World Whisky Awards 2010 – World’s Best Whiskies Honoured – Scotch Whisky News


For immediate release                                                 26th February 2010
World’s Best Whiskies Honoured

Seven whiskies have scooped the titles of ‘World’s Best’ in the final round of Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskies Awards 2010.

The competition, open to proprietary bottlings only, is chaired by Dave Broom, international whisky expert and exists to inform and educate consumers throughout the world about the very whisky. Winners progressed through three rounds of blind tastings to emerge as the victors in their categories, with the World’s Best New Release being chosen from the magazine’s tastings section and tasted during the final round.

Categories are based upon the commonly held whisky groupings which define the style and process of whisky/whiskey production; malt whisky, blended whisky, blended malt whisky, American whiskey and whisky liqueurs.

The 2010 winners are:

World’s Best Single Malt Whisky Ardbeg Corryvreckan
World’s Best Blended Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old
World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky  Taketsuru 21 Years Old
World’s Best American Whiskey Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 proof
World’s Best Whisky Liqueur Wild Turkey American Honey
World’s Best Grain Whisky Greenore 15 Years Old
World’s Best New Release Parker’s Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary

The final “World’s Best” trophy winners were presented at the World Whiskies Awards presentation in London on Thursday 25th February 2010.

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Category and sub-category winners follow on the next pages
Full World Whiskies Results 2010
Category winners
Best Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky  Springbank 18 Years Old
Best Islay Single Malt Whisky  Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Best Island Non Islay Single Malt Whisky  Highland Park Earl Magnus
Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky Tomintoul 33 years old
Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey Bushmills 21 Years Old Maderia finish
Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky  Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky  Solist
Best Highland Single Malt Whisky Balblair 1975
Sub-category winners
Highland no age Ardmore Traditional Cask
Highland 12 and under Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
Highland 13-20 Glenmorangie 18 Years Old
Highland 21 and over Balblair 1975, 32 Years Old

Campbeltown no age Longrow CV
Campbeltown 12 and under Springbank 10 YO
Campbeltown 13-20 Springbank 18 Years Old

Island Non Islay no age  Talisker 57° North
Island Non Islay 12 and under Highland Park, Hjarta, 12 Years Old
Island Non Islay 13-20 Highland Park, Earl Magnus Edition 1, 15 Years Old
Island Non Islay 21 and cover  Highland Park, Vintage 1964, 45 Years Old

Islay no age Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Islay 12 and under Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Islay 13-20  Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Islay 21 and over Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old

Speyside no age The Glenrothes, Alba Reserve
Speyside 12 and under BenRiach Sherry Matured, 12 Years Old
Speyside 13-20 The Balvenie 15 Years Old Single Barrel
Speyside 21 and over Tomintoul, Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt, 33 YO

Irish no age Connemara Cask Strength
Irish 12 and under Tyrconnell Single Malt Sherry Finish, 10 Years Old
Irish 13-20 Bushmills 16 Years Old
Irish 21 and over Bushmills 21 Years Old Madeira Finish

Japanese no age Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Japanese 12 and under Ichiro’s Malt, Six of Clubs, 10 Years Old
Japanese 13-20 Nikka, Yoichi 1989, 20 Years Old
Japanese 21 and over Ichiro’s Malt, Card King of Hearts, 23 Years Old

Rest of the World no age Solist
Rest of the World 12 Years and under Chapter 6 3 years Old

Category winners
Best Scotch Blended malt whisky Big Peat from Douglas Laing and Co
Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt no age  Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve
Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 12 and Under  Nikka – Taketsuru 12 Years Old
Best Non-Scotch blended malt 21 years and over
 Taketsuru 21 Years Old
Category winners
Best Scotch Blended Whisky   Whyte and Mackay 40 Years old
Best Japanese Blended Whisky   Hibiki 21 Years Old
Best Irish Blended Whiskey  Kilbeggan 15 Years Old
Best Canadian Blended Whiskey  Crown Royal Limited Edition

Sub-category winners:
Scotch Blended 12 and under    Black Dog 12 years old
Scotch Blended 13-20  Label 5 18 Years Old
Scotch Blended 21 and Over   Whyte and Mackay 40 years old
Scotch Blended no age   Black Bottle and Dewar’s signature

Japanese Blended no age   Nikka from the barrel
Japanese Blended 12 and under  Hibiki 12 Years Old
Japanese Blended 13-20  Hibiki 17 Years Old
Japanese Blended 21 and Over  Hibiki 21 Years Old
Irish Blended 12 and under  Redbreast 12 Years Old

Irish Blended 13-20  Kilbeggan 15 Years Old
Irish Blended no age  Bushmills Black Bush

Category winners
Best American Whiskey – Bourbon  George T Stagg
Best American Whiskey – Non Bourbon  Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 proof

Sub category winners
Bourbon no age  William Larue Weller
Bourbon 7 Years and under  Four Roses Yellow label
Bourbon 8 Years and over  George T Stagg

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