The Fifty Best, rating the finest in wines and spirits, has once again shined its spotlight on American-made vodka.
New York, NY, August 15, 2016 (Newswire.com) - The Fifty Best, rating the finest in wines and spirits, has once again shined its spotlight on American-made vodka. The Fifty Best recently hosted domestic vodka tasting, and announced that LEAF Vodka made with Rocky Mountain Mineral Water was named “Best Domestic Vodka,” and awarded a Double Gold medal in their 2016 competition. This is the second time LEAF has won this prestigious award; the first time was in 2014.
Twenty-three contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Domestic Vodka” awards for 2016. Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the vodkas and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions.
“There are hundreds of vodkas to choose from. The question is, what is vodka’s most distinguishing characteristic?” said Steve Ackerman, National Sales Director, Global Spirits USA. “We believe it’s vodka’s main ingredient, water. There’s something in it that shapes the world’s favorite spirit. That’s why LEAF Vodka uses only the best waters.”
"These accolades have had a significant impact on our ability to drive distribution and consumer awareness and continue to validate the brand's quality and unique brand proposition."
Distributed by Global Spirits USA, one of the industry’s leading international vodka producers, LEAF Vodka is sourced from two unique American waters. These water sources give LEAF Vodkas their signature tastes.
For example, this year’s winner, LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water offers richness and complexity, lending a warm and savory impression on the palate. On the other hand, LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water (which also won in 2014) has a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness.
“While the trend within the vodka category continues to be flavor extensions, we choose to focus on the core essence – water -- which, according to tradition, breathes life into vodka,” said Ackerman. “The natural properties from the different water sources add depth and complexity to each expression of LEAF Vodka.”
The packaging for LEAF Vodka is designed with the intention to have the contour of a leaf, accentuating the brand and giving it a premium look. With a recommended shelf price of $18.99 for 750mL—and Certified USDA Organic — LEAF Vodka is well positioned within the dynamic and growing vodka category.
“These accolades have had a significant impact on our ability to drive distribution and consumer awareness and continue to validate the brand’s quality and unique brand proposition,” noted Ackerman.
The complete ranking results, along with tasting notes, are published on TheFiftyBest.com: http://www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/domestic_vodka/
About The Fifty Best:
TheFiftyBest.com is an online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased surveys and proprietary blind tastings judged by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.
About Global Spirits:
A Fortune 500 company in Europe, Global Spirits was established in 2008 and has operational hubs in New York, Moscow and Kiev. Key strategic brands include: Khortytsa Vodka (3rd largest selling international vodka brand*) and Morosha Vodka (fastest growing international vodka brand**), Pervak Vodka (acquired in 2013) and LEAF Vodka (launched in the US October 2013).
*According to IWSR, Khortytsa was the third largest selling global vodka brand at 6.4MM cases.
**IWSR Magazine – The Real 100
Source: Global Spirits USA