Japanese distillers made a fine showing last night at Whisky Magazine’s 6th annual World Whisky Awards.
Yamazaki scooped the coveted Best Single Malt Whisky award for its 25 Year Old expression, while Nikka won the Best Blended Whisky category with its Taketsuru 17 Year Old.
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