iStock_56501528_MEDIUMIf you’re going to drink bourbon, you want it to be good quality.

The International Wine and Spirits Competition recognizes and rewards the best in the wine and spirits industry, testing and judging selections in a rigorous process to reach their decision.

At last year’s competition, several great bottles of bourbon took the “Gold” title, which is awarded to superior examples that set the standard. The very best took home a “Gold Outstanding” award, which is given to selections that display “quality of the highest order.” 

The liquors were subjected to both professional blind tasting as well as chemical and microbiological analysis, with the best of the bunch coming out on top.

In honor of National Bourbon Day, here are the seven best bourbons to indulge in.

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Jim Beam Bonded

Comment: “Nose is full of inviting aromas of orange, grain, honey, and spice. Great entry into the mouth with immediate spread of flavors across the palate. Following what the nose promised with addition of licorice, hints of rye, candy, vanilla, and cinnamon. Floral backing where lavender is prominent.  Slow flow and firm texture gives time to absorb all there is to offer. Similar long finish.” 

Award: Gold 

Source: IWSC




Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9YO

Comment:Spice filled nose along with peaches and honey with an underlay of fine oak. Big delivery into the mouth where a massive range of flavors burst across the palate. Orange skin, orange marmalade, vanilla, toffee, and coffee.  Great balance and fine texture. Elegant and poised.  Long, slow, fruit and spice filled finish.” 

Award: Gold Outstanding 

Source: IWSC 

 




Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat

Comment:Super attractive nose filled with floral and spicy notes with a great wave of grain and oak pushing all before it. Tumbles in to the mouth with the full flow of flavor flooding across the palate. Mouth watering display of flavors with attractive, slightly malty note. Lots of brown sugar and licorice. Lots of mature character adds to the complexity of a thoroughly delightful whiskey.” 

Award: Gold Outstanding 

Source: IWSC

 



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If you’re going to drink bourbon, you want it to be good quality. The International Wine and Spirits Competition recognizes and rewards the best in the wine and spirits industry, testing and judging selections in a rigorous process to reach their decision. At last year’s competition, several...