NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Belvedere Vodka, the world's first super premium vodka, is renowned for its distinctive character and taste and now industry cognoscenti have awarded Belvedere Vodka an outstanding award in recognition of consistency and excellence at this year's Vodka Masters.
Chaired by The Spirits Business and a panel of leading spirits specialists, the Vodka Masters judge over 100 vodkas on their flavor, style and packaging. Judges participated in a blind tasting to find and reward the finest vodka brands in the world. Belvedere Vodka has continued to dominate these awards, picking up over 25 medals since the awards were created in 2007.
"When we launched The Vodka Masters in 2007 we wanted to make it different from all the other international blind tasting competitions out there by really championing the diversity and quality in the vodka category," said Daisy Jones, Associate publisher of The Spirits Business. "Belvedere Vodka has consistently demonstrated incredibly high standards, as well as use innovation in flavor and packaging to excel at the Vodka Masters. It is with great pleasure I can confirm we have awarded Belvedere the most medals overall throughout the history of The Vodka Masters, and we felt that deserved a special recognition and endorsement through this special award."
Belvedere Unfiltered was awarded a coveted MASTER medal in the Super Premium category this year, as well as a GOLD medal for best vodka - Eastern Europe, acknowledged for its naturally creamy and rich taste. Belvedere Vodka's award-winning maceration Citrus, created with fresh lemon and lime peels, was awarded a GOLD medal in the Super Premium category. In addition, Belvedere Vodka won GOLD medals in the Super Premium, Eastern European, and Smooth categories.
Throughout 2013, the world's leading industry professionals and spirit specialists continued to acknowledge the unrivalled quality of Belvedere Vodka and its collection of naturally flavoured vodkas. In a nine-month period alone, Belvedere Vodka accumulated 23 medals and trophies which includes two trophies and two gold medals awarded by the International Spirits Challenge, and five gold medals for Best Vodka from TheFiftyBest.com.
Belvedere Vodka was the first to create a new standard for excellence in the vodka category and is credited with creating the luxury vodka segment. Following the results of the Package Design Audit 2013 by Affinnova Inc, a global marketing technology company, the super premium vodka also adds excellence in bottle design to its number of accolades after being praised for its 'modern, intelligent and approachable' design.
Charles Gibb, President Belvedere says, "To be internationally recognized by the Vodka Masters is a perfect way to cap off the year for Belvedere Vodka. Receiving an accolade of this nature from such a prestigious group for the exceptional quality of our products is a phenomenal achievement. We pride ourselves on the distinct character and taste of each of our vodkas and we are very pleased that the judges have commended Belvedere Vodka with five gold medals and the ultimate 'Master' medal for Belvedere Unfiltered."
Claire Smith, Belvedere Vodka Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology says, "The Vodka Masters recognize spirits who demonstrate unparalleled commitment to product quality and consistency and we are incredibly proud of the medals we have been awarded. It is a fantastic acknowledgement for the incredibly high standards we adhere to."
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