The winners from the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, held in New York City last month have been announced, and three bourbons distilled at the Barton 1792 Distillery won high honors.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve was awarded a rating of 92 points and given an “Excellent, Highly Recommended” rating. Consumer favorite Kentucky Tavern garnered a rating of 90 points and was also given the accolade of “Excellent, Highly Recommended.” A new entry in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Zackariah Harris Bourbon, was not only also honored with the “Excellent, Highly Recommended” accolade, with 94 points, but named a Finalist for the Chairman’s Trophy in Bourbon. In addition, both Kentucky Tavern and Zackariah Harris were named “Great Values.”
Tasting notes from the judges for 1792 Ridgemont Reserve describe it as, “A heavy bouquet of toasted oak, cherry and vanilla open up into a gentle array of brown sugar, baked cherries and dried stone fruits.”
2013 was the fourth year for the Ultimate Spirits Competition, founded by noted spirits writer Paul Pacult. This year, 49 different bourbon brands were entered in the prestigious competition. Full results of the USC can be found HERE.