Cherry Bounce Wins Big at Consumer SIP Awards!

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 15, 2014)– Chicken Cock Whiskey is stealing headlines again. Fresh off its recent launch, Cherry Bounce – the newest flavor from the Charleston-based brand – is already an award-winning consumer favorite. At the 2014 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards held on May 8 in Dana Point, Calif., Chicken Cock’s cherry cola-infused American whiskey earned a gold medal in the Flavored Whiskey category, beating out entries from some of the largest spirits companies in the world.

Founded in 2009 as a way to judge spirits without industry bias, the SIP Awards are a unique, consumer-driven competition where brand entries receive ratings based on blind tastings. SIP Awards panel members have no industry affiliations with distillers, marketers, wholesalers, distributors or trade organizations. At this year’s event, more than 403 brands were evaluated and scored for aroma, taste and finish.

“We are especially appreciative of this recognition from the SIP Awards because it is indicative of the broader consumer response to our whiskey,” said Matti Anttila, founder and president of Chicken Cock Distillers. “Chicken Cock Whiskey is all about honoring the heritage of an iconic American brand and making whiskey fun again, and Cherry Bounce is the perfect expression of that.”

First distilled in 1856, Chicken Cock Whiskey was reintroduced by Anttila in early 2013. The brand currently features a line of flavored American whiskies available in Cinnamon, Southern Spiced, Root Beer and Cherry Bounce. Chicken Cock Whiskey is easily recognized in its quick-chill aluminum bottle, which harkens back to the tin cans once used to smuggle the bootleg whiskey into Prohibition-era speakeasies, such as The Cotton Club in Harlem.

Chicken Cock’s Cherry Bounce flavor pays homage to one of the most popular alcohol drinks in early American history. Martha Washington was known for her Cherry Bounce recipe, made with fresh cherry juice, whiskey and sugar. Chicken Cock has kicked it up a notch by incorporating the natural flavor of cola.

Country music star and brand partner, Colt Ford, calls Cherry Bounce his favorite flavor of Chicken Cock Whiskey. “When I’m on tour, it’s nice to have something that tastes this good to kick back with,” said Ford. “We keep taking Chicken Cock to the next level, and I love that my fans are now fans of Cherry Bounce, too.”

Bottled at 70 proof, Cherry Bounce ($19.99/750ml) is perfect as a straight shot or in mixed cocktails. Since re-launching last year, the Chicken Cock Whiskey product line has quickly grown in popularity and distribution across the U.S. as the flavored whiskey category continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the whiskey industry and one of the fastest-growing segments of the spirits industry overall.

Today is Now National Cherry Bounce Day!

George Washington is rumored to have chopped down a cherry tree or two in his time. Perhaps it was to supply the ingredients for his most beloved libation. George Washington’s favorite liquor was his wife Martha’s recipe for Cherry Bounce, one of 18th century America’s most popular and high-spirited beverages.

In honor of National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, Chicken Cock American Whiskey declares from this day forward March 26th will be National Cherry Bounce Day. To celebrate, Chicken Cock decided to launch its own version of our forefather’s favorite libation. But as a brand with roots tracing back to 1856 is inclined to do, Chicken Cock has seen Martha and George and raised them one by adding some natural cherry cola flavor to its 21st century version. You’re welcome America!

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CHICKEN COCK BECOMES THE OFFICIAL WHISKEY OF COLT FORD

Colt-CCW-smIt’s official! Chicken Cock Whiskey, the 156-year-old American Whiskey brand made famous in the 1920s as a bootleg whiskey during Prohibition, is saddling up with country star Colt Ford.

Chicken Cock will collaborate closely with Colt Ford to bring new, exciting promotions to fans through concert tour experiences, product integration, private meet-and-greets and social media.

To celebrate our partnership we’re giving away an opportunity to hang with the man himself… and maybe just enjoy a shot or two of his favorite whiskey…  Click here for a chance to win!

Originally produced in 1856, the Chicken Cock brand currently features a line of flavored American whiskies available in Cinnamon, Southern Spiced and Root Beer. Chicken Cock Whiskey is easily recognized in its quick-chill aluminum bottle which harkens back to the tin cans once used to smuggle the bootleg whiskey into Prohibition-era speakeasies like the Cotton Club where it became
famous as the “whiskey in a tin can.” Demand for Chicken Cock continues to build as the expanding product line rolls out to shot glasses, tumblers and mason jars nationwide.

For Ford, the partnership announcement comes on the heels of a series of sold-out shows across the country as he continues to tour with platinum-selling duo Florida-Georgia Line (Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year) in support of his fourth album, Declaration of Independence, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  Ford has also helped deliver two #1 country singles, co-writing “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean and “Country Must Be Country Wide” with Brantley Gilbert. His two most recent releases both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Recognized as the Godfather of the fast-growing country rap genre known as “hick-hop,” Ford is a former golfer who grew up near Athens, Ga., listening to hip-hop, rock and country music.  A accomplished songwriter, producer and performer, Ford draws deeply from his Georgia roots to spin vivid tales of working-class life and back-roads good times, blending hip-hop into classic trucker ballads, honky tonk rave-ups and back-road party music with equal parts swagger, humor and humanity.

Bottoms up!