The 2017 World Whisky Awards have come and gone, revealing the best whisky range in the world. Winners were categorised in different categories such as single malt, blended and grain. Without further ado, here the best whiskies in the world 2017.
Best Grain Whisky - Fuji Gotemba Single Grain 25 Year
The Fuji-Gotemba distillery, owned by Kirin Group was founded in 1972 and aside from producing one of the world’s best whiskies the distillery is situated at the foot of Mount Fuji. The climate makes for the perfect maturing process.
Best Bourbon Whiskey - John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon.
The taste of this winner is smooth and well rounded and the nose has hints of toffee, leather, figs and almonds. Welcome to the world's best bourbon.
Best Canadian Blended Whiskey – Gooderham & Worts
William Gooderham and James Wort started in Toronto’s distillery district in 1832. Fast forward and 2017 honours the Canadian brand for its speciality rye character.
Best Corn Whiskey – Ironroot Republic Hubris
Corn whiskey is made using approximately 80% corn grain, it has a sweet and spicy taste and Ironroot Republic Hubris is considered to be rare and hard to locate outside of main distributors.
Best Flavoured Whisky – J.P Wiser’s Hopped Whisky
Developed by ageing whisky in three types of barrels using traditional Canadian brewing methods, J.P Wiser’s are proud winners for the best flavour.
Best Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey – Redbreast 21 Years
A combination of malted and non-malted barley matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels, Redbreast creates a rich and complex whisky taking home the best Irish single pot still.
Best Rye Whiskey – A.D Laws Secale Straight Rye
The Denver distillery boasts about not sourcing one drop of their whisky, only harvesting once ready. It seems everyone agreed.
Best Wheat Whiskey- Bainbridge Battle Point
On an island west of Seattle, Bainbridge battle point is distilled using 100% white wheat, sourced from local farms in Washington.
Best Blended Limited Release - J.P Wiser’s Dissertation
Taking home world’s best flavour wasn’t enough; can J.P Wiser’s do no wrong?
Best Blended Malt Whisky - Johnnie Walker Green Label
It wouldn’t be a whisky post without mentioning Johnnie, their website recommends serving their award winning spirit neat with ice water on the side.
Best Blended Whisky- Suntory, Hibiki 21 Years
Having sipped on this the other night I understand why there is so much hype behind the Hibiki 21-year-old whisky. It has a sweet dried fruit aroma that provides a spicy flavour.
Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky - Venture, Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017
With an ABV of, 60% it’s no surprise another Japanese brand has brought this one home.
Best Single Malt Whisky - Craigellachie 31 Years
Arguably the most anticipated award, this 31-year-old Speyside single malt is the way to go.