The World Whiskies Awards celebrates the very best in whiskies from across the globe. Now in its 9th year this prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in London recently and saw over 300 entries. The whiskeys were judged over three rounds of rigorous tastings by leading distillers and experts from the international whisky industry.
There would be far too many medal and award winners to list here but I have picked out a few of my favourites below.
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton – World’s best single pot still
“The bouquet is full of dry humidor, rich stewed fruit, marshmallow and vanilla. Almonds and dark honey dominate the palate, with hints of creme brûlée and dark sugar. The finish is long with some gentle liquorice spice.”
Hakushu 12 Years Old- BestJapanese Single Malt Whisky 12 Years and Under
“Young peat makes for a smoky, astringent baseline across nose and palate, with crisp highlights of straw and honey. Fresh and at once deep and mossy; forest in a glass.”
Ardbeg 10 Years Old – Best Islay Single Malt Whisky 12 years and under
“Grapefruit, cool whip and lime cordial on the nose. More lime cordial on the palate cut with fresh mandarin and mint tea. Finish is delicate with some peat smoke and light green tea.”
Redbreast 12 Years Old – Gold Medal
“Toasted grains, under-ripe orchard fruits, light muscavado sugar and fresh nutmeg on the nose. Cooking apple, apricot kernals and marzipan take pride of place on the palate, with vanilla pods sweetness vying with nut skin bitterness to finish.”
Jameson Caskmates – Gold Medal
“Warm honey, golden syrup, ginger snaps, almond paste and marshmallow make for a satisfyingly sweet bouquet. The palate follows up with waxy fruit and firm malt, making for good balance and depth. The finish is short with a shock of dried fruit and nut skin.”