The Ultimate Spirits Challenge® spirits competition announced the winners and full results for the 2017 Challenge. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), now in its seventh year, awarded 43 Chairman’s Trophy winners, USC’s highest award of excellence, and named 213 finalists. In 2017, USC also added a component of cocktail evaluations. Judges taste and assess a spirit’s “mixability factor” in classic cocktail recipes in spirits categories. Chairman’s Trophy winners included Vodka, Flavored: Van Gogh Dutch Caramel; Unflavored: Purity. Gin categories London Dry: Tanqueray, World: Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin. Liqueur: Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire. Mezcal: Rey Campero Tepextate Joven. Rum: Appleton Estate 21 Years Old; Rhum Agricole: Clément VSOP, Spiced Rum: Don Q Oak Barrel. Complete results can be found on www.ultimate-beverage.com.