Pelican Harbor Light and Pelican Harbor Black Rums Win 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.

Sheba Khodadad, PR
6 Degrees Deep

Pelican Harbor Rum 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.

Pelican Harbor Rum 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.” (

Millie Flowers, Marketing Coordinator
Southern Champion

Pelican Harbor Light Wins Bronze in 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.

Sheba Khodadad
6 Degrees Deep
PR. Brand Development. Event Production.

Pelican Harbor Rum Takes Silver 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