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SPECIAL REPORT: World Drinks Awards winners

The World’s Best Spirits 2016 were presented on March 17, 2016 by Felicity Murray, editor and founder of at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London. Selected by an international panel of experts over three rounds of judging, Felicity says: "The judges of both the Taste and Design categories were extremely discerning. All those who have won an award can be justifiably proud."

Taste Awards
Sponsored by Glencairn Crystal

World's Best Armagnac   Rare Armagnac Collection Saturne N°2

World's Best Superior Quality   Château de Hontambère Grande Fine Armagnac 1979
World's Best V.S.O.P   Puységur N°5

World's Best Brandy   Klipdrift Premium

World's Best Extra Old   Van Ryn's Distillers Reserve Aged 12 Years
World's Best Solera   Torres Jaime I

Gold winner
Extra Old   Torres 20

Silver winner
Extra Old   Van Ryn's Collectors Reserve Aged 20 Years

World's Best Calvados   Roger Groult Réserve 3 Ans d'Age

World's Best V.S   Père Gontran Calvados Fine
World's Best X.O   Père Gontran Calvados Hors d'Age 2008

Gold winner
X.O   Christian Drouin Calvados Pays D'Auge Vintage 1995

Silver winners
X.O   Père Gontran Calvados Hors d'Age 1991
X.O   Christian Drouin Calvados Pays D'Auge Vintage 1993

World's Best Cognac   Cognac Frapin Multimillésime N°6

World's Best V.S   Larsen VS
World's Best V.S.O.P   Cognac Frapin VSOP
World's Best X.O   Louis Royer XO

Gold winners
X.O   Renault XO Carte D'Argent
X.O   Godet XO Terre

Silver winner
X.O   Cognac Leyrat XO Elite

World's Best Gin   Martin Miller's Gin Westbourne Strength

World's Best Cask   Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin Cask-Aged
World's Best Compound   Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin Navy-Strength
World's Best London Dry   Cotswolds Dry Gin Non-Chill Filtered
World's Best Traditional Style   Penninger GRANIT Bavarian Gin

Category Winners
Canada   Ungava Canadian Premium Gin
Italy   Big Gino Italian Dry Gin

Contemporary Style:
USA   True Born Gin The Belgian Wheat Act
Ireland   The Exiles Irish Gin
Sweden   Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn Organic Gin
Switzerland   nginious! Summer Gin
Spain   Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
Germany   Elephant Gin London Dry Gin
Belgium   Biercée Thesis & Antithesis

London Dry:
Austria   J.A. Baczewski Dry Gin
Finland   Helsinki Dry Gin
Ireland   Dingle Original Pot Still Gin

Traditional Style:
Scotland   Arbikie Highland Estate Kirsty's Gin

Gold winners
Contemporary Style   Liverpool Gin Complex Organic Gin
London Dry   Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin

Silver winners
Contemporary Style   Martin Miller’s Gin
London Dry   Berkeley Square London Dry Gin

Bronze winner
London Dry   Adnams Copper House Dry Gin        

World's Best Grappa   Le Diciotto Lune Grappa Stravecchia

World's Best Liqueur   Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur

World's Best Anise   Antica Sambuca Classic
World's Best Cassis   Joseph Cartron Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne
World's Best Coffee   Richardo's Decaf Coffee Liqueur
World's Best Cream   Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
World's Best Fruit   Joseph Cartron Crème de Mûre des Roncières
World's Best Herbal   Penninger Blutwurz
World's Best Honey   Krupnik Old Krupnik Honey
World's Best Spice   The English Whisky Co. Nelstrop's Pedro Ximenez

Category Silver winner
Whiskey   Maple Whiskey Liqueur

Category Bronze winner
Whiskey   Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur

World’s Best Rum   Bundaberg Rum Master Distiller’s Collection Blenders Edition 2015

World's Best Flavoured   Spirits of Old Man Rum Project One
World's Best Gold   Bundaberg Rum Master Distillers' Collection - Small Batch
World's Best Overproof   St. Vincent Sunset Very Strong Rum
World's Best Spiced   Bayou Spiced
World's Best White   Bayou Silver

Category winner
France   Ti Original de Ced' Ti' Punch

Gold winners
Finland   Ron de Jeremy XO
Spain   Dos Maderas Luxus
USA   Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum
UK   Brugal 1888
UK   Brugal Extra Viejo
USA   Bayou Select

USA   Balcones Texas Rum Special Release

France   Ti Original de Ced' Ti' Spicy
Germany   Spirits of Old Man Rum Project Two
UK   Pusser's Rum Spiced

