The 2021 New York International Spirits Competition has handed out its awards for Best Bourbons in the world. Just five bourbon whiskeys were awarded Double Gold medals, the challange’s top prize.
In its 12th year, the 2021 New York International Spirits Competition had over 1400 submissions from 39 countries and 34 US states. Judging was conducted by panels of a minimum of four qualified trade buyers, which were made up of a mix of restaurateurs, sommeliers, retail spirits buyers, distributors and importers. Judging took place at the 3 West Club in the heart of New York City, across the street from Rockefeller Center.
5 Best Bourbons In The World According To The 2021 New York International Spirits Competition
Double Gold Winners
Elijah Craig Small Batch
The judging panel described the whiskey as, “Hints of vanilla and coffee are on the nose. It lays well in the mouth with crisp apple and oak on the edges with a balanced medium finish with a soft layer of oak.”
Garrison Brothers Laguna Madre
The judges said, the bourbon offers “hints of mocha and vanilla boosted by oak in the nose. Dark chocolate and spice with its high abv adds to feeling its presence in your mouth followed by a medium light oak finish.”
Laws Whiskey Bonded Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
The judges said, “It starts with hints of mint in the nose. The taste of vanilla is expected with cinnamon on the edges of the tongue with a tight light spice finish.”
Redemption Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon
The distillery says, the nose features rich vanilla oak with hints of aged balsamic and violets. On the plate, toffee, honey and roasted nut flavors dominate, layered atop a spicy rye backbone. The finish is described as, “Moderately drying with rich allspice and dill bass notes.”
TX Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“A light amber liquid with a soft medley of fruit in the nose. Properly layered on the tongue with chocolate on the top layer with a medium creamy finish of hints of dried fruit,” said the judges.