We know how frustrating it can be to head to the liquor store and stand at the shelves, paralyzed with indecision because there are just way too many choices. Well, a group of spirits experts led by F. Paul Pacult gathered at Astor Center earlier this month to help you narrow down the options. They tasted over 650 spirits that were entered into their contest, dubbed The Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and whittled that down to 31 trophy winners and 80 finalists. And somehow they managed to do this without falling over – impressive.
So, how does this help you? Well, there is a list of the winners in each category below the jump. Print it out and take it to the liquor store on your next visit – kind of like the liquid version of the grocery list. While it won’t help you decide what cocktails to make, at least you’ll have the ingredients in the house the next time you want to mix something up.