Norway’s gin tops London Spirits Competition 2022

The results of 2022 London Spirits Competition are made. This is a competition where consumer spirits are judged. Spirits are judged on three main criteria: quality, value and packaging. To be a medalist, spirits must have a score in all three factors with the highest weighting on quality.

A record number of entrants will be vying for the coveted bronze, silver and gold medals this year, with some 2500 spirits brands from more than 80 countries, some 50% more than last year, judged by the top jury, made up of some of the world’s best Hospitality Personalities.

Some of the best bartenders and liquor buyers in the country gathered on the 23rd/24th/25th. March at St Mary’s Church in London’s Marylebone, sniffed, swirled and spit their way through a wide range of gins, vodkas and whiskeys and a range of more esoteric spirits as the London Spirits Competition judging reaches its climax. These include representatives from some of the country’s most renowned restaurants, bars and hotels such as the Ritz, Le Manoir, Gleneagles, the Goring, the Connaught and Claridges.

In the 2022 competition, 447 entries from the UK were the top participating country, followed by 323 products from Australia and 160 from the United States. 771 Gins made gin the best entrant in the category, followed by whiskey and rum.

The top winners of the 2022 London Spirits Competition are:

Winner of the London Spirits Competition 2022 Bareksten Navy Strength Gin.

London Spirits Competition 2022 Winners:

Best Spirits of 2022: Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway.

Best Spirits of the Year (by Quality): Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway.

Best Spirits of the Year (by Value): Samuel Gelston’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Ireland.

Best Spirits of the Year (by pack): Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway.

Best Vodka of the Year 2022: Vestal Vodka, Poland.

Best Rum of the Year 2022: Rum Nation Panama 21 Aged Years, Panama.

Best Tequila of 2022: Tequila Don Fulano Imperial, Mexico.

Best Gin of the Year 2022: Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, Norway.

Best Whiskey of the Year 2022: Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky, USA.

Best Brandy of the Year 2022: Grappa Riserva Invecchiata in Botti da Whisky, Italy.

Best Liqueur of the Year 2022: Amaro San Marco, Italy.

Best Cognac of the Year 2022: Ferrand Cognac 1840 Original Formula, France.

View all winners here

Bareksten represents the essence of Norway, both in taste and character – dark, wild, breathtaking and dramatic. Pure flavors inspired by ancient artisanal traditions are the soul of Bareksten’s botanical wonders.

Norwegian herbs, potatoes and berries fight an intense, slow and never-ending battle in extreme environments. Only the strongest and most tenacious survive. Norwegian ingredients, touched only by nature, form the basis for the raw flavors of Bareksten’s botanical spirits.

Salvatore Calabrese, bar owner and bar industry consultant; Gavio Riva, floor manager at Hoxton; Diana Aladzic, head bartender at Soho House; Paolo Perrini, bartender at Claridges; Agostino Perrone, director of mixology at the Connaught Hotel; and Daniele Azzaro, bartender at Rocco Forte Hotels – these are just a few of the highly respected names represented on the jury, which reads like a hospitality Oscar.

Judged on three key criteria – quality, value and packaging and scored on a 100-point scale, spirits scoring over 90 receive a gold medal, while spirits scoring 76-89 receive a silver medal. Bronze Award winners are those drinks that score between 65-75 points.

About the London spirits competition

That London Spirits Competition is an international spirits competition organized by the Beverage Trade Network. The competition aims to recognize, reward and promote brands that have been successfully created to meet all criteria – quality, value and packaging.

Contact the London Spirits Competition at [email protected]

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