Run by TheDrinksReport.com, the awards celebrate the best-tasting spirits from around the globe as well as the best packaging designs.
They are judged by an independent tasting panel drawn from the best drinks journalists and retailers across the world, with industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors included in the judging of the final round.
In sub-categories, winners included Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin for best compound gin, Darnley’s View Spiced Gin for best contemporary gin, Pusser’s Rum Original Admiralty Rum at Issue Strength for best overproof rum, The Real McCoy Rum Aged 3 Years for best white rum, and Viche Pitia Lemon and Milk for best flavoured vodka.
The packaging design category is judged by leading brand design creatives and packaging technology experts. The world’s best design for a rum went to La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum from Colombia, which was designed by Brandhouse.
The overall winners of the Taste categories were:
The World’s Best Cognac – Francis Abecassis ABK6 Cognac VSOP Grand Cru
The World’s Best Gin – Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
The World’s Best Brandy – Ironworks Pear Eau de Vie
The World’s Best Calvados – Roger Grout Reserve 3 Years
The World’s Best Rum – St Vincent Distillers Captain Bligh XO
The World’s Best Vodka – Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka
Stephen Brogan owner of Ooberstock and Drinks21, the exclusive UK distributor of ABK6, said: “We are delighted that ABK6 has been so quickly recognised and acknowledged for its outstanding taste.
“Over the past eight years, 26 medals have been awarded to ABK6: an indication of the quality. It goes without saying this cognac is a must for any bar looking to develop their drinks range and appeal to a younger discerning audience.”
The World’s Best Drinks Design Award overall winners were:
The World’s Best Cognac Design – Deau Cognac Extra Louis Memory designed by Alpha Centauri Design
The World’s Best Gin Design – Brooklyn Gin designed by Spring Design Partners who were also announced as the World’s Best Design Agency, sponsored by Guala Closures Group
The World’s Best Rum Design – The La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum designed by Brandhouse
The World’s Best Vodka Design – Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka designed by Motive Packaging & Design
For a full list of winners, including silver and bronze awards, visit www.worlddrinksawards.com.
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