UK   Brugal Especial Extra Dry
France   Negrita Bardinet

World's Best Premix   The Handmade Cocktail Company The Boulevardier Cocktail

World's Best Contemporary   The Handmade Cocktail Company Cask Aged Negroni
World's Best Spirit and Mixer   Greenall's Gin and Tonic

World's Best Tequila   Tequila Corazón de Agave Reposado

World's Best Añejo   Tequila Corazón de Agave Añejo
World's Best Blanco   Casa Noble Crystal

World's Best Vodka   Valentine Vodka

World's Best Flavoured   Bulbash №1 Zubrovaya Premium
World's Best Pure Neutral   Untamed Irish Vodka

Category winners
USA   Triple Eight Blueberry Flavored Vodka

Pure Neutral:
USA   Wheatley Vodka
Lithuania   Russian Courage Pure Grain Vodka
Canada   Quartz Vodka
Poland   Poniatowski Vodka Exquisite
India   OPM Triple Distilled Luxury Spirited Russian Vodka
France   Ekiss Organic Vintage Vodka
Belarus   Bulbash №1
Mongolia   Arkhi Mongolian Vodka

Ireland   Kalak Vodka
UK   Arbikie Highland Estate Potato Vodka
Mongolia   Ulaanbaatar

Gold winner
Flavoured   Bainbridge Vanilla Organic Vodka

Silver winner
Flavoured   Triple Eight Orange Flavored Vodka


Design Awards

World’s Best Design, sponsored by Rankin Cork   Don Papa aged 10 Years

World’s Best Design Agency, sponsored by Rankin Cork   Stranger and Stranger

Design Effectiveness Award, in association with IWSR   Adnams Copper House Dry Gin


Pictured: Stanger and Stranger collect the World Best Design Agency award

ARMAGNAC, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
World’s Best Armagnac Design   Jean Cavé Bas Armagnac 1976          

World's Best Premium Design Jean Cavé Hors D'Age
World's Best Duty Free  Design Chabot Extra

Silver winner
Premium Design  Château Garreau Extra Cuvée du Siècle

COGNAC, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
World’s Best Cognac Design   Menuet Extra Rare Cognac

Silver winner
Ultra Premium Design   Menuet Hors d'Age Rare Cognac

GIN, sponsored by Staeger Clear Packaging
World’s Best Gin Design   Forty Spotted Rare Tasmanian Gin Winter Release

World's Best Standard Design Glendalough Wild Summer Botanical Gin
World's Best Ultra Premium Design  Barcardi Star of Bombay
World's Best On Trade Design  Thomas Dakin
World's Best New Launch Design  Barcardi Star of Bombay
Technical Excellence   Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin

Silver winners
Standard Design Texas Drought Gin
Premium Design   Valentine Old Tom Liberator
Duty Free Design   Valentine Old Tom Liberator
New Launch Design   Helsinki Dry Gin
New Launch Design   Cotswold Dry Gin

LIQUEUR, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
World’s Best Liqueur Design   Penninger Blutwurz         

RUM, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
World’s Best Rum Design   Don Papa aged 10 Years
World's Best Best Ultra-Premium Desugn  Don Papa aged 10 Years
World's Best Best Limited Edition Design Don Papa aged 10 Years
World's Best Best New Launch  Design  Don Papa aged 10 Years

World's Best Standard Design Propeller White Rum
World's Best Premium Design  Caldeka Cambrai
Technical Excellence   Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Rumbullion!

Silver winners
Standard Design  Spirits of Old Man Rum Project One       
Premium  Design  Zacapa 23
Duty Free Design   Caldeka Cambrai

TEQUILA, sponsored by Staeger Clear Packaging
World’s Best Tequila Design   Patrón 2015 Limited Edition Silver

VODKA, sponsored by Staeger Clear Packaging
World’s Best Vodka Design   Dingle Vodka

World's Best Standard Design  Emory Vodka
World's Best Premium Design  Poniatowski Vodka
World's Best Ultra-Premium Design  Soyombo
World's Best On-Trade Design  Dingle Vodka
World's Best New Launch  Design Kalak Vodka

Silver winners
Standard Design  New Amsterdam Vodka
Premium Design  Reyka Vodka
Ultra-Premium Design  High Roller
New Launch Design Lux Black Label
Technical Excellence   Emory Vodka

22 March 2016 - Rebecca Sterritt Paragraph Publishing, content manager