Gin, and Vodka.
Dr Beak New Zealand Premium Gin, Spirit of the Year
Spirit of the Year: Dr Beak New Zealand Premium Gin, Arise Spirts t/a Dr Beak, New Zealand
Distillery of the Year: BHAKTA Spirits, France
Best Spirit by Quality: BHAKTA 1984 Armagnac, BHAKTA Spirits, France
Best Spirit by Value: Winn Dixie Scotch, Sazerac, USA
Best Spirit by Package: Dr Beak New Zealand Premium Gin, Arise Spirts t/a Dr Beak, New Zealand
Vodka of the Year: GO3 Vodka, Jubilee Spirits LLC, USA
Rum of the Year: BHAKTA 1990 Rum, BHAKTA Spirits, Jamaica
Tequila of the Year: 1800 Milenio, Avid Marketing Group, Mexico
Gin of the Year: Dr Beak New Zealand Premium Gin, Arise Spirts t/a Dr Beak, New Zealand
Whisky of the Year: Black Whiskey - Single Barrel, Don Michael SAC, Peru
Absinthe of the Year: No8 Absinthe, No8 Distillery, New Zealand
Cognac of the Year: Moonshadow VSOP, CBH France
Brandy of the Year: Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery, US Stone Castle Imports, Kosovo
Liqueurs of the Year: Luxardo Espresso Liqueur, Access Brand Communications, Italy
Mezcal of the Year: Cutwater Mezcal Joven, Cutwater Spirits, Mexico
RTD of the Year: Boot Hill Distillery Rosemary Mule, Boot Hill Distillery, USA
Non-alcoholic of the Year: Wilderton Botanical Spirit - Bittersweet Aperitivo, Wilderton Botanical Spirits, USA
The USA Spirits Ratings looks to recognize, reward, and help promote spirits brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific spirits drinker. For any spirits brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s spirits list - and then vitally stay there - they need to be marketable and consumer-driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it.
That is why the USA Spirits Ratings are different. It singles out and shines the spotlight on those spirits brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers.
Their value for money
What they look like
To be an award winner you will need to have top-quality spirits that offer both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar.
To win a USA Spirits Ratings award you will need to score highly in all three areas of our judging criteria. That is why the USA spirits Ratings will be decided based on the following judging formula: Q (Quality Score) + Value Score (V) + Package Score (P) = USA Spirits Ratings Score.
Quality Score: will be marked out of 100
Value Score: will be marked out of 100
Package Score: will be marked out of 100
A separate weighted score will be given for each of the three parts of the judging process (Quality gets twice the weight).
Gold: to receive a Gold medal you need to score 90 or over.
Silver: you need to score between 80-89.
Bronze: you need to score between 70-79.
The USA Spirits Ratings was assessed and judged by a leading panel of top-level spirits buyers with current direct commercial buying responsibility.