The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has been one of the biggest and most influential competitions in the world of spirits since the year 2000, attracting over 90,000 competitors from all around the globe. The assessment panel includes 40 of some of the most respected figures in the spirit-tasting world, including the likes of Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Dale DeGroff, Charles Joly and Ivy Mix. To ensure fairness, the assessment process is done blindly over a course of 4 days, with no information about the producer being revealed to the judges throughout the process. Awards include Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze are given to the top distillers as deemed by the judges. Over the past years, winners have included famous Scotch Whiskey brand Aberffeldy and Ardbeg, Mucha Liga Tequila from Mexico Martell VSOP from France, as well as Hibiki Whiskey from Japan.
This year, Chinese-Canadian distiller Samuel Sun from Deepearth Distillery, after his relentless work and pursuit for quality, would attract the attention of over 40 judges in a series of blind assessments, and win the double gold award in the Baijiu category.