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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 GoldMedalSpirit NameProducer
Bronze1One VodkaSalveto Imports, LLC
GoldBarenjager Honey BourbanSidney Frank Importing
GoldBig House Bourbon StraightUnderdog Wine & Spirits
BronzeBig House Bourbon Tupelo HoneyUnderdog Wine & Spirits
SilverBird Dog Peach WhiskeyWestern Spirits
GoldBreckenridge BourbonBreckenridge Distillery
GoldBreckenridge Spiced RumBreckenridge Distillery
SilverCedar Ridge Dark RumCedar Ridge Distillery
SilverClear10 Vodka 80 ProofGood Spirits Distilling
GoldConcannon Irish WhiskeyUnderdog Wine & Spirits
SilverDenver Dry GinMile High Spirits llc
SilverDirty Karma Organic VodkaLifestyle Spirits
BronzeDirty Karma SOLLifestyle Spirits
GoldDizzy Three Express Vodka 60 ProofGood Spirits Distilling
GoldDorda Double Chocolate LiqueurChopin Imports Ltd
Double GoldGoldE&J VS BrandyE&J Gallo
GoldE&J VSOP BrandyE&J Gallo
SilverE&J XO BrandyE&J Gallo
GoldElevate VodkaMile High Spirits llc
Double GoldGoldExclusive 1 VodakSerge Imports LLC
SilverExclusive 7 Coconut VodakSerge Imports LLC
GoldFeisty Spirits Elements -Kamut WiskeyFeisty Spirits
SilverFireside 4 year aged BourbonMile High Spirits llc
SilverFive Wives VodkaOgdens Own Distillery
GoldGolden Moon GinMaison De La Vie, Ltd.
Dba Golden Moon Distillery
GoldHowdys Apple Pie LiquerCedar Ridge Distillery
GoldInfusion Diabolique KentuckyBlack Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
SilverInfusion Diabolique MixtoBlack Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
GoldIowa Bourbon WhiskeyCedar Ridge Distillery
GoldKAH Tequila AnejoWorldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
GoldKAH Tequila BlancoWorldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
BronzeKAH Tequila ReposadoWorldwide Beverage Imports, LLC
SilverKnob CreekBeam, Inc
Double GoldGoldKnob Creek RyeBeam, Inc
SilverKnob Creek Single Barrel ReserveBeam, Inc
BronzeLocal Choice Black Cherry BourbonLocal Choice Inc
GoldLocal Choice Lime TequilaLocal Choice Inc
SilverLocal Choice Orange Honey TequilaLocal Choice Inc
SilverLocal Choice VodkaLocal Choice Inc
BronzeLocal Choice WhiskeyLocal Choice Inc
GoldMichael Collins BlendSidney Frank Importing
SilverMichael Collins Single MaltSidney Frank Importing
BronzeNew Amsterdam GinE&J Gallo
GoldNew Amsterdam VodkaE&J Gallo
Double Gold & Best of ShowGoldOld Medley 12 Year Old BourbonCharles Medley Distillery
BronzePeak 7 VodkaPeak & Vodka
GoldPeg Leg RumMile High Spirits llc
BronzePiedra Azul BlancoUnderdog Wine & Spirits
Double GoldGoldPiedra Azul ReposadoUnderdog Wine & Spirits
SilverREDUX AbsintheMaison De La Vie, Ltd.
Dba Golden Moon Distillery
SilverReed & Lacey California Gold Sugarcane, Barley, Corn SpiritReed & Lacey LLC
GoldRicardo’s Decaf Coffee LiqueurSpirit Hound Distillers
River RumQuentin D. Witherspoon Distillery LLC
Double GoldGoldRoundhouse GinRoundhouse Spirits
GoldSanta Fe Spirits Apple BrandySanta Fe Spirits
SilverSilver CoyoteSanta Fe Spirits
Spirit Hound GinSpirit Hound Distillers
SilverSuerte Tequil AnejoSuerte Tequilla
SilverSuerte Tequil BiancoSuerte Tequilla
GoldSuerte Tequil ReposadoSuerte Tequilla
BronzeTahoe Blue VodkaTahoe Spirits, LLC
SilverTown Branch BroubonAntech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
GoldTrinity AbsintheOverland Distillery
GoldUnderground Herbal SpiritOgdens Own Distillery
GoldWathens Kentucky Bourbon (Single Barrel)Charles Medley Distillery
BronzeWheeler’s GinSanta Fe Spirits
2013 Design ContestGoldSuerte Tequila Series (3 bottles)Suerte Tequilla
SilverInfusion Diabolique Bottle Series (2 bottles)Black Squirrel Enterprises, Inc.
BronzeKah 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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