Rivulet™ Artisan Pecan Liqueur Takes Home Bronze At London International Spirits Challenge

London, United Kingdom – April 6, 2014 – Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur is pleased to announce that it took home a prized Bronze Medal at London’s International Spirits Challenge held in March in downtown London. The International Spirits Challenge (ISC) is one of the leading competitions amongst brands from all over Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The ISC recognises three key areas of the industry: Tasting, Design & Packaging and Marketing. Now in its 19th year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spirits, designs and campaigns entered into the competition each year. Receiving more than 1,000 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide makes the ISC a truly global competition. It is supported by most of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.

Winning an ISC award is indeed an impressive achievement for any spirit that passes the scrupulous blind assessment from our experienced panel of specialist judges.

“We are very pleased that the world’s top judges have critiqued Rivulet and awarded it a prestigious Bronze Medal,” said James B. Marshall, the managing director of C88 Holdings, LLC, the producer of Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur. “Given the strength of the competition at this year’s event, and the fact that many brands don’t even win a medal, receiving a bronze medal makes us appreciate all of the hard work that went into crafting this artisan liqueur. We are obviously quite proud of our quality story, and consumers throughout Europe, The United States, and around the world will be able to make Rivulet part of their luxury spirits repertoire” he said.

About the Judges

The Chairman of the Liqueurs and Specialties category is Patrick van Zuidam, who is Managing director and master distiller at his family owned distillery Zuidam Distillers. He started distilling when he was 12 years old in his father’s distillery that he now runs together with his brother. As such he has a broad experience in the distilling and producing of award-winning, ultra-premium spirits and liqueurs for both the European and US markets. Well known brands include Millstone Dutch Single Malt Whisky, Dutch Rye, 100% potstill rye whisky, Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin, Zuidam Genever range, Zuidam Liqueur range. He is a judge at numerous international spirits competitions. His involvement with the ISC started as a judge of liqueurs in 1999 and he has been Chairman of liqueur judges since 2000. Last year’s judges included: Dawn Davies, Selfridges drinks buyer; Isabel Graham-Yooll, spirits buyer for Milroy’s of Soho London & Jeroboams; Peter Hallgarten, writer and consultant; Adrian Subia, Diego Zamora Licores; Adeline Loizeau, Cognac quality manager Grand Marnier; Elie-Arnaud Denoix, Pages Vedrenne.

About the Competition

The ISC Tasting Awards winners are established through a rigorous judging process – a highly controlled operation held over seven days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals.  Samples are delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting.  Each judge will assess products according to their age, region and variety which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.  Each product is blind tasted and awarded a score for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish.  Scores are collated and recorded by the category chairman before, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.  The ISC takes great care in ensuring that all products are blind tasted equally and fairly in the correct conditions set by the ISC rules.  This precise judging process is the basis of the reputation the ISC has established for rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.

About Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur

Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur is the world’s most unique luxury liqueur, carefully crafted for connoisseurs who appreciate the combination of contemporary American luxury with the time-honored traditions of fine artisan distilling and craftsmanship.  Rivulet starts with the finest slow-distilled brandy, aged to perfection in small oak casks, combined with a proprietary pecan recipe that extracts the delicate flavor profile that makes our liqueur so special.  Handcrafted in small batches, our luxury liqueur is a Fair Trade Certified™ product, using only the finest natural ingredients.  Rivulet is one of the artisan products from C88 Holdings, LLC, in Louisville, Kentucky USA.

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