Best in Show Brandy Finalists and Winner: 2023 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  09.22.2023

The official results of the 2023 New York World Wine and Spirits competition have been unveiled, featuring the announcement of the Best in Show Brandy. Let’s take a glimpse at the 2023 finalists and overall champion.

Best in Show Brandy Finalist: Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery Private Stock Brandy

This Private Stock Brandy stands as one of the finest Alambic pot still brandies produced in the United States. Distilled exclusively from French Colombard grown in a single estate vineyard and blended from 17-year-old brandy stock, this distinctive spirit embodies Jaxon Keys’ long commitment to hand craftsmanship and tradition.

Best in Show Brandy Finalist: Courvoisier XO Royal Cognac

Introducing Courvoisier XO Royal, a blend inspired by our historic cognacs that graced the royal courts of Europe. In the early 1900s, Britain’s King Edward VII even commissioned his own blend, Edward VII Reserve, of which a few bottles can still be found in the Paradis Cellar in Jarnac – the starting point for our Master Blender, Patrice Pinet, to revive the perfect marriage of Fins Bois de Jarnac and Grande Champagne that is XO Royal.

Best Cognac; Best in Show Brandy Finalist: Courvoisier XO Cognac

XO pays homage to the Cognac region with carefully selected eaux-de-vie. The signature style of rich fruit notes reveals an exquisitely layered blend with an elegant floral finish.

Best American Grape Brandy; Best in Show Brandy: Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery Barrel 10 Brandy

Jaxon Keys Barrel 10 Alambic Brandy is selectively chosen from our 15-year-old brandy lot of double-distilled French Colombard grown on our McGlashen Estate vineyards in Mendocino County. Enjoy this carefully blended spirit which expresses notes of fruit and dried flowers accented by vanilla, caramel, and honey with intriguing spicy notes, resulting from aging in Zinfandel barrels.