Top 7 Gold Medal Winning Spirits You Must Try

26/04/2021 Your go-to spirits are here. Handpicked by leading bartenders and spirits buyers these are the top 7 gold medal-winning spirits you must try.

Are you looking for top-rated spirits brands to try? Look no further as we bring you a list of 90+ rated spirits brands that were directly tasted by top-notch bartenders and spirits buyers at the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings. Watch yourselves asking for these brands again and again as they become your go-to spirits. 

Barr Hill Gin


Scoring a smashing 100 points with no. 1 spot in the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings is the Barr Hill Gin produced by Caledonia Spirits. The gin along with Gold Medal won ‘Spirit Of The Year’, ‘Gin Of The Year’, ‘Best in Show By Country’, and ‘Best Spirit By Quality’ special category awards.   

The story of Barr Hill begins in 2011 with a beekeeper and distiller working together in one of the most beautiful agricultural regions on Earth - the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Todd, a lifelong beekeeper, had been caring for bee hives across Vermont and the world. Ryan, a fermentation enthusiast, had previously founded a home brewing supply store in his hometown of Plainfield, Vermont.

Tasting notes: Flavors of spice and rich perfumed pepper on the nose. Intensely layered on the palate.

Gin Black Pig Costa Alentejana

Gin Black Pig Costa Alentejana

All the way from Portugal taking the second spot is the Gin Black Pig Costa Alentejana by Black Pig Alentejo Distillery which won a Gold medal, Best Spirit By Value, Best Spirit by Package, and scored 99 points in the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings. 

The taste and affection of its creator, Miguel Angelo Nunes in Alentejo and Its Eco-system. Cork, animals, plants, beaches and fields. Was in the origin of the Brand Black Pig Alentejo .

In 2007, the company began to plant Medronheiros, the first Orchards Orchard. In the Alentejana Costa, for the production of Medronho Holder, in 2018 the Black Pig Distillery, located in Santo André was constructed.

Tasting notes: Flavors of melon, peach, and lemons. Mouthfeel is so smooth and delicate notes of the infusions. A great gin.

Palma Gin Destilado


Produced by the Spanish distillery Mallorca Distillery, Palma Gin Destilado won a Gold Medal with 98 points. 

From the beautiful island of Mallorca, the pearl of the Mediterranean, a new Organic artisan Gin has been delicately handcrafted. 

Distilled with locally foraged wildflowers and fresh citrus fruit from the rural orchards of Mallorca, the taste is a fresh, dry, citrus-infused gin with a perfectly smooth finish.     

Tasting notes: Earl grey and lavender with flavors of honeysuckle and citrus.

Bushmills Black Bush


Presenting Whisky Of The Year crowned to BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY by Proximo Spirits. The whisky scored 97 points and won Gold Medal and Best in Show By Country special category award. 

Since 1608, BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY has been made at Ireland's oldest working distillery. It is one of few distilleries in Ireland to use 100% malted barley to make triple-distilled whiskey, which is what creates its unique character and smooth taste.

The saying is the distillery is grain to glass because BUSHMILLS® IRISH WHISKEY is made with every stage of production expertly managed on site.

Tasting notes: Flavors of vanilla bean. Nicely balanced with flavors of spices and baked breads.

Hanson Organic Vodka


Hanson Organic Vodka produced by Hanson of Sonoma Distillery took home the prestigious Vodka Of The Year award at the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings. It also won a Gold Medal with 97 points. 

Their vision of an organic, grape-based, gluten-free and non-GMO vodka is the embodiment of Hanson of Sonoma.


In the spirit of artisan craft, they distill in a combination pot and 50-plate column still. The vodka is always distilled from organic grapes and infused with real, organic ingredients to create a pure, clean, and above all deliciously smooth vodka.

Hanson of Sonoma organic vodka is the first of its kind, and the product of countless hours of research, testing, and plain old hard work

Tasting notes: Complex and balanced on the nose and palate with a silky smooth mouth feeling. Overall flavors of plum and raspberry draw you in.

Crisp Citron, Primos Gin


Crisp Citron, Primos Gin won Gold Medal with 96 points at the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings. 

Craft Link Distillery is a specialist spirits manufacturer in the heart of Johannesburg, creating internal brands and contract brand for its clients. Their origin may be steeped in the creation of quality gins but we have expanded our focus to include vodka, rum, tequila and other select liquors.

Tasting notes: Flavors of sweet toffee and caramel lead to a more velvety-textured mouthfeel.

Protect the Revenue Peanut Butter Whiskey

Protect the Revenue Peanut Butter Whiskey

Protect the Revenue Peanut Butter Whiskey by Citrus Distillers won Gold Medal with 96 points at the 2020 USA Spirits Ratings

Citrus Distillers specializes in building brand new spirit products for the public and private markets. Including Rum, Whiskey, Moonshine, Brandy, Tequila, Cream liquor, Gin, and Vodka. They can customize any ferment to your specifications, and have complete access to custom sugar refiners to build a unique product.  We’re located in Jacksonville, Florida, and have complete access to a variety of fresh citrus products to blend or infuse into your new brand.

Tasting notes: Flavors of sweet toffee and caramel lead to a more velvety-textured mouthfeel.

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