Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, and the fictional character Rocky Balboa, who embodies the hardworking attitude that the city lives by. Now the City of Brotherly Love is known for producing the best homemade vodka in the country.
Union Forge, a vodka produced in Philadelphia by the Charles Jacquin et Cie liquor company, received a double gold medal as the best American vodka from Fifty best.
Using a five-point system, a blindfolded jury tasted 18 different domestic vodkas to choose the best.
Vodka won double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals based on the total number of points.
“Union Forge represents the same spirit and resilience as Jacquin’s and Pennsylvania,” Manali Tijoriwala, head of product development at Jacquin’s, he said. “Receiving a double gold medal for ‘Best Domestic Vodka’ is an honor and a recognition of the team’s efforts.
Released in March 2022, Union Forge Vodka is the first new product from Jacquin Distillery in over ten years.
Jacquin CEO John Cooper said Philadelphia Business Journal in April that the company does not often do innovative things; the last new product was Sweet Revenge liqueur.
The vodka launch was part of the company’s commitment to increase its production, eventually producing 1 million cases of its brands annually. In addition, Jacquin wants to build both locally and nationally with the launch of “new to the world” products.
The vodka is sold for $19.99 in 750 ml bottles at liquor stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, California, Delaware, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Massachusetts and Louisiana.
Since 1884, family-owned Charles Jacquin et Cie has been brewing, distilling and producing alcohol in Philadelphia. Based in East Kensington, the company has six brands, Jacquin’s ghost which sells rum, gin and brandy; Pennsylvania Dutch cream liqueur, Bartenders Trading Co.ready-to-drink cocktails; Irish Manor Irish cream liqueur; Savory & James and The Union Forge Vodka.
The Top 50 is a guide to wines and spirits “that achieve the highest standards of spirits evaluation through a rigorous tasting methodology”.