Ingram River Aged Takes Home Top Honors at Multiple Spirits Competitions

COLUMBUS, KY (June 4, 2024) – O.H. Ingram River Aged is celebrating today over the number of top honors it has received this year across many well-respected spirits competitions. Among a number of other accolades, O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Bourbon took home the highly coveted distinction of ‘Best of Class’ in the competitive Straight Bourbon Whiskey category at the 2024 SIP Awards in addition to winning a Platinum Medal, the highest honor SIP bestows.

Other awards include:

  • Double Platinum for its Straight Rye at the ASCOT Awards
  • Platinum for its Straight Bourbon at the ASCOT Awards
  • Double Gold for its Straight Bourbon at the San Francisco Spirits Competition and a score of 95

“These awards further prove that the science behind river aging works,” said Founder Hank Ingram. “The motion of the Mississippi combines with its intense humidity and massive temperature swings to create world-class spirits. Being recognized with these awards by such esteemed peers in our industry is humbling, but we are just getting started.”

“When we set out to change the industry with our river aging technique, there were certainly skeptics,” said Master Blender Scott Beyer. “But we knew we had something special. Our barrels are exposed to the river’s conditions for their entire lives, and they have a profound effect on our distillate. It is great to receive accolades like these as folks in the industry acknowledge the extraordinary whiskies we create by harnessing the power of the river. I want to thank the judges for giving us such high honors.”

So how does this unique process influence the taste? Here are the official 2024 SIP ‘Best of Class’ Straight Bourbon tasting notes:

  • Nose: Citrus zest, strawberry tart, floral and coffee
  • Palate: Honey, orange peel, cacao, cinnamon and baked apples
  • Finish: A long, mellow finish with chocolate cream pie, vanilla, caramelized sugars and hint of tobacco

Inside the original floating rickhouses, barrels of Ingram River Aged whiskies spend their years exposed to the climate and constant motion of the Mississippi River. The motion of the river, its high humidity, and severe diurnal shifts in temperature ensure that the whiskey never stops working, creating an extraordinary spirit. We call it Mellowed on the Mississippi. You can see full details about the unique aging process here.

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About O.H. Ingram River Aged
O.H. Ingram River Aged was founded in 2015, when Hank Ingram pioneered the
first permanent floating rickhouses to age award-winning whiskies in Western Kentucky. 
Moored on the banks of the Mississippi River in Columbus, KY, O.H. Ingram River Aged’s rickhouses
were custom built inside former grain barges. They now house a 2-story barrel maturation operation
that never leaves the water. While having a similar look to those on land, Ingram’s rickhouses have a
very different feel.   
O.H. Ingram River Aged is the only whiskey in the world that spends its entire life on the Mississippi
River – years of being exposed to the microclimate and humidity of the river, along with its constant
motion, that provoke a unique interaction between oak and spirit.
Presently available on shelves in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, and
Wisconsin, as well as online via Seelbach’s, O.H. Ingram offers a bourbon, rye, straight whiskey,
limited release Flagship and a single barrel program. Additional markets will come as inventory
allows through R.S. Lipman.

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Thomas Mulgrew