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    World Whisky Awards

    WHISKY Magazine has announced the winners of its biannual World Whiskey Awards. To get the full scoop, go here.

    I was one of the judges for the North American leg. We tasted 43 whiskeys from the USA and Canada. Everything was blind but we did know categories. Ostensibly, we used a 10 point scale, but in reality we used a scale from 6.0 to 9.75, allowing quarter points.

    The categories were: bourbon no age, bourbon 7 years and under, bourbon 8 years and older, US non-bourbon no age, US non-bourbon 7 years and under, US non-bourbon 8 years and older, Canadian 12 years and under, Canadian 13 years and older.

    The overall competition started with 158 whiskeys. They named winners in each category, then chose from the category winners six "best of show" selections, including "Best American Whiskey."

    The results for North America:

    BEST AMERICAN WHISKEY: Baker's 7 Year Old

    BEST BOURBON: Baker's 7 Year Old

    BEST BOURBON NO AGE: Four Roses Single Barrel

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

    BEST BOURBON 7 YEARS AND UNDER: Baker's 7 Year Old

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bulleit Bourbon

    BEST BOURBON 8 YEARS AND OVER: Russell's Reserve

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jim Beam Black

    BEST NON-BOURBON AMERICAN WHISKEY: Bernheim Wheat

    BEST NON-BOURBON AMERICAN WHISKEY NO AGE: Bernheim Wheat

    BEST NON-BOURBON AMERICAN WHISKEY 7 YEARS AND UNDER: Sazarec Rye 6 Years Old

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Templeton Rye

    BEST NON-BOURBON AMERICAN WHISKEY 8 YEARS AND OVER: Sazerac Rye 18 Years Old

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: George Dickel No. 12

    BEST CANADIAN WHISKY: XR Crown Royal

    BEST CANADIAN WHISKY 12 YEARS AND UNDER: Forty Creek Small Batch Reserve

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Moutain Rock Whisky

    BEST CANADIAN WHISKY 13 YEARS AND OVER: XR Crown Royal

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gibson's 18 Year Old

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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Thanks for posting that, Chuck.

    Not suggesting you to type this LOL, but it would be nice to see what some of these were competing against (if that info is known).

    I'm particularly interested in hearing what other bourbons Baker's beat out, as well as what the Sazerac 18 was tried against and was it last fall's release or other?

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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Bakers is one of my top 5's. Glad to see it was consistantly rated tops. It doesn't get a lot of mentioning around hear, but I like it. ALOT

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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    There were 43 entries in the Canadian and American categories, so the competition was virtually everyone. This wasn't just new or recent releases. It was basically everything that's currently in general circulation.

    With something like the Sazerac, it was whatever "edition" the company submitted but, depending on when they were submitted, it probably was the most recent release.

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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Many thanks for posting Chuck...

    Interesting and honest results that I will peruse/refer to for some time.

    I am due a bottle of Baker's and all the other honourable mentions such as JB black, Dickel and lil Saz are regular pours for me. A bottle of Baker's it is then!
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    I guess good whiskey really does tickle my pickle!

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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Baker's is a personal favorite. It's no. 1 in the Small Batch Collection, IMHO.

    I always enjoy a pour at the Sampler while chatting with Jerry Dalton, Beam's erudite and personable Master Distiller.
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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrel_Proof View Post
    Baker's is a personal favorite. It's no. 1 in the Small Batch Collection, IMHO.
    I agree!
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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    I agree!
    You gave the honor of being the first VBT to Bakers.
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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    I can't disagree with any of the results (with the disclaimer that I haven't tried a couple of the Canadians)... the top choices would also fall in the upper end of my personal rankings as well.
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    Re: World Whisky Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by wskybnt View Post
    Bakers is one of my top 5's. Glad to see it was consistantly rated tops. It doesn't get a lot of mentioning around hear, but I like it. ALOT
    Baker's has always been a favorite of mine, and I have also been surprised that it doesn't seem to get more raves on SB.
    As far as those results, I haven't had the opportunity to taste all the whiskeys mentioned, but I will say I am rather surprised at some of the bottlings I don't see, such as the ORVWs and Wellers, and some that I do see, such as Bulleit and JB Black. Guess it just goes to show it's all in the mouth & nose of the beholder! Tom V
    Last edited by tmas; 04-20-2007 at 16:57.

 

 

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