Regarded as one of the most influential competitions in the USA, and indeed the world, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is now in it’s 15th year. The judging is carried out ‘blind’, by a panel of experts, including well-known mixologists, spirits buyers, restaurant owners, and spirit critics.
This year, an amazing 1,500 different spirits entered the competition. It took the panel of 41 judges three days to evaluate, with the various spirits being awarded with bronze, silver, gold, or double gold medals.
In addition to the awards, there is a prestigious prize given to double gold winning products that are deemed to be the very best in their category. Cognac did extremely well in this, with the ‘Best in Show Brandy’, ‘Best Cognac’ and ‘Best Cognac Extra Aged’ being awarded to Gautier Tradition Rare Cognac.
The Best VS Cognac award went to Meukow VS Cognac.
Best VSOP saw Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac take centre stage.
The Best XO was awarded to Claude Chatelier XO Cognac
Double gold medals
ABK6 Cognac Extra Single Estate Cognac
Camus Borderies VSOP Cognac
Claude Chatelier Cognac XO Cognac
J Dupont Art Deco Grande Champagne XO Cognac
Meukow VS Cognac
Meukow VSOP Cognac
Croizet XO Cognac
D’Usse XO Cognac
Gautier Tradition Rare Cognac
Leyrat Fine VS Cognac
Louis Royer Preference VSOP Cognac
ABK6 Grand Cru VSOP Single Estate Cognac
Camus XO Elegance Cognac
De Luze Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac
Commandon XO Cognac
Courvoisier VS Cognac
Delpech Fougerat VSOP Cognac
Leyrat Vielle Reserve XO Cognac
Louis Royer Force 53 Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac
Marnier XO Cognac
Merlet Brothers Blend VSOP Cognac
Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal VSOP Cognac
Tesseron Lot 76 XO Cognac
A de Fussigny XO Fine Champagne Cognac
A de Fussigny VS Three Star Cognac
ABK6 Family Reserve XO Single Estate Cognac
Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac
Camus Extra Elegance Cognac
Camus Ile de Re Fine Island VS Cognac
Camus Ile de Re Cliffside Cellar XO Cognac
Camus Ile de Re Double Matured VSOP Cognac
Camus Borderies XO Cognac
Camus Elegance VS Cognac
Chabanneau VSOP Cognac
Chabanneau VS Cognac
De Luze Fine Champagne VS Cognac
J Dupont Art Nouveau Grande Champagne VSOP Cognac
Park Chai No8 Single Barrel Petite Champagne 21 Years XO Cognac
Philbert Distiller Reserve VS Cognac
Courvoisier Fine VSOP Cognac
Croizet VSOP Cognac
D’Usse VSOP Cognac
Deau VS Cognac
Leyrat Extra Glory Single Estate Cognac
Louis Royer XO Cognac
More Cognac category results: Bronze medals
Deau VSOP Cognac
Delpech Fougerat VS Cognac
Leyrat Premium VSOP Cognac
Alongside the judging of the spirits themselves is the Packaging Design Award Winners. There was only one award here in the cognac category, and that was to the Sidney Frank Importing Company for the Cocoyac Coconut Cognac.
This is a fairly new product endorsed by rap artist, Shaggy, who says he has ‘equity’ in the drink.
As far as we can tell it’s only on sale in the US right now, at around $55 for a bottle. It’s an interesting design for a bottle, that’s for sure. In our humble opinion it would look better on a dressing table or the bathroom cabinet, rather than on the bar. But then, it is the concept of a guy who is the king of bling, so that’s only to be expected.
Sources: sfspiritscomp.com, sidneyfrank.com