The New Orleans Spirits Competition announces medalists at Tales of the Cocktail

Posted on: Jul. 28, 2022 | | By: Gia Vecchio

NEW ORLEANS, LA (July 26, 2022) — The New Orleans Spirits Competition (NOSC) presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) announced the medalists at its inaugural 2022 competition today. A final list of award winners are linked below. 

An international spirits competition bringing wider recognition to fine spirits among top-flight bartenders worldwide, NOSC was founded in 2022 to recognize and celebrate the most distinguished spirits being produced around the world today. Held this year during Tales of the Cocktail’s 20-year anniversary, the inaugural competition was open to all classes of spirits, domestic and international — whiskey, gin, brandy, baijiu, vodka, rum, agave spirits, liqueurs — as well as the emerging class of non-alcoholic spirits. More than 500 entrants sent samples for evaluation.

Three dozen experts convened over three days at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans for the evaluation. Judges included notable industry professionals such as David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Tiffanie Barriere, Lauren Mote, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Matt Hofmann, Henry Preiss, Karen Hoskin, and Lynnette Marrero.   

Judges were seated in four-person panels and served flights of spirits without any identifying information other than the class of spirit and proof, the evaluation process was not open to the public. The panels rated and provided tasting notes for each sample, and conferred to discuss which medal the spirit deserved if any. 

2022 NOSC Medalists

NOSC is pleased to share the 2022 Medalists, all Medalists can be found here:

“Best of” category winners will be announced on Thursday, July 28, 12:30 to 1:00 PM CST  in the Tales of the Cocktail Media Lounge, Mercier Terrace, 14th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. 

“Best of Class” award winners — including Whiskey of the Year, Gin of the Year, etc. —  will be announced at 2:30 PM CST on Friday, July 29, in the Lakeview Room of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, during Meet the Distillers. 

The public is invited to the New Orleans Spirits Competition’s Top Awards Ceremony at Meet the Distillers taking place Friday, July 29th, 2:00 – 6:00 PM CST at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. A culmination of the three-day judging process selected by this year’s judges, the Top Awards Ceremony will include announcing the “Best of Class” for Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Brandy, and many others; recognizing the best spirits on the shelves today. Joins the global drinks community as honorees from this year’s competition will have an opportunity to highlight their accomplishments among industry peers and potential retail customers and for a public tasting of spirits from selected entrants. Tickets can be purchased here



The New Orleans Spirits Competition was founded in 2022 because a world-class culinary destination deserves a world-class spirits competition. The three-day event takes place in New Orleans, with nearly three dozen prominent members of the spirits community serving as judges – bartenders, distillers, liquor wholesalers, and spirits writers. All spirits are delivered blind to tasting panels, ensuring integrity and honesty. 

For more information on New Orleans Spirits Competition please visit New Orleans Spirits Competition website, email [email protected], and call or text 504.322.4664.  


Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to advance the global hospitality industry and create a lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the industry. The pillars of the Foundation are to Educate, Advance, and Support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make a lasting impact in the communities that host our events. 

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail please visit the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Media Inquiries:

Foxglove Communications 

Gia Vecchio, [email protected], 917.280.5043

Hunter Smith, [email protected], 803.397.8878

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