The folks over at Whisky Advocate (formerly Malt Advocate) know their way around the world’s greatest beverage. Once a year, they give out awards to recognize some of the best bottles available to the public and, in an effort to help spread their message, I try to recap it for you in a few easy links.
So, without further ado, here are the best whiskies in the world according to Whisky Advocate’s editor, John Hansell, who wins my award for Smartest Career Choice:
- Artisan Whiskey of the Year: Corsair Triple Smoke
- American Whiskey of the Year: Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch
- Canadian Whisky of the Year: Lot No. 40 2012 Release
- Irish Whiskey of the Year: Yellow Spot
- Japanese Whisky of the Year: Yamazaki Mizunara bottled 2012
- World Whiskey of the Year: Millstone Sherry Cask 12 year old
- Scotch of the Year: Blended: Blue Hanger 6th Release
- Scotch of the Year: Speyside: Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
- Scotch of the Year: Islay: Lagavulin 21 year old Special Release 2012
- Scotch of the Year: Highland: Glenmorangie Pride 1981
- Scotch of the Year: Lowlands/Campbeltown: Auchentoshan 1979 Oloroso Sherry Matured
Yet another great list but I have to admit that I’m disappointed by some of the selections. I love whiskies of any stripe but single malt Scotch is, hands down, my absolute favorite. In the past decade or so, single malt Scotch has become increasingly popular and distillers have met the challenge by increasing the volume and variety of production. This list certainly shows off what are the probably the finest Scotches in Scotland, however, my problem with it is that I’ll never know for sure!
Of the five Scotches listed, exactly zero are priced below $100/bottle. Only one comes in under $300/bottle and it’s the lone blend of the group. One bottle, it should be worth noting, is worth more than my car. To put that in perspective, I’ve got something like 20 bottles at home that run the gamut in terms of flavor and price and only one routinely sells for over $100… and it was a gift! Furthermore, it would be incredibly difficult to find any of the winners in even the best specialty shops in the US.
There are so many affordable Scotches out there that are truly outstanding and affordable; it’s just a shame that none of them made the list. That said, maybe there is something to be said for simply picking the best of the best without worrying about affordability or availability.
What do you think? Did any of your favorites fail to make the list but are still worth a mention? Let me know in the comments!