With whiskey bottles being sold at astronomical prices, there’s bound to be interest in knowing which one is actually the best in the world. This San Francisco-based competition does just that for whiskey enthusiasts all over the world.
Established in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition claims it’s the ‘oldest and largest competition of its kind’. This year, it was the biggest on record, with 5,000 submitted entries evaluated by 70 judges worldwide.
The annual event has revealed its pick for the 2022 ‘Best in Show’, a limited-edition bottle from Scottish distillery Benromach known as the 40 Year Old Single Malt.
The result shocked anyone who was following the results of the competition as the winning scotch belongs to a small, family-owned distillery that is not very widely known. Located in the town of Forres, in the northeastern part of Scotland, Benromach released a mere 1,000 bottles of the 40 Year Old, their oldest scotch, in 2021.
This rare scotch was awarded the title of the best of the best for its stunning natural golden/amber colour and its fine and rich flavour, enhanced by brown sugar and laden with vibrant herbal notes.
Benromach was awarded two more Double Golds, a title awarded to the entries that receive a gold medal rating by all the members of the judging panel, for their Benromach 15 Year Old and Benromach Contrasts: Peat Smoke 2009.