Colkegan Single Malt and Colkegan Apple Brandy Barrel Finished Single Malt each have a new medal to hang around their necks! They were both awarded silver at this year's American Craft Spirit Awards, given by the American Craft Spirits Association.
"This year, 550 entries were submitted from 42 states across the country in seven main categories: whiskey, gin, rum, vodka & grain spirits, brandy, distilled specialty spirits, and ready to drink (RTD). In addition to a Best of Show and the Best in Class distinctions, the judging panel awarded 12 gold, 228 silver, and 242 bronze medals."
Kudos to ACSA who had to rethink their regular judging process due to the pandemic. "The pandemic provided a unique set of challenges to hosting this year’s competition. A blind-tasting was conducted, with individual panelists compelled to evaluate each product separate from one another. Scores were submitted, tallied, and averaged, creating a competition based purely on numerical scoring rather than typical collaborative discussions. Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington, IN was the host facility."