World Whisky Awards 2012

Last night was Whisky Magazine’s 6th World Whiskies Awards, the opening event of Whisky Live (which opens today – pop by and say hello if you’re around, we’re the official retailer) and the last of the year’s opening round of award ceremonies and trophy giving.

The big prize of the night is Best Single Malt Whisky, and for the second year in a row it was scooped by Yamazaki for their excellent 25 year old. There were also a few surprises along the way, with the Three Ships 5yo shocking the room by becoming the Best Blended Whisky, the distillery only Bowmore Maltmen’s pipping both Lagavulin 12 and 16 to Best Islay, and the excellent Speyburn 25 being classified as a Highland whisky rather than the Speyside that both the distillery’s name and location suggest.

All in all a good gang of winners:

Top level winners:

Scotch Single Malt:

  • Best Islay and Best Islay No Age Statement – Bowmore Maltmen’s
  • Best Islay 12 years and under – Lagavulin 12yo
  • Best Islay 13 to 20 years – Lagavulin 16yo
  • Best Island and Best Island 12 years and over – Highland Park 1971 (coming soon…)
  • Best Island No Age Statement – Talisker 57º North
  • Best Island 12 years and under – Highland Park 12yo
  • Best Island 13 to 20 years – Scapa 16yo
Irish:
Japanese:
  • Best Japanese Single Malt and Best Japanese 21 years and over - Yamazaki 25yo
  • Best Japanese Single Malt No Age Statement – Miyagikyo Single Malt
  • Best Japanese Single Malt 12 years and under – Miyagikyo 12yo
  • Best Japanese Single Malt 13 to 20 years – Ichiro’s Malt Card Nine of Clubs
American:
Canadian:
  • Best Canadian Blend and Best Canadian Blend 13 to 20 years – Wiser’s 18yo
  • Best Canadian Blend No Age Statement – Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve
New World:
  • Best New World Blended Whisky – Three Ships 5yo
  • Best New World Single Malt and Best New World Single Malt No Age Statement – Kavalan Solist Fino
  • Best New World Single Malt 12 years and under – Armorik Double Maturation
Blended Malt Whisky:
  • Best Scotch Blended Malt - Wemyss, The Hive
  • Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt and Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 13 to 20 years – Nikka Taketsuru 17yo
  • Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt No Age Statement – Ichiro’s Blended Malt Wine Wood Reserve
  • Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 12 years and under – Nikka Taketsuru 12yo
  • Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 21 years and over – Nikka Taketsuru 21yo
Blended Scotch Whisky:
  • Best Blended Scotch No Age Statement – The Naked Grouse
  • Best Blended Scotch 12 years and under – Johnnie Walker Black Label
  • Best Blended Scotch 13 to 20 years – James Martin’s 20yo
  • Best Blended Scotch 21 years and over – Black Bull 40
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