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The World’s Greatest Bourbon—In accordance To The 2023 New York Wine And Spirits Competitors

The most effective bourbon at this yr’s New York Wine and Spirits Competitors has simply been revealed.

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The New York Wine & Spirits Competitors convened final month in Brooklyn, bringing collectively a number of the finest palates within the beverage trade collectively for 3 days of blind tasting and judging. Organized by the celebrated Tasting Alliance—the identical group accountable for the San Francisco World Spirits Competitors—this yr’s iteration noticed a report variety of entries stream in from prestigious producers on six separate continents of the globe. Winners had been chosen throughout each main class and might be revealed to the general public on September twelfth.

However with regards to bourbon, we’ve scored an advance unique. And in case you’re a fan of American whiskey, you’re assured to be fairly intrigued by the end result…Out of a whole bunch of contenders, the highest prize was collected by a sherry cask completed bourbon from 15 Stars, a non-distilling producer primarily based out of Bardstown, Kentucky.

The restricted launch was bottled at 57.5% ABV and initially retailed for $179. It consists of a mix of straight bourbons, 10-13 years in age, sourced from each Kentucky and Indiana. The juice was then completed for an extra a number of months in casks seasoned with the famed fortified wine of southwestern Spain. Within the glass it opens as much as impart a cherry cola type of aroma. On the palate is plum, raisin, and cinnamon all competing for consideration. Finally a stability between nutty confection and dried vacation spice are left lingering lengthy after every sip.

Though established simply over a yr in the past, 15 Stars is already amassing a fierce following amongst whiskey fanatics. This regardless of (or maybe due to) the truth that most of its expressions are priced above the $100 mark. Platinum, for instance—a mix of straight bourbons between 10-18 years in age—at present retails for $280 a bottle.

It’s discovering sizable success on the competitors circuit, too, even earlier than the New York outcomes. The model scored 95 out of 100 factors on the Worldwide Wine & Spirit Competitors, double gold in San Francisco, in addition to double platinum on the ASCOT Awards. With this newest piece of {hardware} added to the gathering, you’ll be able to count on its tightly allotted releases to change into much more scarce.

15 Stars was named to honor Kentucky’s standing because the fifteenth American state, which occurred after it entered the union again in 1795. The corporate was based by Bluegrass natives—and father and son entrepreneurs—Rick and Ricky Johnson. As of now, their bottles are distributed to retailers and eating places in Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia and Louisiana, along with the their Kentucky dwelling.

In successful the “Best Bourbon” prize, the Sherry Cask End Bourbon outscored distinguished bottlings from manufacturers together with Buffalo Hint (together with a number of marks from its Vintage Assortment) in addition to liquid from Blue Run Spirits and Rabbit Gap. Hopefully which means we’ll begin seeing 15 Stars unfold to extra states within the months forward.

Within the meantime, test in subsequent week for outcomes on the most effective single malt scotch from New York Wine & Spirits Competitors, together with the most effective whiskey general—throughout all classes. Many extra surprises are in retailer.

Greatest Bourbon Winner 15 Stars

15 Stars Bourbon

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a passionate and talented article writer with a flair for captivating storytelling. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for research, she weaves compelling narratives that leave readers wanting more. When she's not crafting words, Emma enjoys exploring new cuisines and honing her photography skills.

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