Unpack your tuxedo and elevated glassware, as a result of it’s Award Season for the whiskey world. The San Francisco World Spirits Competitors (SFWSC) places spirits by way of a rigorous set of tastings, protecting the identities of the liquids from the judges all through the method. Due to that, it’s one of the crucial well-respected and longest operating competitions within the sport. And its picks carry a variety of weight. The most effective whiskeys of 2021 have been simply launched, and this 12 months’s winners embrace some newcomers and sudden victors.
As an illustration, Blue Run Spirits, which was based final 12 months, took prime honors for 2 of its bourbons. Blue Run 13.5 Single Barrel took greatest single barrel bourbon 11 years or older, greatest single barrel bourbon, and greatest bourbon. Its 14-year small batch bourbon took greatest small batch 11 years and older.
It’s not solely a shock win, nevertheless, as a result of the corporate (which was based in October 2020) employed former 4 Roses grasp distiller Jim Rutledge as its advisor to create the sourced bourbon behind the Blue Run label (the supply stays undisclosed).
Some established names like Heaven Hill took accolades for Henry McKenna 10 12 months—a earlier whiskey of the 12 months. This 12 months it peaked at greatest single barrel as much as 10 years of age. And the distillery’s 2020 launch of the Parker’s Heritage Assortment—10 12 months Previous Heavy Char Bourbon—received greatest small batch bourbon.
Different notable winners embrace Vermont’s WhistlePig Distillery, which received greatest rye for its Boss Hog VII—Magellan’s Atlantic launch. Uncle Nearest 1820 Premium Single Barrel took greatest Tennessee whiskey, and a grandfatherly 43-year-old Canadian Membership launch within the “Chronicles” assortment took greatest Canadian whisky.
After which there was the one standing above all of them: The Greatest In Present Whiskey of 2021.
The world of scotch additionally gave a couple of welcome surprises: underdog Glen Scotia received each greatest Scotch and Greatest in Present for the whole whiskey class with their 25-year-old Single Malt. It’s a unbelievable malt made in one in all scotch whisky’s least identified areas: Campbeltown.
This Glen Scotia launch was added to the portfolio a couple of years in the past, and as you may think about, the availability is kind of restricted. The SFWSC retains its document of selecting unbelievable scotches—we additionally liked final 12 months’s crowning of Glendronach 15 Revival as greatest whiskey.
A whole checklist of winners, medalists, and honorable mentions in whiskey and different classes shall be launched this Wednesday. Listed here are a couple of extra value mentioning within the meantime:
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