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World Whiskies Awards 2012 - The Winners

World Whiskies Awards 2012

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 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."

 

SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Winner : Yamazaki 25 Years Old

Category Winners

Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky Springbank 18 Years Old
Best Highland Single Malt Whisky Speyburn 25 Years Old
Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey Powers John's Lane Release
Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey Bushmills 21 Years Old Madeira Finish
Best Island (non Islay) Single Malt Whisky Highland Park 1971 Vintage
Best Islay Single Malt Whisky Bowmore Maltmen's Selection
Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 25 Years Old
Best Lowland Single Malt Whisky Auchentoshan 11 Years Old 1999 Bordeaux Cask
Best New World Single Malt Whisky Kavalan 5 Years Old, Solist Fino
Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky Glenfiddich 40 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

Lowland No Age Statement Auchentoshan Valinch 2011
Lowland 12 Years and Under Auchentoshan 11 Years Old 1999 Bordeaux Cask
Campbeltown 12 Years and Under Hazelburn 12 Years Old
Campbeltown 13 to 20 Years Springbank 18 Years Old
Highland No Age Statement Glenmorangie Signet
Highland 12 Years and Under Glen Garioch 12 Years Old
Highland 13 to 20 Years Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Highland 21 Years and Over Speyburn 25 Years Old
Island (non Islay) No Age Statement Talisker 57 North
Island (non Islay) 12 Years and Under Highland Park 12 Years Old
Island (non Islay) 13 to 20 Years Scapa 16 Years Old
Island (non Islay) 21 Years and Over Highland Park 1971 Vintage
Islay No Age Statement Bowmore Maltmens Selection
Islay 12 Years and Under Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old
Islay 13 to 20 Years Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Speyside No Age Statement The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2
Speyside 12 Years and Under Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old
Speyside 13 to 20 Years Aberlour 16 Years Old, Double Cask
Speyside 21 Years and Over Glenfiddich 40 Years Old
Irish No Age Statement Connemara Cask Strength Peated
Irish 12 Years and Under Tyrconnell Single Malt Sherry Finish
Irish 13 to 20 Years Tyrconnell Single Cask
Irish 21 Years and Over Bushmills 21 Years Old Madeira Finish
Japanese No Age Statement Miyagikyo Single Malt
Japanese 12 Years and Under Miyagikyo 12 Years Old
Japanese 13 to 20 Years Ichiros Malt Card Nine of Clubs
Japanese 21 Years and Over Yamazaki 25 Years Old

BLENDED WHISKY

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Winner : Three Ships 5 Years Old

Category Winners

Best Canadian Blended Whisky Wiser's 18 Years Old
Best Irish Blended Whiskey Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Best New World Blended Whisky Three Ships 5 Years Old
Best Scotch Blended Whisky Black Bull 40 Years Old
Best Japanese Blended Whisky Hibiki 17 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

Japanese No Age Statement Nikka From the barrel
Japanese 12 Years and Under Hibiki 12 Years Old
Japanese 13 to 20 Years Hibiki 17 Years Old
Japanese 21 Years and Over Hibiki 21 Years Old
Irish No Age Statement Bushmills 1608 Reserve
Irish 12 Years and Under Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve
Irish 13 to 20 Years Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Scotch No Age Statement The Naked Grouse
Scotch 12 Years and Under Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
Scotch 13 to 20 Years James Martin's 20 Years Old
Scotch 21 Years and Over Black Bull 40 Years Old
Canadian No Age Statement Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve
Canadian 13 to 20 Years Wiser's 18 Years Old

BLENDED MALT WHISKY

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Winner : Taketsuru 17 Years Old

Category Winners

Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive, 12 Years Old
Best Non Scotch Blended Malt Whisky Taketsuru 17 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

Non Scotch No Age Statement Ichiros Blended Malt Wine Wood Reserve
Non Scotch 12 Years and Under Taketsuru 12 Years old
Non Scotch 13 to 20 Years Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Non Scotch 21 Years and Over Taketsuru 21 Years old

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Winner : Eagle Rare 17 Years Old

Category Winners

Best Bourbon Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Best Non Bourbon Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Best Rye Sazerac 18 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

Bourbon No Age Statement Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
Bourbon 7 Years and Under Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon 8 Years and Over Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Non Bourbon No Age Statement Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Rye No Age Statement Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
Rye 7 Years and Under Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye 8 Years and Over Sazerac 18 Years Old

GRAIN WHISKY

Winner : Greenore 18 Years Old

NEW WORLD WHISKY

Sub Category Winners

No Age Statement Kavalan Solist Fino
12 Years and Under Armorik Double Maturation

NEW RELEASE

Winner : Black Bull 40 Years Old

WHISKY LIQUEUR

Winner : Dunkeld Atholl Brose

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