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  • 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

    ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2012

    March 59, 2012

    ASTOR CENTER, NEW YORK CITY

    The purpose of Ultimate Spirits Challenge is to identify, recognize and reward those products which stand out in their

    respective categories, showing superior quality. Multiple panels of the highest-qualified experts blind-tasted each entry by

    classification in appropriately grouped flights within each major spirits category, scoring each on the 100-point scale.

    Products that scored 90 points or higher were then evaluated blind once again, in newly-created groupings by a different

    panel of judges. Top scoring products were then reviewed again to determine a select group of finalists with the categorys

    highest-scorer being awarded a Chairmans Trophy accolade.

    For 2012 there are 31 Chairmans Trophies awarded, representing the best of the best; Finalists in each section are also

    identified.

    In addition to the score, products are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

    95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

    90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended

    85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation

    80-84 Good, Recommended

    A note on the icons:

    Tasting Note: composite judges' tasting notes for poducts which scored 85 and up. Roll over icon to view.

    Great Value: indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score.

    Product Image: to assist you with visual identification, we've included an image for each product evaluated. (Please

    note that age statements, vintages or label may vary slightly from the specific product evaluated but it represents a

    helpful portrayal of the brand.) Click icon to view.

    Entered products that were scored below 80 points have not been included; Ultimate Beverage Challenge is dedicated to

    recognizing the best of the best, and that, in our opinion, begins with a score of 80 as being indicative of products of

    commendation and consumer worthiness.

    APERITIF

    Award Score Product Accolade

    Chairman's Trophy 96 Lise Baccara Troussepinete Red Aperitif France,

    17% abv, $20.00

    Extraordinary,

    Ultimate Recommendation

    Finalist 95 Lise Baccara Troussepinete White Aperitif

    France, 17% abv, $20.00

    Extraordinary,

    Ultimate Recommendation

  • Finalist 90 Aperol Aperitif Italy, 11% abv, $22.00 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    VODKA

    Unflavored Vodka

    Award Score Product Accolade

    Chairman's Trophy 94 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka United States,

    40% abv, $25.99

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 93 Luksusowa Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $14.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 93 UV 80 Vodka United States, 40% abv, $12.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 92 Ocean Vodka United States, 40% abv, $32.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 92 Vektor Vodka Russia, 40% abv, $34.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 92 Zodiac Vodka United States, 40% abv, $26.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 Breckenridge Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $27.00

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 Finlandia Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $17.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 I SPIRIT Vodka Italy, 40% abv, $34.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 Milano Green Ultra Premium Vodka Italy, 40%

    abv, $29.99

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 Nemiroff Distinct Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $19.00

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 91 Vesica Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $12.99 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    90 Heroes Premium Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $17.00

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    90 LiV Vodka United States, 40% abv, $25.00 Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    89 Absolut Elyx Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $50.00 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    89 Cupcake Original Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $17.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    89 Iceberg Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $19.99 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    89 Still Waters Single Malt Vodka Canada, 40% abv,

    $39.95

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    88 Grand Traverse Distillery True North Vodka

    United States, 40% abv, $29.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

  • 88 Khortytsa Ultimate Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $29.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    88 Platinka Original Vodka Belarus, 40% abv,

    $24.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    88 SPRING44 Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $24.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Belvedere Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $35.99 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Core Batch #44 Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $35.00

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Grand Traverse Distillery Wheat Vodka United

    States, 40% abv, $24.95

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Khortytsa Platinum Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $25.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Khortytsa Silver Cool Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $25.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Nemiroff Original Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $14.00

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Nemiroff Lex Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $29.00 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    86 New Amsterdam Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $13.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    86 Pearl Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $12.99 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    86 Prairie Organic Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $24.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    85 Flyte Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $29.95 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    85 Peace Catskill Mountain Vodka United States,

    40% abv, $34.95

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    85 Reyka Vodka Iceland, 40% abv, $30.00 Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    84 Balls Vodka United States, 40% abv, $24.00 Good,

    Recommended

    84 Platinum 7X Vodka United States, 40% abv,

    $10.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Belvedere Intense Unfiltered Vodka Poland, 40%

    abv, $45.00

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Fris Vodka Denmark, 40% abv, $10.00 Good,

    Recommended

    81 Nemiroff Lex Ultra Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv,

    $45.00

    Good,

    Recommended

    VODKA

    Flavored Vodka

  • Award Score Product Accolade

    Chairman's Trophy 91 BAK'S Bison Grass Zubrowka Flavored Vodka

    Poland, 40% abv, $24.99

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    Finalist 90 Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka Netherlands,

    40% abv, $26.99

    Excellent,

    Highly Recommended

    89 Cupcake Ginger Snap Flavored Vodka United

    States, 35% abv, $17.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    89 Finlandia Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Finland,

    37.5% abv, $17.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    88 Ketel One Oranje Flavored Vodka Netherlands,

    40% abv, $26.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Cupcake Devil's Food Flavored Vodka United

    States, 35% abv, $17.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    87 Valentine White Blossom Elderflower Flavored

    Vodka United States, 35% abv, $24.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    86 Crop Organic Cucumber Flavored Vodka United

    States, 35% abv, $29.99

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    85 Fris Whipped Flavored Vodka Denmark, 40%

    abv, $10.00

    Very Good,

    Strong Recommendation

    84 Belvedere Citrus Flavored Vodka Poland, 40%

    abv, $35.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    84 Zodiac Black Cherry Flavored Vodka United

    States, 40% abv, $26.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Belvedere Black Raspberry Flavored Vodka

    Poland, 40% abv, $35.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Belvedere Bloody Mary Flavored Vodka Poland,

    40% abv, $35.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Fris Citrus Flavored Vodka Denmark, 40% abv,

    $10.00

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 Skyy Infusions Coconut Flavored Vodka United

    States, 35% abv, $18.49

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 SPRING44 Honey Flavored Vodka United States,

    40% abv, $24.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    83 UV Whipped Flavored Vodka United States, 30%

    abv, $12.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    82 Finlandia Redberry Flavored Vodka Finland, 40%

    abv, $17.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    82 Fris Orange Flavored Vodka Denmark, 40% abv,

    $10.00

    Good,

    Recommended

    81 Cupcake Chiffon Flavored Vodka United States,

    35% abv, $17.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    80 Cupcake Frosting Flavored Vodka United States,

    35% abv, $17.99

    Good,

    Recommended

  • 80 Finlandia Raspberry Flavored Vodka Finland,

    37.5% abv, $17.99

    Good,

    Recommended

    80 Square

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