The Results | The Trophy Spirits Show brought to you by Investec 2022

The Trophy Spirits Show Investec JoziStyle

While it is perhaps a little too soon to describe the state of the wine and spirits industry as safely at pre-Covid levels, there are several indicators which suggest that there is a new vitality amongst producers and distributors. One of the key metrics is the breadth of entries at this year’s Trophy Spirits Show – now brought to you by Investec.

The 128 entries received this year from 34 producers and distributors were spread through nine categories: amongst the whisky submissions there were brands from Scotland, Ireland, South Africa and the United States. There were malt whiskies, grain whiskies and blended whiskies.

There were potstill brandies from France (Cognac) and South Africa, rums, tequilas, vodkas and aperitifs, there was grappa and absinthe, creme de cassis and cream liqueurs – in short a cornucopia of the distillers and licoriste’s art.

For the first time since the inception of the competition the trophy for the show’s best brandy went to a South African single pot still, the Van Ryn’s Single Potstill Brandy aged 15 years, and in fact all of the top award-winning brandies were single pot stills from the cellars of the Cape.
The attrition affecting craft gin producers seems to have been put behind us, with entries slowly getting back to pre-Covid levels, and yielding trophies and gold medals in the London Dry and well as in the Distilled Gin classes.

There was wide and substantial representation from the world of whisk(e)y, with gold medal and trophy-winning entries in the malt, Irish and blended Scotch categories, with some of the biggest names in the world of whisky represented on the winners’ podium.

As in previous years, entries came in from producers in places as far afield as the Americas, England, Japan, Scandinavia, Cuba, Italy, Germany, the sun-washed islands of the Caribbean, the highlands of Scotland, the deserts of Mexico, the villages of Cognac and pretty much
everywhere in between. Included among these exotic origins were at least fifty different brandies, liqueurs, whiskies and gins from the Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Unsurprisingly, South Africa’s share of the gold medals and trophies was important enough to serve as a tribute

to the craft and skill of our domestic distillers, and a vindication of Investec’s commitment to this very vital industry.There was an equally broad representation of international judges – back at the tasting benches for the first time since 2019. David T. Smith from England, widely regarded as THE world gin expert, George Harper, (Scotland and Ireland) and Eric Goettelmann from France shared their
expertise with local judges and associates (all graduates of the spirits judging academy run by Michael Fridjhon on behalf of the Trophy Spirits Show).

The South African judges were Neil Paterson, Kobus Gelderblom, Kurt Schlechter, Mare-Loe Prinsloo and Dave Gunns. The associate
judges were Lisa de Beer, Kudzai Kupeta and Wellington Muromba. Show convenor Michael Fridjhon was Chairman of the Judges.

There were 9 gold medals, 39 silvers, 40 bronzes and a mere 10 trophies.

We know many of our clients will enjoy the bespoke tastings and engagement opportunities that the Trophy Wine and Spirits Shows, brought to you by Investec, present – and we look forward to hosting them.
Cumesh Moodliar | head of Investec Private Bank SA

Trophy Winners | The Trophy Spirits Show

Investec Trophy for Best Brandy of Show
Van Ryn’s Single Potstill Brandy aged 15 years

Investec Trophy for Best London Gin & Riedel Trophy for Best Gin of Show
Triple Three Just Juniper Berry Gin

Investec Trophy for Best Distilled Gin
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Investec Trophy for Best Blended Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky

Investec Trophy for Best Malt Whisky, Investec Trophy for Best Whisky of Show & Vinolok Trophy
for Best Premium Spirit
The Glenlivet 18 Years of age Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Investec Trophy for Best Single Pot Still Whiskey
Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Aged 12 Years

Investec Trophy for Best Liqueur of Show
Amarula Cream with Marula Spirit – Ethiopian Coffee

