Savoring the Finest Fruit Liqueurs: Top Contenders from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  05.10.2024

In the realm of spirits, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition stands as a beacon of excellence. This year, the spotlight falls on fruit liqueurs, with a stellar lineup of finalists vying for the coveted Best in Class award at the esteemed Top Shelf Awards Gala. Let’s delve into the exceptional offerings that promise to redefine the fruit liqueur experience:

Hombo Shuzo Co., Ltd. Joto Umeshu Chiran-cha

This unique umeshu exudes sophistication with a delicate balance of sweetness and tartness. Infused with Chiran-cha tea, it offers a nuanced flavor profile with rich plum notes intertwined with the subtle hints of tea, leaving a lingering, satisfying finish.

Choya Aged 3 Year Extra Fruit Umeshu

Crafted in Mie, Japan, this aged umeshu boasts a complexity that sets it apart. Each sip reveals layers of flavor, from the luscious sweetness of ripe plums to the deep, nuanced notes imparted by three years of careful aging.

Choya Extra Year Umeshu

Choya’s Extra Year Umeshu embodies the pinnacle of umeshu craftsmanship. Originating from Mie, Japan, this exceptional liqueur undergoes an extended maturation process, resulting in a depth of flavor. Savor the rich, ripe plum essence, enhanced by the mellow sweetness and subtle acidity that linger long after each sip. With its unparalleled smoothness and complexity, Extra Year Umeshu is a testament to Choya’s dedication to excellence.

Belle de Brillet

Crafted with the finest Williams pears and aged in oak barrels, this liqueur offers a luscious sweetness of ripe pears, accented by subtle hints of vanilla and spice.

Cardenal Mendoza Angelus

Cardenal Mendoza presents Angelus, a fruit liqueur that pays homage to the rich heritage of Jerez, Spain. Made with sun-ripened oranges and aged in oak casks, this liqueur exudes warmth and complexity. Indulge in the vibrant citrus notes, balanced by the depth and richness imparted by oak aging.

As anticipation builds for the Top Shelf Awards Gala, these fruit liqueur finalists stand as shining examples of innovation and artistry in the world of spirits. Stay tuned as we eagerly await the crowning of the Best in Class Fruit Liqueur, an accolade reserved for the true connoisseurs of flavor.