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World Whiskies Awards 2011 - The Winners

World Whiskies Awards 2011

JAPANESE DISTILLERY - YAMAZAKI - WINS 'BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY'. Three Japanese whiskies took major titles in this year's World Whiskies Awards; with Suntory scooping two of the top titles, the first time a distiller has done this in the history of the awards and Nikka securing the blended malt title for the third year running.

300 whiskies battled over three intensive blind tasting rounds for the coveted titles of the '2011 Best Whiskies in the World'. Judges for Whisky Magazine's independent editorial panel were drawn from the best 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 '2011 World Whiskies Awards' were as follows:

The World Whiskies Awards is the annual selection of the very best whiskies internationally. This year entries have been received from; 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 'Best Whiskies in the World'.

The competition is open to **proprietary bottlings only, and is chaired by Dave Broom, contributing editor of Whisky Magazine and editor-in-chief of Whisky Magazine Japan, and exists to inform and educate consumers throughout the world about whisky. Categories are based upon the 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.

Chairman of the judges, Dave Broom, 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."

Dave Broom: Contributing editor, Whisky Magazine UK. Editor of Whisky Magazine Japan. Whisky expert.

Rob Allanson: Editor of Whisky Magazine
Charles MacLean: Former Whisky Magazine editor. Whisky expert
Tom Morton: BBC journalist. Whisky writer
Martine Nouet: Former editor of Whisky Magazine France. Whisky chef
Neil Ridley: Whisky Blogger (
Dominic Roskrow: Former editor of Whisky Magazine. Whisky expert
Bernhard Schafer: Writer, expert and judge
Annabel Meikle: Industry Expert
Ed Bates: Industry Expert
Sukhinder Singh: Owner Whisky Exchange
Serge Valentin: Whisky Blogger and self-confessed Malt Maniac
Regis Lemaitre whisky expert
Jonny McCormick whisky expert

Charles Cowdery: Bourbon expert . Whisky writer
Mark Gillespie: Whisky Podcaster. Whisky expert
Mike Miller: Bar owner of Delilah's. Whisky expert
Liza Weisstuch: Whisky Magazine contributor

Davin de Kergommeaux: Malt Maniac. Canadian whisky expert

David Croll

*Whisky Magazine
Whisky Magazine is published 8 times a year and is the leading publication in this sector. Every issue brings you articles on the art, science and romance of the 'water of life', plus pages of informative tasting notes.

**Proprietary Whiskies - owned by the distiller and brand owner



Winner : Yamazaki 1984

Category Winners

Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky Springbank 12 Years Old
Best Highland Single Malt Whisky Glenmorangie Signet
Best Islay Single Malt Whisky Bowmore Tempest
Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 1984
Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey Bushmills 16 Years Old
Best Lowland Single Malt Whisky Auchentoshan 1998 Sherry Matured
Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky Glenfarclas 40 Years Old
Best Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky Highland Park 25 Years Old
Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Strength

Sub Category Winners

Campbeltown No Age Hazelburn CV
Campbeltown 12 Years and Under Springbank 12 Years Old
Campbeltown 13-20 Years Longrow 14 Years Old
Highland No Age Glenmorangie Signet
Highland 12 Years and Under Balblair 2000
Highland 13-20 Years Balblair 1989 Vintage
Highland 21 Years and Over Glen Garioch Vintage 1978

Islay No Age Ardbeg Supernova 2010
Islay 12 Years and Under Bowmore Tempest
Islay 13-20 Years Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Islay 21 Years and Over Caol Ila 25 Years Old
Island (non Islay) No Age Talisker 57 North
Island (non Islay) 12 Years and Under Talisker 10 Years Old
Island (non Islay) 13-20 Years The Arran Malt 14 Years Old
Island (non Islay) 21 Years and Over Highland Park 25 Years Old

Speyside No Age Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
Speyside 12 Years and Under The Balvenie Signature
Speyside 13-20 Years Longmorn 16 Years Old
Speyside 21 Years and Over Glenfarclas 40 Years Old
Lowland Auchentoshan 1998 Sherry Matured
Lowland Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
Irish No Age The Wild Geese Single Malt
Irish 12 Years and Under Tyrconnell Port Finish
Irish 13-20 Years Bushmills 16 Years Old
Irish 21 Years and Over Bushmills 21 Years Old
Japanese No Age Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
Japanese 12 Years and Under Yoichi 10 Years Old
Japanese 13-20 Years Yoichi 1990
Japanese 21 Years and Over Yamazaki 1984
Rest of the World No Age Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Strength
Rest of the World 12 Years and Under Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation
Rest of the World 13-20 Years Glenora Battle of the Glen


Winner : Taketsuru 21 Years old

Blended Malt - Scotch shortlist

Berry Bros. & Rudd Blue Hanger 4th Limited Release
Compass Box The Spice Tree
Monkey Shoulder
Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney

Blended Malt - Non Scotch shortlist

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
Ichiro's Malt MWR (Mizunara Wood Reserve)
Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve
Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Years Old


Winner : Hibiki 21 Years Old

Irish Blended Whiskey shortlist

No Age Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
12 Years and Under Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve
13-20 Years Jameson 18 Years Old Limited Reserve

Japanese Blended Whisky shortlist

No Age Nikka From The Barrel
12 Years and Under Hibiki 12 Years Old
13-20 Years Hibiki 17 Years Old
21 Years and Over Hibiki 21 Years Old

Rest of the World Blended Whisky shortlist

No Age Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish
12 Years and Under Three Ships 5 Years Old

Scotch Blended Whisky shortlist

12 Years and Under Black Bull 12 Years Old Deluxe Blend
13-20 Years Cutty Sark 18 Years Old
21 Years and Over Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old


Winner : Greenore 15 Years Old

Grain Whisky shortlist

Bains Cape Mountain
Greenore 8 Years Old
Greenore 15 Years Old
The Snow Grouse


Winner : Parker's Heritage Collection 10 Year Old Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon

Canadian Blended Whisky shortlist

(These all fell into the no age statement category so were tasted against each other)

Canadian 83
Canadian Mist Black Diamond
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve
Proof Whisky
Royal Canadian Small Batch
Wiser's Legacy

North American Whiskey - Bourbon shortlist

No Age Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
12 Years and Under Parker's Heritage Collection 10 Year Old Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon
13-20 Years Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2010

North American Whiskey - Non Bourbon shortlist

Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye


Winner : Drambuie The Royal Legacy of 1745

Whisky Liqueur shortlist

Drambuie Liqueur
Drambuie The Royal Legacy of 1745
Dunkeld Atholl Brose
Hellyers RoadWhisky Cream
Phillips Revel Stoke
Phillips Union Cherry Whiskey

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