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IWSC Gala in London

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Bourbon Barreled Big Gin

Receives Glass Trophy & Gold Outstanding for Contemporary Gin

at International Wine & Spirits Competition in London

Captive Spirits Distilling makes Short List for Boutique Distiller of the Year


The International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC)  has announced the winners for 2014, with Seattle distillery Captive Spirits’ Bourbon Barreled Big Gin taking Gold Outstanding in the Contemporary Gin category. Bourbon Barreled Big Gin is the first American gin to win a Gold Outstanding in the history of the IWSC. In addition, their flagship Big Gin received a silver medal, respectively.  


Captive Spirits is  included on the Short List for Boutique Distiller of the Year--the only nomination in the category from the United States. The winner for the Boutique Distiller of the Year will be announced at the 2014 Annual Awards Banquet on November 12th at The Guild Hall, City of London. To see the complete nominees,


The IWSC was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. All entries are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region & vintage as necessary. Detailed chemical analysis helps refine judging to further assess a product’s future stability and legal compliance. For complete results & to learn more about the competition, please visit


Captive Spirits Distilling was started by third generation distiller Ben Capdevielle. He developed the business with partner Todd Leabman after working 15 years in the bar industry. In March 2011, the flagship product Big Gin came to life from a 100-gallon Vendome pot still at their distillery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  Bourbon Barreled Big Gin was later released in Spring 2013. As of Summer 2014, Captive Spirits has products in four countries & 13 states.


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