Inaugural Bartender’s Best Awards Winners Announced

After four weeks of tasting by almost 100 judges, the 2014 Bartender’s Best Award results are in.

If, in recent months, you had to wait a little longer than normal for a cocktail in London’s bars, it is probably because half the bartenders were judging the Bartender’s Best Awards (BBA).

Over a four week period, 80-odd bartender judges, along with 18 senior judges, blind-sampled and rated all of the brands entered to the BBA’s; a Herculean task at the best of times – more so when the judges are bartenders working shifts in busy bars.

The BBA team have pulled it off however, and the results are in: an announcement was made at London’s NOLA bar yesterday evening (27th October, 2014).

Congratulations to the brands who have won their categories, and to everyone who put their effort and considerable time into making these, the first bartender-judged spirits awards happen – a resounding good job.

Category Winners

  • Fortified Wine: Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • Bitters: Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
  • Liqueur: Bitter Truth Golden Falernum
  • Vodka: Belvedere Unfiltered
  • Gin: Geranium 55
  • Cognac: Pierre Ferrand 1840
  • Rum: Appleton 21yo
  • Whisky: Chivas 25yo
  • Tequila: Tapatio Blanco

Sub-category winners


  • Premium: Maison Fontaine


  • Dry/white: Mancino Blanco
  • Sweet/red: Cocchi Vermouth di Torino


  • Aromatic: Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
  • Spiced: Dale Degroff’s Pimento bitters


  • Standard: Absolut
  • Premium: Belvedere Pure
  • Luxury: Belvedere Unfiltered

Flavoured Vodka

  • Standard: Ketel One Citron
  • Premium: Absolut Craft Herbacious Lemon

Blanco Tequila

  • Standard: El Jimador
  • Premium: Tapatio

Reposado Tequila

  • Premium – Olmeca Altos

Extra Anejo Tequila

  • Luxury – Don Julio 1942

Japanese Whisky

  • Standard: Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve
  • Premium: Hibiki 12yo

Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Standard: Chivas 12yo
  • Premium: Johnnie Walker Platinum
  • Luxury: Chivas 25yo

Peated Scotch Malt

  • Premium: Lagavullin 16yo

Unpeated Scotch Whisky

  • Standard: Auchentoshan 3 wood


  • Standard: Bulleit Bourbon
  • Premium: Old Forester
  • Luxury: Hudson Four Grain

American Rye Whiskey

  • Standard: Bulleit Rye
  • Premium: High West Double Rye
  • Luxury: Hudson Manhattan Rye

London Dry Gin

  • Standard: Hayman’s
  • Premium: Geranium
  • Luxury: Ford’s Gin

Old Tom Style

  • Premium: Hammer & Son Old English

High Strength Gin

  • Premium – Geranium 55

Aged Gin

  • Burrough’s Reserve

Sloe Gin

  • Premium: Plymouth Sloe Gin

White Rum

  • Standard: Cana Brava
  • Premium: St Nicholas Abbey
  • Overproof: Wray & Nephew

Golden Rum

  • Standard: Plantation Guatemala
  • Premium: El Dorado 15yo
  • Luxury: Appleton 21yo
  • Overproof: Plantation


  • White: Abelha
  • Gold: Abelha


  • Standard: Pierre Ferrand 1840


  • Fruit: Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • Spiced: Bitter Truth Golden Falernum
  • Herbal: Licor 43
  • Floral: Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur