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April 10, 2013 12:35 ET

Leblon Cachaca and Cedilla Liqueur Are Honored With Double Gold and Best in Show Awards

For the Eighth Straight Year, Leblon Cachaca Is Honored With Gold at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - April 10, 2013) -  Leblon, producer of Brazil's handcrafted Cachaça, announced for the eighth consecutive year that it has won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, earning a Double Gold Medal and 2013 "Best Cachaça" award. Cedilla Liqueur was honored with a Double Gold Medal and 2013 "Best Fruit Liqueur." Reserva Especial also won a Gold medal!

Now in its thirteenth year, the competition was held at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on March 21st-24th. It is the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the U.S. on an annual basis and is based on an exacting blind tasting procedure.

Best in Show are Double Gold winning spirits that have been elevated to the final round and must be judged and then awarded the very best in each category by all judges. Representing the finest examples of their categories, these spirits are worthy of special consideration.

"Our vision from the beginning was to make the best Cachaça possible by recognizing that one of the key issues with Cachaça is the quality of the product. The Destilaria Maison Leblon is truly a showcase to making great Cachaça, putting sugarcane on a pedestal and capturing it in the bottle. Our team works very hard to cut, squeeze, ferment, distill, age, blend, and then bottle only the best Cachaça. It's extraordinary to have our quality recognized, year after year," said Steve Luttmann, Founder.

"We created Cedilla because we love Açai and believed it needed to be captured in a beautiful fruit liqueur. Brazil is the land of exotic fruit, and Cedilla is Brazil's first and foremost premium fruit liqueur. It's also now recognized as the world's first and foremost fruit liqueur!" he exclaimed.

This year, judges included master mixologists, sommeliers, spirits experts and authors, as well as cocktail luminaries such as Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Stephen Beal, Francesco Lafranconi, Steven Izzo, among others. Leblon Cachaça and Cedilla Liqueur, along with other award-winning products, will be featured on the competition's website, www.sfspiritscomp.com, as well as in the May 2013 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine.

About Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça

Leading a Brazilian invasion worldwide with its amazingly delicious, finely distilled spirit, Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça (pronounced ka-SHA-sa) is already the favorite alambique Cachaça in top venues in Brazil, where cachaça is the National Spirit. It is also the key ingredient to the Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pur-EEN-ya), the wildly popular, muddled lime cocktail and national treasure of Brazil. Winner of "Best Cachaça" a record six times, as well as an unprecedented eight consecutive gold medals from 2006 to 2013 at San Francisco's World Spirits Competition, Leblon is handcrafted and produced at the Maison Leblon in Minas Gerais, Brazil's fertile agricultural heartland. Overseen by Gilles Merlet, one of the world's preeminent Master Distillers, Leblon's special quality is achieved with painstaking attention to every detail in the production process, from the cutting of the cane, fermentation, and distillation, to the filtering, blending, and resting in XO Cognac casks for up to six months. The result is a lively, fruity nose with complex layers of flavor and an ultra-smooth finish that is perfect alone, mixed with fruit juice, in a traditional Caipirinha, or as a Brazilian twist to any cocktail. Leblon is available in all 50 U.S. States. (www.leblon.com)

About Cedilla Açai Liqueur

Made from Açai, the 'Berry that Cries,' Cedilla is a macerated açai liqueur created at the Maison Leblon in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Expertly blended by Master Distiller Gilles Merlet, Cedilla starts with hand-picked Sambazon Açai berries from the Amazon region in Brazil, macerated and blended with the highest quality alambique Cachaça from the Maison Leblon in Patos de Minas, Brazil. The result is a rich fruity flavor with complex chocolate, spice, and berry notes. Drink neat, over ice, with soda, or as an accent to a favorite cocktail. (www.cedilla.com.br)

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