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World Whiskies Awards 2013 - The Winners

 

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Whisky Magazine Issue 123

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World Whiskies Awards 2013

The World Whiskies Awards took place in London last week, where more than 300 whiskies battled it out during three intensive blind tasting rounds, for the coveted title of ‘2013 World's Best Whiskies’.

After last year's Japanese domination of the single malt category, Islay's Ardbeg Distillery carries off the top single malt title, returning the crown to Scotland. Japanese whiskies still remained strong in the Blended and Blended Malt categories, and the venerable Master of Malt 40 Years Old liqueur scooped the Liqueur category. South African whisky featured in the top ranks again this year with Bain's winning the title of World's Best Grain Whisky.

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 2013’ were as follows:

 

SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Winner : Ardbeg Galileo

Category Winners

Best African Single Malt Three Ships 10 Years Old
Best American Single Malt The Notch 10 Years Old
Best Asian Single Malt Kavalan Solist Fino
Best Australian Single Malt Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask
Best Campbeltown Single Malt Longrow
Best European Single Malt Armorik Armorik Double Maturation
Best Highland Single Malt Glenmorangie Quarter Century
Best Irish Single Malt Tyrconnell Single Malt Sherry Finish
Best Islands Single Malt Talisker Distiller's Edition
Best Islay Single Malt Ardbeg Galileo
Best Japansese Single Malt Yamazaki 25 Years Old
Best Lowland Single Malt Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
Best Speyside Single Malt The Balvenie 30 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

African Single Malt 12 Years and Under Three Ships 10 Years Old
American Single Malt No Age Statement Balcones Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt 8 Years and Over The Notch 10 Years Old
Asian Single Malt No Age Statement Kavalan Solist Fino
Australian Single Malt 12 Years and Under Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask
Australian Single Malt 13 to 20 Years The New Zealand Whisky Collection South Island Single Malt
Campbeltown Single Malt No Age Statement Longrow
Campbeltown Single Malt 12 Years and Under Springbank 10 Years Old
Campbeltown Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Springbank 15 Years Old
European Single Malt No Age Statement Mackmyra Moment Delagave
European Single Malt 12 Years and Under Armorik Armorik Double Maturation
Highland Single Malt No Age Statement Glen Garioch Founders Reserve
Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under Tomatin 12 Years Old
Highland Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Tomatin 18 Years Old
Highland Single Malt 21 Years and Over Glenmorangie Quarter Century
Irish Single Malt No Age Statement Connemara Turf Mor
Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under Tyrconnell Single Malt Sherry Finish
Irish Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Bushmills 16 Years Old
Irish Single Malt 21 Years and Over Bushmills 21 Years Old
Islands Single Malt No Age Statement Talisker Distiller's Edition
Islands Single Malt 12 Years and Under Ledaig 10 Years Old
Islands Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Scapa 16 Years Old
Islay Single Malt No Age Statement Ardbeg Galileo
Islay Single Malt 12 Years and Under Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Bowmore Darkest
Islay Single Malt 21 Years and Over Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Japansese Single Malt No Age Statement Miyagiko Single Malt
Japansese Single Malt 12 Years & Under Miyagiko 12 Years Old
Japansese Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Hakushu 18 Years Old
Japansese Single Malt 21 Years and Over Yamazaki 25 Years Old
Lowland Single Malt No Age Statement Auchentoshan Valinch 2012
Lowland Single Malt 12 Years and Under Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
Speyside Single Malt No Age Statement Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
Speyside Single Malt 12 Years and Under Strathisla 12 Years Old
Speyside Single Malt 13 to 20 Years Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask
Speyside Single Malt 21 Years and Over The Balvenie 30 Years Old

BLENDED WHISKY

Winner : Hibiki 21 Years Old

Category Winners

Best African Blended Three Ships 5 Years Old
Best American Blended Kinnickinnic Whiskey
Best Australian Blended The New Zealand Whisky Collection DoubleWood
Best Canadian Blended Pike Creek 10 Years Old
Best European Blended Breizh Breizh Whisky
Best Irish Blended Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Best Japanese Blended Hibiki 21 Years Old
Best Scotch Blended Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter

Sub Category Winners

African Blended No Age Statement Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish
African Blended 12 Years and Under Three Ships 5 Years Old
American Blended No Age Statement Kinnickinnic Whiskey
Australian Blended 12 Years and Under The New Zealand Whisky Collection DoubleWood
Canadian Blended No Age Statement Lot no.40
Canadian Blended 12 Years and Under Pike Creek 10 Years Old
Canadian Blended 13 to 20 Years Wiser's 18 Years Old
European Blended No Age Statement Breizh Breizh Whisky
Irish Blended No Age Statement Bushmills Black Bush
Irish Blended 12 Years and Under Tullamore Dew 10 Years Old Special Reserve
Irish Blended 13 to 20 Years Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Japanese Blended No Age Statement Nikka Super
Japanese Blended 12 Years & Under Hibiki 12 Years Old
Japanese Blended 13 to 20 Years Hibiki 17 Years Old
Japanese Blended 21 Years and Over Hibiki 21 Years Old
Scotch Blended No Age Statement Grant's Family Reserve
Scotch Blended 12 Years and Under The Tweeddale Blend 12 Years Old - Batch 2
Scotch Blended 13 to 20 Years Ballantine's 17 Years Old
Scotch Blended 21 Years and Over Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter

BLENDED MALT WHISKY

Winner : Mars Maltage 3 Plus 25, 28 Years Old

Category Winners

Best Scotch Blended Malt Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Best Japanese Blended Malt Mars Maltage 3 Plus 25, 28 Years Old

Sub Category Winners

Scotch Blended Malt Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Japanese Blended Malt No Age Wine Wood Reserve
Japanese Blended Malt 12 Years & Under Taketsuru 12 Years old
Japanese Blended Malt 13 to 20 Years Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Japanese Blended Malt 21 Years & Over Mars Maltage 3 Plus 25, 28 Years Old

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Winner : George T. Stagg

Category Winners

Best Rye American Whiskey Whistle Pig 11 Years Old Straight Rye
Best Tennessee American Whiskey George A. Dickel's Tennessee Whisky No. 12
Best Wheat American Whiskey Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Best Bourbon American Whiskey George T. Stagg
Best Non Bourbon American Whiskey Balcones True Blue

Sub Category Winners

Rye American Whiskey No Age Statement Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye
Rye American Whiskey 7 Years and Under Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye American Whiskey 8 Years and Over Whistle Pig 11 Years Old Straight Rye
Tennessee American Whiskey 7 Years and Under George A. Dickel's Tennessee Whisky No. 8
Tennessee American Whiskey 8 Years and Over George A. Dickel's Tennessee Whisky No. 12
Wheat American Whiskey No Age Statement Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Bourbon American Whiskey No Age Statement Rock Town Distillery Arkansas Young Bourbon
Bourbon American Whiskey 7 Years and Under Four Roses Small Batch
Bourbon American Whiskey 8 Years and Over George T. Stagg
Non Bourbon American Whiskey No Age Statement Balcones True Blue

GRAIN WHISKY

Winner : Bains Cape Mountain WHisky

Category Winners

Best South African Grain Whisky Bains Cape Mountain WHisky
Japanese Grain Whisky 0 Fujigotenba 15 Years Old, Single Grain
Japanese Grain Whisky 0 Nikka Coffey Grain

WHISKY LIQUEUR

Winner : Speyside Whisky Liqueur 40 Years Old

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