Balcones Takes Home Three Double Gold Medals at the 2017 New York World Spirits Competition!


Six Total New Medals for the Texas Distillery’s Whiskies

Waco, TX – Balcones has once again scored big at the annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, led by Anthony Dias Blue. Three of the distillery’s whiskies took the high honor of Double Gold, including ‘1’ Texas Single Malt, the distillery’s flagship, Texas Blue Corn Bourbon, an annual special release, as well as Texas Single Malt Single Barrel, a lone cask of whisky selected for the distillery gift shop earlier this year. True Blue 100, a version of Balcones’ well-known blue corn whiskies, earned a Gold Medal, while Baby Blue took Silver, and Brimstone brought Bronze. This makes for six total medals, one for each entry, that Balcones adds to its collection of accolades.

Jared Himstedt, Balcones’ Head Distiller and Lead Blender, said about the wins, “The New York World Spirits Competition holds its judging to a very high standard, which makes us incredibly proud to have received the many honors that we did. It’s a testament to the devotion our team displays daily, putting their all into crafting something truly special and remarkable.”

 “Balcones Distilling has been producing top award winners for years, but for 2017, they really cleaned up with three Double Gold Medals, which is the best of the best in the Industry,” said Steven Wesler, New York World Competition Director.

 ‘1’ Texas Single Malt, Baby Blue, and Brimstone are available year-round in select markets across the United States. The distillery will soon be releasing their 2017 batch of Texas Blue Corn Bourbon exclusively in Texas; supplies are limited. Balcones is distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in TX, CA, NY, IL, KY, FL, NC, VA, WV, MD, D.C., and LA, in NJ and CT by Martin Scott Wines, in MA by M.S. Walker, and in the U.K. by Maverick Drinks. For further information on sales and distribution, please visit