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Denver International Spirits Competition 2013BourbonBlog.com
brings you the results and winners of the Denver International Spirits Competition 2013 and congratulates all the fine winners!

BourbonBlog.com’s Tom Fischer was a chair and judge along with 11 other prominent spirits professionals who participated in this double-blind tasting.

We are happy to report a number of Bourbons and whiskeys won prestigious medals. An array of other amazing spirits from vodka, absinthe, gin, brandy, tequila, and more from across the globe also won medals.

Old Medley 12 Year Old Bourbon won the highest honor of all spirits taking the “Best of Show” as the highest rated spirit of all categories in the competition.

Others to note: Wathen’s Bourbon (Gold); Breckenridge Bourbon (Gold);  Knob Creek Rye (Double Gold), and the rest of the Knob Creek family all won medals.

Also we’re pleased to note that Town Branch Bourbon of Lexington won a Silver Medal and Local Choice’s Black Cherry Bourbon won a Bronze Medal- along with several other big wins for Local Choice, see below.

This annual competition, held at the Omni Interlocken Resort, is one of only four competitions of its kind in the world with the degree of international focus on spirits and the large number of categories of spirits judged.

Detailed results listed below, we recommend you taste them all. Thanks to all spirits who submitted!

Spirits Competition

Judges (L to R) William Davis, Tom Fischer and Dave Elger toast to winners at Denver International Competition 2013 after discovering what they’ve been judging

2013 Best of Show:

The two bourbons from Charles Medley Distillery both won high honors. Old Medley 12 Year won a Double Gold and Best of Show for the highest rated spirit at Denver International Spirits Competition. Wathen's Bourbon won a Gold Medal

The two bourbons from Charles Medley Distillery both won high honors. Old Medley 12 Year won a Double Gold and Best of Show for the highest rated spirit at Denver International Spirits Competition. Wathen’s Bourbon won a Gold Medal

Old Medley 12 Years Old Bourbon

2013 Double Gold Winners:

 

Knob Creek Whiskey

The complete Knob Creek Whiskey Family won medals at Denver International Spirits Competition: Knob Creek Rye (Double Gold); Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (Silver), Knob Creek Bourbon (Silver)

Old Medley 12 Year Old Bourbon, Charles Medley Distillery

Knob Creek Rye, Beam, Inc

Exclusiv 1 Vodka, Serge Imports, LLC

Roundhouse Gin, Roundhouse Spirits

Piedra Azul Reposado, Underdog Wine & Spirits

E&J VS Brandy, E&J Gallo

Ted Palmer, Distiller and Owner, poses with his Double Gold Medla winning for his Roundhoues Gin

Ted Palmer, Distiller and Owner, poses with his Double Gold Medal winning for his Roundhouse Gin - photo by Chris Davies

2013 Packaging Contest Winners:

Suerte Tequila Collection including Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo

Suerte Tequila Collection including Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo – these bottles won Gold for Packaging

Gold- Suerte Tequila, 3 bottle series, Blanco, Anejo & Reposado

Silver- Infusion Diabolique, 2 bottle series, Mixto Tequila & Kentucky Bourbon

Bronze- KAH Tequila, 3 bottle series, Blanco, De’Agave, De’ Reposado

 Infusion Diabolique

Infusion Diabolique Kentucky Bourbon and Mixto Tequila, both infused with natural fruit, herbs and spices –  these bottles won silver in the Packaging Contest

Denver International  Spirits Competition 2013 Results:

