Connecticut man named “World’s Top Whiskey Taster” by Bardstown Bourbon Company

The Bardstown Bourbon Company,  in partnership with Moonshine University, has crowned Matt Porter the 2020 “World Top Whiskey Taster.”

Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Porter competed against nine skilled contestants in the final competition held at Bardstown Bourbon Company on Saturday, November 14. He and his fellow contestants faced three difficult challenges focused on sensory evaluation, whiskey blending and culinary pairing.

The competition had been in the works for months, through various virtual competitions. Earlier this year, whiskey lovers, connoisseurs and fans sent online submissions that showcased their passion for bourbon. Matt Porter received a perfect score in his qualifying competition, securing his place as mid-Atlantic reginal winner.

Porter was awarded a cash prize of $20,000 with a contract to represent Bardstown Bourbon Company as a Distillery Ambassador at some of the country’s top whiskey festivals in 2021, including WhiskyFest and Whiskies of the World. He also received a scholarship to Moonshine University’s Executive Bourbon Steward certification program and a trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, where he’ll blend a custom product with Master Distiller Steve Nally.

For more information and to see a sneak peek at the winner’s announcement, click here.