Far, far, away from the worlds of us cheap boozers, there’s a land where they award the best whiskey blends and malts, that are worthy of being counted among the royalty of alcohol. These superlative whiskies and their creators are recognized by The World Whiskies Awards, that are presented by UK-based publication Whisky Magazine and The Drinks Report. The award appreciates the efforts of the world’s best whiskey brands and independent distilleries in creating premier whiskies for connoisseurs to enjoy.
Here’s the list of winners from the World’s Whiskies Awards 2017:
1. The Best Grain Whiskey: Fuji Gotemba Single Grain 25 Years Old Small Batch (Japan)
Japan, that is famous for its rice wine sake, has also warmed up to whiskey as is the preferred alcoholic beverage in the recent times. This one from the Fuji Gotemba distillery has made it to the top of the world’s whiskies list in the grain whiskey category this year, after having made its name in the global market, over the past few years. ALSO READ: Top 10 strongest Alcoholic Drinks of the World: From Absinthe to Everclear and beyond!
2. World’s Best Bourbon Whiskey: John J. Bowman Single Barren Bourbon (US)
This whiskey commemorates, the early American pioneer, John J. Bowman, who was among the first one to settle in Kentucky with his family. Bowman became the first military commander and governor of Kentucky county. This whiskey has notes of toffee, leather, figs and almonds and has a well-rounded taste.
3. World’s Best Canadian Blended Whiskey: Gooderham and Worts (Canada)
This Canadian whiskey is blended in true Canadian style in a distillery headquartered in Toronto. This whiskey is a blend of four grains- corn, rye, wheat and barley and it’s bottled at 44.4 per cent ABV. It has notes of honey, toffee, dried flowers and bubble gum. ALSO READ: Top 7 flavourful beers for people who don’t really like beer
4. World’s Best Corn Whiskey: Ironroot Hubris Corn Whiskey (US)
This whiskey has a 58 per cent ABV and is perhaps one of the most booziest and yet not one of the most priciest spirits on this list. You will have to be lucky to land a bottle as its rare and in case you do mange to find it with major retailers, it will cost much higher than its original price.
5. World’s Best Flavored Whiskey: J.P. Wiser Hopped Whiskey (Canada)
This distinctive blend of whiskey and hops has a long tradition of being decorated for it taste. It has a robust flavor that has hints of just-burnt caramels and spices, and is bottled at 40 per cent ABV.
6. World’s Best Irish Single Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old (Ireland)
According to its official website, this whiskey is a combination of malted and unmalted barley matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels first-fill oloroso casks. ALSO READ: Long Island Iced Tea: The fascinating story behind the invention of this sneaky cocktail
7. World’s Best Rye Whiskey: A.D. LawsSecale Straight Rye (US)
This 100 Proof whiskey is bottled at 50 per ABV and is an open-air fermented sour mash style whiskey. It’s aged three years in heavily charred American oak barrels and is a blend of 95% rye and 5% barley.
8. World’s Best Wheat Whiskey: Bainbridge Battle Point (US)
Coming from Bainbridge Organic Distillers, this beautiful blend is distilled using a mashbill of 100% USDA organic soft white wheat sourced from local farms in Washington and is aged for two years.
9. World’s Best Blended Limited Release Whiskey: J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation (Canada)
This one comes from Canada’s oldest distillery and has taken the world by surprise, by winning this coveted award. This is a rye-flavored whisky and is a result of Master Blender Dr Livermore’s dogged dedication to bring out various notes of vanilla, toffee and spices in the whiskey, through the quality of the barrel. ALSO READ: Gin and Tonic: The fascinating story behind the invention of the classic English cocktail
10. World’s Best Blended Mat Whiskey: Johnnie Walker Green Label (UK)
This one is perhaps one of the more popular whiskies on the list. As per information on the website, this whiskey, ‘is crafted from a palette of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts and matured for at least 15 years.’
11. World’s Best Blended Whiskey: Suntory Hibiki 21 Years Old (Japan)
This one with 43 per cent ABV has been on this list several times since 2013. It’s pretty rare to find, even in Japan and has a long finish, with a hint of smoke.
12. World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whiskey: Venture Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017 (Japan)
With a strong 60 per cent ABV, this one has an extremely smooth taste, but also has the adequate punch. ALSO READ: The fascinating origin story of the classic tomato juice and vodka cocktail
13. World’s Best Single Malt Whiskey: Craigellachie 31 Years Old (UK)
This is bottled at a solid 52.2 per cent ABV and strikes a balance between the richness of honey and dry, spicy, toasted oak.
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