The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is widely recognized as the most prestigious spirits competition on the planet, with its awards holding an enormous amount of weight in the industry. Every year dozens of outfits vye for the highly-coveted “Best Of The Year” awards, and this year’s Best Bourbon Of The Year went to Barrell Bourbon’s Batch 021.
First released in late 2019, the winning spirit is a blend of straight bourbon whiskeys distilled and aged in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana using American white oak barrels ranging from 10 to 14-years. Shortly after its release, Batch 021 was also crowned with Whisky Advocate’s Editor’s Choice Winter 2019 award, and it received an impressive rating of 94 from the same organization. This is particularly surprising considering blended whiskeys have previously been looked down upon in whiskey aficionado circles, so the news of one nabbing the Best Bourbon Of The Year award at the SFWSC is a fairly noteworthy occurrence. Priced at $90, Barrell did release a total of 12.5K units upon Batch 021’s release, though considering the recent award, we expect the few remaining bottles to be snapped up quickly.