(Valentine Vodka Press Release, June 20, 2013)
What started as a top secret project five years ago has now been released as Valentine Distilling’s latest spirit – Woodward Ltd. Whiskey. It is the fourth product in the portfolio for Rifino Valentine, distiller and owner of the Ferndale, Michigan distillery and tasting bar.
In classic Valentine fashion, the front label of the Woodward Whiskey is striking – a red background with silver graphics resembling the grill of a classic car – complete with a small Belle icon. The back label shares Woodward’s philosophy:
“Handcrafted classic automobiles wait patiently in garages to cruise America’s #1 highway. Woodward Limited – Bourbon handcrafted from corn, rye and barley – has waited patiently for more than four years in maple-infused oak casks. This is not a race. This is a cruise. Our garage door has opened. Enjoy the ride.”
Earlier this year, Valentine released Liberator Gin – which has since won the “Best of Category – Gold Medal” and “Best of Class” for the Contemporary Rectified Gin at the American Distilling Institute’s 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits competition as well as a Gold Medal (90 point rating) from the Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits Competition.
First introduced to the marketplace in March 2009, award-winning triple-grain Valentine Vodka was Detroit’s first micro-distilled spirit since Prohibition. In 2012, Valentine released the delicate and fragrant White Blossom – infused with the flowers of Elderflower. Soon after its release, White Blossom won a Gold Medal – rated Exceptional – receiving a 92 point rating from the BTI.
Last year, the original Valentine Vodka was recognized by Anthony Dias Blue, editor-in-chief of The Tasting Panel magazine as one of the top vodkas in the world with a 94-point ranking – placing higher than noted international brands like Belvedere, Ketel One, Grey Goose and Absolut. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012. In 2011, it received a Double Gold Medal in the “Best Domestic Vodka” category by TheFiftyBest.com. The BTI also awarded Valentine Vodka with a Gold Medal “Exceptional” in both 2010 and 2011.
“Our goal from the beginning, has been to bring manufacturing back not only to this country, but to Detroit,” says Rifino Valentine, master-distiller and owner of Valentine Distilling Co., in Ferndale. “We’ve always set our sights on crafting spirits that compete on the international level. To win these competitions, topping some of the biggest and best companies in the world, is not only personally satisfying, but also serves the economic purpose of bringing manufacturing back. Our philosophy has always been ‘don’t drink Valentine spirits just because they are local – drink them because they are better.’”
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