Including Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Whitetop

Smyth County



For additional information, contact:


Appalachian Mountain Spirits Distillery:

Scott “Mash” Schumaker at (276) 782-0932


Or the Town of Marion:

Ken Heath at (276) 783-4190




(Portland, OR) The Great American Distillers Festival Bottle Competition might just be the toughest spirits competition in the industry. With one Double Gold medal (Highest Recommendation) awarded to Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Whiskey, and seventeen Gold medals (Highly Recommended), the judges at the competition awarded these distinguished medals to the best of the best. And in this prestigious competition, Marion’s very own Appalachian Mountain Spirits Distillery walked away with not one but TWO GOLD MEDALS!


A highly-qualified panel of spirits judges from throughout the Pacific Northwest evaluated the entries using a proprietary scoring system that evaluated each spirit on a number of factors, including taste, appearance, aroma and commercial suitability.   All entries were evaluated using double-blind organoleptic analysis to separate the finest distilled spirits from the pack, and after the judges had spoken, the results were clear. Marion’s Appalachian Mountain Spirits’ Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine  earned a gold for the best un-aged Whisky. The AMS sister product,  War Horn Whisky, won the Gold for Best Single Barrel Whisky.  All medal winners stood above the rest of the competition.


“I knew we made the best Moonshine, the Gold Medal just helps express the point,” said Appalachian Mountain Spirits Distillery owner Scott “Mash” Schumaker.  “I’m the only legal distiller that makes spirits up in the holler, just like yester-year, a great whisky starts from a great mash, and a lot of pride. Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine is small batch hand made from Virginia Corn, grown right here in Smyth County.  My late brother LTC Sean Schumaker would especially be proud that his 32nd Signal Battalion, known as the War Horn’s, namesake whisky is a Gold Medal winner”


The Great American Distillers Festival Bottle Competition was held in conjunction with The Great American Distillers Festival, which just concluded its highly-successful ninth year. For more information, or to see the full list of medal winners, go to or contact  A complete list of medal winners can be found at



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