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-- The Fifty Best Holds a Bourbon Tasting --

New York, NY, (December 8, 2022)

The Fifty Best has once again shined its spotlight on bourbon whiskey by hosting a tasting where contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Bourbon” Awards of 2023.

The Fifty Best is very pleased to announce that Guardian Bourbon Whiskey (80 Proof / 40% ABV) was awarded a Gold medal and that Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (115 Proof / 57.5%) was awarded a Double Gold medal.

Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the bourbon whiskies and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system with 5 being the highest.

After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions. The complete results, along with tasting notes, can be viewed here: is a digital guide to wines and spirits, featuring rated listings resulting from proprietary blind tastings as judged by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, wine/spirit retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.

These awards mark the 8th and 9th medals awarded to 1350 Distilling since their first submission in 2020, and join our first Gold medal-winner, Wingman Gin (80 Proof / 40% ABV) in the gold class of excellence.

Guardian Bourbon

Our flagship bourbon dedicated the Guardians, both those in the United States Space Force and those in the United States Coast Guard! Aged three-years with a 99% corn mash build. Two different labels. Same Gold-Winning Bourbon.

The Fifty Best Notes for the Guardian Bourbon include:

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, molasses, maple, vanilla, honey, honeysuckle, corn sugars, sweet corn, biscuit, toasted coconut, banana, cherry, fresh lemon, citrus, mint, pecan, white pepper, toasty, oak, white oak.

Palate: Caramel, buttery, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon éclair, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, banana, corn, toasted corn, cereal, grain, almond, nutmeg, hint of spice, hint of pepper, oak, sweet oak, good wood, good balance, chewy, smooth.

Finish: Caramel, vanilla, lingering honey, orange peel, pecan, clove, nice spice, wet stone, light wood, delicate heat, extra smooth, creamy, pleasant.

Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey

750mL bottle of Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Double Gold Medal to the side
Double Gold Medal Winner: Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Derived from the same barrels as the Guardian Bourbon, the Code Four illustrates how good a cask strength bourbon should be. We dedicate this hard worker to all Law Enforcement.

The Fifty Best Notes for Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon:

Nose: Toffee, cocoa, brown sugar, maple, honey, vanilla, buttery, dried apricot, raisin, grass, wintergreen, hay, slightly nutty, nutmeg, smoke, char, pine, saturated oak.

Palate: Chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, maple, creamy, vanilla, honey, mango, tropical fruit, orange peel, corn, toast, herbal, hay, nutty, peppery, tobacco, woody, oaky, high proof, tannic, chewy, creamy mouthfeel, rich.

Finish: Sweet corn, honey, orange peel, lemon peel, mint, tea, hay, clove, spicy, toast, smoky, pine, oak, balanced flavors, layered, nice heat, great strong finish, nice length, stays rich, creamy, pleasant.

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