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Exclusive! Malt Advocate Whisky Awards: the Runners-Up

November 5th, 2007

Here’s some very valuable information you can only get here! I posted up the Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Award winners this past Tuesday, which were announced at the 10th Annual WhiskyFest New York that same night. It’s public knowledge now. But what were the whiskies that almost won? They are pretty impressive too! Well,  here they are. If, for whatever reason, you can’t find an award winner to buy, look for one of these whiskies:

Best Buy of the Year

Winner: Black Bottle Original

Runner-Up: Elijah Craig 12 year old

Comment: Bourbon remains the best value in whiskey. Elijah Craig 12 yr. is proof.

American Whiskey of the Year

Winner: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2007 Edition)

Runners-Up: Wild Turkey American Spirit 15 yr. old, Parker’s Heritage Collection (122.6 proof)

Comment: These two runners-up are both fantastic bourbons

Canadian Whisky of the Year

Winner: Crown Royal Cask No. 16

Runner-up: Crown Royal Special Reserve

Comment: Special Reserve is a tough one to beat, but Cask No. 16 did! Forty Creek is gaining.

Irish Whiskey of the Year

Winner: Redbreast 12 year old

Runners-Up: Bushmills 21 yr. old and Jameson 18 yr. old

Comment: If Redbreast 15  yr. old was available in the U.S., I think it would have trumped the 12 yr. old (would need to taste them formally side-by-side)

Scotch Blended Whisky of the Year

Winner: Chivas 18 yr. old

Runners-Up: Dewar’s Signature, various bottlings from Compass Box

Comment: The well-established Chivas 18 yr. old is better than the new 25 yr. old. Compass Box is a perennial contender and you should check out some of his creative blends.

Scotch Malt Whisky of the Year

Winner: The Macallan 1976 Vintage (Cask #11354)

Runner-up: The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969 Vintage

Comment: The Cellar Collection 1969 was a very close runner-up. A really great whisky!

World Whisky of the Year

Winner: Suntory Yamazaki 18 yr. old

Runner-up: Penderyn (Wales)

Comment: This is a new and emerging category. There aren’t a lot of whiskies available in the U.S. from countries outside of North America, Scotland, and Ireland. More Japanese whiskies please!

There are also some good whiskeys that are just being released and, as a result, were not eligible for this year’s awards program, like Buffalo Trace’s 2007 Antique Collection. They’ll be considered for for next year’s awards program as they spill over into 2008.

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