Buffalo Trace, a well-known bourbon brand, has recently made the headlines by winning a total of seven double gold awards at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This is no small feat, as the competition is considered to be one of the most rigorous and competitive spirits competitions in the world.
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The competition, which takes place annually, aims to recognize and celebrate outstanding spirits from around the world. The judging panel consists of over 40 industry experts, including master distillers, journalists, bartenders, and educators. Spirits are judged on a blind basis, meaning that the judges have no knowledge of brand names or packaging – they are simply judging the liquid itself.
What is a double gold award?
A double gold award is the highest award that a spirit can receive at the competition. It is only awarded to spirits that have received unanimous praise from the judging panel – every single judge must award the spirit a gold medal in order for it to receive a double gold.
The award-winning Buffalo Trace spirits
So, which Buffalo Trace spirits won these seven coveted awards? They are:
1. Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Buffalo Trace’s flagship bourbon, the Straight Bourbon Whiskey, won a double gold award. This bourbon is made from a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley and is aged for at least eight years.
2. William Larue Weller
Named after one of the pioneers of bourbon, William Larue Weller is a high-end bourbon that is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It won a double gold award at the competition.
3. Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Another member of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye also won a double gold award. This rye whiskey is unfiltered and bottled at cask strength, giving it a robust flavor.
4. Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Bourbon
Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Bourbon is aged for a minimum of 10 years and is known for its smoothness and complexity. It won a double gold award at the competition.
5. Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old
Part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, the Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old is an incredibly rare and sought-after whiskey. It won a double gold award at the competition.
6. E. H. Taylor Straight Rye
Named after Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr, a renowned figure in the bourbon industry, this rye whiskey is a favorite among bartenders. It won a double gold award at the competition.
7. Stagg Jr
Stagg Jr is a high-proof bourbon that packs a punch. It won a double gold award at the competition, cementing its position as one of the best bourbons in the world.
Buffalo Trace’s impressive haul of seven double gold awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of their products. Whether you’re a bourbon aficionado or a casual drinker, it’s worth trying some of these award-winning spirits at least once. Who knows – you might just discover your new favorite bourbon.