We are beyond thrilled to have participated and been rewarded in our second competition of the year; the American Craft Spirits Awards!
Our canned Cucumber Gimlet and our newest canned recipe, the Pineapple Daiquiri, both took home Bronze medals. We feel super lucky to have been awarded bronze medals, considering no gold medals were awarded to any ready-to-drinks (RTDs) this year!
The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) is the only registered national nonprofit trade group representing the U.S. craft spirits industry and its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers. ACSA works rigorously to develop and fine-tune its methodology in order to ensure it continues to be one of the most valuable judging competitions in the industry. ACSA works to create a scoring card that generates meaningful, detailed feedback for entrants. Spirits were scored on appearance, aroma intensity, aroma complexity, palate concentration, palate complexity, body, character and nature of alcohol, texture, and finish. Finally, each judge was asked if they would pour the spirit for a peer. Prior to the tasting panels, judges participated in a palate calibration seminar led by Weinstein and Wuslich, to bring a more narrowed focus to the tasting approach. This calibration seminar helped to ensure that scores across all judges and panels fell close to one another.