Japanese distillers made a fine showing last night at Whisky Magazine’s 6th annual World Whisky Awards.
This marks the second year in a row Yamazaki’s has triumphed, with their sublime 1984 vintage taking home the best single malt prize in 2011.
While this second win surprised few, there were a few shock results. South Africa’s Three Ships Distillery secured the prize for Best Single Malt for the Rest of the World with its 5 Year Old, while Bowmore’s distillery – only Maltmen’s beat both Lagavulin 12 and Lagavulin 16 to Best Islay of The Year.
There are many, many sub divisions, but here are the main categories and winners:
Best Non Bourbon – Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey
Best Canadian Blended Whisky – Wiser’s 18 Years Old
Best Irish Blended Whiskey -Kilbeggan 18 Years Old
Best New World Blended Whisky – Three Ships 5 Years Old
Best Blended Scotch Whisky – Black Bull 40 Years Old Deluxe Blend
Best Japanese Blended Whisky – Hibiki 17 Years Old
Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive
Best Non Scotch Blended Malt Whisky – Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old
Best Japanese Single Whisky – Yamazaki 25 Years Old
Best Japanese Single Whisky – Kavalan Solist Fino
Best Irish Single Malt – Bushmills 21 Years Old
Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey – Powers John’s Lane Release
Best Lowland Single Malt – Auchentoshan 1999
Best Campbeltown Single Malt – Springbank 18 Years Old
Best Highland Single Malt – Speyburn 25 Years Old
Best Island (non Islay) Single Malt – Highland Park 1971 Vintage
Best Islay Single Malt – Bowmore Maltmen’s Selection
Best Speyside Single Malt – Glenfiddich 40 Years Old