A panel of experts evaluated nearly 600 entries, and the results of the second annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge have been announced. The highest scoring spirits in each category received The “Chairman’s Trophy” as noted below.

Click to see the full list of Ultimate Spirits Challenge winners, finalists and other entrants, plus some tasting notes from respected industry types like F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford.

2011 Chairman’s Trophy Winners

American Whiskey

Bourbon – George T. Stagg 17 Years Old
Rye – Sazerac Straight 18 Years Old

Canadian Whiskey

Canadian Mist Black Diamond

Irish Whiskey

Blended – Michael Collins
Single Malt – Tyrconnell Madeira Finish 10 Years Old

Scotch Whiskey

Single Malt-Cask Strength – Aberlour A’bunadh
Single Malt-Speyside – The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Years Old
Single Malt-Islands – Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt
Single Malt-Islay – Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Blended – Dewar’s 18 Years Old


Beefeater London Dry Gin


Dos Maderas PX 5+5 Rum


Blanco – Olmeca Plata Blanco
Reposado – Cabo Wabo Reposado
Añejo – Calle 23 Añejo
Extra Añejo – Grand Mayan Extra Añejo


Unflavored – Finlandia Classic
Flavored – Ketel One Citroen


El Tinieblo Joven Mezcal


Aged – Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez 17 Years Old
Unaged – Rémy Martin V Grape Spirit


Martell XO


Delord 25 Years Old Bas-Armagnac


Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Pays d’Auge Calvados

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