Food & Drink

These Are Officially The Best Spirits in the World Right Now

If you’re the type that likes to savor the best of the best and wouldn’t be caught dead ordering from the well of a bar, then it’s time to stock up on the latest and greatest. The International Wine & Spirits Competition just announced the winners for their 2017 contest, and we’re rushing to the nearest liquor store to stock up on the first-place bottles. 

The competition awards trophies to the best spirits in a variety of categories, from best bourbon, to best contemporary gin, to the more specific “Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Years And Under.” The competition also awards spirits for their ability to mix well in basic highballs, such as a Gin & Tonic and Rum & Ginger Beer.

While some of these spirits are hard to come by stateside—particularly Asian spirits shochu and baiju—or will run you a pretty penny (the Glenglassaugh 40-year-old costs more than $1,000), some bottles like Mozart Chocolate Cream liqueur can be found at your local liquor store for an affordable price. Stay on top of the cream of the crop by checking out the full list of award winners below.

Pomace Brandy Trophy 2017 – Grappa Le Giare Gewürztraminer

Producer name: Distilleria Marzadro Spa

Country of origin: Italy

London Dry Gin Trophy 2017 – Swedish Rose Gin – Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Producer name: ATOM Supplies Ltd

Country of origin: Sweden

Liqueur Trophy 2017 – Mozart Chocolate Cream

Producer name: Schlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei GMBH

Country of origin: Austria

Rum Trophy 2017 – Rhum Agricole Vieux Neisson 12 ans d’âge

Producer name: Distillerie Neisson

Country of origin: Martinique

Vodka Trophy 2017 – Purity Vodka 51

Producer name: Purity Vodka AB

Country of origin: Sweden

Cognac Trophy 2017 – Cognac Roullet VSOP Grande Champagne

Producer name: SAS Maison de Negoce Charentaise

Country of origin: France

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Over 15 Years Old Trophy 2017 – Glenglassaugh Highland Scotch Whisky 40 YO

Producer name: The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd

Country of origin: Scotland

Single Malt Scotch Whisky No Age Stated Trophy 2017 – Dalmore Valour Single Highland Malt

Producer name: Whyte and Mackay

Country of origin: Scotland

Shochu Trophy 2017 – Shasharakuraku Aka

Producer name: Nishi Sake Brewing Co. Ltd

Country of origin: Japan

Bourbon Trophy 2017 – Big House Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Producer name: Sazerac Company Inc

Country of origin: USA

Worldwide Whiskey Trophy 2017 – Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Producer name: Kavalan Distillery

Country of origin: Taiwan

Fruit Spirit Trophy 2017 – Lörch Hocharomatischer Waldhimbeergeist

Producer name: Bimmerle KG

Country of origin: Germany

Contemporary Gin Trophy 2017 – Bathtub Gin – Navy-Strength

Producer name: ATOM Supplies Ltd

Country of origin: England

Gin & Tonic Trophy 2017 – Spritfabrikens “G” Gin

Producer name: Skånska Spritfabriken

Country of origin: Sweden

Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy 2017 – Syndicate 58/6 12 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

Producer name: Syndicate 58/6 Limited

Country of origin: Scotland

The Sherry Trophy 2017 – Harveys Very Old Amontillado VORS

Producer name: Bodegas Fundador

Country of origin: Spain

Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Years And Under Trophy 2017 – The Balvenie 14 YO Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Producer name: William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd

Country of origin: Scotland

Worldwide Brandy Trophy 2017 – KWV 15 Potstill Brandy

Producer name: Warshay Investment (Pty) Ltd ta KWV

Country of origin: South Africa

Vodka And Tonic Trophy 2017 – Gustav Dill Vodka

Producer name: Lignell & Piispanen

Country of origin: Finland

Baiju Trophy 2017 – Chinese Spirits Baijiu Yushan Taiwan Kaoliang Liquor Aged 5 years

Producer name: TTL

Country of origin: Taiwan

Mezcal Trophy 2017 – Corte Vetusto Mezcal Espadin

Producer name: Black Sheep Spirits Limited

Country of origin: Mexico

Rum & Cola Trophy 2017 – Rom Rincon

Producer name: Cadushy Distillery

Country of origin: Netherlands

Rum & Ginger Beer Trophy 2017 – World’s End Rum Dark Spiced

Producer name: 2240 Social Club

Country of origin: Belgium