Gold Medal Winners | The Trophy Spirits Show

Aberlour A’Bunadh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
anCnoc 2006 bottled for WhiskyBrother&CoGabriel Boudier Dijon Crème de Cassis
Gabriel Boudier Dijon Saffron infused Gin
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky – Aged 12 Years
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
KWV FIFTEEN Alambic Blend Potstill Brandy
Poetic License Old Tom Gin
Van Ryn’s Single Potstill Brandy aged 12 years

 

Silver Medal Winners | The Trophy Spirits Show

1615 Black Pearl Blended Coffee Cream Liqueur
Aberlour Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 Years Old
Absolut Elyx Single Estate Copper Crafted Vodka
Absolut Swedish Vodka
Absolut Watermelon Flavoured Spirit Aperitif
Bayede! XO Royal Cape Brandy
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Chivas Regal Aged 12 Years Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Aged 18 Years Gold Signature
Chivas Regal XV Aged 15 Years
Cognac Frapin “1270” Grande Champagne
Cognac Frapin Château Fontpinot XO
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
Cybele Blood Orange Gin
Ginologist Floral Gin
Gordon’s London Dry Gin
Harrier Whisky
Havana Club 7 Year Old Extra Aged Cuban Rum
Knights Finest Matured Whisky
KWV FIVE Superior Blend Brandy
KWV TWELVE Small Batch Potstill Brandy
Lean on Me Cape Fynbos Gin
Maker’s Mark Whisky
Olmeca Tequila Extra Aged Edicion Black
Poetic License “Fireside” Spiced Gin
Red Heart Original Imported Rum
Roku Gin
Smirnoff 1818 Vodka
Smirnoff Infusions Raspberry, Passion Fruit & Lime Flavours Spirit Aperitif
Spirit of FMC
Sugarbird Cape Fynbos Gin
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Singleton Fruity Decadence Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 15 Years Old
Three Ships Premium Select Whisky
Three Ships Premium Select Whisky Aged 5 Years
Three Ships Single Malt Aged 10 Years
Tomatin Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2010 – bottled for WhiskyBrother&Co
Van Ryn’s Single Potstill Brandy aged 10 years
Wild Africa Premium Cream Liqueur

Bronza Medal Winners | The Trophy Spirits Show

100 Reserve Premium Brandy
Absolut Grapefruit Flavoured Spirit Aperitif
Amarula Cream Liqueur
Amarula Cream with Marula Spirit – Raspberry, Chocolate & Baobab Flavour
ATIAN Rose Gin
Beefeater Blood Orange flavoured Spirit Aperitif
Cape Fynbos Gin – Citrus Edition
Cybele Classic Gin
Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry
Dullstroom Gin Birch Gin
Earthbound Amber Rum
Earthbound Crystal Gin
Ginologist Orient Gin
Klipdrift Premium Brandy
KWV Barrel Select Potstill Brandy Aged 10 Years
KWV Cruxland Gin infused with Black Winter Truffles
KWV Cruxland London Dry Gin infused with Kalahari Truffles
KWV THREE Finest Blend Brandy
L’Ormarins Sagnac 2009 Anthonij Rupert
Malfy Gin Rosa
Malfy Originale
Martell VSOP Cognac Aged in Red Barrels
Mimosa Alambic 5 Year Old Cape Brandy
Poetic License Northern Dry Gin
Poetic License Strawberry & Cream Gin
Smirnoff Infusions Pineapple, Cranberry & Lemon Flavours
Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Spirit Aperitif
Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
The Glenlivet 12 years of age Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Year Old
The Singleton Luscious Nectar Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 12 Years Old
Triple Three African Botanicals Gin
Triple Three Citrus Infusion Gin
Triple Three Raspberry Blush Gin
Van Ryn’s Single Potstill Brandy aged 20 years
Viceroy Potstill Brandy Aged 10 Years
Viceroy Potstilled Brandy content Aged 5 Years
Wild Africa Chocolate Cream Liqueur
Wild Rose Premium Handcrafted Gin Pepper
Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Aged 12 Years

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