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DALLAS – Belfour Spirits continues to make top-honor headlines, this time at the 2021 John Barleycorn AwardsBelfour Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey – Katy Bourbon Mafia’s barrel selection offered at 100 proof – took home a Double Gold, earning top marks from all judges. Judges said: “Gorgeous long tendrils of vanilla cream and cinnamon clove candy. Hints of cherrywood, subtle spice builds in intensity as caramel notes appear. Really nice.”

Belfour’s Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey, offered at 106 proof, earned a Gold, representing “an excellent product, meeting very high standards,” per the awards program.

The judges described this spirit with “a fruity and anise nose and a cocoa bomb palate that finishes long and lasting with gentle spice. Tight!”

According to its website, the John Barleycorn Awards is distinct from other spirits competitions because of its association with industry writers. The Taste judging is under the leadership of noted author and spirits writer John McCarthy who oversees some of the world’s top spirits writers, as well as runs the BarleycornDrinks blog.

“To earn these awards is a great accomplishment for Belfour Spirits and especially for Katy Bourbon Mafia’s Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey, which was part of our first round of barrel selections,” says Ed Belfour, Founder and CEO of Belfour Spirits. “We look forward to releasing more barrel picks this year and expanding the program to key retail partners throughout 2021 and beyond.”

The John Barleycorn Society is an assembly of the world’s top journalists and industry professionals who foster a modern approach to recognizing excellence in the spirits industry from seed to glass. Each entry was blindly tasted and scored on a 100-point scale for appearance, aroma, taste and finish.

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About Belfour Spirits

Led by Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, Belfour Spirits is an ultra-premium whiskey producer known for its spirits’ unique character and stunning packaging. In 2014, the Belfour family began their journey to hand craft exceptionally smooth and well-balanced whiskey made from the finest ingredients. Today, the company has distilled more than 2,700 barrels of whiskey. Belfour Spirits distributes in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, with additional markets expected this year and beyond. To learn more, visit, Facebook and Instagram @belfourspirits, and on Twitter @belfour_spirits.