One has to appreciate the amount of work a writer puts in to compile a 50 best list. That's a lot of whiskey tasted! Grab a map, hop in your car, and take a road trip!
Colkegan receives 94 points and a gold medal from the Beverage Testing Institute
Colkegan brings home Silver from NOLA
90 Excellent, Highly Recommended
New York, NY, (February 25, 2022) – The Fifty Best has once again shined its spotlight on American Single Malt Whiskey by hosting a tasting where contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best American Single Malt Whiskey” awards for 2022.
It's been a while since we sent Santa Fe Apple Brandy to a competition, but a Gold medal result from the Fifty Best might encourage us to send it out again soon!
"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). "
Colkegan got off to a good start in 2021 with a Silver Medal from the Fifty Best, American Whiskey, Competition
USA Today 10Best travel guides scour the country to find the 10 best in myriad categories.
Uproxx.com just publised their 2019 list of The Best Whiskey in Every State, and I think you know where I'm headed with this, yup, Colkegan!
We won! Best distillery in Santa Fe, 2019! Each year sees more competition in this category, so THANK YOU! to everyone who voted for us."For a town our size to have multiple distilleries is lucky enough, but Santa Fe Spirits' signature takes on liquids like gin with local botanicals, vodka and a smoky whiskey are also distinct and well-crafted. Santa Fe Spirits has been a mainstay at SFR parties, are the proprietors of a popular downtown tasting room, recently acquired a presence in Costco and are on the shelves in lots of other stores."
American Single Malt Whiskey is starting to get the recognition it deserves. Zach Johnston gives an overview of ASM as well as his picks of the best on the market right now in his June 28, 2019 article. Once again Colkegan finds itself in good company, and listed among the best of the best in the country.
"You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating: We’re living in a golden age of whiskey. Never has more whiskey made in more places than right now. And that’s especially true here at home. After a decade-long craft distilling boom, it’s now possible to find top-quality bottles made in every state in the country."
Awards season for spirits doesn’t get quite the fanfare as award season for movies, but there are some similarities; certainly “it’s an honor just to be nominated” and “this means so much coming from my peers” are feelings we can relate to. This means so much, as it’s coming from our peers, is exactly how we feel about Colkegan Apple Brandy Cask Finished Single Malt winning a silver medal at the American Craft Spirits Awards. Though we bask in the glory of all awards we win, the ACSA award holds a special place as it comes from an organization dedicated to small distillers.
These fellows are entertaining and they know their stuff! Hard to argue with a review that starts off calling Colkegan "one of the greatest smoked single malts" and goes onto say "anyone who likes smokey Scotches, do yourself a favor ... and try some Colkegan." The whole video is worth your time, but if you want to jump right to the Colkegan part of the episode, it starts at 7:11.