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Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve Malt Whiskey Earn International Awards

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Town Branch® Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve® malt whiskey repeatedly receive rave reviews from local connoisseurs, but now have earned international gold and silver medals — a testament to their careful crafting. The spirits by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company each won prestigious awards in February and March at two separate international spirits competitions: The Spirits of the Americas competition in Tampa and the Denver International Spirits Competition.

The honors included:

  • Gold Medal - Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey, American Whisky division, 2013 Spirits of the Americas competition.
  • Silver Medal - Town Branch Bourbon, American Whisky division, 2013 Spirits of the Americas competition.
  • Silver Medal - Town Branch Bourbon, 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition.

“We are extremely pleased for our spirits to earn this sort of international recognition,” said Hal Gervis, global operations manager for Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. “Our Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve are carefully crafted to be smooth, enjoyable drinks that both the whiskey connoisseur and the new bourbon or whiskey drinker could enjoy. These awards reflect that vast appeal.”

The inaugural Spirits of the Americas competition took place February 11-12 in Tampa, Fl. and included entries from seven countries. The competition is designed to highlight the regional spirits of the Americas. Products were judged through blind tastings on a 100-point basis, concentrating on appearance, aromatics, flavor, mouth feel and finish.

The second annual 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition took place March 2-3 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. Twelve prominent spirits professionals participated in the double-blind tasting.

Town Branch Bourbon has been on the market for just over a year, but already boasts one platinum medal, three gold medals, and one silver medal in international and national spirits competitions, in addition to its most recent honors. Aged in new, charred white oak barrels, Town Branch boasts a golden amber honey color and pleasant woody and oaky aromas that lead into caramel, toffee, brown sugar and hints of cherry. The name, Town Branch, commemorates the body of water on which Lexington was founded and that currently runs under the city.

Alltech released Pearse Lyons Reserve in August 2010 and the whiskey already boasts one platinum medal, three gold medals and one silver medal in international and national spirits competitions, in addition to its latest gold medal. It is Kentucky’s first malt whiskey since 1919 and is noticeably smooth, due in part to its double-distillation in copper pot stills from Forsyth’s in Scotland. Produced in the old-world tradition of whiskey creation, Pearse Lyons Reserve also utilizes a robust, proprietary yeast strain designed by Alltech specifically for distillation.

Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve are already widely distributed in the United States, as well as overseas in Ireland, China and Canada. Distribution and the product line continue to expand, with new releases coming soon. Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company spirits are available for tasting as part of the Town Branch Distillery tour, which also includes the company’s brewery. The brewery produces the company’s well-known family ofKentucky Ale beers, including its popular barrel-aged Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

The Town Branch Distillery is the newest addition to the world-renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, recently named by National Geographic as one of the 10 Best Spring Trips of 2013 — one of only three U.S. trips featured in the prestigious list. For more information on Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.’s offering of spirits and craft beers, visit www.kentuckyale.com.