Authentic Seacoast Distilling Wins Five Medals at Prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition

May 1, 2018

Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd has continued its winning streak at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), bringing five medals home to Atlantic Canada from the 18th annual competition. The distillery received a:


  • Gold Medal for its GLYNNEVAN® 12 Year Old Straight Canadian Rye Whisky,
  • Silver Medals for its GLYNNEVAN Cabot Triple Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky and Fortress® Rum, and
  • Bronze Medals for its GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky and Virga® Vodka. This is the fourth consecutive year Authentic Seacoast Distilling has been recognized for excellence with their spirits.

Regarded as the most influential spirits competition in the world, the 2018 SFWSC was the largest in its history, featuring more than 2,200 submissions. Medal winners are chosen through a rigorous blind tasting process over four days to ensure integrity and impartiality. As a result, a SFWSC medal is a recognized affirmation of high quality and one of the most reliable and universal indications of spirits excellence.

“I am absolutely delighted to have our GLYNNEVAN® Whisky, Fortress® Rum and Virga® Vodka recognized by the most prestigious spirits competition in the world”, said Glynn Williams, President and Distiller, Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. “These impressive results provide us with independent third party validation of the very high quality of our products on a global basis.”

A new Canadian tradition where the spirit of prairie grain comes to rest in barrels in the Authentic Seacoast Distillery on the historic Guysborough harbour, GLYNNEVAN® Whisky brings a distinct Maritimes character to Canadian rye whisky. Read more about GLYNNEVAN Whisky at

Inspired by tales of the sea, Virga® Vodka is small batch triple distilled using Authentic Seacoast Company’s Glanbùrn Artesian Water and spring wheat from Annapolis Valley farms to create a unique taste of Nova Scotia. Read more about Virga Vodka at www.virgavodka.

Fortress® Rum restores the 300-year history of the New France rum trade and is created by patiently maturing select Caribbean rum in oak barrels protected within the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A smooth and well-structured amber rum, this premium, over-proof spirit delivers notes of oak, vanilla and tropical fruit. Read more about Fortress Rum at

To everyone who enjoys our award-winning spirits, we raise a glass to you.

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