List alert! Gear Patrol listed its 19 top available bourbons of 2021 – does the list merit the Fred Minnick seal of approval? Below are some highlights from the list, along with some of Fred’s thoughts. Before we get into the bourbon, however, it should … Continue readingFred Minnick Reacts to Gear Patrol’s Best Available Bourbons of 2021
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 … Continue readingWho Won Best Bourbon, American Whiskey of 2020?
The journey of craft bourbon distilling in the modern era is one of constant criticism and comparing yourself to industry giants, whose whiskey lineage dates as far back as to the 1780s. In the first phase of craft bourbon distilling, we saw overoaked nightmares. And … Continue readingBest Non-Kentucky Bourbon of 2020
Well, that was fun: I posted a video every day in September to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month. The Best Bourbons of the Century So Far can be found here. You can learn about my methodology on Forbes. . Of course, we only have a sample … Continue readingThe List: Best Bourbons of The Century So Far
Barrell Bourbon Batch 11 won the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and it makes the list of the best of the past 20 years.
The $41-$60 taste-off wrapped up with the winners from both legs staring each other down in a taste-off. It was Rare Breed, the winner from tasting No. 1, versus Old Forester 1920, the victor in tasting No. 2. And it was close. Really, really close. … Continue readingIt Came Down to Rare Breed vs. Old Forester 1920: Which One Came Out on Top?