Best Spirits AwardsCo-organised with the Whisky Ambassador, RBHK has held the 2nd edition of the RBHK Best Spirits Awards in 2017 to celebrate the hard work and success of the spirits professions.

The RBHK Best Spirits Awards aims to recognise spirits distributors who provide high-quality spirits for restaurants, bars and hotels in Hong Kong. Also, it aims to recognise the best whisky bar, cocktail bar, and whisky list frpm hotel & restaurant that provide their customers with the very best selection of spirits and cocktails available, and the professional assistance by recommending spirits or cocktails that best accompany their needs. All the spirits entries will be judged by a group of spirits experts from the Whisky Ambassador, as well as from the F&B professionals.

2017 Awards Results

Distributor Awards:

1. Best Single Malt Whisky – Non age statement (with market price below HK$1,000)
Cask Islay, distributed by Whiskies & More
2. Best Single Malt Whisky –  No age statement (with market price HK$1,000 or over)
Laphroaig LORE, distributed by Asia Euro Wines & Spirits (HK) Ltd
3. Best Single Malt Whisky- 12 Years or Under
Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old Islay Single Malt Whisky, distributed by Leung Yick Co. Ltd.
4. Best Single Malt Whisky- 13-20 Years
Old Pulteney 17 Years Old , distributed by Asia Euro Wines & Spirits (HK) Ltd
5. Best Blended Malt Whisky

Old Perth Peaty Blended , distributed by Max Scene Wineshop.
6. Best Blended Whisky
Dewar’s 18 Years Old Founder’s Reserve, distributed by Jebsen Beverage Company Limited
7. Best American Whiskey
Hudson Manhattan Rye Whisky, distributed by Leung Yick Co. Ltd.
8. Best Independent Bottled whisky-No Age Statement
Black Snake, distributed by Whiskies & More
9. Best Independent Bottled whisky- With Age Statement
Stronachie 10 Years, distributed by Whiskies & More
10. Best Brandy/Whisky Based Liqueur
Domaine de Canton, distributed by Leung Yick Co. Ltd.
11. Best Cognac & Armagnac
Armagnac XO Premium JOY, distributed by Natural Food & Beverages Co Ltd
12. Best Gin
Generous Gin, distributed by Natural Food & Beverages Co Ltd
13. My Most Favourite Spirit
Dewar’s 18 Years Old Founder’s Reserve, distributed by Jebsen Beverage Company Limited

Restaurant and Bar Awards:
1. Best Whisk(e)y List from Hotels & Restaurants
Gold: DJAPA
Silver: Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, Cordis, Hong Kong
Bronze: Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
2. Best Whisky Bar
Gold: Tiffany’s New York Bar, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Silver: Angel’s Share Whisky Bar and Restaurant
Bronze: Safe Bubbles & Malt
3. Best Cocktail Bar
Gold: Bibo
Silver: Zuma
Bronze: Aberdeen Street Social/ Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, Cordis, Hong Kong


2017 Categories
  • There will be 22 categories, including:
    1. Best Single Malt Whisky – No Age Statement
    (with market price below HK$1,000)
    12. Best Asian Whisky – No Age Statement
    2. Best Single Malt Whisky – No Age Statement
    (with market price HK$1,000 or over)
    13. Best Asian Whisky – With Age Statement
    3. Best Single Malt Whisky – 12 Years or Under
    14. Best Brandy / Whisky Based Liqueur
    4. Best Single Malt Whisky – 13 to 20 Years
    15. Best Brandy
    5. Best Single Malt Whisky – 21 Years or Over
    16. Best Armagnac
    6. Best Independent Bottled Whisky – No Age Statement
    17. Best Cognac
    7. Best Independent Bottled Whisky – With Age Statement
    18. Best Gin
    8. Best Blended Malt Whisky
    19. My Most Favourite Spirit
    9. Best Blended Whisky
    20. Best Cocktail Bar*
    10. Best American Whiskey
    21. Best Whisky Bar*
    11. Best Grain Whisky
    (Non-American, grain, wheat, corn, barley, rye, etc)
    22. Best Whisk(e)y List from Hotels & Restaurants*

* Categories 20, 21, and 22 are only open to restaurants, bars, and hotels in Hong Kong and Macau to enter

Application Criteria – for Distributors

Your spirit is qualified to join the RBHK Best Spirits Awards if it fits the following criteria:
1. The spirit has to be available in any Hong Kong restaurant/bar/hotel in the past one year
2. The distributor is able to provide 3 bottles of each spirit for judging and showcase display

Application Criteria – for Whisky Bar/Hotel/Restaurant

Your bar/restaurant/hotel is qualified to join the RBHK Best Spirits Awards if it fits the following criterion:
1. A full whisky list, cocktail list, tasting flight promotion, canapé pairing promotion, and detailed restaurant/bar/hotel information have to be provided
2. Two tasting vouchers (HK$400 each) are required for judging use

Contact Person

Ms. Niko So
Email: niko@restaurantandbarhk.com
Tel: +852 3958 0529

Co-organiser:
The Whisky Ambassador program is the world’s first accredited whisky training program. Having been established for a number of yeas, it is now being delivered globally.

 

Official Media Partner for the Awards:
The first and only Chinese Whisky Magazine in HK and Macau. It will be a quarterly publication associated with the WhiskyLive show around the world.