It has been a time-honored custom to reward the best of its kind, regardless of the domain or strata.
Ranging from the best in cuisines that tantalize our taste buds, to the liquors that personify aroma and smoothness, it is indeed the accepted practice to recommend and acknowledge leaders in their category, and showcase the same to the world.
This stand remains the same for ‘the water of life’, that is whiskey.
- The golden liquid needs a good twelve years of nurturing in order to develop that smooth and satiating texture – a hallmark of a good blend or single malt.
- The first step involves careful selection of the glass couture which rightly deserves to accommodate the drink you would want to pour.
- Next, one must assess the complex and layered maze of aromas released when the first splash of water hits the surface.
- Give your drink a swirl and allow it to breathe, let the alchemy set in, slowly releasing the underlying finish and fully becoming what the master blender intended the dram to be.
- Sometimes ignored of its significance, discovering the exact proportion of water to create that immaculate serving is of utmost importance – to allow that glass to exude all the flavor and richness of taste.
BEST WHISKY AWARDS:
- The Greatest of the Nations distilling Whiskey
- Assessing the best blend or single malt is a task unto itself.
- Encyclopedic in nature and well-revered, Michael Jackson’s much exalted The Whiskey Bible is known to only honor the best whiskies in the world, and the release of each edition is an exciting and momentous event - with many houses jostling to belong to the top of the list.
- Extending that same vein, and with a little more pomp, events like World Whiskies Awards, The International Whiskey Competition, The Irish Whiskey Awards, and Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards, intend to recognize and celebrate the best whiskeys every year.
- Much like a good scotch, the search for the perfect bouquet of flavors often leads to unexpected and pleasantly surprising outcomes. Although the Scots have always been known for distilling the best-in-class brews and blends, even Goliaths have their Achilles heels.
- As fate would have it, a Canadian malt whiskey has been on a winning streak, named the best whiskey 2 years in a row by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible, another lofty authority in the world of whiskey aficionados and enthusiasts.
- However, the Scots are still the unrivalled leaders of the pack – consistently winning the numbers game. Representing 70% of the entire Scottish food and beverage sector, the industry is larger than British steel or IT.
WRITING TASTING NOTES: WHAT MAKES IT SUPERIOR?
- With so many drams and blends to judge, it becomes necessary to understand how a consensus for the best whiskey is reached.
- In a nutshell, it is a combination of several key levers - the nose, pallet, finish and body - which finally come together to yield the winner. The balance between each, and that of between individual flavors and aromas is the final determinant, what sets a superior cask above the rest.
- As experts would agree, the age of a bottle isn’t everything simply because the time spent ageing only sets the context for the rest to unfold.
- As always, and in the spirit of competition, a single and all-encompassing winner emerges – resplendent in its golden brilliance and unforgettable taste.
- World’s Best Single Malt: Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask
- World’s Best American Whiskey: Balcones Brimstone Resurrection
- World’s Best Rye Whiskey: Thomas H Handy Sazerac
- Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey: Redbreast 15 Years Old
- World’s Best Flavored Whiskey: Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice
- World’s Best Blended Whiskey: The Lost Distilleries Blend
- Best American Bourbon: Colonel E. H. Taylor Single Bourbon Barrel