Who’s says what’s the best?

I’ve been doing a round up of the medals, awards and accolades for a PR piece (catch it later this month!) and thought it would neat to share a listing of some of the top competitions that taste, rank and differentiate the over 20,000 beverage brands that we all love. It’s certainly not an all inclusive list but it’s a nice resource.

Who’s the best? These sites can “help” you decide. Yet, ultimately, the best is what “you” like.

For 10+ years the Beverage Testing Institute, has been ranking beers, wines and spirits. You can catch their latest reviews at:

http://www.tastings.com/LatestReviews.html

For Tequila-specific reviews go to:

http://www.tastings.com/search_spirits.lasso?se=k&kw=2010TequilaAnejo&sb=All&sf=ScoreForSort&dt=All
http://www.tastings.com/search_spirits.lasso?se=k&kw=2010TequilaReposado&sb=All&sf=ScoreForSort&dt=All
http://www.tastings.com/search_spirits.lasso?se=k&kw=2010TequilaSilver&sb=All&sf=ScoreForSort&dt=All

TheFiftyBest.com opines on all things “fine living”. The online pub ranks everything from beer to Tequila as well as topics outside the beverage category. Here’s their latest Tequila ranking:

http://www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_tequila/

The International Wine and Spirit Competition, started in 1969 and is an international competition where winners are determined by a combination of blind tasting and chemical and product analysis. Here’s a searchable directory of spirit rankings:

http://www.iwsc.net/search/spirit/

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition prides itself on being the first international spirits competition held annually in the US. f
For a lit of their latest spirits results go to:

http://www.sfspiritscomp.com/pdfs/2010SpiritsResultsbyClass.pdf

The Spirits of Mexico Competition judges (naturally) Tequilas and Mezcals and other Mexican beverages. For a list of their latest results go to: http://www.polishedpalate.com/docs/SOM2010_Competition_Results.pdf

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge, is a blind tasting lead by F. Paul Pacult of the New York Times and Spirit Journal author. Here’s a link to the award winners:

http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/uscresults2010/#tequila

The Ultimate Cocktail Challenge is Paul Pacult’s companion cocktail competition. For the latest go to:

http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/cocktail-competition/cocktail-tasting-results/#category3

The World Beverage Competition is the largest combined international competition which boasts industry judges hailing from 6 continents. Here’s a link to their home page which lists beer, wine, spirit and beverage winners: http://www.beveragecompetition.com/home.htm.

If I missed any of note please let me know and I’ll post your comment with a link to the site.

Salud!