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World Whiskies Awards 2008

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World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby Matt2 » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:18 pm

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This year's competition saw more than 200 whiskies do battle over three tasting rounds for the coveted titles of the best whiskies in the world.

It has been a hard fought competition this year, with some interesting and surprising results. There have been intensive rounds of tastings by Whisky Magazine's independent editorial panel drawn from the best journalists and retailers across the world, and also by industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors.

To get to the final results three rounds of blind tastings were held. Round one was conducted by the editorial panel at their homes. The judges were simply sent sample bottles marked with the ABV and category... read more

The Winners

WORLD'S BEST WHISKY LIQUEUR
WILD TURKEY AMERICAN HONEY


CATEGORY WINNERS
World's Best Scotch Liqueur - Arran Gold
World's Best non-Scotch liqueur - Wild Turkey American Honey


WORLD'S BEST GRAIN WHISKY
COMPASS BOX HEDONISM


WORLD'S BEST NEW RELEASE
GLENROTHES 25 YEARS OLD


CANDIDATES
Glenrothes 25 Years Old
Benriach 30 Years old
Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969
Talisker 30 Years Old Special Release


WORLD'S BEST BLENDED MALT WHISKY
BLUE HANGER 30 YEARS OLD


CATEGORY WINNERS
World's Best Scotch Blended Malt - Blue Hanger 30
World's Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt - Taketsuru 21 Years

SUB-CATEGORY WINNERS
Scotch Blended Malt 21 and over - Blue Hanger 30
Scotch Blended Malt no age - Compass Box Morpheus
Non-Scotch Blended Malt 12 and under - Ichiro's Malt Mizunara
Non-Scotch Blended Malt 13-20 - Taketsuru 21 Years Old


WORLD'S BEST BLENDED WHISKY
SUNTORY HIBIKI 30 YEARS OLD


CATEGORY WINNERS
World's Best Scotch Blended Whisky - Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old
World's Best Japanese Blended Whisky - Suntory Hibiki 30 Years Old
World's Best Irish Blended Whisky - Kilbeggan 15 Years Old

SUB-CATEGORY
Scotch Blended 12 and under - Islay Mist 12 Years Old
Scotch Blended 13-20 - IslayMist 17 Years Old
Scotch Blended 21and over - Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old
Scotch Blended no age - Dewar's Signature
Japanese Blended 12 and under - NikkaFrom the Barrel
Japanese Blended 13-20 - Tsuru 17 Years Old
Japanese Blended 21 and over - Suntory Hibiki 30 Years Old
Irish Blended 12 and under - Jameson 12 Years Old
Irish Blended 13-20 - Kilbeggan 15 Years Old
Irish Blended no age - Bushmills 1608


WORLD'S BEST AMERICAN WHISKEY
GEORGE T. STAGG


CATEGORY WINNERS
World's Best Canadian Blended Whisky - Canadian Club Reserve
World's Best Bourbon Whiskey - George T.Stagg
World's Best Wheat Whiskey - Bernheim Wheat
World's Best Rye Whiskey - Russell's Reserve Rye whiskey

SUB-CATEGORY WINNERS
Canadian Blended no age - Canadian Club Reserve
Canadian Blended no age - Crown Royal Cask No.16
Bourbon 7 and under - Baker's
Bourbon 8 and over - George T.Stagg
Bourbon no age - Four Roses Single Barrel
Wheat no age - Bernheim Original Wheat
Rye no age - Russell's Reserve Rye whiskey


WORLD'S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY
YOICHI 20 YEARS OLD


CATEGORY WINNERS
World's Best Highland Single Malt Whisky - Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or
World's Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky - The Glenrothes 1978
World's Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey - Bushmills 16 Years Old
World's Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky - Yoichi 20 Years Old
World's Best Other Single Malt Whisky - Privus 05
World's Best Island Non Islay Single Malt Whisky - Talisker 30 Years Old
World's Best Islay Unpeated Single Malt Whisky - Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
World's Best Islay Peated Single Malt Whisky - Lagavulin 16 Years Old
World's Best Island Single Malt Whisky - Talisker 30 Years Old

SUB-CATEGORY
Highland 12 and under - Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or
Highland 13-20 - Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Highland 21 and over - Old Pulteney 21 Years Old
Highland 4 no age - Balblair 1989 Vintage
Speyside 12 and under - The Balvenie 12 Years Old
Speyside 13-20 - The Glenlivet 18 Years Old
Speyside 21 and over - The Glenrothes 1978
Speyside no age - The Glenrothes Select Reserve
Irish 12 and under - Tyrconnell Sherry Finish
Irish 13-20 - Bushmills 16 Years Old
Irish no age - Connemara Cask Strength
Japanese 12 and under - The final vintage of Hanyu
Japanese 13-20 - Yoichi 20 Years Old
Japanese 21 and over - Ichiro 23 Years Old
Other no age - Privus 04
Other no age - Privus 05
Other no age - Penderyn
Island Non Islay 12 and under - Talisker 10 Years Old
Island Non Islay 13-20 - Highland Park 16 Years Old
Island Non Islay 21 and over - Talisker 30 Years Old
Island Non Islayno age - The Arran Malt
Islay Unpeated 12 and under - Bruichladdich 12 Years Old
Islay Unpeated 13-20 - Bunnahabhain 18 Years Old
Islay Unpeated 21 and over - Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Islay Peated 12 and under - Ardbeg 10 Years Old
Islay Peated 13-20 - Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Islay Peated 21 and over - Lagavulin 21 Years Old
Islay Peated no age - Lagavulin Distillers Edition
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby micheluzzo » Thu May 01, 2008 6:29 pm

Is the world's best single malt Yoichi 20years this one from 1987 with 20years and the red label or is it the 'normal' Yoichi 20years old with the usual Yoichi label?

The picture from WWA shows the Yoichi from 1987 but the pictures from the some retailers show the normal Yoichi 20years picture.
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:09 pm

I'm amused by the concept of the World's Best Canadian Blended Whiskey.
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby kallaskander » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:13 am

Hi there,

yeah, inasmuch as the Scots Australians Dutch Danes and Polynesians just to name a few were not allowed to call their blends "Canadian". smiley (Could not find one. Nor clolours. But the edit button is back.)

Greetings
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby Iain » Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:24 pm

Were Japanese distilleries allowed to compete for the World's Best Island Non Islay Single Malt Whisky award?

Which firm won the World's Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky award?

Sorry - it has been a slow day at the office...

(I'd have attached a blushing bottle here, but the wee emoticon thingies have disappeared from the menu).
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:50 pm

[quote="Nick Brown"]I'm amused by the concept of the World's Best Canadian Blended Whiskey.[/quote]

..... as opposed to the Northern Most Scotch Whisky distillery in the world .... aka Highland Park
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby LeoDLion » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:18 pm

There should be a category on the panel of judges being 'the common consumer of whisky' and I like to apply for it.
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:12 pm

IWC wrote: "..... as opposed to the Northern Most Scotch Whisky distillery in the world .... aka Highland Park"

You have a fine memory, IWC
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:57 am

I know a place which would be pleased to accept a nomination for the world's best whisky bar in Munich's Maxvorstadt area.

(Insert winky smily giffy thingy here)
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Re: World Whiskies Awards 2008

Postby tylergallant7 » Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:34 am

The more Canadian whiskey i try the more i end up coming back to Forty Creek, well deserving of an award.
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