The top whisky personalities, places and brands have been honoured at an industry dinner held in London.
Winners from across the world were honoured at the event, which was held at the Churchill Hotel in London’s West End. The dinner was held the night before the start of Whisky Live London, a sell out consumer whisky show where whisky drinkers can meet producers and distillers and taste the latest expressions of leading whiskies from around the world.
Two separate sets of award results were announced. The Best of the Best 2005 recognises the world’s best whiskies after blind tastings by more than 100 whisky experts in Tokyo, Kentucky, Glasgow, Dublin and London.
The best single malt Scotch whisky for 2005 is Laphroaig 10 Years Old Cask Strength, and the best blend is Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Years Old. The best Irish whiskey is Bushmills 16 Years Old, the best Japanese whisky is Yamazaki Cask Strength, and the best American whiskey is Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old.
The other winners were for the Icons of Whisky, voted for by a group of about 250 industry producers, retailers and journalists.
Highlights included the announcement of the Distiller of the Year, which went to American distillery Buffalo Trace, Innovator of the Year, which was awarded to The Macallan’s whisky maker Bob Dalgarno, a joint honour to The Canny Man’s in Edinburgh and The Pot Still in Glasgow for Whisky Bar of the Year, and the tile of Visitor Centre of the Year which went to Edradour Distillery in Scotland.
A special lifetime achievement award was given to Barry Walsh, former master distiller at Irish Distillers, who worked in the Irish whisky industry for more than 40 years.
The full results were:
Best of the Best 2005
Best Scotch single malt 2005
* Laphroaig 10 Years Old Cask Strength
* Glenmorangie Tain L’Hermitage
* The Glenlivet 16 Years Old Cask Strength
* The Balvenie 1973
Best American Whiskey 2005
* Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old
* Four Roses Single Barrel
Best Irish Whiskey 2005
* Bushmills 16 Years Old
* Jameson 18 Years Old
Best Japanese Whisky 2005
* Yamazaki Cask Strength
* Hibiki Suntory 17 Years Old
Best Scotch blended whisky 2005
* Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Years Old
* Dewar’s 18 Years Old
Icons of Whisky
Distiler of the Year
* Buffalo Trace, Kentucky
Retailer of the Year (single)
* Park Avenue Liquors, New York
Retailer of the Year (multiple)
* La Maison du Whisky, Paris
Hotel of the Year
* The Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside
Bar/restaurant of the year
* The Canny Man’s Edinburgh
* The Pot Still, Glasgow
Innovator of the Year
* Bob Dalgarno, Edrington Group
Ambassador of Whisky
* Jim Cryle, Chivas Brothers
For more information contact: Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Magazine editor, firstname.lastname@example.org