For the first time, Barleycorn faced off its Spring and Fall Competition Top Spirits to determine the Best Of 2022.

This blind-tasting combat was judged by Barleycorn Society members, including Clay Risen, Wayne Curtis, Zach Johnston, Susan Reigler, and John McCarthy. It proved to be a raucous smackdown.

Broken ties, runaway winners, and surprising new up-and-comers emerged to take top honors, and it was such a pleasure discovering so many amazing spirits from producers from around the world this year along the way.

But the votes are tallied and it’s a pleasure to present our JOHN BARLEYCORN BEST SPIRITS OF 2022.

Large Distillery of the Year

Jack Daniel Distillery

Small Distillery of the Year

New Riff Distilling

Company of the Year

St. Augustine Distillery Co.

Rising Star

Luca Mariano Distillery

Company To Watch

High Bank Distillery Co.

Blender of the Year

Nearest Green Distillery

Marketer of the Year

Slow Clap

Flavored Spirit Producer Of The Year

Old Nick Williams Co.

Spirit Of The Year

Cotswolds Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky

Director’s Choice Awards

WhistlePig Double Malt Rye 18 Year-Old

Amrut Neidhal Indian Single Malt Whisky

Masako Honkaku Shochu

Best Craft Spirit

Five Stories Barrel Aged Rum

Northern Row Brewery & Distillery

Best Bourbon

Pursuit United Batch 002

Pursuit Spirits, LLC

Best Single Barrel Bourbon/ Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select

Jack Daniel Distillery

Best Luxury Whiskey

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2022

Heaven Hill Distillery

Best American Single Malt

Cedar Ridge The Quintessential

Cedar Ridge Winery And Distillery

Best Rye Whiskey

New Riff Balboa Rye

New Riff Distilling

Best Single Barrel Rye

291 Colorado Whiskey Finished with Aspen Staves, Barrel Proof Single Barrel

Distillery 291

Best American Whiskey

Copper Sky Cigar Blend Whiskey Finished in Amburana Barrels

Copper Sky Distillery

Best World Whiskey

Cotswolds Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky

Cotswolds Distillery

Best Tennessee Whiskey

Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Batch 009

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

Best Canadian Whisky

Found North Batch 004

Found North Whisky

Best Flavored Whiskey

Coattail Cinnamon Whiskey

Old Nick Williams Co. Farm & Distillery

Best Scotch Whisky

Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Pernod Ricard

Best Irish Whiskey

Waterford The Cuvée

Glass Revolution Imports USA LLC

Best Tequila

El Tesoro Extra Añejo

Beam Suntory

Best Mezcal

Cutwater Mezcal Reposado

Cutwater Spirits

Best Sotol

Watercross Golden Sotol

Dime Box Distillery LLC

Best Vodka

Haku Vodka

Beam Suntory

Best Gin

Philosopher Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin

Aristotle Spirits

Best Rum

Five Stories Barrel Aged Rum

Northern Row Brewery & Distillery

Best Shochu

Masako Honkaku Shochu

Furusawa Distillery

Best Awamari

Yokka Koji Ryukyu Awamori

Chuko Distillery

Best Brandy

Starlight 10-Year Estate Grown Bottled-In-Bond Apple Brandy

Starlight Distillery

Best Cognac

Branson Cognac XO

Sire Spirits

Best Flavored Vodka

Hempahol Vodka Infused with Hemp Seed

The Old Nick Williams Co

Best Ready To Drink

High Peaks Barrel Aged Manhattan

High Peaks Distilling

Best Liqueur

Last Shot Chocolate Creme Brûlée Liquer

Last Shot Distillery

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