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Issue 134 - Awards Special

Whisky Magazine Issue 134
March 2016


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Awards Special

It's that time of year again

It's now nearly two years since I took over the editorship, which means it must be awards time once again. I am certainly looking forward to not only the Whiskies & Spirits Conference but also our Whisky Magazine Awards dinner at which we will present the World Whiskies Awards, our Icons of Whisky Global winners and our Hall of Fame inductees (see full details from page 14).

Once again I was involved as one of the judges at the World Whiskies Awards finals in London and this year a Scotch has been awarded the World's Best Single Malt. At the final event there were 35 judges split over four tables and we tasted, in total, 79 whiskies.

In this final round, a new type of scoring was introduced this year. This simplified the scoring process but I found it particularly difficult when it came to choosing only three whiskies out of a flight of seven. This was at times extremely challenging.

This year, the judges had come from all over the world including USA, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, India and Ireland. Our awards are run by Anita Ujszaszi (our mathematical genius) and she had the unenviable task of calculating all the award winners. You can see the complete list of results starting on page 83.

Whisky Live London is upon us again and I will, as last year, be looking after the Whisky Magazine stand. This year we will have author signing sessions as well as some of the category winning whiskies for visitors to sample. This proved extremely popular last year and I ran out of t...

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