Announcing the 11th Annual Best of the Northwest Spirits Awards

by | Dec 8, 2022

Sip Magazine is thrilled to announce the medalists of the 11th Annual  Best of the Northwest spirits competition!

Put out across the Pacific Northwest, an open call for submissions brought in an amazing showing again this year.

The submissions were sampled blind and judged by a panel of the Northwest’s top palates made up of mixologists, beverage buyers, spirit writers, distributors and distillers. The top four medalists (platinum, double gold, gold and silver) and judges’ picks in each respective beverage category.  Judges’ picks are awarded in the larger categories recognizing spirits that are the next highest ranking after the four medalists.  The complete spirits results, including tasting notes for platinum winners, full list of judges’ picks and the winners from wine, beer, spirits, cider and seltzer will be released in the annual Collector’s Print Issue out in February 2023.

VODKA

PLATINUM
Timberline Vodka | $25
DISTILLERY | Hood River Distillers
Hood River, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Fête Vodka with Pure Gold Flakes | $29
DISTILLERY | Elixir Craft Spirits
Eugene, OR

GOLD
Astrid Vodka | $30
DISTILLERY | The Aimsir Distilling Company
Portland, OR

SILVER
Wheat Vodka | $29
DISTILLERY | Scratch Distillery
Edmonds, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
VIDO Vodka | Goose Ridge Winery & Distillery
Richland, WA

Potato Vodka | Scratch Distillery
Edmonds, WA

Headlight Vodka | Wohlfert Craft Distilling
Snohomish, WA

FLAVORED VODKA

PLATINUM
Hagerman Watermelon | $27
DISTILLERY | 44° North
Meridian, ID  

DOUBLE GOLD
Raspberry Vodka | $34
DISTILLERY | The Montana Distillery
Stevensville, MT

GOLD
Holiday Vodka | $39
DISTILLERY | Bellewood Farms Distillery
Lynden, WA

SILVER
Choco Haze Vodka | $19 / 375ml
DISTILLERY | James Bay Distillers, Ltd.
Everett, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
Coffee Vodka | The Montana Distillery
Stevensville, MT

Spirit of the Sperry Huckleberry | Whistling Andy Distillery
Bigfork, MT

Spark | Wohlfert Craft Distilling
Snohomish, WA

GIN

PLATINUM
Big Gin | $27
DISTILLERY | Big Gin Distillery
Seattle, WA   

DOUBLE GOLD
Chapter One London Dry | $32
DISTILLERY | Temple Distilling
Lynnwood, WA

GOLD
Navy Gin | $35
DISTILLERY | James Bay Distillers, Ltd.
Everett, WA

SILVER
Rainier Mountain Fresh Gin | $29
DISTILLERY | Rainier Beverage Company
Seattle, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
Aitil House Gin | The Aimsir Distilling Company
Portland, OR

Painted Lady | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

Cucumber Gin | Whistling Andy Distillery
Bigfork, MT

BARREL-AGED GIN

PLATINUM
Bourbon Barreled Big Gin | $30
DISTILLERY | Big Gin Distillery
Seattle, WA

DOUBLE GOLD
Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin | $40
DISTILLERY | Temple Distilling
Lynnwood, WA

GOLD
Big Adventure | $65
DISTILLERY | Thinking Tree Spirits
Eugene, OR

SILVER
Barrel-Aged Gin | $54
DISTILLERY | Highside Distilling
Bainbridge Island, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
A Festive Holiday Gin | The Aimsir Distilling Company
Portland, OR

Barrel Aged Painted Lady | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

Barrel Finished Gin | Scratch Distillery
Edmonds, WA

RUM

PLATINUM
Whiteaker Solera Barrel Aged Rum | $36
DISTILLERY | Thinking Tree Spirits
Eugene, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Surveyors Rum | $44
DISTILLERY | Camp 1805 Distillery
Hood River, OR

GOLD
Navy Strength Rum | $34 / 375ml
DISTILLERY | Puget Sound Rum Company
Woodinville, WA

SILVER
Belle Rose Light Rum | $23
DISTILLERY | Skip Rock Distillers
Snohomish, WA

WHISKEY

PLATINUM
Cabbage Hill | $44
DISTILLERY | Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery
Pendleton, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Blended Straight Malt Whiskey | $52
DISTILLERY | Pursuit Distilling
Enumclaw, WA

GOLD
Cold Brew Coffee Whiskey | $21
DISTILLERY | Pursuit Distilling
Enumclaw, WA

SILVER
Edmonds Own Whiskey | $69
DISTILLERY | Scratch Distillery
Edmonds, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
Cold Brew Bourbon | The Aimsir Distilling Company
Portland, OR

Port Cask Finished Edmonds Own Whiskey | Scratch Distilling
Edmonds, WA

Harvest Select Whiskey | Whistling Andy Distillery
Bigfork, MT

RYE WHISKEY

PLATINUM (TIE)
Crater Lake Estate Rye Whiskey | $55
DISTILLERY | Bendistillery
Bend, OR

