The World’s Best Bourbon Has Been Crowned, and It’s Only $65


Every year, the American Distilling Institute’s International Spirits Competition judges hundreds of entries to determine the best whiskeys, pitting distillery against distillery in a battle for the crown. The 2024 results are in, and this year’s winner is a potent—and relatively affordable—spirit. 

Winning Best of Class for the Bourbon category for 2024 is Larceny, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrel Proof A124, No Age Statement, 62.1 percent ABV, 750 ml from Heaven Hill Distillery. The judging panel offered the following evaluation:

“Pronounced brown sugar, caramel, and fruity aromas on the nose. It’s sweet on the palate, featuring tropical fruit flavors along with the typical bourbon notes of caramel, vanilla, and well-seasoned oak. The finish is long and sweet with a lingering fruity note.”

Photo by Heaven Hill Distillery

“Barrel proof” means the bourbon is not watered down after cask aging, and is bottled at its natural 62.1 percent ABV strength. According to Heaven Hill’s website, the bourbon is typically aged 6–8 years, and is released three times annually in January, May, and September. 

The distillery’s bourbon is a favorite of Men’s Journal writers, and fans are sure to be pleased with the price. While costs for rare and high-end whiskeys can run into the thousands, Larceny’s Barrel Proof Whiskey is available for an average price of $65. Not bad for a 2024 world champion. 

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