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Southern Champion Wins Gold at 2018 World Spirit Awards

Southern Champion Wins Gold at 2018 World Spirit Awards

BAD KLEINKIRCHEIM, AUSTRIA March 25th, 2018 – Southern Champion was awarded 5 winning medals for their spirits at the 2018 World Spirit Awards in Austria. Gold medals went to XIII Kings Vodka, Pelican Harbor Light Rum, Pelican Harbor Black Rum and Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey, and Andrew John’s Gin scored a Silver.

The industry expert judges hailed Southern Champion’s spirits for their strength of character, smooth aromas, balance and superior taste. Founded by former skier turned spirit evangelist Wolfram Ortner, the WSA judges still rate spirts in competition according to Ortner’s scoring system, which includes two categories for fragrance, two for taste, and a fifth for harmony.

The WSA is dubbed the “World Championships” of spirits by industry insiders. Only 450 spirits from around the world reached the official tasting in Austria where medals were awarded. Southern Champion’s five wins at this year’s WSA attest to their passion for making some of the world’s finest spirits, enjoyed by consumers and expert judges alike.

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BAD KLEINKIRCHEIM, AUSTRIA March 25th, 2018 - Southern Champion was awarded 5 winning medals for their spirits at the 2018 World Spirit Awards in Austria. Gold medals went to XIII Kings Vodka, Pelican Harbor Light Rum, Pelican Harbor Black Rum and Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey, and Andrew John’s Gin scored a... Read More

Closet Freak Medals at Texas International Wine Competition

Closet Freak Medals at Texas International Wine Competition

KYLE, TX – January 19, 2018. Closet Freak, Southern Champion’s one and only white wine, wins a Silver medal at the Texas International Wine Competition on November 18, 2017 for its outstanding taste.

Closet Freak wins a Silver medal based on its sweet flavor and well-rounded body for a commercial white wine. Wineries from all over the country plus a handful of foreign countries enter their wines for the chance to be recognized as a prestigious international winery. A panel of expert judges and master sommeliers critique each wine based on a blind tasting and score each wine individually.

The Texas International Wine Competition is one of the largest international wine competitions and food festivals in the state of Texas.

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KYLE, TX – January 19, 2018. Closet Freak, Southern Champion’s one and only white wine, wins a Silver medal at the Texas International Wine Competition on November 18, 2017 for its outstanding taste. Closet Freak wins a Silver medal based on its sweet flavor and well-rounded body for a commercial... Read More

Southern Champion Strikes Again at MicroLiquor Spirit Awards

Southern Champion Strikes Again at MicroLiquor Spirit Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – January 19, 2018. For the third year in a row, Southern Champion, home of Buzzballz, makes a huge statement at the MicroLiquor Spirits Awards in November 2017 with its own spirit lines.

Triple Gold medals were awarded to both Andrew John’s Gin and Pelican Harbor Light Rum for their exquisite tastes and standards of excellent quality. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey and XIII Kings Vodka both left the awards with Gold medals. Pelican Harbor Black Rum received a Silver medal.

Andrew John’s Gin won a Gold medal in the packaging competition for its sleek, clean bottle that portrays an upscale earthy, grass-like essence. XIII Kings Vodka received a Silver medal in the packaging competition, while Pelican Harbor Light Rum and Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey both left with Bronze medals.

The MicroLiquor Spirit Awards is the World’s Premier International Spirits Competition for small and emerging brands. The competition brings in hundreds of different brands from around the world to compete for the top medals, specifically, a triple gold medal. The MicroLiquor Awards recognizes the triple gold spirits based on extraordinary taste and the highest standard of quality and excellence, and receive the highest recommendations in the competition.

One of the world’s most distinguished agencies for alcohol beverage package design, Flowdesign, is responsible for judging the packaging competition. The competition is based on brand concept, logo and brand identity, brand story, graphics, typography, style and legibility, and overall design among other things.

The MicroLiquor Spirit Awards is the world’s first spirits competition for small brands. Stealing some of the top honors, Southern Champion is coming home with bragging rights and nine new medals.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – January 19, 2018. For the third year in a row, Southern Champion, home of Buzzballz, makes a huge statement at the MicroLiquor Spirits Awards in November 2017 with its own spirit lines. Triple Gold medals were awarded to both Andrew John’s Gin and Pelican Harbor Light Rum... Read More

Spirits That Can’t be Stopped!

Spirits That Can’t be Stopped!

