Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015: Results Part 1

With the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015 just arriving it meant Jim Murray’s verdict on the whisky year was imminent. I always purchase the bible which I do receive a little flak from friends regarding, but it’s just someone’s experienced opinion and prompts debate. The industry know the knock-on effect of an award as well.

Jim is looking a little mean and possessed this year so I’ll read the intro and his thoughts later on and post another piece. However everyone loves to know the awards so look away now if you don’t want to know the Scotch awards (I’ll post the 2nd half of these results tomorrow). I’ll start typing OTY = of the year. Drum roll please and get set for some online shopping!

2015 World Whisky of the Year: The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry 2013
2nd place: William Larue Weller 68.1% ABV
3rd place: Sazerac Rye 18 year old (bottled Fall 2013)

Cask of the year: Four Roses Limited Edition Barrel 3-4P

Scotch Whisky OTY: the Last Drop 1965
Single malt OTY: Highland Park Loki
Single cask single malt OTY: the Last Drop Glen Garioch 47 year old
Scotch blend OTY: the Last Drop 1965
Scotch grain OTY: Sovereign Single Cask Port Dundas 1978
Scotch vatted malt OTY: Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary

Single Malt Scotch
No Age Statement (multiple casks): AnCnoc Rutter
NAS runner up: Ardbeg Supernova (presume the 2014)
10 years & under (multiple casks): Glen Grant Aged 10 years old
10 years & under (single cask): Alexander Weine & Destillate Port Charlotte 10 year old
11-15 years old (multiple casks): Highland Park Loki
11-15 years old (single cask): Balvenie Single Barrel Aged 12 years
16-21 years old (multiple casks): Glenmorangie Ealanta 1993
16-21 years old (single cask): First Editions Clynelish 1996 aged 17 years
22-27 years old (multiple casks): Famous Grouse 1986 Glenturret Glasgow
22-27 years old (single cask): Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Linkwood
28-34 years old (multiple casks): Balblair 1983 Vintage 1st release
28-34 years old (single cask): Old Malt Cask Caol Ila aged 29 years
35-40 years old (single cask): BenRaich Batch 11 1977 37 years old
35-40 years old (multiple casks): Old Pulteney Aged 40 years
41 years and over (multiple casks): Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 50 years old
41 years and over (single cask): Last Drop Glen Garioch 47 years old

Blended Scotch
NAS (standard): Ballantine’s Finest
NAS (premium): Ballantine’s Limited Release no J13295
5-12 years: Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 year old
13-18 years: Ballantine’s 17 years old
19-25 years: Royal Salute 21 years old
26-50 years: Last Drop 1965

To read the remainder of the winners outside of Scotland click here.


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