FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) announced the 2008 winners. Buffalo Trace Distillery was named "Distillery of the Year." This is the first time in the competition's history an American distillery has taken home this honor. The SFWSC is the largest spirits competition in the United States with more than 800 products from 63 different countries participating in this year's event. The whiskies of Buffalo Trace Distillery also earned a plethora of medals. "Best Bourbon" was presented to Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon earned a Double Gold Medal for the fifth time. Double Gold is the competition's highest ranking medal and the "Best" designation is the highest award given in each category. "This is an amazing honor," said Mark Brown, President of Buffalo Trace Distillery. "The SFWSC is such a highly competitive competition and to have our whiskies receive such high honors is astounding. And to be named 'Distillery of the Year' is indeed icing on the cake."
The winning whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery include: -- Best Bourbon, Double Gold Medal, Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -- Double Gold Medal, Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon -- Double Gold Medal, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey -- Double Gold Medal, George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -- Gold Medal, Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -- Gold Medal, Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon -- Gold Medal, William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -- Gold Medal, Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey -- Silver Medal, Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon -- Bronze Medal, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey "I'm very proud of all our whiskies here at Buffalo Trace," said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. "To consistently have such a strong showing at this competition speaks volumes of our people, the distillery and the craftsmanship that goes into each and every bottle we produce." To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotrace.com and for a complete list of SFWSC winners go to www.sfspiritscomp.com. About Buffalo Trace Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and has included such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Historic Register. Buffalo Trace has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Buffalo Trace has also garnered more than 170 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. The distillery is part of the Sazerac family of companies, which has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Franklin County, Kentucky and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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