Iron Vault Distillery, LLC has earned a Gold medal for its 1803 Single Malt Whiskey. This honor was bestowed by The Fifty Best at its “Best American Single Malt Whiskey” Awards of 2023, held on March 6. 

“We bought our grain from West Branch Malts in Brunswick. After aging in our previously used bourbon barrels, we spent months fine tuning our finishing process to create an excellent single malt whiskey.”  -John Bassett (Iron Vault Distillery Owner)

Contenders were evaluated for the distinguished award at a blind tasting in which a pre-qualified panel of judges used professional criteria to evaluate American malt whiskies. Entrants were rated individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the highest. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges’ impressions.

The complete results, along with tasting notes, can be viewed at:

Iron Vault has manufactured fine distilled spirits in Uptowne Galion since 2017. The distillery is open to the public for tastings and sales during the following hours: Tuesday – Thursday 3 – 6, Friday 3 – 8, and Saturdays 12 – 8. Tours of the facility are also available by appointment; visit or call (419) 777-7400 for more details. is a digital guide to wines and spirits, featuring rated listings resulting from proprietary blind tastings, as judged by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, wine/spirit retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants, and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.

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