Congratulations to the 2017 Whiskies Of The World® Award winners

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Whiskies of the World is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Whiskies of the World Awards.

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"I'm always impressed by the skill and quality of the judges," Douglas Smith, Awards Director

Whiskies of the World is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Whiskies of the World Awards. Whiskies of the World is known for its industry standard tasting events in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, San Francisco and San Jose. The Whisky Awards is an additional feature that provides brands marketing materials to promote their products. As only 23% of entrants receive gold medals, the results of these awards are extremely meaningful. Additionally, all judges’ notes are made available to each entrant as important data to develop the brand and determine best marketing strategy.

Whiskies are judged on a 100-point basis with a concentration on appearance, aromatics, flavor, mouthfeel and finish. Blind judging was performed by a panel of eighteen Texas tastemakers who are all influential figures in the state’s beverage industry. The panel included:
David "Bart" Bartlett - Whisky Guru at Beverage World; Jeff Boley - Beverage Manager Townsend; Jeramy Campbell - Assistant Manager Seven Grand Whisky Bar; Carly Dunavant - Bartender; Aisling Gammill - Lead Bartender Whisler's; Dennis Gobis - Co-Owner The Roosevelt Room and Eleanor; Mike Groener - CEO Genius Liquids; Jennifer Keyser - Beverage Director Holy Roller; Justin Lavenue - Co-owner The Roosevelt Room and Eleanor; Lana Lindsley - Bulleit Whiskey Ambassador; David Maguire - Co-owner The Austin Shaker; John McEntire - Spirits Consultant Twin Liquors; Florian Minier - Bartender Small Victory; Adrian Montanez - Manager Twin Liquors; Purav Patel - Owner Village Liquors; Mike Raymond - Owner Reserve 101; Ken Seeber - Spirits Consultant Twin Liquors; Kevin Stein - Regional Manager Twin Liquors

“The judges are extremely talented with sensitive palates and work hard to evaluate each product,” explains Douglas Smith, Whiskies of the World Event Director. “The evaluation of whiskies is taken very seriously. Our judges not only taste and make notes, but also discuss and consider many angles. We are proud that our awards reflect the experience and integrity of our excellent judging panel.”

Full results are listed on our website: Awards

The 2017 Best in Show Winner:
Gold: Glendronach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

The 2017 Best in Class Winners:
American Single Malt: Westland American Single Malt Whiskey "American Oak"
Bourbon less than 2 years: Widow Jane Baby Jane Bourbon
Bourbon 2-5 years: Old Forester 1920
Bourbon greater than 5 years: Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon NAS: Old Forester Statesman
Canadian: Stalk & Barrel Red Blend
Corn greater than 2 years: Ironroot Hubris Corn Whiskey
Corn less than 2 years: Austonian Whiskey
Flavored Whiskey: R.M. Rose Fire On The Mountain Cinnamon Whiskey
Irish: Knockmore Irish Whiskey
Malt Unpeated: Glencadam 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Malt Unpeated Cask Finish: Glendronach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Malt Peated: Amrut Fusion
Malt Peated Finished: Five Lions Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Peatside
Rye greater than 2 years: Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey
Rye NAS: Rock Town Arkansas Rye Whiskey
Whiskey: Jim Beam Little Book "The Easy"

2017 Gold Recipients:
American Single Malt < 2 Years: Balcones ‘1' Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt: Balcones Texas Single Malt Single Barrel
Bourbon 2-5 years:
Amador 'Ten Barrels'
A.D. Laws Bottled In Bond 4 Grain Straight Bourbon
Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon
Bourbon greater than 5 years: Amador Double Barrel
Irish: The Dubliner 10 year Old
Malt Peated: Amrut Cask Strength Peated     
Malt Peated Finished:     Amrut Kadhambam    
Malt Unpeated Cask Finish: Chapter 7 19 Year Old Highland Blended Malt
Rye less than 2 Years: Lazy Guy 5th Article 1887 Rye Whiskey
Whiskey: Balcones Brimstone

