San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Unpack your tuxedo and elevated glassware, due to the fact it’s Award Time for the whiskey earth. The San Francisco World Spirits Level of competition (SFWSC) puts spirits via a rigorous established of tastings, maintaining the identities of the liquids from the judges all through the process. Due to the fact of that, it’s just one of the most well-respected and longest running competitions in the match. And its picks carry a good deal of excess weight. The greatest whiskeys of 2021 had been just produced, and this year’s winners consist of some newcomers and unforeseen victors.



For occasion, Blue Run Spirits, which was launched previous year, took prime honors for two of its bourbons. Blue Run 13.five One Barrel took greatest solitary barrel bourbon 11 a long time or more mature, greatest solitary barrel bourbon, and greatest bourbon. Its fourteen-year tiny batch bourbon took greatest tiny batch 11 a long time and more mature.

It’s not completely a shock get, nevertheless, due to the fact the company (which was launched in Oct 2020) employed previous Four Roses learn distiller Jim Rutledge as its advisor to produce the sourced bourbon guiding the Blue Run label (the supply remains undisclosed).

Some founded names like Heaven Hill took accolades for Henry McKenna 10 Yr—a past whiskey of the year. This year it peaked at greatest solitary barrel up to 10 a long time of age. And the distillery’s 2020 release of the Parker’s Heritage Collection—10 Yr Outdated Significant Char Bourbon—won greatest tiny batch bourbon.

Other noteworthy winners consist of Vermont’s WhistlePig Distillery, which won greatest rye for its Manager Hog VII—Magellan’s Atlantic release. Uncle Nearest 1820 High quality One Barrel took greatest Tennessee whiskey, and a grandfatherly forty three-year-previous Canadian Club release in the “Chronicles” assortment took greatest Canadian whisky.

And then there was the just one standing higher than them all: The Ideal In Display Whiskey of 2021.

The earth of scotch also gave a couple welcome surprises: underdog Glen Scotia won each greatest Scotch and Ideal in Display for the full whiskey class with their 25-year-previous One Malt. It’s a excellent malt created in just one of scotch whisky’s the very least regarded locations: Campbeltown.

This Glen Scotia release was extra to the portfolio a couple a long time in the past, and as you can think about, the source is very restricted. The SFWSC retains its file of picking excellent scotches—we also loved previous year’s crowning of Glendronach 15 Revival as greatest whiskey.

A entire listing of winners, medalists, and honorable mentions in whiskey and other categories will be produced this Wednesday. Below are a couple extra well worth mentioning in the meantime:

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