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October 13, 2011

Liquid Living Magazine


International Cane Spirits Tasting Competions

The Polished Palate is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual International Cane Spirits Judging Competition taking place at Ybor City’s Cuban Club on Thursday and Friday, March 22 & 23.

While there are other judging platforms, the ICS Festival and Judging Competition is the first and only such recognized competition for sugar cane-based spirits in the United States.

The first ICS judging competition took place at the Lions Eye Institute Transplant & Research Facility in Ybor City on March 23 & 24 2006. 58 brands were judged; the results were announced at the Cane Spirits Festival on Saturday March 25. Over 1600 samples of cane spirits were served in four sessions with between 27 and 31 judges participating per session.

This year’s competition co-hosts are Jack Robertiello and Robert Plotkin

Jack Robertiello
Jack Robertiello

Robert Plotkin
Robert Plotkin