KO Distilling Wins Double Gold

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KO Distilling is proud to announce the addition of several prominent awards to its already decorated portfolio. Receiving the newest accolades from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Ultimate Spirits Competition are the recently released Bare Knuckle Straight Rye Whiskey Cask Strength and Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength.

“We’re proud of the products we make when they go into the bottle,” said Co-Founder and Head Distiller John O’Mara. “But the validation from such respected judging panels is a great tribute to not only our distillery team, but also to Virginia, as both of these whiskeys are home grown in the Commonwealth from grain to glass. When you start with great ingredients, you end up with something truly superb, and these awards are proof.”

KO Distilling submitted products to the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Ultimate Spirits Competition and the American Distilling Institute and received the following medals and scores:

Bare Knuckle Straight Rye Whiskey Cask Strength – (Made with 100% rye; 62.4% ABV; SRP: $65.99)
• Double Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
• 92 points, Ultimate Spirits Competition

Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength – (Made with 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley; 61.3% ABV; SRP: $55.99)
• Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
• 87 points, Ultimate Spirits Competition
• Bronze Medal, American Distilling Institute

Inspired by courage, strength, fortitude, and philosophy of using your hands to get things done, the Bare Knuckle branding is a play on KO – “Knock Out.” The bottle labels feature historic fighting figures, such as African-American world heavyweight champion Jack G. Johnson on Bare Knuckle Straight Rye Whiskey and Irish-American fighter Jimmy Gardner who is depicted on the label of Bare Knuckle Straight Wheat Whiskey. Early 20th-century U.S. champion fighter Mary “Texas Mamie” Donovan is featured on the Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which was recently named Virginia’s Best Bourbon. The unaged label for Bare Knuckle American Whiskey, formerly known as Virginia Moon, features Valentine “Knockout” Brown.

Today, the KO Distilling portfolio includes three American-style gins and four-small batch American whiskeys:

• Battle Standard 142 Gin (Navy Strength) (57% ABV) (750ml $34.99)
• Battle Standard 142 Gin (Standard Strength) (45% ABV) (750ml $29.99)
• Battle Standard 142 Gin (Barrel Finished) (45% ABV) (750ml $36.09)

• Bare Knuckle American Whiskey — unaged (45% ABV) (750ml $23.99)
• Bare Knuckle Straight Wheat Whiskey – aged at least 2 years (45% ABV) (750ml $35.99)
• Bare Knuckle Straight Rye Whiskey – aged at least 2 years (45% ABV) (750ml $45.99)
• Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey – aged at least 2 years (45% ABV) (750ml $39.99)

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