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Local distillery gets top honors for spirits

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Three products from the Mississippi River Distilling Company got top industry ratings at the annual World Spirits Competition.

More than 1,400 spirits from 63 countries were submitted in the competition, held in San Francisco.

“The competition is considered to be the rite of passage for top quality spirits as it has 34 of the most professional global palates serving as judges,” said Ryan Burchett from Mississippi River Distilling Company.  The distillery is in LeClaire, Iowa.

In the American Craft Whiskey category, Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey won silver, Cody Road Rye Whiskey earned bronze.  In the Vodka category, River Pilot Vodka won a silver award in the competition.

“We’re really proud of the whiskies.” said owner and distiller Garrett Burchett.  “To have them stand out in such a huge crowd of entries this year is really a thrill and an affirmation in all the hard work we have put into it.”