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Whiskies of the Year 2008

What are the whiskies you've sampled during 2008? Well, thinking caps 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. Nominations for your favourite drams tasted during 2008 are now closed.

Gavin D Smith

Blended Scotch (no age) Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended Scotch (age statement) Whyte & Mackay 40-year-old
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Highland Park 12-year-old
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) Benromach Vintage 1968
Single Cask Malt Scotch Scotch Malt Whisky Society 39:66 (Linkwood 8-year-old)
Non-Scotch Whisky Karuizawa Single Cask 1988 Malt Whisky
Most Innovative New Whisky Glenmorangie Signet

Visitors' Whiskies of the Year

Petr Krenek, Czech republic

Best Blended Scotch (no age): Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Ballantines 17 YO
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Springbank 1997 Vintage 1st Batch
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Benriach 20 YO
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Aberlour Warehouse No.1, Cask 3163
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Ginkgo
Most Innovative New Whisky: The Glenlivet Nadurra 57,7%

Marcin Miller, UK

Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Cutty Sark 25yo
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Glenrothes Select Reserve
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Highland Park 40yo
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Berry's Own Selection Port Ellen 1982
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Karuizawa 1971

Quentin Hodgson, USA

Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Aberlour 12-Y-O Double-Cask Matured
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Highland Park 18 Year Old
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Talisker Cask Strength (2007 Bottling)
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straigh Bourbon Whiskey
Most Innovative New Whisky: Bruichladdich 3D3 "The Norrie Campbell Tribute Bottling"

Kevin Rose, UK

Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Chivas Regal
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg 10yo
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Ardmore 14yo Peated
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Balvenie 15yo
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Penderyn

Bert Coorevits, Belgium

Best Blended Scotch (no age): Sheep Dip
Best Blended Scotch (age statement): House of Peers 25y
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Springbank 1997 batch 1
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Brora 30 rel. 2004
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: BenRiach 1976 for LMDW
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Karuizawa 1971

Sunil Malhotra

Best Blended Scotch (no age): Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Ballantines 17 Years
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg 10 Years
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Talisker 18 Years
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Balvenie 15 Years
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Amrut Cask Strength
Most Innovative New Whisky: Yoichi 1986

Rene Ramon, UK

Best Blended Scotch (no age): Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Black Bottle 10yo
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg 10yo
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Mortlach 16yo
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Mortlach SMWS
Most Innovative New Whisky: Ardbeg Renaisance

Filip Verleye, Belgium

Best Blended Scotch (no age): Black Grouse
Best Blended Scotch (age statement): Blue Hangar
Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg Blasda
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Highland Park 11yo for Belgium
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Belgian Owl
Most Innovative New Whisky: Glenmorangie Signet

Ronald Bijl, Netherlands

Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Highland Park, Bowmore, Macallan, Longrow, Arran, Talisker, Glenfarclas
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Springbank, Tobermory, Dalwinnie, Glengoyne, Glenrothes
Best Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Balvenie, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Aberlour, BenRiach, benromach

LP Jermyn, USA

Best Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): The Glenlivet
Best Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): The Glenlivet 15 y.o. French Oak Reserve

Whiskies of the Year 2008 is now closed.

  

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