ENCINO, CA – December 15, 2017. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey and Pelican Harbor Black Rum receive major recognition by The Tasting Panel, the nation’s leading beverage publication that reaches over 90,000 industry professionals. Hundreds of spirits are sent in each month by companies across the world in hopes of being reviewed by the prestigious panel of judges, who only review a handful of spirits per month.

Pelican Harbor Black Rum receives a majorly successful rating of 93 points, an A in the eyes of the Tasting Panel. The judges note that the black rum carries tastes such as, “Blackstrap molasses melds with pronounced aromas of green apple and clover honey. On the palate, a creamy layer of vanilla extract and honey wheat bread entry showcasing some dry tannins. Mid-palate to finish, it takes flight with a cocoa biscuit-y intensity to a smooth-as-silk landing. Complex and noteworthy.”

Crooked Fox Bourbon receives a huge rating of 92 points, which is also the equivalent to an A on the Tasting Panel scale. The panel of judges give notes on the American blended whiskey stating, “Orange peel and nectarine greet the nose with a hint of pine sap and other woodsy qualities. This fox is approachable – no growls and certainly no bites, but a sensual nature that permeates the palate. Dry on the finish, with black plum, peach and toffee, and a touch of tobacco leaf. God our ears perked up!”

The Tasting Panel Magazine is the largest circulated trade publication in the beverage industry that reaches thousands of key decision-makers across the United States and is still growing and thriving on an international scale. “The Tasting Panel continues to help shape opinion, influence beverage buying decision-makers, and enhance the joy of wine and spirits for the trade and the public.” (tastingpanelmag.com)

http://www.tastingpanelmag.com/?redirect_referrer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tastingpanelmag.com%2fAbout-US.aspx

Millie Flowers, Marketing Coordinator
Southern Champion
Millie.flowers@southern-champion.com
972.242.3777

ENCINO, CA - December 15, 2017. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey and Pelican Harbor Black Rum receive major recognition by The Tasting Panel, the nation’s leading beverage publication that reaches over 90,000 industry professionals. Hundreds of spirits are sent in each month by companies across the world in hopes of being... Read More

Kick Wins 2018 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

Kick Wins 2018 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

RALEIGH, N.C. –  December 12, 2018. Merrilee Kick, Owner and President of Southern Champion and BuzzBallz, won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, joining the 2018 class of honorees. Kick was selected from a global field of nominees representing hundreds of entrepreneurs from across many industries and countries. She joins a select group of winners in the $10 to $25 million annual revenue category.

The award, widely regarded as the most coveted prize for women business leaders, recognizes women who steer fast-growing businesses, actively mentor and support other women in business and show leadership for good in their communities. Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women said, “We could not be more proud to recognize their accomplishments as CEOs of fast-growth companies, community leaders, and role models and mentors to other women and girls.”

Kick built a thriving wine and spirits empire from her own backyard. She continues to create opportunities for her employees, for her fellow Texans and others worldwide with Southern Champion brands now expanded to Asia. Her drive, dedication and business acumen is evident in her success and stature in her industry and community.

Kick and all the Enterprising Women of the Year will be honored at a gala on March 6, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami marking the end of the 16th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference.

Sheba Khodadad, Public Relations

6 Degrees Deep

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RALEIGH, N.C. -  December 12, 2018. Merrilee Kick, Owner and President of Southern Champion and BuzzBallz, won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, joining the 2018 class of honorees. Kick was selected from a global field of nominees representing hundreds of entrepreneurs from across many industries and countries. She joins a... Read More

Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Welcomes BuzzBallz Aboard In-Flight Menu

Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Welcomes BuzzBallz Aboard In-Flight Menu

Manila, Philippines – September 19, 2017.  Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five lines of premium spirits, announced a new partnership with Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest volume airline. Starting in October 2017, Cebu Pacific’s in-flight menu will include three signature BuzzBallz pre-mixed cocktails.

The chosen flavors, Tequila ‘Rita, Watermelon Smash and Choc Tease, are established fan favorites and sure to make the in-flight experience even sweeter for Cebu Pacific passengers. The ready-to-drink cocktails require no mixing and come in compact, plastic containers, making them ideal for airplane cabin enjoyment.

Cebu Pacific will unveil the new in-flight menu featuring BuzzBallz next month on its domestic and international routes. The airline flies millions of passengers annually to 38 domestic destinations in the Philippines and 30 international destinations in 20 countries across Asia Pacific.Flight Menu

With great taste and convenient packaging, BuzzBallz cocktails were destined to take flight.

