Whiskies of the World Awards 2018 Results

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Announcing the winners for the 2018 Whiskies of the World Awards. The best of show this year was a very close decision between some well know Scotches and some fairly new comers to the whisky world.

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The best of show was especially close this year as craft distillers and blenders are perfecting their talents and competing with long time producers"

Whiskies of the World is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Whiskies of the World Awards. Whiskies of the World is known for its industry standard tasting events in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco and San Jose. The Whisky Awards is an additional feature that provides brands marketing materials to promote their products. As only 31% 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 aromatics, flavor and finish. Blind judging was performed by a panel of seventeen tastemakers who are all influential figures in the beverage industry. The panel included: David "Bart" Bartlett - Whisky Guru at Beverage World; Steve Beal, World Renowned Whisky Expert and a Keeper of the Quaich; Jeff Boley - Beverage Manager Townsend; Beth Brooks - Pernod Ricard Specialist, Venture Brand Spirits; Jeramy Campbell - Assistant Manage, Seven Grand Whisky Bar; Jennifer Dunn - Brand Ambassador Luxco Brands; Mike Groener - CEO Genius Liquids; Tom Koerner - Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar; Lana Lindsley - Bulleit Whiskey Ambassador; David Maguire - Co-owner The Austin Shaker; John McEntire - Spirits Consultant Twin Liquors; Greg Randle - Wine and Spirits Business Consultant/Good Taste Report Founder; Mike Raymond - Owner Reserve 101; Kevin Rhodes - Cocktail specialist, The Eleanor/Sourced Cocktail; Ken Seeber - Spirits Consultant Twin Liquors; Kevin Stein - Regional Manager Twin Liquors; Jason Stevens - Director of Beverage, La Corsha Hospitality Group.

“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.”

THE 2018 BEST IN SHOW WINNER (Tie):

  • Sons of Liberty Uprising American Single Malt - Pedro Ximénez Finish     (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
  • Whip Saw Rye     (Whiskey Rye greater than 4 Years)

THE 2018 BEST IN CLASS WINNERS:

Bourbon less than 3 years:     Balcones Texas High Rye Bourbon
Bourbon 3-6 years:     Bower Hill Barrel Strength Bourbon
Bourbon greater than 6 years:     Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon Wheated:     Balcones Texas Wheated Bourbon
Corn Whiskey:     Ironroot Hubris Corn Whiskey
Irish Blended:     Bogart's Blended Irish Whiskey
Malt American less than 2 years:     10th Street Single Malt Whisky
Malt American Smoked less than 2 years:     Westland Peated
Malt Bourbon Cask:     Glenmorangie 18 Year Old
Malt Non-Bourbon Cask:     Penderyn Myth
Malt Peated Medium:     The English Smokey Single Malt
Malt Peated Heavy:     Port Charlotte 10
Rye less than 2 years:     Minor Case Rye
Whiskey:     FEW American Whiskey

THE 2018 GOLD OUTSTANDING RECIPIENTS:

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Trail's End Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Bower Hill Barrel Strength (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Ardbeg An Oa (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Ardbeg Corryvreckan (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Port Charlotte 10 (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)hiskies of the World Awards 2018 Recipients

THE 2018 GOLD RECIPIENTS:

Blood Oath P4 (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Widow Jane 10 Year Old Bourbon (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Bower Hill Single Barrel (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Law's Whiskey Four Grain Bourbon- Bottled in Bond (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
The Burning Chair Bourbon (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Bogart's irish Whiskey (Irish Blended )
The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Blended Whiskey (Irish Blended )
10th Street Single Malt Whisky (Malt American less than 2 Years)
Kurayoshi 12 Year Old (Malt Non-Bourbon Cask)
Penderyn Myth (Malt Non-Bourbon Cask)
Amrut Fusion Single Malt (Malt Peated Light)
Black Adder Chimera (Malt Peated Light)
The English Smokey Single Malt (Malt Peated Medium)
Fukano 2018 (Rice Whisky)
Axe and the Oak Colorado Mountain Incline Rye (Rye less than 2 Years)
Minor Case (Rye less than 2 Years)
Bower Hill Reserve Rye (Rye greater than 4 Years)
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 (Single Malt Scotch )
Glencadam 10 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glengoyne Sherry Cask (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Lasanta (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Tayne (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Ardbeg 10 Years Old (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Ardbeg Grooves - General Release (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
The Glenlivet Nadura (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Ardmore Peated Single Malt (Single Malt Scotch Peated Medium)
Dry Fly Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey (Wheat greater than 2 Years)
Dry Fly Straight Wheat Whiskey (Wheat greater than 2 Years)
FEW American Whiskey (Whiskey)
Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey (Whiskey Creative)

