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It’s Double Gold for Belfour in 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

By May 10, 2021October 14th, 2022No Comments

Belfour Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey Takes Top Medal

DALLAS – Belfour Spirits is honored to announce that its 106-proof Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey has been awarded Double Gold for exceptional taste in the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). 

A SFWSC double gold medal is awarded to the very few entries that earn gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel.

Since its introduction in 2000, the SFWSC has become one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. According to the competition, receiving a Double Gold conveys that a product is “among the finest the industry has to offer.” The SFWSC takes great pride in ensuring that all entries are treated with equal care and consideration by its panels of carefully selected spirits-industry judges, as it emphasizes integrity and impartiality in blind tastings.

“Having this particular whiskey receive such a prestigious recognition in San Francisco is extra special for me personally, as the Special Edition Straight Rye was created as a tribute to Fighting Sioux hockey fans,” said Ed Belfour, founder and chief executive officer of Belfour Spirits. “Those lifelong fans introduced me to the values upon which I founded this company – family, respect, effort and team.”

The Belfour Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey was released in November 2020 as limited allocation, available in select stores in North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Illinois. The Belfours are planning another release of this 106-proof Straight Rye later in 2021. 

The spirit and has aromas of caramel, sweet dill, caraway and molasses. The taste is packed with white grape, apricot, raisin and brown sugar, and finishes smoky with a coating of white pepper. The Belfours distilled this Straight Rye at its distillery partner, Southern Distilling in Statesville, N.C., where the whiskey aged for over two years in new American white oak barrels. 

Known for its award-winning packaging, Belfour Spirits lived up to expectations in creating this Special Edition with inclusion of statement brand elements, along with some new twists. The Belfour decanter-like bottle showcases the signature Belfour eagle, wings and 1920’s typeface, and pays tribute to the Fighting Sioux with team colors. Adding to its unique appeal, each cork has an inlaid commemorative coin that reads “Ralph Engelstad Arena, Home of the Fighting Sioux,” making it a memorable gift for any Fighting Sioux fan or whiskey collector who’s lucky enough to find this allocated and limited bottle. 

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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 Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Tennessee, with additional markets expected this year and beyond. To learn more, visit, Facebook and Instagram @belfourspirits, and on Twitter @belfour_spirits.