The majority of the employees were up in Baltimore this past week to receive those awards. Normally GVLN reports on Gloucester news so one may be asking why we are covering news in Williamsburg? Simple, everyone who works at the Williamsburg Distillery are residents of Gloucester.
The two gold awards are for the Jamestown Gin which is a Genever style Gin or put another way, a whiskey based Gin. The Gin itself won the Gold. Now Williamsburg Distillery isn't the only distillery making a Genever Gin. The second gold medal was won by the Williamsburg Distillery for best in class as well.
The whiskey base used for creating the multi gold award winning Gin is an American wheat based whiskey. Ninety Five percent of whiskey's on the market are rye based whiskies. Only five percent of American whiskey is wheat based which is a milder whiskey flavor profile. For those of you who love Gin, most Gin you are familiar with is a vodka or pure ethanol based spirit. The spirit itself has no flavor. Only the botanical's put the flavor into most of the Gins on the market. One of the secrets of the Williamsburg Distillery is this, Dr Bill Dodson wanted to stick with grains of the period, well, yellow corn was not one of the grains of the period, Indian corn was. Indian corn has no commercial use anymore except during Thanksgiving with the Indian Corn being used for decoration. Dr Dodson and his staff worked out contracts with local farmers to supply Indian Corn exclusively for the Distillery.
The results are numerous gold medals now won by the distillery with the top award being a triple gold won last year for the Jamestown Gin that was won at the Denver International Spirits Competition. The distillery has also won numerous gold medals for their rum with 91 points given at the Los Angles International Spirits Competition. This is a distillery to watch and without question, worth your time to visit and buy some spirits while you are there.