April 11, 2006

And the 2006 Whiskey of the Year Is...

Rittenhouse RyeRemember how much we said we liked Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey last year? Turns out we're not as crazy as everyone says we are (at least on this topic, anyway) because it just won North American Whiskey of the Year at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – In what can only be termed an upset of Final Four proportions, Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Rye Whisky was named “North American Whiskey of the Year” at the recently-completed 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The annual competition is among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the global distilled spirits industry, judged by a panel of industry luminaries.

In capturing the trophy for top North American Whiskey, Rittenhouse first had to be judged a double gold medal winner in its Rye Whiskey class, meaning it was unanimously awarded gold medal by all judges in a blind tasting. It then had to top all other double gold medal winners in the North American Whiskey category, including Bourbons, Canadian Whiskies, and a number of artisinal spirits made by smaller “boutique” micro-distilleries. And the Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond, a traditional rye made in a time-honored method, left these much more heavily advertised and merchandised whiskeys in the dust on its way to the title.

Read the full release at the Heaven Hill site. If you can get your hands on this stuff, do so before it all goes to their heads and the price goes up or something. We liked Rittenhouse a whole lot, and we were extremely disappointed when the bottle ran out, which was even quicker than normal.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 11, 2006 9:55 PM
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