Knob Creek named “Best Bourbon” as Beam Suntory wins 113 awards in three top blind-tasting competitions

Beam Suntory has won prestigious accolades spanning all major spirits categories in three internationally-renowned spirits competitions, including the title of “Best Bourbon” for its Knob Creek Bourbon brand.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded Beam Suntory 55 total medals, including the “Director’s Award of Excellence” for the company’s “excellent portfolio of spirits” (the first time the company has received this honor). Knob Creek Bourbon earned a Double Gold medal and out-rated 95 other bourbons to be named “Best Bourbon.”

Yamazaki 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky also earned a Double Gold medal and the title of “Best” product in its category, while El Tesoro Anejo Tequila earned a Double Gold medal and the title of “Best Anejo Tequila.”

In all, the company’s whisk(e)ys were recognized with 11 Double Gold medals and 13 Gold medals for brands including Jim Beam Bourbon, Hakushu Japanese Whisky, Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky, Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Beam Suntory’s whiskey and tequila brands were also honored by the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the Beverage Tasting Institute’s “International Review of Spirits” competition.

Judges in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge awarded El Tesoro Platinum Tequila the “Chairman’s Trophy” (Best in Show), scoring the spirit a 95 and an “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.” Among 40 additional trophies, 12 Beam Suntory brands earned Ultimate Recommendations, including Knob Creek Bourbon and Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon.

The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Beam Suntory 17 total medals in its “International Review of Spirits” competition, including the most Gold Medals for bourbon in the industry and a Platinum Medal (highest rated) for Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece.