Top 10 award-winning travel retail spirits

10th September, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Competition is fierce in the global travel retail channel with plenty of high-quality and distinctive spirits on offer. We present the products that walked away with the top medals from our latest taste test.

SB presents Master-winning bottlings from this year’s Travel Retail Masters competition

The Spirits Business held its annual Travel Retail Masters last month. The blind tasting sought to uncover top-quality spirits available in the global travel retail channel, awarding Silver, Gold and Master medals.

The competition was held in a new format due to Covid-19 with the judges tasting the expressions in their own homes to maintain physical distancing. As with a number of our competitions this year, Wine Sorted packed and sent the bottles anonymously to judges’ houses to ensure the expressions were tasted blindly.

The competition was judged by Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business, David T Smith, spirits writer and founder of the Craft Distilling Expo, and Bernadette Pamplin, spirits writer and judge.

The tasting was open to all spirits brands available in travel retail, spanning categories such as Scotch whisky, gin, Tequila and liqueurs.

We present the products that were given the top accolade of Master during the tasting, along with tasting notes and prices.

Click through the following pages to see 10 of the highest-scoring bottlings from this year’s competition. 

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