Celebrating its 10th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition gathered 30 judges at the Hotel Nikko in downtown S.F. on March 13 and 14 to evaluate 1024 different spirits from 57 countries. Judging panels were comprised of spirits experts from noted restaurants and hotels, spirits journalists from major national media, spirits buyers for large purveyors, and spirits consultants. Los Angeles-based judges included Anthony Dias Blue and Meridith May (The Tasting Panel Magazine), Aidan Demarest (First and Hope), Richard Carleton Hacker (Robb Report), and Kim Haasarud (Liquid Architecture).

The judges awarded 131 Double Gold Medals, 189 Gold Medals, 347 Silver Medals and 250 Bronze Medals. Double Gold occurs when all judges on a panel agree that the spirit is Gold, which earns it Double Gold status.

Taking top honors:

In addition to the premium awards, top ranking spirits were awarded “Best in Category” titles:



  • Best Bourbon – Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (Kentucky, USA)
  • Best Canadian Whisky – Seagram’s VO Canadian Whisky (Canada)
  • Best Irish Whiskey – Bushmills 1608 Irish Whiskey (Ireland)
  • Best Blended Scotch – The Grand Bark Equinoxe Blended Scotch (Scotland)
  • Best Single Malt Scotch – Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch (Scotland)


The Double Gold winners are scheduled to travel this fall to New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

For more information and additional results visit: www.sfspiritscomp.com
Pictures of the competition are available at: www.marthabruce.com/sfwsc2010