Stagg Jr. wins Best Bourbon Whiskey in inaugural ASCOT Awards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Stagg Jr. 131.1 Proof has received the Best Bourbon Whiskey award in the “Best in Class” category of the first ever American Spirit Council of Tasters (ASCOT) Awards.

Named after George T. Stagg, the bourbon was first introduced in 2013.

“We are humbled to be recognized in the debut of the Ascot Awards,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “This award would not be possible without the hard work of such a dedicated team at the Distillery.”

Spirits personality and veteran tasting judge Fred Minnick created the international spirits competition. The contest gave distillers a unique chance to have their products recognized through different media outlets and platforms.

Entries were blind-tested and graded on a 100 point scale based on a series of criteria relating to appearance, aroma, taste, and finish. Top scores in each class advanced to a championship round where Fred and a second expert blind tasted them.  After two months of blind tasting more than 600 spirits samples with a team of 27 spirits industry professionals, he announced the 2021 winners in honor of National Bourbon Day. The top tier of the categories then faced off in a playoff style to determine their Best in Class.

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