SOURCE: Fairplex


June 03, 2013 09:10 ET

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition Announces Winners for 2013

Tequila Comes Out on Top

POMONA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2013) - A 100-percent Blue Agava Tequila Silver Plata took the top honors at the 2013 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. With 97 points and at the $50 or more price point, Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver, 100% Blue Agava Tequila, Mexico, Silver Plata took best of category, best of division and best of show. Tequilas in general were popular with the judges, with three ranking 95 points or above, the highest scores of the competition.

Judged in May using a point system, the spirits competition drew more than 260 entries submitted into 12 divisions. Many beverages and price ranges were represented, with the point system acknowledging each entry's special attributes and providing a level of precision in the competition's spirits ranking system. Spirits were tasted by an international panel comprised of distributors, distillers, restaurateur and journalists.

Other top winners are:

  • Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Torontel, Brandy, Pisco, Peru ($39.99, 95 points)
  • New Amsterdam Gin, USA ($15.99, 92 points)
  • Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur, Poland ($24.99, 94 points)
  • 1888 Dirtiest Martini Mixer, USA ($10.99, 92 points)
  • Don Q Gran Anejo Rum, Puerto Rico ($59.99, 92 points)
  • Kawabe Shochu, Rice, Japan (93 points)
  • Cinco - The Five Star Vodka, USA ($23.00, 95 points)
  • Clyde May's Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon 10 years or less, USA ($30.00, 96 points)

A complete list of winners can be found at

The public will get its first opportunity to taste the medal-winning spirits at Cheers -- L.A's Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival June 22, a fundraiser benefitting The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Cheers, presented by Black Box Network Services, features the award winners from all the Los Angeles International Competitions (beer, wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oils), gourmet food trucks and dancing. The winners will also be available for tasting at the L.A. County Fair, Aug. 30 - Sept. 29. The Fair features a complete wine education program taught by industry experts. For additional news and information from the Competition, please follow us at or "like" us at

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