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Ten whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery receive top honors 

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (May 12, 2016) Judges selected Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey as Chairman’s Trophy Finalists at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where 10 whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded top honors.

            Those awarded as “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” include:

  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Eagle Rare, Sazerac Rye, Stagg Jr. and Benchmark were deemed to be “Great Values.” Receiving a designation as “Tried & True” were Blanton’s, Sazerac Rye and Stagg Jr.

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2016results.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visitwww.buffalotracedistillery.com.  To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracemediakit.com

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