I'll get laughed at, but I'll go with Beam for Distillery of the year for finally getting the tour/stillhouse figured out. I'm not going entirely on product here, as I think the distillery visit is a big part of the branding for these guys. Beam's hospitality went from embarassing to very good within the course of 2012.
I'm going to have to join Lostbottle in worst standard release as WTR 81 the shit is undrinkable. This is what you get when you let the suits make the whiskey instead of the master distillers.
Bourbon of the Year: PHC Four Grain. Stunning release from HH.
Runner Up: FR 2012 LESmB. A very close second.
Biggest disappointment: Larceny. It may be a wheater, but it's not my kind of wheater. Larceny makes me realize how solid MM is.
Biggest loser of 2012: Age statements.
Worst Whiskey of the Year: WT Rye 81. Another shameful release from the distillery who has fallen the farthest.
Bourbon of the Year: Four Roses Single Barrel! Yes, the regular FRSB. This bourbon breaks the rules. Its NAS and yet possibly the most consistent out there. Keep it up! I'm not giving it to PHC'12 because, while it is outstanding, when I add water all I get is EWB. In my opinion its only good because its high proof... I just think they can do better with this whiskey. I'm not giving it to any FR LE's because I didn't have any.
Best New Release: Larceny. I love this stuff.
Biggest dissapointment: anything with 95% rye in it.
Bourbonian of the Year I second the nomination for BarrelChar. I'll give Wade runner up for the Ebay thing, but BC is the winner!:cool:
Paul you say WTR 81 is undrinkable? What a shame, (wasn't tempted to buy one myself) but since you have some next time I swing by your neck of the woods I'll stop in and help 'ya dispose of it. After all, what are friends for.
I agree with everything Joe said in the opening post except for Redbreast . . . just never could cotton to that brand.
Unless your last name is Butler aka the Boss, opinions on who should the the BOTY are meaningless - http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...the-Year-Award