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
Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon
- Kings County Distillery
Award: Best small-batch bourbon in the Up to 5 Years category
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
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Small-Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- Elijah Craig
Award: Best small-batch bourbon in the 11 Years and Older category
Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel Bourbon
Awards: Best single-barrel bourbon, best single-barrel bourbon in the Up to 10 Years category
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
One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 6
- One Eight Distilling
Award: Best special barrel-finished bourbon
Oregon Spirit Distillers Straight Bourbon
Award: Best craft-distiller whiskey