Posted on | April 24, 2013
Written by | BevNetwork
Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), started in 2010 by ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE LLC (UBC), is recognized as the world’s foremost spirits competition. Over the course of a week, fourteen of the world’s most respected spirits authorities —journalists, authors, buyers, bar owners, consultants and educators—carefully blind taste hundreds of entries to determine which spirits are the best that year in over 30 categories. Utilizing the easily understood and accurate 100-point scale, entries that are scored 90 or higher in the first round get assigned to a second panel of experts to determine the Chairman’s Trophy winner, the top scoring spirit in each category.
This year’s USC took place March 11th-15th at New York’s Astor Center. Judging was lead by UBC founder and judging chairman F. Paul Pacult and co-chairman Sean Ludford. In addition to Pacult and Ludford, the USC judges featured spirits experts Jacques Bezuidenhout; Tad Carducci; James Conley; Dale DeGroff; Dan Nicolaescu; Jim Meehan; Julie Reiner; Jack Robertiello; Steve Olson; Jennifer Simmonetti-Bryan, MW; Katie Stipe and David Wondrich.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 had record entries (up 8% over 2012) representing more than 70 companies and 30 countries. The judging super-group named 33 Chairman’s Trophy Winners and 151 Finalists. Pacult noted, “The increase in entries we’ve had for Ultimate Spirits Challenge each year is a testament to suppliers who appreciate our meticulous attention to rating and scoring their products.” ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE 2013 takes place June 3rd-7th.
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