JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - August 16, 2010) -  Ivanabitch Gin (www.ivanabitch.com), imported by International Spirits, LLC, has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago. 

The Beverage Testing Institute (www.tastings.com) panelists noted Ivanabitch Gin's "supple entry into a dryish medium-to-full body with grainy and frosted pastry notes and finishes with a hint of piney juniper, dried flowers and citrus made marmalade on bread." 

"Our panelists felt that Ivanabitch Gin was an exceptional product, awarding it a Gold Medal. It's a very clean and well-crafted spirit with a citrusy flavor," said Jerald O'Kennard, director and panel moderator for the Beverage Testing Institute.

In addition to receiving the Gold Medal for its fine taste, the Institute named Ivanabitch Gin a "Best Buy" for its competitive retail price. This medal is a clean sweep for International Spirits products as Ivanabitch Vodka was awarded the Beverage Testing Institute's Gold Medal in 2004. 

"We are honored once again to receive this prestigious designation," said Tony Elward, CEO of International Spirits. "We respect the opinions of the Beverage Testing Institute's panel of industry experts and are grateful that they recognize the quality of Ivanabitch Gin."

About Ivanabitch

Ivanabitch Gin and Vodka are distributed in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky, with expansions planned to additional states by the end of this year.

Ivanabitch is available in four sizes: a new 200 ML size, complete with an eye-catching 12-bottle counter case, as well as 375ML, 750 ML, and 1.75L sizes. 

Ivanabitch Vodka is a premium, imported spirit distilled five times and filtered over active charcoal. The result is a clean, fresh taste that is delicate and smooth.

Ivanabitch Gin is a premium, imported spirit distilled using the traditional London Dry method wafting the alcohol through a chamber of juniper berries and nine other botanicals that impart an incredibly delightful aroma and flavor. 

For more information, please visit www.ivanabitch.com.

About the Beverage Testing Institute

Tasting Lab. To make its information as consistent as possible, the Beverage Testing Institute uses a dedicated tasting lab in Chicago. This room was specially designed to minimize external factors and maximize our panelists' concentration. Tasting at the same time of day practically every weekday morning, under the same ideal conditions, is far better than working out of a suitcase or at a producer's facility.

Panels. All panelists are rigorously screened and audited and then trained in its proprietary blind tasting methodology. The director, Jerald O'Kennard, moderates the panels.

For more information, please visit: www.tastings.com.

Contact Information:

Elizabeth Kelley Grace
Elizabeth@thebuzzagency.net or
Julie Kaminski