2022 London Spirits Competition winners announced
2,500 spirits brands from more than 80 countries were vying to win an award, about 50% more compared to last year
5 April 2022 | 0
All spirits are rated with three main criteria in mind: quality, value and packaging. To be a medal winner, spirits must show a rating in all the three factors with the most weightage on quality.
A record number of entrants this year were vying for the much-coveted bronze, silver, and gold medals, with about 2,500 spirits brands from more than 80 countries, about 50% more compared to last year. These were all assessed by the top panel of judges, consisting of some of the world’s leading figures from the hospitality sector.
Some of the country’s top bartenders and spirits buyers gathered during 23 – 25 March at St Mary’s Church in London’s Marylebone, sniffing, swirling, and spitting their way through a vast array of gins, vodkas, and whiskies as well as a range of more obscure spirits, as the judging of the London Spirits Competition reached a peak. These included representatives from some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants, bars, and hotels such as the Ritz, Le Manoir, Gleneagles, the Goring, the Connaught, and Claridges.
The 2022 competition saw 447 entries from the United Kingdom as the top entrant country, followed by 323 products from Australia and 160 from the United States. 771 gin brands made gin the top category entrant followed by whiskey and rum.
The top winners at the 2022 London Spirits Competition were:
Best Spirits of The Year 2022: Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway
Best Spirits of The Year (by Quality): Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway
Best Spirits of The Year (by Value): Samuel Gelston’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Ireland
Best Spirits of The Year (by Package): Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway
Best Vodka of The Year 2022: Vestal Vodka, Poland
Best Rum of The Year 2022: Rum Nation Panama 21 Aged Years, Panama
Best Tequila of The Year 2022: Tequila Don Fulano Imperial, Mexico
Best Gin of The Year 2022: Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway
Best Whisky of The Year 2022: Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whiskey, United States
Best Brandy of The Year 2022: Grappa Riserva Invecchiata in Botti da Whiskey, Italy
Best Liqueur of The Year 2022: Amaro San Marco, Italy
Best Cognac of The Year 2022: Ferrand Cognac 1840 Original Formula, France
To view the full all winners from the prestigious event, click here.