Virginia's Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. Wins Four Medals at Annual SIP Awards

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Tarnished Truth Spirits awarded Best-In-Class Platinum, Gold and Silver Medals at international spirits competition.

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Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. was last week honored with four accolades at the prestigious 2019 SIP Awards (Spirit International Prestige), an annual competition judging hundreds of the best craft spirits from around the world. Tarnished Truth’s Signature Spirits - the Nine Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Fourth Handle Coastal American Gin, AVA Vodka, and Three Year High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey garnered medals in this year’s competition.

The SIP Awards levels the playing field for established brands and newcomers as the only international spirits competition to utilize a blind tasting panel comprised of carefully selected consumer judges. This year’s panel of 142 judges evaluated a total of 977 spirits and mixers (a 24% increase in competitors from 2018) grading each on aroma, taste, and finish. This unique competition aims to revolutionize the spirits competition arena and bring public opinion to the forefront with its discerning consumer judges providing unbiased feedback for spirits brands.

Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. was awarded the following highly coveted honors at the 2019 SIP Awards:

  • 3 Year High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Best-In-Class Platinum Medal, Small Batch Bourbon
  • 9 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Gold Medal, Small Batch Bourbon
  • Fourth Handle Coastal American Gin - Gold Medal, Gin
  • AVA Vodka - Silver Medal, Vodka

Going up against some of the best known distillers in the industry, Tarnished Truth’s 3 Year High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey received the highest honor at the SIP Awards winning the Best-Class Platinum Medal in the Small Batch Bourbon category. Beating competitors including Larceny Special Small Batch KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Fall 2018 9 Year Bourbon and Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Tarnished Truth’s 3 Year High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey was this year’s top choice among judges, establishing its standing as one of the best small batch bourbons in the industry. For a full list of winners, visit

“We are grateful to be acknowledged as one of the world’s best craft spirits distilleries, and have the passion behind Tarnished Truth spirits recognized by such a highly regarded competition” said Andrew Yancey of Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. “We strive to craft products that customers will love, and to be voted as one of the best makes our work that much more meaningful.”

Tarnished Truth Distilling Co.’s range of signature spirits and world-class bourbons are available for purchase at the distillery and at over 150 ABC retail outlets across Virginia (product availability may differ). For more information on Tarnished Truth, please visit:

About Tarnished Truth
Opened in March of 2018, Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. is located inside the historic Cavalier Hotel. Harkening back to the golden era of the roaring 20’s and paying homage to bourbon whiskey’s roots in the great American south, Tarnished Truth offers finely made bourbons and Ava Vodka, sold on site and used throughout the hotel in signature crafted cocktails. In addition to offering bottled craft spirits available for sale, the distillery offers private tours, a tasting room, and an attached historic prohibition-era dining room and bar, the Hunt Room.

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