Last year (202o) was one for the books, and not necessarily in a lot of good ways. Some of this, aside from the obvious pandemic and public issues, extended into the whiskey world. From glass shortages to logistics battles making distribution and limited edition releases a total nightmare, we really saw it all.
To cap off the year I’d like to start out by mentioning products that didn’t land in the final running for Whiskey of the Year, but still made an impression on me. These products were either delicious, unique, or otherwise interesting enough to warrant a bit of discussion.
And now…the winners
Below you will find my Whiskey of the Year Winners. As I post reviews, I don’t factor cost into my rating; however, when it comes to this final list to wrap up the calendar year I am doing more than ranking these in order of flavor.
A whiskey of the year needs to do many things, and do nearly all of them better than every other product that sits alongside it. To that end I am absolutely looking at value as a metric. This is essentially the one time a year you will see value as a key metric, and not simply a mention in my conclusion.
With that said, let’s dig in. Below are the whiskeys that struck me as being the best at what they do…
- New Riff Single Barrel
- Russell’s Reserve 13
- Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye
- Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye
- Bull Run 13 Year American Whiskey
- King’s Family Light Whiskey
- Barrell Seagrass
- Whistlepig Boss Hog VIII “LapuLapu’s Pacific”
And the overall winner…