Ranked: Top 100 American whiskeys of 2021

This year’s winner of my American Whiskey of the Year had some stiff competition for 2021. But in the end, it’s what I wanted to keep sipping on. View criteria for this year’s rankings.

Note: This has been updated with brand corrections, proofs and price points. All prices are based on the SRP.

100. Balcones Wheated Bourbon, 92 proof, $62.99
99. Banner Wheat Whiskey, 92 proof, $34.99
98. Fort Hamilton Double Barrel Bourbon. 92, $39.99
97. Sagamore Spirit Bottled in Bond Rye, 100 Proof, $40-$60
96. Legends Single Barrel, 122 proof, $72.99
95. Whiskey Acres Maple Finish, 118.9 proof, $47.99
94. Elijah Craig B521, 118.2 proof, $65
93. Buzzard’s Roost Toasted, 105 proof, $80
92. Cutwater Devil’s Share, 92 proof, $134.99
91. Grand Teton Corn Whiskey, 100 proof, $80
90. Wilderness Trail Bottled in Bond 2021, 100 proof, $79.99
89. Kentucky Peerless Small Batch, 109.3 proof, $69.99
88. Davies Double Barrel, 96 proof, $50
87. Ironroot Harbinger, 115 proof, $34.99
86. Pinhook Bourbon War, 107 proof, $65
85. Old Elk Sour Mash Reserve, 105 proof, $80.99
84. Boone County Wheated, 120.4 proof, $100
83. Kings Family Distillery Tennessee Bourbon, 127.4 proof, $99
82. Woodinville PX Sherry Finish, 95 proof, $39.99
81. St. Augustine Port Finish, 102 proof, $69.99
80. 291 E Colorado Whiskey Batch 8, 130.9 proof, $100
79. Virginia Distillery Courage & Conviction, 92 proof, $74.99
78. Elijah Craig C921, 120.2 proof, $65
77. Spirits of French Lick William Dalton, 104.1 proof, $100
76. Booker’s 2021-04, 124.4 proof, $89.99
Finishing at No. 74, Bradshaw Bourbon is distilled and aged at the Green River Distillery in Owensboro. This is the first time a product from this distillery has caught my attention at this level, and I’ve tasted barrel samples from here that make me think Green River is a distillery of the future. Bradshaw is 103.8 proof and around $40.

75. Doc Swinson’s Alter Ego, 95.8 proof, $59.99
74. Bradshaw Bourbon Batch 4, 103.8 proof, $42.99
73. Kings County Distillery Empire Rye, 102 proof, $99
72. Spirit Works Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey, 90 proof, $50
71. Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey, 91 proof, $30
70. Ironroot Hubris, 117.8 proof, $52.99
69. Lone Elm Wheat Whiskey, 120 proof, $44.99
68. Whiskey Acres Blue Popcorn bourbon, 92 proof, $30
67. Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon – Bottled in Bond, 100 proof, $65
66. Horse Soldier Premium Spring 2021, 87 proof, $49.99
65. Milam & Greene Port Finish Rye. 94 proof, $45.99
64. Old Line Single Malt, Madera finish, 100 proof, $65
63. Nashville Barrel Company Tennessee Cask, 123.7 proof, $75
62. Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion No. 5, 94.9 proof, $60
61. Four Gate Ruby Rye Batch 11, 113.4 proof, $185
60. New Riff Red Turkey Wheated, 100 proof, $50
59. Barrell Batch 28, 108.86 proof, $89
58. Larceny C921, 122.6 proof, $50
57. Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish, 90.2 proof, $59.99
56. O.H Ingram River Aged Flagship, 100 proof, $100
55. Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond, 100 proof, $70
54. Augusta Buckner 13 Year, 123.2 proof, $200
53. Westland Peat Week, 120.8, $100
52. Westward Cask Strength Single Malt, 125 proof, $100
51. Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon, 111 proof, $90
50. Liberty Pole Spirits Peated Rye Whiskey, 109.6 proof, $64
49. Four Gate Bluegrass Trilogy III, 124.7 proof, $199
48. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Batch 1, 115.2 proof, $69.95
47. Penelope 4 Grain Cask Strength, 116.6 proof, $69.95
46. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 5 Year Old Bourbon, 118 proof, $60
45. Blood Oath Pact 7, 98.6 proof, $100
44. Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Raceking, 109.2 proof, $295
43. Kings County Cask Strength, 123.7 proof, $74.99
42. Kentucky Senator 15 Year Old, 107 proof, $200
41. Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Bourbon, 100 proof, $49.99
40. Sweetens Cove Batch 2, 101.4 proof, $200
39. Blackened Cask Strength Batch 106, 110.7 proof, $54.99
38. High Plains Rye, 97 proof, $54.95
Coming in at No. 37, Dettling’s released several expressions that have been delicious. While their 72-month Alabama made my list, this May release was also close to making the list.

37. Dettling 72 Month, 110.2 proof, $70
36. Uncle Nearest Master’s Blend, 115 proof, $149.99
35. Huber’s Starlight Distillery Single Barrel, 110.8 proof, $50
34. Barrell Batch 27, 115.7 proof, $119
33. Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, 114.2 proof, $150
32. Smoke Wagon Uncut Batch 25, 116 proof, $200
31. Three Chamber’s Rye, Leopold Brothers, 100 proof, $250
30. Yellowstone, Amarone Finish, 101 proof, $`100
29. Jefferson’s Rye, Cognac Finish, 94 proof, $64.99
28. A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength, 141.1 proof, $100
27. Michter’s 10 Year Rye, 92.8 proof, $150
26. Maker’s Mark FAE-2, 109.1 proof, $60
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The Top 25

25. Garrison Brothers Laguna Madre, 101 proof, $300
24. Barrell Batch 30, 117.32 proof, $89
23. Dickel / Leopold Brothers Three Chamber Collab, 100 proof, $110
22. Stagg Jr. Batch 16, 130.9 proof, $50
21. William LaRue Weller, 125.3 proof, $100
20. Parker’s Wheat Whiskey, 122 proof, $140
19. Thomas Handy Rye, 129.5 proof, $99
18. Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon, 94.4 proof, $139.99
17. Sazerac 18 Year Old, 90 proof, $100
16. Blue Note 17 Year Old, 96.6 proof, $149.99
15. New Riff Malted Rye, 100 proof, $60
14. Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Spring, 100 proof, $110
13. Old Fitzgerald 11 Year Fall, 100 proof, $110
12. Booker’s 2021-03, 2021-03, 125.5 proof, $110
11. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep One, 101 proof, $175
Barrell Seagrass finished second in the blind tasting. This is the exact bottle (from Total Wine) tasted in the blind.
10. Jack Daniel’s 10 Year, 97 proof, $70
9. Bardstown Bourbon Company Triple Stave, 109 proof, $200
8. Kuiper Belt 8 Year Kentucky Bourbon, 90 proof, $100
7. Angel’s Envy Madera Finish, 100 proof, $550
6. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, 104 proof, $130
5. Remus Repeal V, 100 proof, $90
4. Eagle Rare 17 Year, 101 proof, $149.99
3. Little Book Chapter 5, 116.8 proof, $125
2. Barrell Seagrass Rye, 119.84 proof, $90
1. Russell’s 13 year, 114.8 proof, $70

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