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24 Mar 2012

World Whiskies Awards 2012

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

World Whisky Awards 2012On Thursday night, Whisky Magazine has announced the World Whiskies Awards 2012.

Here are the most interesting results of this sixth edition:

Yamazaki 25 years
Best Single Malt Whisky:
Yamazaki 25 years
(also Best Japanese single malt)
Best Blended Whisky:
Three ships 5 years (produced in South Africa)
Best Islay Whisky:
Bowmore Maltmen’s (limited release)
Best American Whiskey:
Eagle Rare 17 years
Best Irish Whiskey:
Bushmills 1608 (it won the same award in 2008)
Best Grain Whisky:
Greenore 18 years

Suntory is winning the most important award again. Last year’s Yamazaki 1984 is followed by Yamazaki 25 years (already out of stock as far as I can see and over € 450 anyway). I have a sample lined up already, time to taste it!

World Whiskies Awards 2012 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-24
  • http://cooperedtot.blogspot.com/ Joshua Feldman

    Thanks for the news, Ruben! I had never even heard of Three Ships. I was aware of South Africa’s brandy – but didn’t even know they distilled whisky.

    As for the top pick – I wish I could afford the Yamazaki 25. I’m loving the color in the bottle picture.

    Meanwhile Bushmills 1608 is being liquidated at a discount at the various stores that sell it here (New York). I’m wondering if Bushmills is done with it? I hope not – it’s clearly distinctive and one of their best.

  • http://www.whiskymarketplace.com/blog/ Stuart Robson

    Glad to hear you have a sample of the Yamazaki 25yo and look forward to your thoughts. I doubt I will be able to source one so its good to hear what you think at least :-)

  • Michael

    Check this: http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/yamazaki/whisky3326.html
    Is that the same whisky? 65 and 70 Points…

  • Gianni

    @Micheal: I guess it’s another batch, those reviews are from 2006… hopefully it changed 😉

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