Who Won Best Bourbon, American Whiskey of 2020?
Whiskey fans the world over have waited for this – through a pandemic, no less – all year: It’s Fred Minnick’s Best American Whiskey of 2020.
All year, as Fred tastes bourbon and whiskey each week, he adds the best of the bunch to his list for one last, winner-take-all, blind taste-off. The nearly three-hour session was the culmination of a process, yielding a few surprises and memorable moments, finishing as a fine way to cap off a sometimes-beleaguering 2020.
Well, now the wait is over, and the winner has been chosen – well, actually there were nine winners, one each across nine categories that featured more than 40 whiskeys in total, culminating in an overall winner. Note: Five of the finalists won uncontested in their respective categories.
Here are the categories: Best Bourbon, Wildcard Bourbon, Best American Single Malt, Best Blend of Straights, Best Rye, Best Wheat Whiskey, Best Corn Whiskey, Best Celebrity Whiskey and Best Barrel Finish.
The link to watch the full tasting – with a list of all the contenders – is above. If you’d like to see the summary, here are the top finishers, category by category.
WILDCARD BOURBON (9:40)
AMERICAN SINGLE MALT (21:03)
BLEND OF STRAIGHTS (39:34)
BEST BOURBON (55:53)
THE FINALS (1:57:36)