Source: Ken Weber
Julian Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old was just named "Best American Whiskey 2005" by Whisky Magazine during the Icons of Whisky celebration. Four Roses Single Barrel came in second and won a gold medal and Eagle Rare 17 year old came in 3rd and received a silver medal.
The distillery proclaimed as being the best in the world is the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
A number of bourbons were named as being among the best in world. Among those in the American Whiskey under 10 years old are:
Evan Williams 1994 Single Barrel
Four Roses Single Barrel
Old Potrero Rye 3 years
Ridgemont Reserve 1792
Those bourbons names as being among the best in the American Whiskey over 10 years old are:
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
Elijah Craig 12 Years Old
Elijah Craig 18 Years Old
George T. Stagg
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years