The Beverage Testing Institute announces the best whiskeys of 2021

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The Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) is a Chicago-based organization that plays a dual role in the beverage industry. On the one hand, it reviews and scores, on a hundred-point scale, thousands of beverages each year. This activity makes it more like a conventional wine and spirits competition

On the other hand, it also functions as a consulting company that uses in its own words:

Unique methodology, proprietary tools and decades of experience in offering research, development and marketing services that protest against large investments, lift the brand’s reputation, optimize market reception and engage consumers.

This dual role is unprecedented in the beverage industry. Its evaluations and advice are closely followed in the beverage industry by both global wine and spirits companies and by newly established spirits producers, as well as by consumers around the world.

The BTI has just released its list of the best spirits in 2021. Included in this list are 11 whiskeys, including one with a rare, perfect score of 100, as the rated world best in each of their respective categories.

The best whiskey in the world, one of only five drinks that has received a perfect score in the last 20 years, was Redbreast, Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey, 27 YEARS, 54.6% ABV, 700 ml, $ 585. Redbreast is one of the great icons of the Irish whiskey universe and, despite its many awards, is still a hugely underrated spirit.

The official taste note from BTI called Redbreast 27 YO “spicy, rich and fruity”, and described it as having:

Aromas of candied lemon and ginger, echinacea, roasted cumin seeds, caponata and sarsaparilla with a velvety, vibrant, drying, medium-bodied body and a warming very complex, endless cola, eucalyptus, Chinese 5-spice, exotic woods and crime brûlée finish. The stylish, brooding, Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that will surely be unforgettable for the whiskey connoisseur; a brave extrovert who engulfs the senses.