Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the oldest and largest competition of its kind.

The Tasting Alliance Competitions are considered the most influential for a reason. Earning a medal from the organization not only helps brands enter and stand out in the U.S. and international markets but is a critical next step for any producer to earn recognition in the industry and with consumers.

“Each year’s results are closely followed, both by consumers eager for the expert judgements and more importantly by the trade, especially the distributor community. Many a craft distillery startup has found that recognition by the SFWSC is the golden key to unlocking broad national, and often, international distribution. Even established producers look to the SFWSC for confirmation of their core ranges, as well as validation of new products and new production techniques.”

– Joseph V Micallef in a 2021 Forbes Article

SFWSC medal winners range from some of the most renowned international distillers to small-batch producers. Not only is an SFWSC medal a testament to your hard work, it’s a universally recognized indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship.

Awarded to the entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; these are among the finest products in the world.

Exceptional spirits that are near the pinnacle of achievement; these products set the standard for their categories.

And the 2021 JVS Winners are…

Double Gold – 10th Street Peated
Gold – Amrut Classic Single Malt
Double Gold – Corsair Dark Rye
Gold – Corsair Triple Smoke
Double Gold – Geijer Amaro
Gold – Isle of Skye 12 yr
Double Gold – M&H Apex Dead Sea (Even though this is not available in the US, this speaks to the amazing quality you can find in the M&H Apex line)
Double Gold – MacNair’s 12 yo Lum Reak Blended Malt
Double Gold – MacNair’s 21 yo Lum Reak Blended Malt
Gold – Kurayoshi Pure Malt
Gold – Kurayoshi Sherry Cask
Gold – Kurayoshi 8 yr
Gold – Kurayoshi 12 yr
Double Gold – Kurayoshi 18 yr
Gold – Tottori Blended
Gold – Matsui Umeshu Brandy
Gold – Matsui Umeshu Whisky

For more information on where to buy please reach out to your JVS Sales rep or email the office at

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