For the first time, Barleycorn took the highest scoring entries from the medaling round of competition and blind tasted them a 2nd time to determine Double Gold evaluations and "Best of Spring" taste-off winners.

If the spirit passed the test these select group of judges assigned a numerical rating for the first time in our history of competitions.

This blind-tasting additional playoff round was judged by veteran Barleycorn Society members Frank Caiafa, Robin Robinson, Tony Sachs, and John McCarthy.

The 2024 "Best Of Year" winners will be selected from the highest Spring and Fall scores. The following list represents the best of the Spring competition.


Best Bourbon

Buzzard’s Roost Toasted American Oak Bourbon

Buzzard's Roost Sipping Whiskey

Best Single Barrel Whiskey Bourbon/ Tennessee Whiskey

M&O Spirits Batch 27 Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

M&O Spirits

Best American Single Malt

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask


Best Rye Whiskey

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Sauternes and Toasted Oak Barrels

Angel’s Envy

Best Single Barrel Rye

King’s Family Distillery Toasted Amburana

King’s Family Distillery

Best American Whiskey

Jacob’s Pardon Small Batch #3

Jacob’s Pardon

Best American Single Barrel Whiskey

Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Whiskey – Batch 101

Uncle Nearest

Best World Whiskey

Rampur Jugalbandi #3

Rampur Distillery

Best Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s 10-Year-Old Whiskey, Batch 3

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Best Wheat Whiskey

Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey Barrel Proof A224

Heaven Hill Distillery

Best American Craft Spirit

Starlight Japanese Mizunara Finished Bourbon Whiskey

Starlight Distillery

Best Scotch Whisky

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

The Glenlivet Distillery

Best Irish Whiskey

Redbreast 15 Year Old

Midleton Distillery

Best Tequila

Insolito Anejo

Insolito Tequila

Best Mezcal

Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadín

Gracias a Dios

Best Vodka

High Rock Vodka

Sugarlands Distilling Co.

Best Gin

Rampur Jaisalmer Gold Edition

Rampur Distillery

Best Rum

Rolling Fork The Lost Cask 15 YO Jamaica Rum

Rolling Fork

Best American Brandy

Starlight Distillery Bottled-In-Bond Single Barrel Estate Apple Brandy

Starlight Distillery

Best Cognac

Courvoisier XO Royal


Best Calvados

Boulard Calvados VSOP

Boulard Calvados

Best Liqueur

Ferrand Dry Curacao


Best Ready To Drink Seltzer

Lake Hour Rosemary Yuzu

Lake Hour

Best Moonshine

Popcorn Sutton Likker

Ole Smoky Distillery

Best Cocktail Mixer

Taste of Florida Mixers – Spicy Bloody Mary

Coastal Promotions, Inc.

Best Marketing Campaign

Holladay Distillery

Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur - History of the Brand

Best Bottle Design

The Waterford Cuvée: Koffi

Our Cuvée Concepts are the apogee of our radical philosophy – where the whole is greater than simply the sum of the parts. By creatively bringing together our component Single Farm Origins for greater complexity, we offer our most profound and expressive single malt whiskies.

Best Packaging Design

Angel’s Envy Cellar Collection Series Volumes 1-3

The striking book set packaging is inspired by our eye for detail and devotion to craftsmanship. Our elegant design turns a page with beautiful graphics, bold colorways, descriptive tasting notes, and a signature brand closure.

2024 Taste Competition


2024 Marketing Competition