– Five Saints Distilling is pleased to announce receipt of Top Honors at the recent Spirit International Prestige (SIP) Awards Competition, for Five Saints Blood Orange Liqueur. “Best in Class”, the highest honor available, was awarded from the judging competition among Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze recognized winners.
As the only international spirits competition with only consumers as judges, the SIP Awards provides brands a rare opportunity to receive unbiased consumer feedback. The 2018 competition saw a new record of 783 spirit brand entries and 122 consumer judges, according to a press release.
“We are overjoyed to receive the highest award and recognition available from this international competition for our Five Saints Blood Orange Liqueur” shared John George, founder and distiller at Five Saints Distilling. “After receiving a SIP Gold medal for our Savory Tuscan Style Gin in 2017 we sent in our Blood Orange Liqueur for the 2018 competition with hopes for a medal. In a crowd of over 780 competitors, receiving the highest honor of “Best in Class” liqueur is a wonderful recognition that we are still processing. Our team is elated!”
The SIP Awards takes a number of measures to ensure the objectivity of the consumer evaluation. All judges are screened to make sure they are not affiliated with spirit brands or the spirit industry. Also all spirits are served chilled and undiluted for blind tasting. The double-blind competition was based on a 100-point scale with the goal of recognizing and celebrating world-class spirits with consumers, enthusiasts and industry professionals. Samples were evaluated in category flights and scored individually, with judges casting their votes for Best in Class, Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze for each qualifying category.
John adds “Five Saints is a micro-distillery that is enjoying great organic growth. We make premium spirits that are unique and folks truly enjoy. This and other competitions reaffirm our work. As we continue to grow we are seeking US distribution outside of Pennsylvania as well as international export opportunities. Such recognition highlights the premium quality of our small batch hand crafted award winning spirits.”
About Five Saints Distilling:
Five Saints Distilling was created in honor of five men who by their actions attained “saint-hood”. John and his wife Amy opened Five Saints Distilling July 4th 2016 with the mission of Community, Commitment and Quality as a guide. Forging relationships with Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and local suppliers including Beam Farms, Five Saints set out to make world-class spirits. Since then all Five Saints spirits, including the slow distilled Vodka, extra distilled White Whiskey, Savory Tuscan Style Gin and Blood Orange Liqueur have won multiple international awards in various competitions. In the near future Five Saints will be extending its spirits line by releasing an Absinthe Americane’ and a uniquely flavored Rum which John shares will have the “Wow” factor.
Five Saints spirits, along with handcrafted cocktails can be enjoyed at the whiskey bar at the distillery at 129 East Main Street, Norristown. In addition Five Saints international award winning spirits can be found at local Pennsylvania Fine Wines and Great Spirits Stores, and at a growing number of bars, and restaurants throughout the area. More information on Five Saints Distilling and spirits can be found at www.FiveSaintsDistilling.com and via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.