Double Gold Medal Spirit Name Producer
Bronze 1One Vodka Salveto Imports, LLC
Gold Barenjager Honey Bourban Sidney Frank Importing
Gold Big House Bourbon Straight Underdog Wine & Spirits
Bronze Big House Bourbon Tupelo Honey Underdog Wine & Spirits
Silver Bird Dog Peach Whiskey Western Spirits
Gold Breckenridge Bourbon Breckenridge Distillery
Gold Breckenridge Spiced Rum Breckenridge Distillery
Silver Cedar Ridge Dark Rum Cedar Ridge Distillery
Silver Clear10 Vodka 80 Proof Good Spirits Distilling
Gold Concannon Irish Whiskey Underdog Wine & Spirits
Silver Denver Dry Gin Mile High Spirits llc
Silver Dirty Karma Organic Vodka Lifestyle Spirits
Bronze Dirty Karma SOL Lifestyle Spirits
Gold Dizzy Three Express Vodka 60 Proof Good Spirits Distilling
Gold Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur Chopin Imports Ltd
Double Gold Gold E&J VS Brandy E&J Gallo
Gold E&J VSOP Brandy E&J Gallo
Silver E&J XO Brandy E&J Gallo
Gold Elevate Vodka Mile High Spirits llc
Double Gold Gold Exclusive 1 Vodak Serge Imports LLC
Silver Exclusive 7 Coconut Vodak Serge Imports LLC
Gold Feisty Spirits Elements -Kamut Wiskey Feisty Spirits
Silver Fireside 4 year aged Bourbon Mile High Spirits llc
Silver Five Wives Vodka Ogdens Own Distillery
Gold Golden Moon Gin Maison De La Vie, Ltd.
Dba Golden Moon Distillery
Gold Howdys Apple Pie Liquer Cedar Ridge Distillery
Gold Infusion Diabolique Kentucky Black Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
Silver Infusion Diabolique Mixto Black Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
Gold Iowa Bourbon Whiskey Cedar Ridge Distillery
Gold KAH Tequila Anejo Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
Gold KAH Tequila Blanco Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
Bronze KAH Tequila Reposado Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
Silver Knob Creek Beam, Inc
Double Gold Gold Knob Creek Rye Beam, Inc
Silver Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Beam, Inc
Bronze Local Choice Black Cherry Bourbon Local Choice Inc
Gold Local Choice Lime Tequila Local Choice Inc
Silver Local Choice Orange Honey Tequila Local Choice Inc
Silver Local Choice Vodka Local Choice Inc
Bronze Local Choice Whiskey Local Choice Inc
Gold Michael Collins Blend Sidney Frank Importing
Silver Michael Collins Single Malt Sidney Frank Importing
Bronze New Amsterdam Gin E&J Gallo
Gold New Amsterdam Vodka E&J Gallo
Double Gold & Best of Show Gold Old Medley 12 Year Old Bourbon Charles Medley Distillery
Bronze Peak 7 Vodka Peak & Vodka
Gold Peg Leg Rum Mile High Spirits llc
Bronze Piedra Azul Blanco Underdog Wine & Spirits
Double Gold Gold Piedra Azul Reposado Underdog Wine & Spirits
Silver REDUX Absinthe Maison De La Vie, Ltd.
Dba Golden Moon Distillery
Silver Reed & Lacey California Gold Sugarcane, Barley, Corn Spirit Reed & Lacey LLC
Gold Ricardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur Spirit Hound Distillers
River Rum Quentin D. Witherspoon Distillery LLC
Double Gold Gold Roundhouse Gin Roundhouse Spirits
Gold Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy Santa Fe Spirits
Silver Silver Coyote Santa Fe Spirits
Spirit Hound Gin Spirit Hound Distillers
Silver Suerte Tequil Anejo Suerte Tequilla
Silver Suerte Tequil Bianco Suerte Tequilla
Gold Suerte Tequil Reposado Suerte Tequilla
Bronze Tahoe Blue Vodka Tahoe Spirits, LLC
Silver Town Branch Broubon Antech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
Gold Trinity Absinthe Overland Distillery
Gold Underground Herbal Spirit Ogdens Own Distillery
Gold Wathens Kentucky Bourbon (Single Barrel) Charles Medley Distillery
Bronze Wheeler’s Gin Santa Fe Spirits
2013 Design Contest Gold Suerte Tequila Series (3 bottles) Suerte Tequilla
Silver Infusion Diabolique Bottle Series (2 bottles) Black Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
Bronze Kah Tecquila Series (3 bottles) Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC

Exclusiv Vodka

Exclusiv Vodka offers a line of Vodka flavors including Limon, Orange, Berry, Coconut, Rose, and Peach at the Denver International Spirits Competition, the regular straight Exclusiv Vodka won a Double Gold Medal

Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur by Chopin and Ricardo's Decaf Coffee Liqueur  of Spirit Hound Distillers Colorado

Two favorite liqueurs among the judges that both received a Gold Medal: Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur by Chopin and Ricardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur of Spirit Hound Distillers of Colorado

Breckenridge Bourbon wins a Gold Medal at the 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition

Breckenridge Bourbon wins a Gold Medal at the 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition

Chris Davies Darcy Davies Wine Country Network

BourbonBlog.com’s Tom Fischer with Denver International Co-Founders Christopher Davies and Darcy Davies

Special thanks to Bridger Root and Mickey O’Hara for photography.

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