Recognized for being the most influential and largest spirits competition in the world, the SFWSC attracts the attention of distillers and renowned judges from around the globe. Through blind tastings, judges focus solely on the characteristics displayed by each spirit. Judges range from noted mixologists to national beverage reporters. Entries that receive a gold medal from all judges on a panel earn a double gold award. This year, SFWSC received its largest amount of entries to date with more than 2,400 submissions from 65 different countries.