Malt Advocate Whisky Awards AnnouncedOctober 30th, 2007
The 2007 Malt Advocate Whisky Awards were announced this evening by John Hansell, Malt Advocate Publisher & Editor (yes, that’s me), before a sold out WhiskyFest New York at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. This annual awards program was established thirteen years ago to recognize excellence in the world of whisky. The awards categories and winners are listed below.
Best Buy of the Year: Black Bottle Original
American Whiskey of the Year: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2007 Release)
Canadian Whisky of the Year: Crown Royal Cask No. 16
Irish Whiskey of the Year: Redbreast 12 year old
Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year: Chivas 18 year old
Scotch Whisky Malt of the Year: The Macallan 1976 Vintage (Cask 11354)
World Whisky of the Year: Suntory Yamazaki 18 year old
Industry Leader of the Year: Mixologists
Distillery of the Year: BenRiach
Pioneer of the Year: Bruichladdich Distillery
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Distillery
Lifetime Achievement Award: David Stewart, William Grant & Sons
In addition, the Top Ten New Whiskies for 2007 were announced by John Hansell. They are listed below, in alphabetical order.
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Chardonnay Aged Bourbon, 14 year old, 45%, $50/375ml
Crown Royal Cask No. 16, 40%, $100
Dun Bheagan (distilled at Springbank), Cask No. 1704, 35 year old, 1970 vintage, 50.5%, $300
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection, 1969 vintage, 50.8%, $750
Highland Park, Cask #13308, 1973 vintage, 33 year old, 54.4%, $280
Highland Park, Cask #7957, 1977 vintage, 29 year old, 48.5%, $300
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, 1994 vintage, 47%, $40
The Macallan 1976 Vintage, 29 year old, cask #11354, 45.4%, $1,500
Parker’s Heritage Collection, First Edition, 1996 vintage, 61.3%, $80
Wild Turkey American Spirit, 15 year old, 50%, $90
A complete write up of the award winners will appear in the 1st quarter 2008 issue of Malt Advocate, which mails on January 15, 2008.
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