Whisky Magazine Issue 63
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More than 150 whiskies, three rounds of judging and there can be only five...we reveal the winners
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Whisky Magazine Panel
The quest is a theme often found in literature and when we set off on our whisky quest the task facing us was almost as difficult as the old Holy Grail quests.
However who better to saddle up and announce the best whiskies of the world than the team at Whisky Magazine.
We assembled some of the best noses and experts in the business to form our independent Whisky Magazine panel. These were the brave souls who tackled the some 158 whiskies that initially entered the competition.
The categories are based on the five commonly held whisky groupings which define the style and process of whisky/whiskey production; malt whisky, blended whisky, blended malt whisky, American whiskey and whisky liqueurs. Where appropriate there were age sub-categories.
Chaired by Dave Broom, this annual selection of the very best proprietary whiskies evolved out of Best of the Best, the biannual tasting held since 2000.
The judging process started with the independent panel receiving samples at home and judging blind.
This gave us the sub-category age winners, so 12 Years and Under, 13 to 20 Years, 21 plus and Vintage.
These were then tasted by an invited panel spanning the whisky industry on the eve of Whisky Live London at the beginning of March.
This second round gave us the category wi...