We had an excellent time during this double blind competition, our panel of judges were tough, but fair in their assessment. As we compiled the scores from the 233 entries we had, it really painted a picture of product diversity, quality and uniqueness. Not everyone is a winner and as we strive to compete with the ever growing beverage competition market we simply cannot fathom a 90% award rate that some of these other competitions have. Simply signing up did not guarantee a space on the leader board.
While it may hurt our number of entries – as everyone WANTS to win something deep down inside – we, as Veterans and Leaders cannot and will not jeopardize our integrity for personal profit or gain. This year’s competition has a 59% award rate of the 233 entries only 138 will be going home with medals. This competition is strictly judged on product merit so even products not winning a medal may still win an award for being superior in one of the 10 judging categories by scoring at least 49/60 points in a category to make it to the leader board to earn the “Best” or “Most” identifiers.
We went a little all out as well, each Entry category has Grand Champion and Reserve Champions; in order to hold this title a product must earn a medal. Like in the military certain medals take precedence over others, in which case the highest award will be earned.
MEDAL SCORE BREAKDOWN
Bronze Medals are 17-18.9 Overall Score
Silver Medals are 19-21.9 Overall Score
Gold Medals are 22-24.4 Overall Score
Double Gold are 24.5-25 Overall Score
Judge’s Choice Award is for products with at least 49 points awarded in the Judge’s Discretion
The Purple Heart Award is for products holding at least 50 points in all but one category.
The Meritorious Award is for products with 50 points or more in ALL categories.
The Distinguished Award is for products with 53 points or more in ALL categories.
The Medal of Honor is for products with 55 points or more in ALL categories.
We had a single Double Gold winner this year, it was very apparent on the scoring that this product was a cut above the rest.
The overall Winners of the Veteran Beverage Competition 2018
1st Place – Double Gold, Medal of Honor, Grand Champion USA Whiskey, 24.54 Highest Score – Citrus Distillers Protect The Revenue Whiskey
2nd Place – Gold, Distinguished, Grand Champion Fruit Wines, 22.91 Highest Score – Georgetown Winery 100% Blueberry Wine
3rd Place – Gold, Distinguished, Grand Champion Tequila, 22.75 Highest Score – Embajador Supreme Anejo Tequila
Full Results are available here HERE!