The 'World's Best Single Malt Whisky' Is Japanese
A Japanese whisky has won the award for world’s best single malt whisky at this year’s World Whisky Awards.
The Hakushu Single Malt 25-Year-Old triumphed over individual best country single malt awards to retake the trophy that it had last won in 2018.
According to the website notes, The Hakushu is “(F)rom Suntory’s mountain forest distillery, nestled deep in Mt. Kaikomagatake, Suntory Single Malt Whisky Hakushu is the fresh and gently smoky single malt whisky with herbal notes that is the revelation of Japanese single malts.”
Organized by Whisky Magazine, this year’s World Whisky Awards were a decidedly low-key affair owing to the worldwide therat of the coronavirus. The awards were announced via the social media channels of Whisky Magazine instead of at a gala dinner.
The other winners in major categories include:
World’s Best Blended Whisky Award: Dewar’s Double Double 32 Years Old
World’s Best Blended Limited Release: Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020
Best Blended Malt: MacNair’s Whisky Lum Reek Blended Scotch Whisky, 21 Years Old
World’s Best Corn Whisky: Spirit of Hven Distillery MerCurious
World’s Best Grain: Fuji Single Grain 30 Year Old Small Batch
World’s Best New Make: Victoria Caledonian Distillery Peated Mac na Braiche
World’s Best Rye: Archie Rose Distilling Co. Rye Malt Whisky
World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt: Tamdhu Sandy McIntyre’s SC
World’s Best Canadian Blended Whisky: J.P Wiser Alumni Whisky Series – Darryl Sitter
World’s Best Flavoured: FEW Cold Cut Bourbon
World’s Best Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Year Old
World’s Best Wheat: Bainbridge Organic Distillery Battle Point Two Islands Hokkaido Mizunara Cask
World’s Best Bourbon: Ironroot Republic Distillery Harbinger
World’s Best Tennessee: Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
World’s Best Single Barrel Bourbon: Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Year Old
Best Design: Jura 21 Years Old – Tide
Discover all the other winners on the World Whisky Awards website.