The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best.
Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges.
Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.
The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets.
Palate: Vanilla, cream, sweet unripe fruit, corn, potato skin, white pepper, sharp black licorice, viscous.
Finish: Velvety vanilla, lemon, coffee, pepper, spicy, soft.(Sweden)Distilled from grain.
All of these vodkas are 80 proof.(Lithuania)100% grain. Nose: Bell pepper, floral, flour, bread, grains, roasted peanuts, peppery.Palate: Caramel, cream, vanilla, cocoa, powdered sugar, syrup, honey, green apple, tropical fruit, creamy potatoes, grain, saline, mineral, clean.Finish: Cream soda , grain, floral, wintergreen, menthol, peppery, clean, smooth, soft, light and happy, drink as is, nice, elegant.(Austria)Select potato varieties, triple distilled. Palate: Vanilla, cream, citrus, cardamom, pepper, coffee, cigar box, strong mineral.Finish: Vanilla, soft and creamy, mellow.(Romania)Distilled from premium quality wheat, filtered through birch charcoal and silver ions.Nose: Citrus, hay, straw, light cream, clean slate.
Palate: Vanilla, cocoa, light citrus, mint, grassy herbs, light pepper, rye, mineral, wet stone, silky.