Ragged Branch Bourbons and Rye Win “Best of Category” Awards at 2022 New Orleans Spirits Competition

Recognition Confirms Ragged Branch’s Success and Commitment to Craftsmanship

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ragged Branch Distillery, a farm-to-bottle whiskey distillery in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is proud to announce a landslide victory at the prestigious New Orleans Spirits Competition. Three bond-bottled Ragged Branch whiskeys won Best of Category awards, eclipsing a class worthy of contenders and showcasing the hard work and craftsmanship of the craft distillery.

  • Ragged Branch Signature Bourbon – Bottled in Bond: Best of Category Bourbon, Bottled in Bond
  • Ragged Branch Wheat Bourbon – Bottled in Bond: Best in class, Bourbon wheat, Bottled in Bond
  • Ragged Branch Straight Rye – Bottled in Bond: Best of Category, Straight Rye Whiskey

“We couldn’t be prouder than the whiskeys we send to New Orleans go home with such prestigious awards,” says Alex Toomy, founding partner and chief distiller of Ragged Branch Distillery. “We work hard every day to make the best whiskey possible, and it’s wonderful to receive independent confirmation that we’re succeeding.”

Each of the award-winning whiskeys is made with grains grown on-site at Ragged Branch and distilled over a 500 gallon pot still. Ragged Branch Straight Rye – Bottled in Bond is aged in a new char #3 oak cask for over four years, while Ragged Branch Signature Bourbon – Bottled in Bond and Ragged Branch Wheated Bourbon – Bottled in Bond are double barreled: they spend more than four years. aged in new #3 char oak barrels, then transferred to a second set of new oak barrels with a heavier #4 char for a year to a year and a half.

The New Orleans Spirits Competition aims to bring greater recognition of fine spirits to top bartenders around the world. Affiliated with the long-running Tales of the Cocktail festival, the competition features contestants from all over United States and around the world. Renowned judges from the hospitality, spirits and media industries blind taste and score each entry, with only the best applicants receiving a medal. “Best of Category” awards offer additional recognition to the most exemplary spirits in a given style.

“Ultimately, Ragged Branch’s goal is to make great whiskey that people love,” says John Foster, National Sales and Marketing Manager at Ragged Branch Distillery. “We’re thrilled to win these awards, but at the end of the day, it’s even more exciting to know that people appreciate Ragged Branch bourbon and rye. We hope this recognition will take the message even further.”

About Ragged Branch Distillery:

Ragged Branch is a farm-to-bottle distillery that crafts authentic bourbon and pure rye whiskey the old-fashioned way: using hard work and uncompromising attention to detail. We are farmers who feel responsible for caring for our land and allowing people to connect with it that they can taste. As a working farm, our goal is to make the best whiskey possible in the most sustainable way possible, while delivering a flavor profile that is completely unique to us. We grow the grain to use in our recipes and produce, age and bottle every drop of our whiskey on site from the start.

SOURCE Ragged Branch Distillery