Top 10 best value-for-money pre-mixed and speciality spirits

Thursday 8 November 2018 10:55am

The Spirits Business held its annual Speciality and Pre-mixed Masters last month, where an experienced panel of judges recognised the best bottlings in the business.

Looking across multiple categories, from bitters to aquavit, absinthe to partially-made cocktails, a wide range of expressions were awarded the top accolades of Master and Gold medals for their quality.

While some expressions are not standard priced, our judges have given each speciality and pre-mixed drink listed here the seal of approval for offering excellent quality within their respective price categories.

In the Fruit Spirit round, Gold medallist Helsinki Applejack impressed the panel with its "long aftertaste" and "full, round flavour".

Latvian herbal liqueur Riga Black Balsam scooped a Gold in the Bitters flight for its flavours of "balsamic, bitter chocolate and coffee".

Tipplesworth Garden Collins Cocktail Mixer Price: £6.99 (US$9.17)

A Gold medal was bestowed upon the "floral" Tipplesworth Garden Collins Cocktail Mixer in the Partially-Made Cocktails flight.

Made by UK-based cocktail mixer producer Tipplesworth, Garden Collins is a blend of ingredients found in an English garden including cucumber, rose, mint, basil and botanicals.

Meanie Distilling was given a Master medal in the Absinthe flight for its Meanie Absinthe, which was praised for its "delicate" nose and "herbaceous" palate, plus hints of coriander behind the anise.

"I don't drink absinthe very often but if I did it would probably be an absinthe like this," said one judge.

Easy Mixers Rosemary (Pear & Rosemary)

The "acidic" Easy Mixers Rosemary was awarded a Gold medal in the Partially-Made Cocktails flight.

The expression, which can be mixed with gin or vodka, is produced by Spanish mixer producer Easy Mixer.

The "honey, fruity, floral" Tipplesworth Festive Punch was prized with a Gold medal in the Partially-Made Cocktails round.

Winning a Gold medal in the Partially-Made Cocktails round was Easy Mixers Queimada.

Made by Spanish mixer producer Easy Mixer, the range also includes Orient, IPA Radler, Gold Madras, Spicy, Mint Orange and Mojitio.

A Gold medal was awarded to Helsinki Tyrnipontikka for its "vegetal, herbaceous vibrancy".

Bottled at 41.7% abv, the expression is made from the pomace of sea buckthorn berries, left over from producing Helsinki Distilling Company's Tyrni-Gin Likoori.

Source: The Spirits Business