Celebrating Global Excellence in Distilled Products

Cape Brandy stole the spotlight in the African leg while Gin and Vodka shined in the European leg.

Kortrijk, Belgium June 19th, 2023 – The Intercontinental Spirits Challenge, a global showcase of exceptional spirits, recently concluded its journey, spanning continents and uniting renowned experts and producers in a celebration of outstanding craftsmanship.

Following the highly successful Africa leg held in Stellenbosch on May 24th and 25th, 2023, where exceptional Cape Brandy and diverse gins took centre stage, the challenge continued its quest for excellence during the European leg, which took place during the week of June 12th, 2023.

Throughout the Intercontinental Spirits Challenge, the emphasis remained on evaluating and celebrating outstanding beverages while promoting professionalism and camaraderie among industry peers. The challenge’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of excellence was evident in the remarkable achievements of the participants.

The panellists, consisting of industry experts, meticulously evaluated an impressive array of spirits and liqueurs from 13 countries. This comprehensive evaluation ensured that only the finest and most exceptional beverages received recognition, reflecting the global diversity and excellence within the Intercontinental Challenge.

DGB from South Africa emerged as the most impressive producer in the African leg of the tasting, with an outstanding performance in the competition. Their commitment to excellence was showcased through one trophy-winning entry, three Double Gold Awards, and one Gold Award.

A Belgian producer, Deluxe Distillery emerged as a true standout during the European tasting. It captured the spotlight with four Double Gold Awards and a coveted Trophy Award, affirming its dedication to crafting spirits of unparalleled quality.

Multi-grain vodkas dominated the vodka category, each offering its unique character. While many entries showcased exceptional craftsmanship, one vodka stood out, earning a well-deserved trophy award for its excellent quality and distinctiveness.

Gin and Genever account for a significant portion of entries, reflecting the popularity and diversity of this spirit. The array of entries showcases the versatility and creativity within the gin industry, ranging from classic London Dry gins to barrel-aged expressions and intriguing flavoured variants. Judges were especially impressed by the London-Dry category, awarding a trophy winner, highlighting its exceptional qualities and craftsmanship.

The Intercontinental Spirits Challenge extends its heartfelt congratulations to all participants and award recipients for their exceptional achievements. Their contributions to the world of spirits continue to elevate the industry and inspire excellence.

About the Intercontinental Challenge


The Intercontinental Challenge aims to raise professionalism in the drinks industry. Tastings occur on different continents under one umbrella to find the best drinks worldwide. By not having one centralised event, industry experts can better assess products regionally, lower the cost of entry, and significantly reduce the carbon footprint by hosting tastings on different continents instead of at one central location.

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Trophy Winners

L-Gin Classic
Mary White Vodka
Oude Molen XO
Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 15 Years

Double Gold Awards

Bayede! XO
Blind Tiger Imperial Secrets
Blind Tiger Liquid Gold
Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba
Boschendal Potstill 10 Year Brandy
Coco Rico Salted Caramel & Coconut
Durbanville Hills 10-Year Old Merlot Potstill Brandy 2011
Gannaput Spirit
Gutss Italian Bitter Sweet
L-Gin Crush
Mimosa Alambic Brandy Potstill XO
Old Reserve Overproof Spirit
Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 10 Year
Sykkel Rider Gin
Taprobane Gin
Tokara XO Potstill Brandy
Verhofstede Edelweiss Mokka