FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY -- Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was distinguished as "Best Straight Bourbon" at the 16th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition where a record-breaking 1,899 entries were submitted for a blind tasting.
Thirty-nine of the industry's finest spirits experts reviewed each entry before ultimately awarding Buffalo Trace with its celebrated Double Gold Medal. Seven additional medals were awarded to other Buffalo Trace Distillery brands.

Double Gold

• Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

• Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey
• Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• Wheatley Vodka


• Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• Hancock's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
"We're extremely honored to accept these awards," Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley, said. "Quite humbling to be recognized among the world's best."

Complete results for the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at

About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named "Brand Innovator of the Year" by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015. Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit