Cheers to the 2022 winners of the West’s premier competition honoring the best whiskies, bourbons, gins, rums, and liqueurs.

Stanly Ranch Cocktails
Thomas J. Story

Our judging panel of sommeliers, distillers, and drink experts tasted hundreds of bottles to choose the best whiskies, bourbons, gins, rums, and liqueurs in the West. Take a look at this year’s crop of winners of the Sunset International Spirits Competition and raise a glass to them.

BrandNameAwardExtra HonorsWebsite
Golden Beaver Distillery
Biba Soju—Buy It!
GoldBest Asian
Calisco Spirits
Spirit of California—Buy It!
Double Gold/Best of ClassBest
Cachaça Bela
OURO—Buy It!
Best of ClassBest Cachaç
Branson CognacVSOP Grand ChampagneBest of Class/Double GoldBest
Jettywave DistilleryCalifornia Botanical GinDouble Gold/Best of the Best/Best of ClassBest
Wild RootsOrange & Bergamot GinBest Gin – flavored/
KamikiKamiki Sakura Wood WhiskyBest Japanese
Cutwater SpiritsCutwater Mezcal AnejoBest of ClassBest
Absinthia Cocktail Syrups
Caged Heat—Buy It!
Best Non-Alcoholic
Axia SpiritAxiaBest Other White
Cutwater SpiritsCutwater Tropical Tiki Rum Mai TaiDouble Gold/Best of ClassBest RTD (Ready to Drink)
Kula RumKula Dark RumDouble Gold/Best of ClassBest
Mad March HareMad March Hare Irish PoitínDouble Gold/Best of ClassBest
Don Londres BlancoDon LondresBest of ClassBest
Rancho La GloriaJalapeño Lime Infused TequilaBest of ClassBest Tequila – flavored/
Spirit Works DistilleryVodkaDouble GoldBest
Waterford WhiskyRathclogh: Edition 1.1Double Gold/Best of ClassBest
Absinthia Organic Absinthe Superieure
Absinthia Absinthe Verte—Buy It!
Double Gold/Best of Class Best Woman Distiller, Best
Pendleton Whisky1910Double Gold/Best of
Cutwater SpiritsCutwater Tequila AnejoBest of
Familia CamarenaTequila ReposadoBest of
High Noon Hard SeltzerHigh Noon PeachGold/Best of Class/
Cierto TequilaTequila,Reserve Collection, Extra AnejoBest of
Garrison BrothersGarrison Brothers Single Barrel Cask Strength Barrel #10101Double Gold/Best of Class/
Garrison BrothersGarrison Brothers HoneyDewDouble Gold/Best of
McFarlane's ReserveMcFarlane's Reserve 13Double Gold/Best of Class/
Rossville Union Barrel ProofRossville 2022 Union Barrel ProofDouble Gold/Best of Class/
Yellowstone Select BourbonYellowstone SelectDouble Gold/Best of
Dough Ball WhiskeyDough Ball WhiskeyBest of
Uncle Nearest Premium WhiskeyUncle Nearest Master Blend Edition - Batch 012Double Gold/Best of
Egan's Irish WhiskeyConvictionBest of
William WolfAmerican WhiskeyDouble Gold/Best of

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