PLATINUM (TIE)
Straight Rye Whiskey | $39
DISTILLERY | Skip Rock Distillers
Snohomish, WA

DOUBLE GOLD
Straight Rye Whiskey | $40
DISTILLERY | The Distillarium
Yakima, WA

GOLD
Harvest Rye Whiskey | $60
DISTILLERY | Whistling Andy Distillery
Bigfork, MT

SILVER
STARS (Under the Stars) | $75
DISTILLERY | Black Rock Spirits
Seattle, WA

SINGLE MALT WHISKEY

PLATINUM
McCarthy’s 3-Year Oregon Single Malt Whiskey | $60
DISTILLERY | Clear Creek Distillery
Hood River, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
A-O Come Hell or High Water Single Malt | $60
DISTILLERY | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

GOLD
Downstream Whiskey | $69
DISTILLERY | Camp 1805 Distillery
Hood River, OR

SILVER
McCarthy’s 6-Year Oregon Single Malt Whiskey | $90
DISTILLERY | Clear Creek Distillery
Hood River, OR

BOURBON

PLATINUM
Trail’s End 10-Year | $60
DISTILLERY | Hood River Distillers
Hood River, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Straight Bourbon Whiskey | $40
DISTILLERY | The Distillarium
Yakima, WA

GOLD
Bourbon | $40
DISTILLERY | Ransom Spirits
Dundee, OR

SILVER
Savor Spear | $65
DISTILLERY | Northwest Spirits
Woodinville, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
Trail’s End 8-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon | Hood River Distillers
Hood River, OR

Easy Rider | Hood River Distillers
Hood River, OR

Seven Devils Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Koenig Distillery
Caldwell, ID

BRANDY

PLATINUM
Rakomelo | $27
DISTILLERY | Mastrogiannis Distillery & Winery
Lakewood, WA

DOUBLE GOLD
Hazy Syrah Brandy | $55
DISTILLERY | Mastrogiannis Distillery & Winery
Lakewood, WA

GOLD
Apple Brandy with Portland Cider | $28 / NO A 750
DISTILLERY | 503 Distilling
Portland, OR

SILVER
Aged Italian Prune | $39 CAD / 375ml
DISTILLERY | Maple Leaf Spirits
Penticton, B.C.

JUDGES’ PICKS
American Brandy | The Distillarium
Yakima, WA

Baton Brandy |  Mastrogiannis Distillery & Winery
Lakewood, WA

Lady of the Cask | Maple Leaf Spirits
Penticton, B.C.

LIQUEURS

PLATINUM
Torque Apple Liqueur | $32
DISTILLERY | Wohlfert Craft Distilling
Snohomish, WA

DOUBLE GOLD
Bookmark Limoncello | $39
DISTILLERY | Temple Distilling
Lynnwood, WA

GOLD
Raspberry Liqueur | $23
DISTILLERY | Skip Rock Distillers
Snohomish, WA

SILVER
Decaf Clutch Coffee Liqueur | $32
DISTILLERY | Wohlfert Craft Distilling
Snohomish, WA

JUDGES’ PICKS
Wildfire Cinnamon Rum | 503 Distilling
Portland, OR

Silent Rock Vanilla Whiskey Cream | 503 Distilling
Portland, OR

Apricot Liqueur | Maple Leaf Spirits
Penticton, B.C.

SPECIALTY

PLATINUM
WAquavit | $47
DISTILLERY | Scratch Distilling
Edmonds, WA

DOUBLE GOLD
Stjärna Aquavit | $35
DISTILLERY | Temple Distilling
Lynnwood, WA

GOLD
Mari Gold | $30
DISTILLERY | ACCOMPANi
Portland, OR

SILVER
Columbia Absinthe | $50
DISTILLERY | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

JUDGES’ PICKS
Aquavit | Adrift Distillers
Long Beach, WA

Vaettir Aquavit | The Aimsir Distilling Company
Portland, OR

Starter – Sugar Shine | Wohlfert Craft Distilling
Snohomish, WA

READY-TO-DRINK COCKTAIL

PLATINUM
Astoria Mary
DISTILLERY | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Maple Old Fashioned
DISTILLERY | Straightaway Cocktails
Portland, OR

GOLD
I’m Your Huckleberry Lemonade
DISTILLERY | 503 Distilling
Portland, OR

SILVER
Lemon Drop
DISTILLERY | Drop Shop Distillery
Hillsboro, OR

JUDGES’ PICKS
Margarita | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Bend, OR

Mai Tai | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Bend, OR

Cranberry Lemonade | Glass Distillery
Seattle, WA

READY-TO-DRINK HIGHBALL

PLATINUM
Painted Lady Gin & Tonic
DISTILLERY | Pilot House Distilling
Astoria, OR

DOUBLE GOLD
Greyhound
DISTILLERY | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Bend, OR

GOLD
Raspberry Vodka & Soda
DISTILLERY | Wild Roots Spirits
Portland, OR

SILVER
Gin & Tonic
DISTILLERY | Admiralty Distillers
Port Townsend, WA

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