With the release of the new 2020 Whiskey Bible, in a controversial upset, the recent release of 1792 Full Proof by Sazerac Co. has taken the spot as the world’s top whiskey. It beat out William Larue Weller, which took the second spot; and Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye, which secured third.
Sazerac has a lot to be proud of with their recent successes and critical acclaim in the bourbon market. However, while the full proof has been well-received, it also hasn’t come without its critics. Scoring as low as 2/5 from many reviewers who weren’t thrilled with the overall experience, yet still scored a 97.5/100 in the Whiskey Bible.
The entry was dripping with praise, stating: “You can only sit, eyes closed, in awe. This is a delivery of perfection: intense, seemingly no prisoners. Yet, actually, you find it has the grace to allow every character to make a speech of great erudition, ultimately a discourse of how so many facets can be singular yet together make for such glorious integration. On this evidence, Buffalo Trace has a threat to its world supremacy – from a rival distillery…they own! This is a whiskey of stand out, almost stand-alone beauty. Finding fault is not easy with something this intense and magnificently rich.”
It is also a milestone for Sazerac company, as this is the first time a single company has claimed all three top awards in a single release of Whiskey Bible.