The results of the 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) have been released, with winners across categories including gin, rum, brandy, and whiskey.
With an increase in entries this year of 30%, 2021 was the twelfth consecutive year of record submissions. Entries arrived from more than 52 spirit-producing nations.
The judging, held throughout May and June, determined 56 Chairman’s Trophy winners, 301 Finalists, 208 Great Values, and 96 Tried & True Award winners. USC was conducted at the custom-designed Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) Evaluation Center, located in Hawthorne, NY.
UBC Co-Founder and Judging Director F. Paul Pacult said: “Aside from being by far the largest USC ever, this year’s Challenge was likewise the most global, with an impressive array of quality distillates from places as far away from New York as China, Croatia, and Chile. Virtually all categories saw healthy gains in submissions, most notably gin, Ready-to-Drink cocktails, hard seltzers, craft spirits, mezcal, rum, and all whiskey and brandy categories.”
Winners included Waterford Dunmore Single Farm Origin Addition 1.2 (Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey), and Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old (Best Irish Single Pot Still). Click here for a full list of winners.