Three Buffalo Trace Distillery Spirits Take Home the Gold

September 8, 2019

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY Three Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits were named “Best of Category” at the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.  Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon won in the category of Small Batch Bourbon 10 years or less, Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon was named Best Straight Bourbon 6 years or older, and Wheatley Vodka won the category title for Best Small Batch Vodka. All also were awarded Gold Medals, as were the following spirits:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

  • Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

  • Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye 

  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (no age)

  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon


Silver Medals were awarded to:

  • W.L. Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey

This competition, in its thirteenth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.


Complete results for the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition can be found at


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