Top 10 award-winning speciality spirits

10th November, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Speciality spirits such as vermouth and aquavit are attracting greater attention as consumers seek to expand their drinks cabinets. Our latest blind tasting awarded accolades to some of the best products on the market.

Bottled cocktails, aquavits and vermouths were among some of the products tasted blind

Spirits aficionados and cocktail lovers are increasingly looking beyond traditional spirits categories to niche products such as aquavit and amaro.

The low-alcohol trend has helped to boost the status of speciality spirits, which can be consumed in long drinks or in classic cocktails such as a Negroni.

With consumer interest growing in these more unusual offerings, our latest blind tasting sought to award speciality spirits with Master, Gold or Silver medals for their superior quality.

Held virtually last month, The Speciality Spirits Masters saw entrants spanning categories such as low- and no-alcohol, pre-mixed drinks and absinthe, tasted anonymously by an expert panel of judges comprising Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business magazine, and Ivan Dixon, independent spirits consultant.

Click through to the following pages to see 10 Master and Gold-winning expressions, along with tasting notes.

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