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World Whiskies Awards 2007 - The Winners

World Whiskies Awards 2007

More than 150 whiskies, three rounds of judging and there can be only six ... we reveal the winners. The quest is a theme often found in literature and when we set off on our whisky quest the task facing us was almost as difficult as the old Holy Grail quests. However who better to saddle up and announce the best whiskies of the world than the team at Whisky Magazine.

We assembled some of the best noses and experts in the business to form our independent Whisky Magazine panel. These were the brave souls who tackled the some 158 whiskies that initially entered the competition.

The categories are based on the five commonly held whisky groupings which define the style and process of whisky/whiskey production; malt whisky, blended whisky, blended malt whisky, American whiskey and whisky liqueurs. Where appropriate there were age sub-categories.

Chaired by Dave Broom, this annual selection of the very best proprietary whiskies evolved out of Best of the Best, the biannual tasting held since 2000.

The judging process started with the independent panel receiving samples at home and judging blind. This gave us the sub-category age winners, so 12 Years and Under, 13 to 20 Years, 21 plus and Vintage. These were then tasted by an invited panel spanning the whisky industry on the eve of Whisky Live London at the beginning of March.

This second round gave us the category winner. This edition's cover features all those winners.

For the final round, the responsibility of choosing the ‘World’s Best' was handed back to the Whisky Magazine panel, in a final blind tasting.

To say that the competition was tough would be an understatement. The debate is bound to rage over who has won what and why but we hope that you will celebrate the diversity of whiskies and congratulate the winners. It has to be said that given the quality of this year’s awards to get through to the second round, let alone the finals is a tremendous honour.

 

BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Winner : Talisker 18 Years Old

Category Winners

MAINLAND (NON-SPEYSIDE) SINGLE MALT WHISKY Aberfeldy 21 Years Old
SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT WHISKY The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY) SINGLE MALT WHISKY Talisker 18 Years Old
ISLAY (PEATED) SINGLE MALT WHISKY Lagavulin Distillers Edition
ISLAY (UNPEATED) SINGLE MALT WHISKY Bruichladdich 2nd Edition 15 Years
'OTHER' SINGLE MALT WHISKY Sullivan's Cove Bourbon Maturation
IRISH SINGLE MALT WHISKEY Bushmills 10 Years Old
JAPANESE SINGLE MALT WHISKY Single Malt Yoichi 1986

Sub Category Winners

MAINLAND (NON-SPEYSIDE) 12 AND UNDER Glen Garioch 8 Years Old
MAINLAND (NON-SPEYSIDE) 13 TO 20 Oban 14 Years Old Distiller's Edition
MAINLAND (NON-SPEYSIDE) VINTAGE Clynelish Distiller's Edition
MAINLAND (NON-SPEYSIDE) RARE Aberfeldy 21 Years Old
SPEYSIDE 12 AND UNDER Aberlour 10 Years Old
SPEYSIDE 13 TO 20 The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
SPEYSIDE VINTAGE The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
SPEYSIDE RARE The BenRiach Authenticus 21 Years Old
ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY) 12 AND UNDER Talisker 10 Years Old
ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY) 13 TO 20 Talisker 18 Years Old
ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY) RARE Highland Park 25 Years Old
ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY) VINTAGE Talisker 1986 The Distiller's Edition
ISLAY (PEATED) 12 AND UNDER Lagavulin 12 Years Old
ISLAY (PEATED) 13 TO 20 Laphroaig 15 Years Old
ISLAY (PEATED) RARE Laphroaig 30 Years Old
ISLAY (PEATED) VINTAGE Lagavulin Distillers Edition
ISLAY (UNPEATED) 12 AND UNDER Caol Ila 8
ISLAY (UNPEATED) 13 TO 20 Bruichladdich Second Edition 15 Years Old
ISLAY (UNPEATED) VINTAGE Bruichladdich Blacker Still
'OTHER' SINGLE MALT WHISKY Sullivan's Cove Bourbon maturation cask strength

IRISH 12 AND UNDER Bushmills 10 Years Old
IRISH 13 TO 20 Bushmills 16 Years Old
IRISH RARE Bushmills 21 Years Old
JAPANESE 12 AND UNDER Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs (Japanese Oak finish)
JAPANESE 13 TO 20 Single Malt Yoichi 1986 20 Years Old
JAPANESE RARE Yamazaki 25 Years Old

BLENDED WHISKY

Winner : Hibiki 30 Years Old

Category Winners

THE WORLD’S BEST SCOTCH BLENDED WHISKY Dewars Founders Reserve 18 Years Old
Grants Rare Old 18 Years Old
THE WORLD’S BEST IRISH BLENDED WHISKEY Black Bush
THE WORLD’S BEST JAPANESE BLENDED WHISKY Hibiki 30 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

SCOTCH BLENDED 12 AND UNDER Grant's Premium 12 Years Old
SCOTCH BLENDED 13 TO 20 Grant's Rare Old 18 Years Old
SCOTCH BLENDED RARE Whyte & Mackay Rare Reserve 30 Years Old
SCOTCH BLENDED VINTAGE Royal Salute 100 Cask
JAPANESE BLENDED 12 AND UNDER Nikka Whisky 'From the Barrel'
JAPANESE BLENDED 13 TO 20 Suntory Whisky Hibiki 50.5 17 Years Old
JAPANESE BLENDED RARE Hibiki 30 Years Old

BLENDED MALT WHISKY

Winner : Taketsuru 21 Years old

CATEGORY WINNERS

THE WORLD’S BEST NON-SCOTCH BLENDED MALT WHISKY Taketsuru 21 Years old
THE WORLD’S BEST SCOTCH BLENDED MALT WHISKY Monkey Shoulder Batch 27

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Winner : Baker's 7 Years Old

Category Winners

THE WORLD’S BEST BOURBON Baker's 7 Years Old
THE WORLD’S BEST NON-BOURBON Bernheim Wheat
THE WORLD’S BEST CANADIAN WHISKY XR Crown Royal

Sub Category Winners

BOURBON NO AGE Four Roses Single Barrel
BOURBON 7 AND UNDER Baker's 7 Years Old
BOURBON 8 AND OVER Russell's Reserve
NON-BOURBON NO AGE Bernheim Wheat
NON-BOURBON 7 AND UNDER Sazarec Rye 6 Years Old
NON-BOURBON 8 AND OVER Sazerac Rye 18 Years Old
CANADIAN 7 AND UNDER Forty Creek Small Batch Reserve
CANADIAN 8 AND OVER XR Crown Royal

WHISKY LIQUEUR

Winner : ARRAN GOLD

Nominations

Strawberry Kiss
Dunkeld Atholl Brose
Old Pulteney Liqueur
Arran Gold Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur

NEW RELEASE WHISKY

Winner : The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

This was selected from the Editors Choice Gold Medal winners in Whisky Magazine's new releases tasting section from 2006.

The Glenrothes 1991
Bowmore 1968
The Balvenie 1972 Vintage Cask
Port Ellen 5th Release
Glengoyne 32 Years Old

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