The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition held its annual judging in Brooklyn last month, and organizers have been slowly releasing results ever since. A few weeks ago, whiskey lovers were shocked to learn that 15 Stars, a relatively unknown craft maker from Kentucky, had won, beating out much larger brands from within the Bluegrass state and beyond. best bourbon.
Now we can report even more shocking news. forbes Exclusive: The very same producer won the Best Whiskey Award. whole. More specifically, 15 Stars First West Rye Whiskey (Batch #1) is Best of show whisky. Top of the list, King of the Hill, A-number-1. To make such a difference, you’re probably wondering what this liquid actually tastes like. We will reveal it in full detail below. But first it’s worth mentioning how unlikely that achievement is.
To earn such a vaunted position, this bottle of six-year-old rye has beaten out Scotch, Bourbon, and Irish whiskeys with a much wider range of stature (and a much longer aging statement) . Best Scotch, as we reported two weeks ago, is a quarter-century-old single he malt produced by Ardbeg, one of the most storied whiskey makers on the planet. Other American whiskeys that won double gold included such flashy offerings as Knob Creek, E.H. Taylor, and George T. Stagg. But this small family-run label in Bardstown has conquered them all.
And it happened in a completely blind competition. An expert panel of judges sampled thousands of liquids across all major categories over a three-day tasting period. I had no idea what specific brand they were sampling. Ultimately, the highest rated expressions from each subcategory of spirits were selected and competed against each other until there was only one winner: his.
For example, in the case of whiskey, there are a total of 16 winners from each subcategory, including Best Blended Scotch, Best Straight Bourbon, Best Small Batch Bourbon, Best Tennessee Whiskey, Best Special Barrel Finish Bourbon, Best Canadian Whiskey, etc. was selected. In the end, the judges brought out the best from each major category and pitted them against each other in a final battle his royale.
When the dust settled, they landed on the raised rye. The rye was originally a blend of whiskey distilled in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana, and had a tough 52.5% alcohol content. It was surprising enough that Rye took home the top award. But then it was revealed that this liquid had been bottled by the same bourbon chief that the very same judges had already hailed as top-notch. This is a stark reminder to spirits lovers that all that matters is what’s inside the bottle.
And it’s hard to argue with the beauty of what’s inside a bottle of 15 Star First West Rye Whiskey. There is a very complex interplay between sweetness and spice here that you can taste. The nose opens with plenty of clove and citrus fruit notes. The first few sips are characterized by the aroma of freshly baked apple crumble, followed by cinnamon and nutmeg, especially as it starts to fall down the throat. By the end, the amber juice reveals a stark delineation of its namesake grain at its heart, complemented by a slight butterscotch send-off.
You can take this booze experience home for $89 a bottle. I say “hope” because 15 Stars currently has limited availability in the United States. And the top-ranked bourbon was quickly removed from shelves after news broke of its success at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. You probably know this song. If it works here, it works everywhere.let’s hope we can find it where.