Steve Barnes, Albany Times-Union: Albany Distilling Wins National Awards
Albany Distilling wins awards for spirits
Posted on April 15, 2014
by Steve Barnes, senior writer
The Albany Distilling Co. won received awards for its Ironweed Rye Whiskey and both the Quackenbush Still House Original Albany and Albany Amber rums. The judged competitions took place in March at the American Craft Distillers Association’s convention and trade show in Denver and the American Distilling Institute’s annual Craft Spirits Conference in Seattle. Ironweed Rye Whiskey earned a gold medal in the whiskey class from the ACDA and a bronze medal for rye whiskey less than two years old from the ADI. Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum and Albany Amber Rum both earned bronze medals from the ADI. Participants in both competitions came from across the United States.
The new Albany Amber Rum is the aged version of Albany Distilling’s original white rum and is the company’s homage to the the Quackenbush Still House, Albany’s original 18th-century distillery. The rum is aged for a minimum of six months in used Ironweed Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Tasting notes from the distillery describe a taste of molasses “complemented by flavors of vanilla and spice imparted from the oak.”
Still House Albany Amber Rum is available in 750ml bottles for a suggested retail price of $42.99. Find it in better area restaurants and liquor stores. (Because it uses Caribbean molasses, the rum cannot be sold at the distillery.)
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