BRISTOW, Va., August 31, 2020 -- MurLarkey® Distilled Spirits named Virginia Gin Distillery of the Year and awarded a Gold medal for its ImaGINation™ Gin at the 11th Annual New York International Spirits Competition. MurLarkey also picked up two Bronze medals for its Heritage Old Country Whiskey and Three Tea Whiskey. The NYISC is recognized in the trade as one of the most respected and influential international spirits competitions in the industry. By using blind tastings, the celebrated judges of NYISC can focus solely on the characteristics displayed by each spirit.
This year, over 1200 spirits from around the world competed in a blind tasting where top spirits buyers from around NYC judged the spirits by their category and price. “We are deeply honored by this award. Our ImaGINation™ Gin is truly one of a kind thanks to our Master Distiller’s (George “Papi” Zwetkow) 12 unique botanical recipe and the artful execution of our Head Distiller’s (Kevin Szady) distillation,” said MurLarkey Founder and CEO Tom Murray. “Winning Gold at NYISC is an amazing feat; to be named Virginia Gin Distillery of the Year in addition is an incredible honor and a true testament to Papi, Kevin and the craftsmanship of the entire MurLarkey team.” The NYISC is known for its use of blind tastings, allowing the judges to focus solely on the characteristics displayed by each spirit. And with its unique, all-natural blend of 12 botanicals, there’s no wonder why ImaGINation™ stood out from the competition. “This is not your father’s Gin. It is very floral with citrus notes, allowing it to be used beyond just tonic. It can be enjoyed in a variety of delicious cocktails.” said George “Papi” Zwetkow, MurLarkey Master Distiller.
The NYISC also handed bronze medals to two other MurLarkey spirits: Heritage Old Country Whiskey and Three Tea Whiskey, rounding out an incredible performance at one of the most respected and influential international spirits competitions in the industry. About MurLarkey Since 2016, MurLarkey has continued to challenge convention, producing a broad array of award-winning, premium, handcrafted spirits and RTDs. MurLarkey is currently distributed by Virginia ABC and Breakthru Beverage Group across DC, VA and MD. Due to COVID the distillery is open by appointment only. We invite you to go to www.murlarkey.com and click on “visit us”. Starting with a meager 23-gallon copper still, second generation Irish-American cousins Tom Murray and Mike and Jim Larkin, along with a small team of family and friends, began distilling high-quality, small-batch spirits. Using only the finest, all-natural ingredients, MurLarkey spirits are produced to uncompromising standards.
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