Woodinville distiller awarded double gold medal at spirits competition

Woodinville’s J.P. Trodden Distilling recently won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, according to a press release.

J.P. Trodden’s Small Batch Bourbon will be featured in an 11-city national showcase tour, which visits Seattle on Oct. 29. The event will be at Seattle restaurant Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails.

Last year J.P. Trodden was awarded a silver at the same competition.

Here’s the press release:

Best in Bourbon: Woodinville’s J.P. Trodden Wins Double Gold, Selected for National Showcase Tour

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Woodinville’s J.P. Trodden Distilling won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which bills itself as the largest, most influential international spirits competition in the United States. As a Double Gold winner, J.P. Trodden’s Small Batch Bourbon will be featured in an 11-city national showcase tour beginning September 15, 2015 in San Francisco, and coming to Seattle on October 29.

“Score one for true craft distilling in Washington state and the bourbon enthusiasts searching for high quality homegrown products,” said Mark Nesheim, J.P. Trodden owner and distiller. “This award shows that some of the best bourbon in the world can come from right here in Woodinville, Washington.”

Nine judges unanimously selected J.P. Trodden as one of two Double Gold winners in the category of Small Batch Bourbon Aged Less Than 5 Years. The World Spirits Competition is judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized spirits experts. Always a harbinger of trends in the marketplace, the competition is considered to be the rite of passage for top quality spirits, with 41 of the world’s top professional palates serving as judges. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring competitive integrity. This year’s event was held from March 19 to March 22.

J.P. Trodden Distilling was previously recognized with a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014. The distillery, located at 18646 142nd Avenue Northeast in Woodinville, will celebrate its second anniversary of being open to the public on from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, September 19.

Nesheim founded J.P. Trodden Distilling in 2009 to honor his grandfather’s spirit of passion, ambition, and generosity. J.P. was a mail carrier in the Okanagan region of northcentral Washington during Prohibition in the early 1930’s, a time when he was known to pick up a few bottles of whiskey in Canada, where spirits were legal, to share with his friends.

The spirit of J.P. Trodden lives on today in Nesheim’s small distillery in Woodinville, Washington, where he alone crafts world-class J.P. Trodden Small Batch Bourbon to a new standard of true craft distilling. Nesheim’s Double Gold Medal-winning bourbon signals that passion is worth the persistence, but he’s not willing to settle for less than he’s capable of.

“Three years of crafting two batches of bourbon a week, against some strong odds, has been a labor of love,” continued Nesheim. “Now, with the party lights and the Stacy Jones Band ready to welcome old friends and new for our second anniversary…well, life’s better now, and so’s the bourbon.”

About J.P. Trodden Distilling

J.P. Trodden Distilling is dedicated to the high standards of true craft distilling and the purity of producing bourbon whiskey, and only bourbon whiskey. Founded by Mark Nesheim in 2009, J.P. Trodden Small Batch Bourbon is exclusively American-made, with grains single sourced from a small family farm in the central Washington town of Quincy, and equipment from Oregon, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Each small batch is completely hand-crafted in Woodinville, Washington, from the milling of our exceptional local grains all the way through the careful attention in aging that creates our unique spirit. Because of our exacting standards, J.P. Trodden Distilling only produces 800 bottles per month. For more information, visit www.jptrodden.com.

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