From agave to corn, wheat, and rye, Luxco’s® brands have recently been in the spotlight. Many of our brands have earned accolades at some of the most prestigious spirits competitions including the Berlin International Spirits Competition, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Berlin International Spirits Competition Awards include:
•  Exotico® Blanco Tequila: Gold; Mexico Blanco Tequila of the Year
•  Exotico Reposado Tequila: Silver; Mexico Reposado Tequila of the Year
•  El Mayor® Extra Añejo Tequila: Silver
•  Ezra Brooks® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Gold
•  Yellowstone® Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Gold

The Berlin International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition with trade-only judges, and this year’s competition featured nearly 400 spirits from more than 20 countries. Spirits are judged blindly by category and price, with medals awarded on a merit basis by a majority vote from the judging panel.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Awards include:
•  David Nicholson® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
– Reserve: Best Straight Bourbon, Double Gold Medal
– 1843® Bourbon: Double Gold Medal
•  Rebel Yell® 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon: Double Gold Medal
•  Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey: Gold Medal
•  El Mayor 100% Agave Tequila
– Añejo: Double Gold Medal
– Reposado: Silver Medal
– Extra Añejo: Bronze Medal
•  Exotico Reposado 100% Agave Tequila: Gold Medal
•  Pearl® Vodka:
– Original: Gold Medal (new gluten-free domestic formula released in 2016)
– Cucumber: Silver Medal
•  Everclear® 190 Proof: Silver Medal

Since its introduction in 2000, the SFWSC has become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world. Products are evaluated in a blind taste test by a panel of carefully-selected spirits industry experts. Spirits recognized as medal-worthy by SFWSC judges are understood around the world by both trade and consumers to be the best the industry has to offer. With a record-breaking 2,100 entries in this year’s competition, only the highest scores received honors. We are especially proud to announce that David Nicholson Reservewas named 2017’s Best Straight Bourbon.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge Scores and Awards include:
•  Exotico Reposado: 94; Finalist, Great Value
•  El Mayor Blanco: 94; Finalist, Great Value
•  El Mayor Reposado: 93; Finalist, Great Value
•  El Mayor Extra Añejo: 91
•  El Mayor Añejo: 86
•  Exotico Blanco: Great Value
•  Pearl Original: Great Value
•  Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon: 86
•  Minor Case® Straight Rye Whiskey: 84

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge, now in its seventh year, is chaired by Ultimate Beverage Challenge and establishes the platinum standard for beverage evaluation. After a blind tasting, finalist status is determined by the judging chairman. A scoring curve is used based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring, while Great Value indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score.