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.
As noted, due to the Coronavirus, this is the first year I’ve not been a judge in a long time at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. So, I can’t give you my normal personal recap, but I can post the winners. Barrell Batch 21 … Continue readingWinners of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition
It’s with a heavy heart I announce I will not be participating in this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competiton. My reason, as you may expect, is the pandemic sweeping the world known as the Coronavirus. I had been monitoring closely and figured I could … Continue readingSan Francisco World Spirits Competition: I Will Not Be a Judge This Year
Coming into the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, my mind raced with many wonderful personal and professional things. Jaclyn is pregnant, and the Bourbon & Beyond announcement neared. In constant excitement about our upcoming baby boy and the eagerness to see bourbon on stage with … Continue readingBest Bourbon? Or Bourbon Pride? The story of ’18 San Fran Spirits Comp
Has bourbon lost its way? The past couple years I’ve been asking this question a lot, as fewer American whiskeys carried complexity or were one note wonders. For every William Larue Weller or Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, there were 10 pricy limited editions … Continue readingShocking Whiskey Upsets at ’17 San Fran World Spirits Comp
It was beautiful. The spice, rich caramel, long-and-fruity finish: The Best Bourbon was everything you want in bourbon, and it deserved Best Whisky at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. When I learned its identity after the competition’s completion, I was even more in … Continue readingBest Bourbon: The Unbelievable ‘Best Whisky’ Upset in ’16 San Francisco World Spirits Competition