Roundup: Every Whiskey That Won a Double Gold Medal at the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

When it comes to awards competitions in the liquor industry, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the peak. Receiving a high-tier medal at SFWSC is something brands across the world strive for and proudly advertise.

The 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition medals were released, and we’re bringing you a rundown on which whiskeys earned the venerable Double Gold medal honor so that you’re up to speed on the top-rated whiskeys this year.

Why is the San Francisco World Spirits Competition so Prestigious?

There are enough competitions out there that just about any brand can brag about some medal it won somewhere. Here at Whiskey Raiders, we pride ourselves on taste, honesty and consistency when it comes to reviewing spirits for our audience. Part of that is knowing which accolades to take seriously and which to take with a grain of salt.

All of that to say, trust us: SFWSC is the competition cream of the crop. The judges are experienced, knowledgeable spirits critics. Each spirit is tasted blind, ensuring a lack of bias.

Still, given the enormous quantity of Double Gold Medals handed out each year, in our opinion, consumers are better served seeking out reviews from tough critics than they are grabbing a bottle strictly because it won a medal — even at SFWSC. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our recently upgraded archive of spirits reviews here.

What is a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition?

SFSWC judges award spirits Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. The description of a spirit earning a Gold medal is “Exceptional spirits that are near the pinnacle of achievement; these products set the standard for their categories.”

Double Gold is an even more prestigious honor than Gold. Double Gold spirits are those that received a Gold Medal rating by every member of the judging panel.

We’re honored that these judges and industry experts agreed that our 105 proof Straight Bourbon took home the prestigious Double Gold award this year. You can view the full list of winners here.