These 8 bourbons just won the highest honor at an international spirits competition


If you want to be sipping the best bourbon, there’s only one competition you need to pay attention to.

More than 2,200 spirits were entered to be sipped and evaluated at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in April, and eight all-American bourbons rose to the top.

Fresh from their charred-oak barrels, these bottles were rated the best-of-the best by the competition’s expert judges.

Most of the bourbons clock in below the $100 mark, but a few do demand a bit more. And they all, of course, hail from the US.

David Nicholson Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

David Nicholson

Award: Best straight bourbon

Price: $33

Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon

Kings County Distillery

Award: Best small-batch bourbon in the Up to 5 Years category

Price: Unavailable

Barrell Batch 011 Cask-Strength Straight Bourbon

Barrel Bourbon

Awards: Best bourbon, best small-batch bourbon, best small-batch bourbon in the 6 to 10 Years category

Price: $85

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Small-Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Elijah Craig

Award: Best small-batch bourbon in the 11 Years and Older category

Price: $50

Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel Bourbon


Awards: Best single-barrel bourbon, best single-barrel bourbon in the Up to 10 Years category

Price: $105

Four Roses Elliott’s Select Barrel-Strength 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon

Elliotts Select

Award: Best single barrel bourbon in the 11 Years and Older category

Price: $125

One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 6

One Eight Distilling

Award: Best special barrel-finished bourbon

Price: $78

Oregon Spirit Distillers Straight Bourbon

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Award: Best craft-distiller whiskey

Price: $40