THE 2018 SILVER OUTSTANDING RECIPIENTS:

Balcones Texas High Rye Bourbon (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
Bio Whiskey (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
Ironroot Harbinger XC Straight Bourbon (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
David Nicholson Reserve (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Uncle Nearest Premium 1856 Aged Whiskey (Bourbon greater than 6 Years)
Bower Hill Barrel Reserve (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
FEW Bourbon (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Bourbon (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Garrison Brothers Small Batch (2018 Release) (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Iron Wolf Ranch Select Bourbon (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Old Forester 86 proof (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Yellowstone Select (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Balcones Texas Wheated Bourbon (Bourbon Wheated)
Lambay Whiskey Small Batch Blend (Irish Blended )
Alley 6 Single Malt Whiskey (Malt American less than 2 Years)
Sons of Liberty Wheated American Single Malt (Malt American less than 2 Years)
Whiskey Del Bac Classic (Malt American less than 2 Years)
Westland American Oak (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
Westland Sherry wood (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
Whiskey Del Bac Distiller's Cut (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
Westland Sherry wood (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Whiskey Del Bac Dorado (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Amrut Classic Single Malt (Malt Bourbon Cask)
The English Original Single Malt (Malt Bourbon Cask)
Penderyn Madeira (Malt Non-Bourbon Cask)
The Quiet Man Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Malt Non-Bourbon Cask)
Amrut Peated Cask Strength Indian Single Malt (Malt Peated Heavy)
Alley 6 Rye Whiskey (Rye less than 2 Years)
Corsair Ryemaggedon (Rye less than 2 Years)
FEW Rye (Rye less than 2 Years)
Title No 21 Rye (Rye less than 2 Years)
Law's Whiskey Secale Straight Rye- Bottled in Bond (Rye greater than 4 Years)
Glenmorangie 19 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Signet (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Cadboll (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Duthac (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Lambay Whiskey Single Malt (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
The Glenivet Nadura Oloroso (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
The Glenlivet Code (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Ardbeg Uigeadail (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011     (Single Malt Scotch Peated Heavy)
Port Askaig 110 Proof (Single Malt Scotch Peated Medium)
Charbay Doubled & Twisted Whiskey (Whiskey)

THE 2018 SILVER RECIPIENTS:

Axe & The Oak Colorado Mountain Bourbon Whiskey (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
Ironroot Harbinger (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
Ironroot Promethean (Bourbon less than 3 Years)
Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon (Bourbon 3 to 6 Years)
Dry Fly Straight Bourbon 101 (Bourbon Wheated)
Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Bourbon Wheated)
Woody Creek Distillers Colorado Straight Bourbon (Bourbon Wheated)
Balcones True Blue 100 (Corn Whiskey)
Ironroot Hubris (Corn Whiskey)
Second Glance American Whiskey (Corn Whiskey)
Virginia Distilling Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky (Malt American less than 2 Years)
Balcones 1' Texas Single Malt (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
Sons of Liberty Battle Cry American Single Malt - Sauternes Finish (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
10th Street Peated Single Malt Whisky (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Corsair Triple Smoke (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Corsair Wildfire (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Fifty Stone Single Malt Whiskey (Malt American Smoked less than 2 Years)
Brenne Estate Cask (Malt Non-Bourbon Cask)
Penderyn Celt (Malt Peated Medium)
Balcones Texas Rye 100 (Rye less than 2 Years)
Devils River Rye Whiskey (Rye less than 2 Years)
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye (Rye greater than 4 Years)
Bruichladdich Classic Laddie (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glencadam 13 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glengoyne Bourbon Cask (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie The Original (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
The Glenlivet - Founder's Reserve (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Glenmorangie Spios (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old (Single Malt Scotch Non-Bourbon Cask)
Devils River Barrel Strength Whiskey (Whiskey)

THE 2018 BRONZE RECIPIENTS:

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt (Malt American greater than 2 Years)
The Glenlivet Nadura (Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask)
Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Whiskey (Whiskey)
Rebecca Creek Texas Ranger Whiskey (Whiskey)
Seven Stills Chocasmoke (Whiskey)

Category Clarification:
Malt: Includes Single Malt (all from same distillery) and Blended Malts (100% malt but from different distilleries). To help define the product some have been listed as Single Malt Scotch, or Single Malt. However, for Best in Class purposes, these are the same category.
Bourbon Cask: Malt whisky which has been aged in bourbon cask
Non-Bourbon Cask: Malt whisky that has significant influence from casks other than bourbon. Most commonly, sherry casks.
Cask Finished: Either matured in a non-bourbon cask, or finished in a non-bourbon cask or blended with a non-bourbon cask.

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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.

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