Die Times hat das Geheimnis gelüftet (vollständiger Artikel nur bei Subskription abrufbar): Booker’s Rye von Beam Suntory wurde in der neuesten Ausgabe von Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible zum weltbesten Whisky des Jahres gekürt. Booker’s Rye ist mit 68% Alkohol abgefüllt und kostete beim Erscheinen im Mai des Jahres in den USA satte 300 Dollar.

Die Fässer für diese Sonderausgabe wurden von Booker Noe im Jahr 2003, ein paar Monate vor seinem Tod 2004, persönlich ausgesucht und in seinen liebsten Warehouses zur Reifung gelagert. Sein Alter bei der Abfüllung: 13 Jahre, ein Monat und 12 Tage.

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Diesmal ist auch ein Schotte auf der Schortlist, zum ersten Mal seit 2014, und zwar der Glen Grant 18yo, der heuer vorgestellt wurde.

Hier die Liste aller Gewinner:

SCOTCH WHISKY

Scotch Whisky of the Year
Glen Grant 18 Year Old

Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 18 Year Old

Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask)
That Boutique-y Whisky Co Macallan 25 Year Old Batch 5

Scotch Blend of the Year
The Last Drop 1971

Scotch Grain of the Year
Whiskyjace Invergordon 24 Year Old

Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year
Compass Box Flaming Heart 2015 Edition

SINGLE MALT SCOTCH

No Age Statement (Multiple Casks)
Glenlivet Cipher

No Age Statement (Runner Up)
Port Askaig 100 Proof

10 Years & Under (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 10 Year Old

10 Years & Under (Single Cask)
Kilchoman Gueuze Cask Finish

11-15 Years (Multiple Casks)
Lagavulin 12 Year Old

11-15 Years (Single Cask)
The Single Cask Glentauchers 2002 14 Year Old

16-21 Years (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 18 Year Old

16-21 Years (Single Cask)
Scyfion Choice Mortlach 1996 19 Year Old (Berry Bros & Rudd)

22-27 Years (Multiple Casks)
Dalwhinnie 1989 25 Year Old Special Releases 2015

22-27 Years (Single Cask)
The Boutique-y Co Macallan 25 Year Old Batch 5

28-34 Years (Multiple Casks)
Port Ellen 1983 32 Year Old Special Releases 2015

28-34 Years (Single Cask)
Cadenhead Caol Ila 31 Year Old

35-40 Years (Multiple Casks)
Brora 37 Year Old Special Releases 2015

35-40 Years (Single Cask)
Cadenhead Glentauchers 38 Year Old

41 Years & Over (Multiple Casks)
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952

41 Years & Over (Single Cask)
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1950 65 Year Old

BLENDED SCOTCH

No Age Statement (Standard)
Ballantine’s Finest

No Age Statement (Premium)
Ballantine’s Limited

5-12 Years
Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

13-18 Years
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak

19 – 25 Years
Royal Salute 21 Year Old

26 – 50 Years
The Last Drop 1971

IRISH WHISKEY

Irish Whiskey of the Year
Redbreast 21 Year Old

Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year
Redbreast 21 Year Old

Irish Single Malt of the Year
Bushmills 21 Year Old

Irish Blend of the Year
Jameson

Irish Single Cask of the Year
Teeling Single White Burgundy Cask 2004

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Bourbon of the Year
William Larue Weller 2015 Release

Rye of the Year
Booker’s Rye 13 Year Old

US Micro Whisky of the Year
Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon 2009

US Micro Whisky of the Year (Runner Up)
Koval Four Grain

BOURBON

No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels)
William Larue Weller 2015 Release

No Age Statement (Single Barrel)
1792 Single Barrrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

9 Years & Under
Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon 2009

10 Years & Over (Multiple Barrels)
Blade & Bow 22 Year Old

RYE

No Age Statement
Thomas H Handy 2015 Release

Up to 10 Years
Pikesville 110 Proof 6 Year Old Straight Rye

11 Years & Over
Booker’s Rye 13 Year Old

WHEAT

Wheat Whiskey of the Year
Bernheim Original

CANADIAN WHISKY

Canadian Whisky of the Year
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

JAPANESE WHISKY

Japanese Whisky of the Year
Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Release

Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Barrels)
Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Release

EUROPEAN WHISKY

European Whisky of the Year (Multiple)
English Whisky Co. Chapter 14 Not Peated

European Whisky of the Year (Single)
Langatun 6 year Old Pinot Noir Cask

WORLD WHISKIES

Asian Whisky of the Year
Kavalan Solist Moscatel

Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year
Heartwood Any Port in a Storm