Black­wa­ter wins best aged rum

Named Vodka Dis­tillery of the Year

Record Observer - - Business -

— Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing Inc., Mary­land’s old­est and most awarded craft dis­tillery, chooses the com­pe­ti­tions it en­ters care­fully, search­ing for the most rec­og­niz­able na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions rather than the most likely win. When Black­wa­ter’s spir­its do well, like its rum and vodka did this spring at the Amer­i­can Dis­till­ing In­sti­tute Judg­ing and the New York In­ter­na­tional Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion, the team knows they’ve ac­com­plished some­thing.

Black­wa­ter’s Pi­ca­roon Dark Rum was awarded “Best in Cat­e­gory: Aged Rum” at the Amer­i­can Dis­till­ing In­sti­tute Judg­ing 2017.

“The Amer­i­can Dis­till­ing In­sti­tute com­pe­ti­tion is re­ward­ing be­cause the field is made up mostly of craft dis­til­leries like ours from all over the U.S. and around the world,” said Christo­pher Cook, co­founder and CEO. “We’re up against our peers, many of whom are mak­ing re­ally cre­ative, in­no­va­tive spir­its of a qual­ity that puts the big guys to shame. To come away with ‘best aged rum’ in that group def­i­nitely feels good.”

Black­wa­ter’s Sloop Betty Hand­crafted Vodka came away with Gold Medal at the New York In­ter­na­tional Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion, which also named Black­wa­ter “Mary­land Vodka Dis­tillery of the Year.”

“Sloop Betty is our old­est spirit, and she’s won a num­ber of gold medals in the past,” said Jon Cook, co­founder and COO. “We don’t want to be one of those com­pa­nies that wins one good medal and then talks it up for the next 10 years. It’s good to know she’s still got it.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing’s rums, vod­kas, and whiskies, cock­tail recipes and more, visit www.black­wa­ter­dis­till­ing.com.

The dis­tillery is open seven days a week for tours and tast­ings. Tours be­gin on each hour from noon to 4 p.m. Please con­tact info@black­wa­ter­dis­till­ing.com to set up a group tour out­side of reg­u­lar hours.

Black­wa­ter’s Pi­ca­roon Dark Rum is awarded “Best in Cat­e­gory: Aged Rum” at the Amer­i­can Dis­till­ing In­sti­tute Judg­ing 2017.

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