Texas Wins BIg at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge took place recently, recognizing various libation classifications, from best whiskey to best Tennessee beverage. Officials of the contest announced winners for their annual competition with Highland Park’s own 25-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky earning a perfect score from the judging panels. A first for the competition, the unanimous 100-point score celebrated the Texas distiller’s unique whiskey flavor and was a favorite among industry experts and local sippers alike. E & J Gallo’s Brandy was chosen as the favorite in the inexpensive drink category, with locals boasting of its rich flavor available at an overall lower cost.

Judges for the annual beverage competition included all sorts of beverage specialists such as buyers, bar owners, authors and various other drink experts, according to austinchronicle.com. In the bourbon category, the panel of experts chose a vanilla and honey flavored whiskey from Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon. For the favorite new Rye whiskey, the judging panel chose Knob Creek Rye. Additionally, George Dickel No. 12 was chosen as the favorite beverage in the Tennessee category.

Finally, for local area Texans looking to boast about their state’s beverage options, the grand honor of favorite American Whiskey went to local Texas distillery Balcones Distilling and their Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt. The honor brings the total number of awards given to the Texas-based distillery to 15. The Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt is a creation founded by Balcones Distilling’s head distiller, Chip Tate.

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