It’s time to raise a glass or two to all the medal winners in the 2021 London Spirits Competition, the only event of its type that rewards distillers and spirit brand owners for making products that tick all the boxes when it comes to how a professional bartender, or spirits drinker, decides which product to buy. By its quality, what it tastes like, how much it costs and what it looks like on a back bar.
Find out which is the best overall spirit in the competition – clocking up 96 points – and the winners by spirits type and country winners in the results of the 2021 London Spirits Competition.
The medal winners in the fourth London Spirits Competition have had to work even harder for their success than they might do in other events. For it is not just what a particular spirit tastes like and the score it gets for quality that counts. To pick up a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal in the London Spirits Competition a spirits brand will have to go above and beyond, for they will also be judged on their price and the value for money they offer, and what they look like. How do they stand out on a back bar and how easy are they to use and handle by busy bar staff.
All those factors are taken into account by the judges of the London Spirits Competition, individuals who all know what they are looking for as they are made up of professional bartenders, mixologists, bar tenders and consultants who judge and assess products every day of their working lives in just the same way.
That’s what has made the London Spirits Competition in just four years one of the most prestigious and important events in the spirits world. It is rewarding, celebrating and helping to promote the spirits brands that consumers will most want to buy.
Gary Burdekin, master bartender at TGI Friday’s UK, captures what it means for judges to take part in the competition: “The fact that not only is the spirit being judged, but the design and packaging too. It’s good to be able to give an overall opinion on a spirit. There’s been many times where I like the look of a bottle, but I’ll never buy it because of what’s inside. It singles out the ‘complete’ products from the rest.”
Sid Patel, founder of the London Spirits Competition and chief executive of the Beverage Trade Network that organises the event, alongside the other London Competitions for Beer and Wine (2021 winners also announced today here), says: “The large range and diversity of spirits entered in this year’s competition from all over the world demonstrates how far distillers and brand owners have come in recent years in raising the bar, improving the overall quality of brands available, and, in a way making it even harder to pick out the winners in the London Spirits Competition.
“All the medal winners in the 2021 event can be rightly proud of their achievement. Every product is judged on its own merits using our unique judging criteria that makes the London Spirits Competition both highly respected by the drinks and bar industry, but by spirits lovers, drinkers and consumers all over the world.”
Overall Spirit Of The Year
Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka by Ramsbury Brewing & Distilling Co.
The overall Spirit Of The Year award goes to Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka, made by Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits, which scored 96 points, the highest in the competition. The Ramsbury distillery prides itself on its sustainable practices with what it calls its “field to table” approach. Its Single Estate vodka, has a smooth and rich style, using Horatio wheat grown on the Ramsbury estate. Each and every bottle can be traced back to the very field in which the wheat was grown.
Winners by Type of Spirits
Vodka Of The Year: Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka by Ramsbury Brewing & Distilling Co. Ltd
Rum Of The Year: Rum Nation by Rum Nation International
Tequila Of The Year: IZO Tequila Extra Anejo Cristalino by Belzmart Group, Llc Dba Izo Mezcal.
Gin Of The Year: Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin by Mt. Uncle Distillery.
Whisky Of The Year: Dingle Distillery Fourth Single Pot Still Release by The Dingle Distillery
Brandy Of The Year: St-Rémy Signature by St-Rémy
Liqueur Of The Year: Muyu Vetiver Gris by De Kuyper Royal Distillers.
Cognac Of The Year: A. de Fussigny Grande Champagne VSOP by A De Fussigny Sas
Distillery Of The Year: De Kuyper Royal Distillers from Netherlands.
Country Category Winners:
United Kingdom: Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka
Netherlands: Muyu Vetiver Gris
Australia: Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin
Italy: Rum Nation
Ireland: Dingle Distillery Fourth Single Pot Still Release
France: Eau De Vie De Poire Williams Vrp
Japan: Enso Japanese Blended Whisky
United States: Legent Bourbon
Canada: Georgian Bay Vodka
Germany: Mahiki White Coconut
Mexico: IZO Tequila Extra Anejo Cristalino
By Judging Category
Best Spirit By Quality – Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka
Best Spirit By Value – Eau De Vie De Poire Williams
Best Spirit By Package – Muyu Vetiver Gris
- Click here to see the full results in the London Spirits Competition.