Best-tasting spirits of 2019 named

10th December, 2019 by Amy Hopkins

The Spirits Business has revealed the best-performing spirits in its 2019 Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competition.

The Atom Brands team collecting their Overall Grand Spirit Master 2019 trophy

Throughout the year, The Global Spirits Masters has named hundreds of medallists across 17 rounds, covering categories such as rum, gin, Scotch whisky and liqueurs. The blind-tasting competition is chaired by The Spirits Business and uses independent judges including retail buyers, journalists, bartenders and educators.

The series awards Silver, Gold and Master medals – the latter being the highest medal award that requires an average score of 90% or more from the tasting panel. Judges assess the appearance, aroma, taste and overall balance of each expression with no information provided except for the relevant category, ABV and, when necessary, the price bracket.

The award-winners were recognised during an event at Frederick’s restaurant in London at the end of November, during which the competition’s Grand Masters and Taste Masters were also announced.

Grand Master awards are given to the companies that accrue the highest number of points in each individual spirit category, including Silver, Gold and Master medals. Taste Master awards, meanwhile, are given to the individual expressions that are voted ‘best in class’ on the day.

The Global Spirits Masters also awards an Overall Grand Spirit Master title to the company that generates the most points throughout the whole year.

In 2019, for the third year running, that award went to Atom Brands for its exceptional performance across rounds including rum, gin, Scotch whisky and travel retail. The independent bottler and brand owner won a total of 66 medals throughout the year.

Nick Ravenhall, managing director of Atom Brands, said: “Winning the title of Overall Grand Spirit Master for the third year in a row is a great privilege for the whole team at Atom Brands. We’re delighted to see all of the hard work that goes into the creation of every bottle and every brand recognised by experts in the industry.

“This year we’ve been lucky enough to win 66 awards, including 14 Masters, for our products. We were also excited to enter the travel retail category for the first time with some brand new creations from That Boutique-y Gin Company – Sydney Garden Gin and Gold Coast Gin.”

Click through the following pages to see a full list of the 2019 Grand Masters and Taste Masters. For more information on The Global Spirits Masters, contact Rhiannon Morris – rhiannon.morris@thespiritsbusiness.com.

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