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 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 vital well-respected and longest working competitions within the recreation. And its picks carry a number of weight. The most effective whiskeys of 2021 have been simply launched, and this yr’s winners embrace some newcomers and surprising victors.
As an illustration, Blue Run Spirits, which was based final yr, took high 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 fully 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 yr. This yr 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 And the distillery’s 2020 launch of the Parker’s Heritage Assortment—10 12 months Outdated Heavy Char Bourbon—gained greatest small batch bourbon.
Different notable winners embrace Vermont’s WhistlePig Distillery, which gained 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 just a few welcome surprises: underdog Glen Scotia gained each greatest Scotch and Greatest in Present for your entire whiskey class with their 25-year-old Single Malt. It’s a incredible malt made in considered one of scotch whisky’s least identified areas: Campbeltown.
This Glen Scotia launch was added to the portfolio just a few years in the past, and as you may think about, the provision is kind of restricted. The SFWSC retains its document of selecting incredible scotches—we additionally cherished final yr’s crowning of Glendronach 15 Revival as greatest whiskey.
An entire record of winners, medalists, and honorable mentions in whiskey and different classes will probably be launched this Wednesday. Listed here are just a few extra price mentioning within the meantime:
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