These 5 Spirits Received Best in Show Awards at the 2017 World Spirits Competition

A total of 2,252 spirits were entered for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in April. 2017 was a record-breaking year for the SFWSC, with an 18% increase in entries over 2016. The jury is out and these 5 Spirits were voted BEST IN SHOW.

Pisco La Caravedo Puro Torontel


ABV: 40 percent


La Caravedo Torontel is a pisco puro, which means it is made from a single varietal of the eight grape varietals allowed by Peruvian law to make pisco. La Caravedo Torontel is made from the torontel grape, which is an aromatic varietal that evolved on the Peruvian coast and provides a strong floral bouquet and velvety texture.

La Caravedo Torontel brings bright, delicate flavors, rich texture, and a heady aromatic experience to a cocktail.  It is distilled in Hacienda La Caravedo’s original falca stills, and there are 8 pounds of grapes in every bottle.


Ron Cartavio X.O. 18 Anos, Peru


ABV: 40 percent


Destilerias Unidas S.A.C. from Peru produced Cartavio XO to celebrate the companies 80th anniversary. It is a blend of rums ranging in age from ten to thirty years using a combination of column and pot still rums. The company claims that the average age of the rum in the blend is 18 years old.


WhistlePig Boss Hog: Black Prince Rye Whiskey


ABV: 61.2 percent


Made with 100% Rye, this 3rd Edition of Boss Hog, The Independent, is a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. Triple-barreled in New American Oak, and then spent Bourbon casks, it goes on to be the first Rye Whiskey ever finished in Hogshead barrels: 250 liter Scotch casks, some of the largest barrels in the business, which were comprehensively refitted with new American oak heads. With only 30 barrels produced at an average of 125 proof, this edition of Boss Hog is extremely rare.


Croizet Extra Cognac


ABV: 40 percent


As a tribute to its founder Leon Croizet, the House of Cognac Croizet has used some of its most exceptional cognacs in this blend.The aromas are powerful, offering up magnificent notes of candied fruits. Notes of dried figs and marmalade join in harmony with others such leather, cigar box, and soft spices.

Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Liqueur


ABV: 40 percent


The original liqueur created in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle. A delicate blend of fine cognacs and distilled essence of tropical oranges with Marnier-Lapostolle’s secret touch. Slow aging in French oak casks gives it incomparable roundness and subtlety.

The House of Marnier-Lapostolle (HOML) is one of the last family-owned and operated companies in the beverage industry. HOML has practiced the art of blending and aging Cognacs for over 150 years. Today, HOML is managed by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her father, Jacques – the 5th and 6th generations of the family. Their famous Grand Marnier Liqueur was created in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, crafted with a blend of aged Cognacs and Caribbean oranges.


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