Taste may be subjective, but that doesn't stop people from assigning ratings to spirits. The Ultimate Beverage Challenge is conducted by professional tasters who compare spirits against their peers. We have the winners for 2013.
Not every brand entered their products into the challenge, but it was a pretty extensive list of competitors. These represent the top pick from 18 different major categories.
Tahoe Blue Vodka, United States, 40% abv, $30
HOPHEAD Pot Stilled Hop Flavored Vodka, United States, 45% abv, $30
Fords Gin, United Kingdom, 45% abv, $27
Brugal Papa Andres Rum, Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $1200
Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, United States, 40% abv, $23
Milagro Silver, 100% Agave Tequila, Mexico, 40% abv, $30
Siete Leguas Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila, Mexico, 40% abv, $43
IZKALI Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila, Mexico, 40% abv, $38
Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt American Whiskey, United States, 53% abv, $65
Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, United States, 46.5% abv, $50
Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, United States, 50% abv, $41
Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey, Ireland, 40% abv, $85
Tullamore Dew 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiske,y Ireland, 40% abv, $35
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky, Canada, 40% abv, $50
Royal Salute 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland, 40% abv, $175
Highland Park 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland, 45.7% abv, $300
Hardy XO Cognac, France, 40% abv, $125
La Muse Verte Absinthe, France, 68% abv, $65
You can see the full list of entries and where your favorite stacked up right here.