18th Annual Whisky Advocate Awards: daily posts beginning February 1stJanuary 23rd, 2012
The Whisky Advocate Awards program is the longest-running annual whisky awards program, now in its eighteenth year. The awards recognize excellence in the world of whisky.
The awards are announced annually in the spring issue, which subscribers receive in early March. But the 2011 award recipients will be announced here, first, beginning February 1st. The daily posts will also reach my Twitter feed (@JohnHansell) and the Whisky Advocate Facebook page. (More details on the foundation of the Whisky Advocate Awards program–how they are chosen and why–will precede the awards announcements on January 31, 2012.)
Why are they announced here first? The daily announcements reach a larger audience far faster by way of social media than in print media. This blog also offers an interactive element between whisky enthusiasts, industry personnel, and press. Previous year’s postings prompted a lot of discussion and I’m certain that will continue with this year’s award announcements.
Beginning February 1st, visit this blog daily to read the award winner, the magazine write-up, and the comments that follow. The dates the award winners will be announced are as follows:
February 1st: Artisan Whisky of the Year (North America)
February 2nd: American Whisky of the Year
February 3rd: Canadian Whisky of the Year
February 4th: Irish Whiskey of the Year
February 5th: Japanese Whisky of the Year
February 6th: New World Whisky of the Year
February 7th: Blended/Blended Malt Scotch Whisky of the Year
February 8th: Speyside Single Malt of the Year
February 9th: Islay Single Malt of the Year
February 10th: Highlands Single Malt of the Year
February 11th: Lowlands/Campbeltown Single Malt of the Year
February 12th: Distillery of the Year
February 13th: Lifetime Achievement Award
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