Recently, Esquire magazine began searching for the best, legit whiskey in each state, in hopes to find the one that will one day take on the long-held crown of the whiskey made in Kentucky and Tennessee.
… and Floridians — you’re in luck. Our very own St. Augustine Distillery just so happened to win Best Whiskey in the U.S. for the State of Florida.
The St. Augustine Distillery crafts a port-finished bourbon aged in barrels from the San Sebastian Winery. The award-winning Bourbon was released in the winter of 2016 and has an ABV of 51 percent. “For this release, we took our award-winning Florida Double Cask Bourbon and finished it in port wine barrels from our neighbors at San Sebastian Winery. The result is spectacular; A unique malted bourbon with a smooth and semi-sweet finish with hints of raisins, cinnamon, cloves, and chocolate. Our Port Finished Bourbon also won a Triple Gold Medal in the 2016 MicroLiquor Awards,” said Philip McDaniel, the Distillery’s co-founder and CEO.
As if this bourbon couldn’t get any better, the port finish was awarded a platinum medal and named Best in Category for the 2017 SIP Awards, which is the largest consumer-rated international whiskey competition in the U.S.