This year’s World Whiskies Awards have been run and won, and the trend of acknowledging non-Scotch whisky has continued. Taiwan’s Kavalan whisky, from the King Car Distillery, picked up the major gong with their Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask expression. It’s a distillery that has been gathering momentum in the past 24 months, sparking debates amongst whisky drinkers the world over in the process.
There were also wins for BenRiach, Hibiki and Springbank’s peated Longrow label, while we Aussies didn’t leave empty handed either. Sullivans Cove’s French Oak expression (which won the top gong last year) was named the best Aussie Single Malt and Bill Lark – the ‘Godfather’ himself – was inducted in the World Whisky Awards’ Hall Of Fame.
There are now 30 inductees into the Hall Of Fame and Lark is just the seventh individual outside of Scotland to receive the honour (the other six are all Americans). He’s also the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
The world has been eyeing off whiskies coming out Tasmania for a little while, but their gaze just intensified.
See the list of winners here, but here’s a few highlights:
World’s Best Single Malt Whisky: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength
Try the award-winning whisky with the Kavalan Single Malt gift pack (pictured left)
Best Australian Single Malt: Sullivans Cove French Oak Matured
Soon available in small quantities to Oak Barrel members
Best Speyside Single Malt BenRiach 16YO
Best Japanese Blend: Hibiki 21YO
Hibiki 17 year old in store now, and Hibiki 12 to be in stock shortly. The 21 is very tough to get hold of.
(Update: It was indeed the Hibiki 21, not the 12, that was named Best Japanese Blend. Who put those numbers so close together on the keyboard?)