Flaviar Awards 2018

Flaviar Awards 2018

The cream of the drop


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“I’m the cream of the crop, I rise to the top…”
Hold up, House of Pain. Before you get any further with those sweet old school lyrics, we’ve got some news for you: It’s time to step aside. The Flaviar Awards winners for 2018 are currently on “rise to the top” status and they can’t stop, won’t stop.

And so, behold: the Flaviar Awards 2018 Tasting Box. Inside, you’ll find one Scotch, one Rum, one Gin, one Bourbon and one Brandy that rises above all the rest. Being part of this box is the biggest honor we can bestow upon a spirit, and it’s got the seal of approval of some very special people, none other than the world’s largest spirited community: YOU

Now, as is annual tradition, we’ll open the floor to your questions. In fact, we hear a few out there now: “How were these drams chosen, exactly?” “How long will this Tasting Box be available?” “How much would can a woodchuck conceivably chuck?”

All fine, fine questions. Let’s get to it:

How were these five spirits selected?
Using an incredibly complicated algorithm crafted by some of the world’s finest minds, we… applaud NASA for their valiant efforts in the field of space exploration. Truth be told, our method of selection and commitment to excellence is no less valiant.

We use several different measures to select which drink from each category is the one worthy of the Flaviar Award: your ratings and reviews, sales and wishlist info, and our infinitely knowledgeable staff’s personal ratings and favorites.

How can I get my hands on this epic Box?
You can snap one up right now by clicking through on the link above. Getting your hands on the finest spirits known to humankind has never been easier.

Am I required to be in black tie to enjoy the Flaviar Awards, a la the Golden Globes?
Nah. But rumor has it you clean up quite nicely.

Ready to meet this year’s formidable line up? Of course you are. Time to welcome the Flaviar Awards 2018 all-stars:
- Aviation Gin
- The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
- Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
- Plantation XO Barbados 20th Anniversary Rum
- Torres 30 Jaime I

Cheers,
Team Flaviar


Trivia & Smart-Ass Corner
1) The Flaviar Awards Tasting Box has been an annual tradition around these parts since 2012. That’s also the same year that “Gangnam Style” came out. Yeah, we know, completely unrelated.

2) Although Gin may be England’s national spirit, it’s Holland who gets full credit for being the first to produce it. Ever heard of the phrase “Dutch Courage?” It was the name given to the shot of Jenever Dutch soldiers would take before heading into battle in the 17th century. Yep, “Dutch Courage” beats “beer muscles” any day.

3) Speaking of Beer, it has a lot more in common with Whisky than you may think. Scotch is basically a distilled Beer, as it’s made using malted barley (or other grains). The difference lies in the “wash”—Scotch doesn’t add the hops. And we’re perfectly fine with that.

4) Although popular lore may have you believe differently, Bourbon doesn’t have to made in Kentucky. Sorry Bluegrassers, you just don’t have claim to that. However, for a Whiskey to be classified as Bourbon, it does have to be made in the United States. Stars and stripes (and 51% corn) forever.

5) A Rum by any other name would taste as sweet. And there are plenty of other names: Nelson's blood, kill-devil, demon water, pirate's drink, navy neaters, Barbados water, grog, and rumbullion are all perfectly acceptable.

6) Turns out, the Spanish know a thing or two about Brandy. But first, you’re going to have to call it by its proper name: Brandy de Jerez. And much like the French version, Spanish Brandy can only be produced in a designated region, specifically from around the Andalucian city of Jerez. It’s the same place Sherry’s produced. Excuse us while we book a flight...

7) Flaviar’s compiled a database of over 22,000 different spirits from around the world—90% of which you won’t find in your local liquor store. The next time you get a hankering for something a bit off the beaten path, give our database a whirl. Or get involved with some naked motocross. But please—don’t send any pictures.

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The Flavour Spiral™ is a quick, clear and visually-appealing way to look at the drink's flavour DNA.

It's tasting notes reinvented. The Flavour Spiral™ is a unique and revolutionary way of describing flavours. It was developed by Flaviar tasting panel, industry experts, and You, our dear Flaviar community member.

Your favourite drinks like never before. It could easily be an art form, but that's a conversation for another day.
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Rum (usually) comes from molasses; the sweet and syrupy residue left behind after sugar crystals are extracted from sugar cane juice. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, which can contribute to the final flavour.

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Flaviar Awards 2018
Michael
Michael,
Unique! Is about all I can say. While a quick whiff may bring up the expected juniper, but a longer draw dispels all misperceptions and brings you to something softer, sweeter and tantalizingly tea like (Rooibos comes to mind).
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good assortment of mixed spirits!
 
George
George,
Loved the Dalmore and the brandy.
 
Charlie
Charlie,
Really good box. The plantation rum was definitely the best out of this box.
 
Richard
Richard,
A great variety of some top notched smooth beverages.
 
Magnus
Magnus,
I’m a bit disappointed I must say. Being an awards box, I expected something extraordinary. The rum as well as the whisky was ok, at least. But nothing special.
 
Katherine
Katherine,
A winner!
 
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