Best Whiskies And Distilleries Of 2017

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Lo and behold, everyone! World Whisky Awards 2017 results are out. If you have ever felt clueless about which whisky to have, here we have the best picks of the entire year. These results are formulated after a very vigorous analysis by experts, so when we say these the best, it’s the goddamned best.

Whisky of the year

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Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Exclusive scored an unbelievable 97.3 out of 100 and won the whisky of the year award. Apparently, it’s totally well-deserved, considering that they created such a complex and sophisticated whisky, ever-changing with pronounced phenols yet a smooth & lingering finish. Well, that’s all we ask for in whisky.

Master Distiller of the Year

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When a gifted student chooses to pursue PhD in Microbial Physiology and Fermentation Science in Edinburgh, you know he takes his distilling seriously. Dr Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s long-time whisky-maker, or as they call him, ‘Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks’. His favourite whisky of all is Glenmorangie Original. With each of Glenmorangie’s bottles being a reflection of who he is, it’s no surprise that he is the master distiller of the year.

Distillery of the Year

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The oldest legal distillery in its region, The Glenlivet distillery won the best distillery of the year award and rightfully so. With almost 13 single malt whisky varieties, this distillery has been totally stealing hearts of whisky enthusiasts all over the world. Ever tried Chivas Regal? Glenlivet single malts are in them too.

Best Single Malt Scotch 25 Year Old and Over

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The second release in the Singleton, the best single malt scotch of the year, The Singleton of Glendullan 38-Year-Old is rich, mellow and elegant, with all the confidence of age. This scotch whisky is apparently noteworthy for its absorbing finish.

Best American Single Malt

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American take great pride in their single malts and this year’s best American single malt is a very interesting Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt. The variety of flavours of this single malt vary from warm, woody spices and some breadiness, to ester-y with apple and orchard fruits and brown sugar. Talk about wholesome single malt!