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 means of a rigorous set of tastings, maintaining 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 recreation. And its picks carry plenty of weight. One of the best whiskeys of 2021 had been simply launched, and this 12 months’s winners embody some newcomers and sudden victors.
For example, Blue Run Spirits, which was based final 12 months, took high honors for 2 of its bourbons. Blue Run 13.5 Single Barrel took finest single barrel bourbon 11 years or older, finest single barrel bourbon, and finest bourbon. Its 14-year small batch bourbon took finest small batch 11 years and older.
It’s not totally a shock win, nonetheless, 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 finest single barrel as much as 10 years of age. And the distillery’s 2020 launch of the Parker’s Heritage Assortment—10 12 months Outdated Heavy Char Bourbon—gained finest small batch bourbon.
Different notable winners embody Vermont’s WhistlePig Distillery, which gained finest rye for its Boss Hog VII—Magellan’s Atlantic launch. Uncle Nearest 1820 Premium Single Barrel took finest Tennessee whiskey, and a grandfatherly 43-year-old Canadian Membership launch within the “Chronicles” assortment took finest Canadian whisky.
After which there was the one standing above all of them: The Finest In Present Whiskey of 2021.
The world of scotch additionally gave a couple of welcome surprises: underdog Glen Scotia gained each finest Scotch and Finest in Present for your entire whiskey class with their 25-year-old Single Malt. It’s a incredible 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’ll be able to think about, the availability is sort of restricted. The SFWSC retains its document of selecting incredible scotches—we additionally beloved final 12 months’s crowning of Glendronach 15 Revival as finest whiskey.
An entire listing of winners, medalists, and honorable mentions in whiskey and different classes will probably be launched this Wednesday. Listed below are a couple of extra value mentioning within the meantime:
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