The World Whiskies Awards results for 2019 are now in. Japan has once again made a great showing!
This year it's a testament to the expertise of Japanese blenders. That's important because we'll likely see more reliance on blending prowess--rather than age statements--for the next several years in Japanese whisky. Releases like Hibiki Blender's Choice, Ao and Legent (a "Japanese style" Bourbon) are evidence of this new trend.
On to the winners:
- World's Best Blended Limited Release: Ichiro's Malt & Grain - Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2019 (for the second year in a row)
- World's Best Blended Malt: Taketsuru 25
- World's Best Blended Whisky: Hibiki 21
- World's Best Grain Whisky: The Fuji-Gotemba Distillery - Single Grain 25 Years Old Small Batch
Of course the real story here is that for the first time in history an Irish whiskey--Teeling 24--has taken home the "World's Best Single Malt" crown. But that's a bit out of the scope of this here blog!
Congratulations to all the winners!