2020 Bourbon of the Year – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 120
Every batch of Elijah Craig offers something slightly different up, and for me A120 offered up the best bourbon of 2020. It satisfies the traditional bourbon profile with caramel and brown sugar sweetness that is balanced out by bitter oak tannin. It is a bourbon that draws you in more and more as you continue to drink it. It started out 4th in my Bourbon of the Year Blind (video here) before moving all the way to the top spot to claim my Bourbon of the Year award. Read my full written review here.
2020 Craft Bourbon of the Year – Still Austin Straight Bourbon
This one came out of nowhere for me. The first thing that catches your eye is the beautiful label, and that is only a precursor to what is inside the bottle. A beautiful creamy mouthfeel that serves up apricots and nutmeg before leading into a spicy cinnamon finish. This two year old bourbon punches well above it’s age and more balance that many bourbons with much higher age statements. Still Austin has worked some kind of sorcery with this product, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the future. Read my full written review of Still Austin Straight Bourbon here.