2017 Silver Outstanding Recipients:
American Single Malt: Do Good Cherrywood Smoked Whisky
Bourbon less than 2 years: Giant Texas Bourbon 91 Proof
Bourbon 2-5 years:            
West Wind Bourbon    
Do Good California Bourbon
Bourbon greater than 5 years: Devils River Bourbon
Bourbon NAS: Rock Town Single Barrel Bourbon
Corn greater than 2 years:
Balcones True Blue 100
A.D. Laws Bottled In Bond Straight Corn Whiskey
Malt Peated:            
English Whisky Peated Single Malt
Glenora Ghleann Dubh
Malt Peated Finished:
Kilchoman Sanaig
Malt Unpeated Cask Finish:
Glengoyne 18 Year Old
Glengoyne 21 Year Old
Glendronach 12 Year Old
Malt Unpeated:
Glencadam 10 Year Old
Tipperary Distillery: Watershed
Rye less than 2 Years:    Alley 6 Rye Whiskey
Rye greater than 2 years:
A.D Laws BIB Secale Straight Rye Whiskey
James E Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey
James E Pepper 1776 SRW -Sherry Cask Finish
Unaged: Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine

2017 Silver Recipients:
American Single Malt: Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt less than 2 Years: Alley 6 Single Malt Whiskey    
Bourbon less than 2 years:
Merica Bourbon Whiskey
Ironroot Harbinger Bourbon
Lazy Guy Side Track Bourbon
Giant Texas Bourbon
Bourbon 2-5 years:            
Do Good Nighthawk Bourbon
A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Breckenridge Sherry Cask Bourbon
R.M. Rose Single Barrel Brand
Bourbon greater than 5 years:
Ben Milam Single Barrel Bourbon
JR Ewing Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon NAS:            
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Old Forester Classic 86 Proof
Canadian:            
Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend
WYO Rodeo Whisky
Corn less than 2 years:
Balcones Baby Blue
Lazy Guy Threesome Whiskey        
Irish:
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey
Egan’s Vintage Grain    
Malt Unpeated Cask Finish:
Glengoyne 15 Year Old
Malt Unpeated:
Glencadam 13 Year Old
Rice:
Ohishi Sherry Cask
Rye greater than 2 years:
Old Potrero Special Cask Finish
Ben Milam Small Batch Rye Whiskey
Henry Clay Straight Rye Whiskey
James E Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Barrel Proof
Rye NAS:
Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey
Basil Hayden's Rye Whiskey
Rock Town Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Unaged: Lazy Guy Kennesaw Lightning
Corn greater than 2 years: Ironroot Icarus Corn Whiskey
Whiskey:
Alamo Craft Whiskey
Title 21 Whiskey
9 Banded Whiskey

The 2017 Bronze Recipients:
Bourbon less than 2 Years: Alamo Alamo Bourbon
Flavored: Do Good Hopped Flavored Whisky
Ole Smoky Mango Habanero Whiskey

Category Clarification:
Irish: Traditional Irish style which is triple distilled and a blend of Malt and grain whiskies. Malt whiskies from Ireland will not be in this category.
Cask Finished: Either matured in a non-bourbon cask, or finished in a non-bourbon cask or blended with a non-bourbon cask.
Join us for the upcoming Whiskies of the World Expos for a sixth time in Austin on Saturday, September 16th, in Houston on Thursday, September 14th and returning to Atlanta for a fifth time on Saturday, November 4th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.whiskiesoftheworld.com. Follow Whiskies of the World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Whiskies of the World LLC: Whiskies of the World LLC, an IWSC Group North America event, began in San Francisco, CA in 1998. Under the direction of whisky enthusiast and event director, Douglas Smith, the event has expanded into Texas and Georgia. The IWSC Group is a global leader of alcoholic beverage events, including the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition.

Media Contacts: Ashley Woeber pr@whiskiesoftheworld.com

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