World Whiskies Awards 2012

2012 WORLD WHISKIES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

JAPANESE DISTILLERY – YAMAZAKI – WINS ‘WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY’

Japanese whisky continued its dominance of World Whiskies Awards this year; with Suntory scooping one of the top titles and Nikka securing the blended malt title for the fourth year running. For the first time a South African blend, Three Ships, took the title of World’s Best Blended Whisky.

More than 300 whiskies battled during three intensive blind tasting rounds for the coveted titles of the ‘2012 World’s Best Whiskies’.

Judges for Whisky Magazine’s independent editorial panel were drawn from the best drinks journalists and retailers across the world, with industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round. The winners of the ‘World Whiskies Awards 2012’ were as follows:

World’s Best Single Malt Whisky                           Yamazaki 25 Years Old

World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky         Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old

World’s Best Blended Whisky                                     Three Ships 5 Years Old

World’s Best Grain Whisky                                     Greenore 18 Years Old

World’s Best American Whiskey                     Eagle Rare 17 Years Old

World’s Best Whisky Liqueur                                     Dunkeld Athol Brose

The World Whiskies Awards is the annual selection of the very best whiskies internationally. This year entries have been received from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Wales. Categories are based upon the commonly held whisky groupings, which define both the style and the process of whisky and whisky production: single malt, blended, blended malt, grain, American and whisky liqueurs. Organised by Whisky Magazine, this annual competition selects, awards and promotes to consumers and trade the ‘World’s Best Whiskies’.

The competition is open to proprietary bottlings only, and is chaired by Rob Allanson, Editor of Whisky Magazine, and exists to inform and educate consumers throughout the world about whisky.

Chairman of the judges, Rob Allanson, commented: “The competition featured some eye-opening whiskies and the judging panel had a hard time separating the good from the very good. My congratulations go to the winners, the judges’ exacting standards mean that the winners are truly the greatest whiskies in the world.”

Category and sub category winners

BLENDED MALT WHISKY

Best Blended Malt – Scotch The Hive, Wemyss Vintage Malts

Best Blended Malt – Non Scotch   Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old

BLENDED WHISKY

Irish Blended Whiskey shortlist
No Age Statement                   Bushmills 1608

12 Years and Under                   Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve

13 to 20 Years                                     Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Best Irish Blended Whiskey Kilbeggan 18 Years Old

Japanese Blended Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Nikka From The Barrel
12 Years and Under                   Hibiki 12 Years Old
13 to 20 Years                                      Hibiki 17 Years Old
21 Years and Over                   Hibiki 21 Years Old
Best Japanese Blended Whisky Hibiki 17 Years Old

Best New World Blended Whisky Three Ships 5 Years Old

Scotch Blended Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  The Naked Grouse
12 Years and Under                  Johnnie Walker Black Label

13 to 20 Years                                    James Martin’s 20 Years Old
21 Years and Over                   Black Bull 40 Years Old
Best Scotch Blended Whisky Black Bull 40 Years Old

Canadian Blended Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

13 to 20 Years Old                  Wiser’s 18 Years Old

Best Canadian Blended Whisky Wiser’s 18 Years Old

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Best Bourbon shortlist
No Age Statement                  Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

7 Years and Under                  Four Roses Small Batch

13 to 20 Years                                      Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Best Bourbon Eagle Rare 17 Years Old

Best Rye shortlist
No Age Statement                  Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

7 Years and Under                  Sazerac Straight Rye

13 to 20 Years                                       Sazerac 18 Years Old

Best Rye Whiskey Sazerac 18 Years Old

POT STILL

Best Pot Still Whiskey shortlist

No Age Statement                  Green Spot
12 Years and Under                  Powers John’s Lane Release

13 to 20 Years                                    Redbreast 15 Years Old
Best Pot Still Whiskey Powers John’s Lane Release

SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky shortlist
12 Years and Under                  Hazelburn 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                    Springbank 18 Years Old

Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky Springbank 18 Years Old

Highland Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Glenmorangie Signet

12 Years and Under                  Glen Garioch 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Old Pulteney 17 Years Old

21 Years and Over                  Speyburn 25 Years Old

Best Highland Single Malt Whisky Speyburn 25 Years Old

Islay Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  Bowmore Maltmen’s Selection

12 Years and Under                  Lagavulin 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Lagavuin 16 Years Old

Best Islay Single Malt Whisky Bowmore Maltmen’s Selection

Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Talisker 57º North

12 Years and Under                  Highland Park 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Scapa 16 Years Old

21 Years and Over                  Highland Park Vintage 1971

Best Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky Highland Park Vintage 1971

Speyside Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2

12 Years and Under                  Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Aberlour 16 Years Old, Double Cask

21 Years and Over                  Glenfiddich 40 Years Old

Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky Glenfiddich 40 Years Old

Lowland Single Malt Whisky shortlist

No Age Statement                  Auchentoshan Valinch 2011

12 Years and Under                  Auchentoshan 1999
Best Lowland Single Malt Whisky Auchentoshan 1999

Irish Single Malt Whiskey shortlist
No Age Statement                  Connemara Cask Strength Peated

12 Years and Under                  Tyrconnel Single Malt Sherry Finish

13 to 20 Years                                     Tyrconnel Single Cask

21 Years and Over                  Bushmills 21 Years Old

Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey Bushmills 21 Years Old

Japanese Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Miyagikyo Single Malt

12 Years and Under                  Miyagikyo 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years                                     Ichiro’s Malt Card Nine of Clubs

21 Years and Over                  Yamazaki 25 Years Old

Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 25 Years Old

New World Single Malt Whisky shortlist
No Age Statement                  Kavalan Solist Fino

12 Years and Under                  Armorik Double Maturation

Best New World Single Malt Whisky Kavalan Solist Fino

For more info visit: www.whiskymag.com/awards/wwa

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