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.

100. Balcones Wheated Bourbon
99. Banner Wheat Whiskey
98. Fort Hamilton Double Barrel
97. Sagamore Spirit Bottled in Bond
96. Legends Single Barrel
95. Whiskey Acres Maple Finish
94. Elijah Craig B521
93. Buzzard’s Roost Toasted
92. Cutwater Devil’s Share
91. Grand Teton Corn Whiskey
90. Wilderness Trail Bottled in Bond 2021
89. Kentucky Peerless Small Batch
88. Davies Double Barrel
87. Ironroot Harbinger
86. Pinhook Bourbon War
85. Old Elk Sour Mash Reserve
84. Boone County Wheated
83. Kings Family Distillery Tennessee Bourbon
82. Woodinville PX Sherry Finish
81. St. Augustine Port Finish
80. 291 E Colorado Whiskey Batch 8
79. Virginia Distillery Courage & Conviction
78. Elijah Craig C921
77. Spirits of French Lick William Dalton
76. Booker’s 2021-04
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
74. Bradshaw Bourbon Batch 4
73. Kings County Distillery Empire Rye
72. Spirit Works Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey
71. Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey
70. Ironroot Hubris
69. Lone Elm Wheat Whiskey
68. Whiskey Acres Blue Popcorn bourbon
67. Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon – Bottled in Bond
66. Horse Soldier Premium Spring 2021
65. Milam & Greene Port Finish Rye
64. Old Line Single Malt, Madera finish
63. Nashville Barrel Company Tennessee Cask
62. Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion No. 5
61. Four Gate Ruby Rye Batch 11
60. New Riff Red Turkey Wheated
59. Barrell Batch 28
58. Larceny C921
57. Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish
56. O.H Ingram River Aged Flagship
55. Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond
54. Augusta Buckner 13 Year
53. Westland Peat Week
52. Westward Cask Strength Single Malt
51. Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon
50. Liberty Pole Spirits Peated Rye Whiskey
49. Four Gate Bluegrass Trilogy III
48. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Batch 1
47. Penelope 4 Grain Cask Strength
46. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 5 Year Old Bourbon
45. Blood Oath Pact 7
44. Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Boxer Grail
43. Kings County Cask Strength
42. Kentucky Senator 15 Year Old
41. Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Bourbon
40. Sweetens Cove
39. Blackened Cask Strength Batch 106
38. High Plains Rye
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
36. Uncle Nearest Master’s Blend
35. Huber’s Starlight Distillery Single Barrel
34. Barrell Batch 27
33. Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
32. Smoke Wagon Uncut Batch 25
31. Three Chamber’s Rye, Leopold Brothers
30. Yellowstone, Armagnac Finish
29. Jefferson’s Rye, Cognac Finish
28. A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength
27. Michter’s 10 Year Rye
26. Maker’s Mark FAE-2
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The Top 25

25. Garrison Brothers Laguna
24. Barrell Batch 30
23. Dickel / Leopold Brothers Three Chamber Collab
22. Stagg Jr. Batch 16
21. William LaRue Weller
20. Parker’s Wheat Whiskey
19. Thomas Handy Rye
18. Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon
17. Sazerac 18 Year Old
16. Blue Note 17 Year Old
15. New Riff Malted Rye
14. Old Fitzgerald 11 Year Spring
13. Old Fitzgerald 11 Year Fall
12. Booker’s 2021-03
11. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep One
10. Jack Daniel’s 10 Year
9. Bardstown Bourbon Company Triple Stave
8. Kuiper Belt 8 Year Kentucky Bourbon
7. Angel’s Envy Madera Finish
6. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
5. Remus Repeal V
4. Eagle Rare 17 Year
3. Little Book Chapter 5
2. Barrell Seagrass
1. Russell’s 13 year

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