Less than a decade after Bardstown Bourbon Company broke ground, the distillery and brand dedicated to honoring tradition while pushing the boundaries of the spirits industry has been named 2023 Worldwide Whiskey Producer by International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).
Since opening in 2016, Bardstown Bourbon Co. has expanded to become one of the largest distillers in the country, releasing not only a line of sought-after bourbons but also innovating the approach to contract distilling. Bardstown Bourbon Co. is the architect of a custom distillation process offering a full suite of on-site services for clients, distilling more than 50 mash bill recipes and supporting all phases of the whiskey-making process from recipe and procurement to aging and bottling.
“When we opened our doors, we were humbled by the response and the need we fulfilled in the industry. We are passionate about honoring the whiskey-making tradition while pushing the boundaries of innovation. At Bardstown Bourbon Co., we are committed to exploring what’s possible in bourbon, producing award-winning whiskies of our own and helping partners achieve their unique needs. We are honored to be recognized with such an award and continue this tradition well into the future.”
Per IWSC: “Our judges commended Bardstown’s technical ability, noting that they are fully engaged with the trade and can meet their clients’ different needs, showcasing their ever-growing skillsets and expertise. They admired the experiential activities offered at the distillery, and as the first destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, they set the standard for the modern bourbon experience. Our judges believe Bardstown are trying to fulfill a thirst within the market, they are a destination where others can go to create their own aspirations.”
Earlier this year, Bardstown Bourbon Co. was honored with seven products scoring above 90 points, including the competition’s highest-rated bourbon for the flagship Origin Series, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which voted 98 out of 100 points.
IWSC is the world’s largest and most influential spirits competition, dating back to 1969. Guala Closures sponsored this year’s Worldwide Whiskey Producer Trophy.