SNOHOMISH, WASH. — April 27, 2016 — Locally-based Skip Rock Distillers has been awarded seven medals in recent weeks, including one Gold Medal from the American Distillers Institute for its Belle Rose Double Barrel Rum. In addition to being awarded the Gold Medal, the Belle Rose Double Barrel Rum was also recognized as the Best of Category.
Belle Rose Double Barrel starts its journey in bourbon barrels and finishes in premium French oak red wine barrels. This unique combination grants the rum a warm vanilla and caramel aroma, and a beautifully complex flavor with hints of brandy, cedar and sweet dried fruit.
Skip Rock’s Nocino Walnut Liqueur was also recently lauded by the American Distillers Institute, earning Silver Medals both from the Institute and at the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition. Skip Rock’s Nocino is made from local walnuts that are harvested while still green. The nuts are then soaked in a high proof rum distilled at Skip Rock specifically for the Nocino and then blended with an infusion of spices creating a flavor that combines savory blends of nut, spice, citrus and other complex flavors with a hint of sweetness.
“Skip Rock was created to produce the best spirits possible,” said co-founder Ryan Hembree. “Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients and crafted with old-world methods. Hand crafted and authentic spirits – that’s what we do.”
In addition to the awards for the Belle Rose and Nocino, four Bronze Medals have been awarded to Skip Rock Distillery spirits. The American Distillers Institute gave Bronze Medals to Skip Rock’s Raspberry Liqueur and Rye Whiskey, and at the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition, both the Skip Rock Vodka and the Belle Rose Light Rum were awarded Bronze Medals.
This is not the first award for Skip Rock Vodka; in 2014, one of the most respected bartending websites in the world, Difford’s Guide, rated the vodka 5/5 stars. Skip Rock’s vodka is made from potatoes; less than one percent of the world’s vodkas are made from potatoes. The process is laborious, messy and it takes a whole lot of potatoes to make just one bottle of the premium vodka, yet the result is well worth the effort. Skip Rock sources local Yukon Gold potatoes from the Skagit Valley in Western Washington, imparting a rich and creamy taste with a smooth finish and creating a vodka that stands apart from the many grain-based options on the market.
Located in Snohomish, Wash., Skip Rock Distillers was co-founded by Julie and Ryan Hembree in 2009. Recognized by the American Distilling Institute as a “Farm Certified Distillery,” Skip Rock’s farm-to-bottle approach uses the best local materials from local farms throughout Washington.
Beyond the recent accolades awarded to its Belle Rose Double Barrel Rum and Nocino Walnut Liqueur, Skip Rock performed extremely well at the 2015 American Craft Spirits Conference and Competition, scoring in the top tier for total medal count and the distillery’s flagship vodka (Skip Rock Potato Vodka) was awarded a Silver Medal at the American Distilling Institute’s 9th Annual Spirits Competition last year.
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