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Whiskies of the Year 2006

What are the best whiskies you've sampled during 2006? Well, thinking hats on because we want to know! Below you will find the whiskies of the year chosen by Gavin Smith, in a number of different categories. We are also asking some of the world's best-known whisky commentators to nominate their favourite drams. Nominations for your own Whiskies of the Year 2006 are now closed for 2006.

Gavin D Smith

Blended Scotch (no age) Black Bottle
Blended Scotch (age statement) Springbank Edinburgh Int. Festival Blend (15yo)
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Dalmore Black Isle (12-y-o)
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Highland Park's Ambassador's Cask (1984)
Single Cask Malt Scotch Old Bothwell's Port Ellen (1979, 53.0%ABV)
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Hibiki (17-year-old Japanese blended)
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Bruichladdich's 3D3

David Wishart

David is author of Whisky Classified.
Blended Scotch (no age) The Famous Grouse
Blended Scotch (age statement) Cutty Sark 25 years old
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Aberlour A'bunadh
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Highland Park 18 years old
Single Cask Malt Scotch SMWS No. 125.3 (Glenmorangie) 1993
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Dalmore Black Pearl 12 years old

Ian Buxton

Ian is an author and founder of Classic Expressions
Blended Scotch (no age) Black Bottle
Blended Scotch (age statement) Dewars Founders Reserve 18 yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Highland Park
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Convalmore 28 yo
Single Cask Malt Scotch Glengoyne 29 yo
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Yamazaki 18 yo (Japan)
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Bruichladdich PC5

Pär Caldenby, Sweden

Pär is the author of The Enthusiast's Course on Enjoying Malt Whisky
Blended Scotch (no age) Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Blended Scotch (age statement) Campbeltown Loch 21 yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Talisker 10 yo (from the mid 90's)
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Brora 30 yo
Single Cask Malt Scotch Brora 34 yo Douglas Laing Platinum 1970
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Nikka 19 yo single cask
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Most new stuff by Bruichladdich

Neil Wilson, UK

Neil is a whisky writer and proprietor of Neil Wilson Publishing
Blended Scotch (no age) Islay Mist
Blended Scotch (age statement) Isle of Skye 8-year-old
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Bruichladdich 10-year-old
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Glengoyne 17-year-old
Single Cask Malt Scotch Wemyss Vintage Malt 'Dried Fruit Basket'
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Green Spot Irish pot still whiskey
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Square Barrel

John Lamond, UK

John is a whisky writer and co-editor of the The Malt Whisky File
Blended Scotch (no age) Black Bottle
Blended Scotch (age statement) Dimple 15 yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Dalmore 12 yo
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Glenfarclas 40 yo
Single Cask Malt Scotch Cadenhead Glenfarclas 1973
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Buffalo Trace
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Monkey Shoulder

visitors' Whiskies of the Year

Send us your entries!
Whiskies of the Year entry form

Jesper Christensen, Denmark

Blended Scotch (no age) Black Bottle
Blended Scotch (age statement) Flaming Heart (16yo) / Compass Box
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Glenmorangie 10yo
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) 0yo Brora ob
Single Cask Malt Scotch SMWS 1.129 (40yo Glenfarclas) from 1st fill sherry
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y SMWS 124.1 (16yo Nikka)
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Balvenie New-wood

James Sandrini, UK

Blended Scotch (no age) Black Bottle
Blended Scotch (age statement) Campbeltown Loch 21yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Longrow 1996
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Brora 1981 Cask Strength
Single Cask Malt Scotch Bowmore 14yo Dewar Rattray Cask Strength
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Old Rip Van Winkle 13yo Rye
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Amrut Cask Strength

Jonas Eriksson, Sweden

Blended Scotch (no age) Robert Brown (SS Wallachia 1895)
Blended Scotch (age statement) John Scott Superior Blended 35yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Springbank 10yo 100proof
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Highland Park 25yo
Single Cask Malt Scotch Highland Park 15Yo Single cask 6537 (Sweden only)
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Hanyu 18yo Puncheon #9204 (Bottled for Full Proof, Holland)
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y Arran Cru Bourgogne finish

Dr Whisky, UK

Blended Scotch (no age) Teacher's Highland Cream
Blended Scotch (age statement) Whyte&Mackay 12yo Master's Reserve
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Old Pulteney
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Talisker 30yo
Single Cask Malt Scotch Glengoyne 'Charlie's Choice', 17yo, 56%abv
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Forty Creek Barrel Select
Most Innovative New Whisk(e)y North British 1991, Californian Sherry Cask (Signatory)


Whiskies of the Year 2006 is now closed.

  

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