Gabriel Boudier Crème de Cassis de Dijon was awarded the liqueur trophy at the International Spirits Challenge, and backed this up with a rating of Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.  Boudier’s Triple Sec, a must-have cocktail ingredient, was also rated Outstanding, the highest ranked orange liqueur in the Competition.


Jindea Single Estate Darjeeling Tea Gin was rated Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, where its ability to mix with tonic also received a medal.  Judges said: “This gin presents a delicate tea aroma, floral with bergamot fruitiness. On the palate sweetly ripe and mellow in feel, continues the tea theme but also satisfies on the London Dry side. Very nicely balanced, a tiffin-tastic treat!”


St Lucia Distillers rums were again rated Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.  Admiral Rodney celebrated the extension of the range with a rating of Outstanding for both HMS Royal Oak, the original blend, and new introduction HMS Princessa.


The familiar flagship Chairman’s Reserve was “harmonious and characterful, showing flower and caramel with gentle hints of vanilla. The finish is long and complex with a fresh grass character”, while new introduction 1931 by Chairman’s Reserve was adored by the panel chairman: “A nose that gives sweet notes of madeira, blackcurrant cordial and spiced ginger. The palate is broad and bold with some vanilla, cream and strawberries notes alongside a hit of pencil shavings. The finish lingers with a long cherry note.”


Emporia’s Armagnac range achieved a rating of Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition both at the level of Marquis Reserve (“Starts with a warming, toasty nose, beckoning you to a palate charged with prunes and violets, dried fruit, figs and marmalade. Soft and autumnal in feel with a strong, tasteful finish. A really lovely Armagnac and absolutely true to type”) and top of the range Lauvia Hors d’Age (“Fruits and spice mingle on the nose: on the palate has old leather and cocoa powder…powerful and intense with a warm, delicious finish. Very good quality.”)


Nardini’s Amaro brings an essential bitterness to a whole range of cocktails, both traditional and innovative.  Judges at the International Wine & Spirit Competition rated it Outstanding, describing it as: “Bright, light and lively. Dominant mint on the nose, supplemented by orange peel. Thick, silky texture, with hints of sweet pipe tobacco and liquorice”.