The Tasting Panel magazine

May 2012

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2012 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION RESULTS OF THE T his year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held March 22–25 at the wonderful Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco—a record four days of judging. With continued growth in our 12th year, 1,215 premium spirits were submitted from 60 countries, mak- ing it another record-breaking year, up 10% over last year. Agave spirits were hot this year: The largest increase in submissions was from tequila producers, up 33% from last year, while mezcal submissions were up 22%. Reflecting other current industry trends, bourbon was up 25% and rum 15%, while rhum agricole, pisco, and single malt scotch entries all had significant gains. Thirty-three distinguished spirits professionals from across the United States were assembled to judge these premium spirits under Director of Judging Tony Abou-Ganim, the "Modern Mixologist." This group of industry leaders is directly responsible for purchasing over $100,000,000 worth of spirits each year, while the journalist members reach more than a million trade and consumer readers each month. As the oldest and largest international spirits competi- tion in the United States, we were proud to award 149 Double Gold Medals, 209 Gold Medals, 444 Silver Medals and 258 Bronze Medals, as well as special premium awards. We are listing the premium awards and Double Gold and Gold winners here. For a complete list of all winners, visit My sincere thanks to all the participating brands for making this year's Competition the biggest and best ever. —Anthony Dias Blue, Executive Director may 2012 / the tasting panel / 85

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