Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world's trailblazing spirits competition, announces the winners and full results for the 2017 Challenge. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), now in its seventh year, celebrates 43 Chairman's Trophy winners, USC's highest award of excellence, and 213 Finalists. Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 was held at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY. 

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ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® Announces 2017 Results for Top Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Vodka and more

Spirits Also Assessed in USC's Innovative Cocktail Evaluation

HAWTHORNE, N.Y., March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world's trailblazing spirits competition, announces the winners and full results for the 2017 Challenge. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), now in its seventh year, celebrates 43 Chairman's Trophy winners, USC's highest award of excellence, and 213 Finalists. Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 was held at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY.  

Says USC judging chairman F. Paul Pacult, "One of the many advantages of having our own year-round facility is that instead of having to judge hundreds of spirits entries over a couple of days like other spirits competitions, we can take the time to break each category down into small flights. This means that USC judging panels focus on each flight with greater in-depth attention, resulting in more accurate assessments. We don't take shortcuts which is perhaps why USC experienced a 20% increase in entries this year."

USC also provides an additional component of cocktail evaluations. The judges taste and assess a spirit's "mixability factor" in classic cocktail recipes (for suitable spirits categories). This innovation, employed by no other competition, allows deeper evaluation of spirits.

Recommendations for cocktails, along with the complete results, can be found on www.ultimate-beverage.com.

USC 2017 – CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY WINNERS

MEZCAL

Rey Campero Tepextate Joven

TEQUILA, 100% AGAVE

Blanco: Tequila Cabeza
Reposado: Partida
Añejo: Blue Nectar Founder's Blend
Extra Añejo: El Tesoro Paradiso

For complete results: www.ultimate-beverage.com 

All products are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry's most renowned judges including buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners. Judges included: Founder/Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Jason Hedges, Tyler Hudgens, Paul Maloney, Don Lee, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Joaquin Simo, Tim Cooper, Paul Tanguay and Jillian Vose.

All spirits rated 80 points and higher receive an individual results page (accessed by clicking on "more…" next to the product name) which provides all downloadable marketing artwork. Spirits rated 85 points and higher receive a tasting note. If a spirit is recommended for its category's assigned cocktail, it is indicated on this page.

USC results are promoted globally. In addition, high scoring products are featured in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide published each year in the October issue of Beverage Media reaching more than 75,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers.

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE…No shortcuts. Just honest, impartial judging.

ABOUT ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE

Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley and David Talbot. Photos and more are at ultimate-beverage.com.

Source: Ultimate Spirits Challenge