We finish our review of the BBAs 2024 where the competition ends. Once all the scores had been tallied these were the best-performing products. So which brand was best of the best? 

This year our Supreme Champion was Edinburgh Gin Cannonball. Our gin panel loves a juniper-led offering and the unerring power of Navy Strength, so it’s no surprise Edinburgh Gin Cannonball made an explosive impression. It had the third highest score in the BBAs on taste, and the joint best on value for money. 

It edged out Kavka Tokaji Cask Aged vodka, which had the same overall 91/100 but lost on tie-breaker (taste score trumps value score, which trumps design score). Regardless, Kavka was our Vodka Champion by a distance, judges loving the fruity finish lent by a year in Tokaji casks.         

Kiyomi Okinawan white rum came third with 89/100. Judges picked out this unusual expression – hailing from a subtropical southerly Japanese island – out of a long line up of rums. It stood out on taste – the joint-second highest in the BBAs and went on to score golds in design and value from there.

In fourth and fifth were two gins – Jawbox and Boatyard Double – both with 88/100. In most categories that score would have been enough to be crowned Category Champion, but not so in the competitive gin session.