A Note on the Awards

Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge are judged at our evaluation center in Hawthorne, New York.

In addition to the score, products are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 Good, Recommended

All products are judged in category flights of like-with-like.

Chairman's Trophy (CT), Finalist (F)
Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairman, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Great Value (GV)
Great Value indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score.  

Tried & True Award (T&T)
Tried & True Award: products that were entered into USC or UWC for the two previous, consecutive years as well as the present year and have scored 90 or higher each time, are recognized for consistency of product quality with this award.