Brussels, 4 July 2022
The competition took place from 20 to 24 June in Guadeloupe. Three types of medals were awarded – Grand Gold Medals, Gold Medals and Silver Medals. Once again, the competition proved to be a bellwether for the latest trends in the spirits world.
After the competition, the grand gold medal-winners are tasted a second time by all of the panel chairs who deliberate before awarding the ‘Revelation’ trophies to innovative products that match present-day consumer expectations. The Revelations are particularly representative of current trends. This year, twelve products were selected for their indisputable quality:
|Anis des Gones|
|Cognac Légier XO|
|Roner Williams Reserv|
|Mezcal Toro Muerto|
|Domaine Tariquet Pure Folle Blanche 12 ans Bas Armagnac AOC|
|Reviseur Cognac – VSOP Rare|
|Cierto Reserve Collection Extra Añejo|
|Baijiu He Hua Jiu Jin Rui Tian He|
|Rhum Agricole Extra Vieux HSE 2013 Château La Tour Blanche|
|Saint-James Blanc Agricole Bio Brut de Colonne|
|Ron Millonario XO|
|Cachaça Tellura Amburana 3 Years|
|Middas Cachaça Clássica|
As is customary, there was a specific focus on organic products. This year, the Organic Revelation trophy was awarded to the French Agricole Rum still-strength from Saint James (Martinique).
Facts & figures from the 2022 competition
France (including its overseas territories), China and Brazil are the top 3 countries with the highest number of medals. As a percentage of total entry numbers, Brazil and Mexico hold the top two spots, followed by Italy.
Guadeloupe, the host country, garnered 51 medals, which places it in second position among the French regions that won the most medals as a percentage of the samples presented.
Rums made from pure sugar cane juice, namely agricultural rums and cachaças, were particularly popular with the panel, with nearly 39 % of products winning awards. These results mirror the current trends as consumers are increasingly reaching for rum, a category that is undeniably on the rise.
About the competition
Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international touring competition where spirits are entered by producers to be judged by a panel of experts. Our experienced judges come from around the world to taste competing spirits with a single-minded purpose, and that is to select spirits of irreproachable quality with no biases stemming from the label or a category’s prestige. The competition is one of the leading events of its kind worldwide.