Jims choices 2016.

JIM MURRAY’S 2016 WORLD WHISKIES OF THE YEAR
1. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
2. Pikesville Straight Rye
3. Midleton Dair Ghaelach
4. William Larue Weller Bourbon (Bot.2014)
5. Suntory Yamazaki Mizunara (Bot.2014)
SINGLE CASK OF THE YEAR
Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1957 #2110
This year – just like last year – there are no Scotch whiskies in Jim’s list. And Midleton Dair Ghaelach’s achievement is the first time that an Irish whiskey has finished in the top three.
Jim said: ‘Last year people were shocked when I gave Yamazaki the award – until they tasted it. Then they saw it was not the affront to Scotch they first thought and something truly extraordinary.
‘This year, doubtless there will be many more eyebrows raised because rarely is Canada mentioned when it come to the world’s top whiskies. But, again, I have no doubt people finding the bottling I tasted will be blown away with this whisky’s uncompromising and unique beauty. It certainly puts the rye into Canadian rye.’
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THE WINNERS
SCOTCH

Scotch Whisky of the Year
Glenfarclas 1957 Family Casks #2110
Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 10yo
Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask)
Glenfarclas 1957 Family Casks #2110
Scotch Blend of the Year
The Last Drop 50yo
Scotch Grain of the Year
Clan Deny Cambus 1987 25yo #9320
Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year
Compass Box The Lost Blend
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH

No Age Statement (Multiple Casks)
Ardberg Supernova 2009
No Age Statement (Runner Up)
Laphroaig An Cuan Mor
10 Years & Under (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 10yo
10 Years & Under (Single Cask)
Saar Gruwehewwel
11-15 Years (Multiple Casks)
Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Strathmill 2002
11-15 Years (Single Cask)
SMWS 4.199 (Highland Park 1999)
16-21 Years (Multiple Casks)
Old Pulteney 21yo
16-21 Years (Single Cask)
Old Malt Cask Highland Park 1998
22-27 Years (Multiple Casks)
Glen Moray Port Cask Finish
22-27 Years (Single Cask)
Wemyss Kirsch Gateau (Bunnahabhain)
28-34 Years (Multiple Casks)
Tomatin 1988 25yo Batch 2
28-34 Years (Single Cask)
Glenfarclas 1985 Family Casks #2593
35-40 Years (Multiple Casks)
Tomatin 36yo Rare Casks Batch 1
35-40 Years (Single Cask)
BenRiach 1977 Batch 11
41 Years & Over (Multiple Casks)
Ledaig 42 Years Old
41 Years & Over (Single Cask)
Glenfarclas 1957 Family Casks #2110
BLENDED SCOTCH

No Age Statement (Standard)
Ballantine’s Finest
No Age Statement (Premium)
Ballantine’s Limited
5-12 Years
Johnie Walker Black Label
13-18 Years
Ballantine’s 17
19 – 25 Years
Royal Salute 21
26 – 50 Years
The Last Drop 50 Years Old Sherry Wood
IRISH WHISKEY

Irish Whiskey of the Year
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Irish Single Malt of the Year
SMWS 118.3
Irish Blend of the Year
Powers Gold Label
AMERICAN WHISKEY

Bourbon of the Year
William Larue Weller 2014
Rye of the Year
Pikesville Rye 110 Proof
US Micro Whisky of the Year
Notch 12
US Micro Whisky of the Year (Runner Up)
McCarthy’s Batch U14-01
BOURBON

No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels)
William Larue Weller 2014
No Age Statement (Single Barrel)
Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 20
9 Years & Under
Booker’s Bourbon 63.95%
10-17 Years (Multiple Barrels)
Eagle Rare 17yo 2014
RYE

No Age Statement
Thomas H Handy
Up to 10 Years
Pikesville Straight Rye 110 Proof
11 Years & Over
Sazerac 18yo 2014
WHEAT

Wheat Whiskey of the Year
Parker’s Heritage 13yo / Release 8
CANADIAN WHISKY

Canadian Whisky of the Year
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
JAPANESE WHISKY

Japanese Whisky of the Year
Yamazaki Mizunara 2014 (Japan only)
Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Barrels)
Yamazaki Mizunara 2014 (Japan only)
Single Malt of the Year (Single Barrel)
SMWS 119.14
EUROPEAN WHISKY

European Whisky of the Year (Multiple)
English Whisky Co. Chapter 16 / Peated Sherry Cask
European Whisky of the Year (Single)
Kornog Taouarc’h Chweec’hved 14 BC
WORLD WHISKIES

Asian Whisky of the Year
Amrut Greedy Angels 10yo
Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year
Heartwood The Good Convict

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. sorrenkrebs says:

    There sure was. I did expect a grain whisky to do well but I was a little suprised to say the least..

    Like

  2. samuelstyve says:

    Reblogged this on Whiskey And Whisky For The Everyday Man and commented:
    Some surprises on here.

    Like

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