 Sheba Khodadad, Public Relations
6 Degrees Deep
424-235-0335
sheba@6degreesdeep.com

Manila, Philippines – September 19, 2017.  Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five lines of premium spirits, announced a new partnership with Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest volume airline. Starting in October 2017, Cebu Pacific’s in-flight menu will include three signature BuzzBallz pre-mixed cocktails. The chosen flavors, Tequila ‘Rita, Watermelon... Read More

Crooked Fox Making Waves at Competitions in 2017

Crooked Fox Making Waves at Competitions in 2017

CHICAGO, IL – October 1, 2017. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey enters the North American Whiskey Competition October 1st, 2017 and comes home with a silver medal. The competition rates whiskey spirits alike in different categories based on taste, feel, and origin.

Crooked Fox receives a silver medal and 83 points on the rating scale that rates entered whiskies 1-100, with 100 being the highest score. The North American Whiskey Competition suggests Crooked Fox Bourbon has a, “Medium gold color. Aromas of caramel dipped green pear, fennel fronds, cumin, white flowers and new furniture, and mint gum with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, easy maraschino cherry pits, lemon balm, golden graham cereal, and allspice berries and clove finish. A rock solid bourbon for boilermakers.”

The next North American Whiskey Competition hosted by Tastings.com will take place September 1st, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Spirits/Review-2017-10-01-North-American-Whiskey.aspx

Millie Flowers, Marketing Coordinator
Southern Champion
Millie.flowers@southern-champion.com
972.242.3777

CHICAGO, IL – October 1, 2017. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey enters the North American Whiskey Competition October 1st, 2017 and comes home with a silver medal. The competition rates whiskey spirits alike in different categories based on taste, feel, and origin. Crooked Fox receives a silver medal and 83... Read More

Southern Champion takes over London at the 2017 IWSC

Southern Champion takes over London at the 2017 IWSC

London, UK – July 26, 2017

Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, took on the world’s finest spirits producers in the ring at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – and won. The company will sport six new medals in all, five for excellence in a double-blind tasting competition and one for outstanding packaging.

Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey and XIII Kings Vodka each won Silver Outstanding medals while Pelican Harbor Dark Rum, Pelican Harbor Light Rum, and Andrew John’s Gin took home Bronze medals in their categories. Pelican Harbor Light Rum was also awarded the Packaging Bronze for its crowd-pleasing sunset bottle design.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is widely recognized by both industry and consumers as the world’s premiere spirits competition. The 2017 IWSC welcomed thousands of entries from over 80 countries and required nearly 400 expert judges to evaluate each in a double-blind tasting. With six shiny new metals, Southern Champion premium spirits continue their winning streak with judges and consumers alike.

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London, UK – July 26, 2017 Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, took on the world’s finest spirits producers in the ring at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – and won. The company will sport six new medals in all, five for excellence in... Read More

Meet the Owner of BuzzBallz Poolside at #WBENCCONF

Meet the Owner of BuzzBallz Poolside at #WBENCCONF

DALLAS, TX – May 17, 2017. Merilee Kick, owner and President of Southern-Champion/BuzzBallz was recently featured in the April/May issue of Presidents Report, a publication of WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council). The article focuses on Merrilee’s genius idea to step out into the entrepreneurial world and start the popular ready-to-drink cocktail BuzzBallz. Visit https://issuu.com/limbdesign/docs/wbenc_presidents_report_april_2017/22 for more information.

BuzzBallz

DALLAS, TX – May 17, 2017. Merilee Kick, owner and President of Southern-Champion/BuzzBallz was recently featured in the April/May issue of Presidents Report, a publication of WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council). The article focuses on Merrilee’s genius idea to step out into the entrepreneurial world and start the popular... Read More

Southern Champion Takes 3 Silvers at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

Southern Champion Takes 3 Silvers at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

ORLANDO, FL – April 20, 2017. Southern Champion takes 3 silvers at the 74th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Pelican Harbor Rum and BuzzBallz Blueberry Blitz took silvers in this year’s competition. Closet Freak White wine competed for the first time and came out with a silver medal. To read more about this year’s WSWA events and awards, visit http://www.wswaconvention.org/.

ORLANDO, FL – April 20, 2017. Southern Champion takes 3 silvers at the 74th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Pelican Harbor Rum and BuzzBallz Blueberry Blitz took silvers in this year’s competition. Closet Freak White wine competed for the first time and came out... Read More