Belvedere Lake Bartężek Single Estate Rye Expression Awarded “Chairman’s Trophy” by 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Belvedere Vodka, the world’s original luxury vodka, received the top honor at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The brand’s Lake Bartężek vodka, part of Belvedere’s new Single Estate Rye Series, was awarded the prestigious 2018 “Chairman’s Trophy.” Lake Bartezek vodka received a record score of 96, ranking it in the coveted “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” category.

Belvedere’s Lake Bartężek is part of the brand’s new Single Estate Rye Series innovation that also includes Smogóry Forest. The series represents an extraordinary exploration into the idea of terroir (soil, topography and climate) in vodka, making the claim that climate variation affects the taste yielded from the same superior Polish Dankowskie Diamond Rye used in each unique expression. The vodkas are crafted to capture the distinctive essence of their respective terroir.

The “Chairman’s Trophy” Belvedere’s Lake Bartężek Single Estate Rye Vodka received at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge—the world’s most prestigious and progressive global spirits and cocktail competition—is a significant achievement, given that it was the Challenge’s eighth consecutive year of record entries from more than 52 spirit-producing nations. It is a hard-won accolade that speaks to the product’s high quality and character.

“We are very proud to receive the highest honor awarded by the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Our new single estate vodkas represent a very special innovation for Belvedere, the concept of terroir in vodka. With these products we are demonstrating that Polish rye, when treated differently, imparts robust and nuanced taste.”
– Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere Vodka

Belvedere Bartężek Single Estate Rye, bottle on white

Belvedere Bartężek Single Estate Rye

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge has a rigorous and independent judging process that deliberated throughout March. Its mission is to create and establish a new and higher standard of evaluation for spirits and wine that provides accurate, meaningful and useful results in recognizing and promoting the quality of beverage alcohol products. Its results are one of the most credible and relevant in the industry.

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