Island distillery wins world medal for wheat whiskey

In what’s been called “an unprecedented achievement,” Bainbridge Organic Distillers has walked away from three major international spirits competitions with 13 significant wins in the past three weeks — including, for an unheard of sixth time, Bainbridge Battle Point being named the world’s best wheat whiskey.

On March 28, the London-based World Whiskies Awards named Bainbridge Battle Point Two Islands Hokkaido Mizunara Cask Wheat Whiskey as the world’s best wheat whiskey from a field of entries from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia.

This is, distillery officials said, the fifth time that this prestigious competition has so recognized a Bainbridge Battle Point Wheat Whiskey.

Then, on April 14, the United States’ Ultimate Spirits Challenge named both Bainbridge Battle Point Two Islands Barbados Rum Cask and Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Doug Fir Gin as Finalists in their categories, and bestowed much coveted “Tried & True Award” status to Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka and Bainbridge Heritage Oaked Doug Fir Gin.

Finally, on April 15, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition named Bainbridge Battle Point Wheat Whiskey the Best Wheat Whiskey, again from a crowded field of international and domestic entrants.

This year marks the island distillery’s 10th anniversary. They adheres to a strict “Grain-To-Glass” work ethic, grinding, mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling 100 percent of their production onsite on Bainbridge Island.

All of the distillery’s grains come from within Washington state. The island location was reportedly selected by the distillery founders because of its maritime location, which influences maturing whiskey stocks, and its pristine and unspoiled nature. It was the third licensed distillery in the Washington state, and to date it is the only Washington distillery that produces all of its own spirits onsite to be certified by the USDA as 100 percent organic.

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