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Whiskies of the Year 2011

What are the very best whiskies you've sampled during the past year? Well, thinking caps on, because we want to know! Below you will find Gavin Smith's whiskies of the year in various categories. Nominate your favourite drams of the last 12 months using the Whiskies of the Year entry form for publication here.

Gavin D Smith

Blended Scotch (no age) The Naked Grouse
Blended Scotch (age statement) The Tweeddale Blend (10-year-old)
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under) Balblair 2001
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years) The Glenlivet 70-year-old
Single Malt Scotch (no age) Glenmorangie Finealta
Single Cask Malt Scotch Aberfeldy 14-year-old
Non-Scotch Whisky Redbreast 12-year-old Cask Strength
Innovative Whisky Mackinlay's Shackleton

visitors' awards added 10th January 2012

Irina Shulitskaya, Russia

Blended Scotch (no age): Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Hazelburn 8 YO Sauternes
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Old Pulteney 21 YO
Single Malt Scotch (no age): The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: GlenDronach 1995 cask 4681
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Connemara Turf Mor Peated Single Malt

visitors' awards added 3rd January 2012

Arnout Rogiers, Belgium

Blended Scotch (age statement): Black Bull 30
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Tamdhu 2004-2011 6yo The Ultimate 60.2%
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Bunnahabhain 1979-2011 31yo 46.5% Adelphi
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Brora 30yo for The Whisky Exchange
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Amrut 100

Ronald Bijl, Netherlands

Blended Scotch (no age): Hazelwood Janet Sheed Roberts 110th Birth. 55%
Blended Scotch (age statement): The Edrington Blend 33yo 150th Anniv. 43%
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Kilchoman 2006 5yo 46%
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Arran The Westie 12yo 46%
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Ardbeg Aligator 51.2%
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: BenRiach 1992 Cask 972 19yo 55.6%
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Amrut Fusion
Most Innovative New Whisky: GlenGlassaugh First cask

Bob Townsend, USA

Blended Scotch (age statement): Royal Salute 21 yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Lagavulin 12 yo (2011)
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): GlenDronach 14 yo Virgin Oak
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Edradour Ballechin # 6
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Arran Sherry Cask 1996, USA exclusive
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Angel\'s Envy Bourbon
Most Innovative New Whisky: Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt

Brian Grafstrom, UK

Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): 2011 Lagavulin 12 yr.
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Longrow 18 yr.
Single Malt Scotch (no age): 2010 Lagavulin - Limited Edition (Distillery Only)
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: 1993 Jura 'Boutique Barrels' (single cask; sherry finish)
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Nikka - "Pure Malt White" (Japan)
Most Innovative New Whisky: Bruichladdich - Port Charlotte "PC9"

Petr Krenek, Czech Republic

Blended Scotch (no age): Something Special
Blended Scotch (age statement): Duncan Taylor Black Bull 40 YO, # 2
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Highland Park St. Magnus 12 YO
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Bunnahabhain 16 YO Manzanilla Finish
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Bruichladdich Black Art # 2
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: BenRiach 33 YO, LE 1976, hogshead # 8795, 53,2 %
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Nikka From The Barrel, 51,4 %
Most Innovative New Whisky: Compass Box, Double Single CS, 53,3 %

Charlie Cavaye, UK

Blended Scotch (no age): Big Peat Cask Strength
Blended Scotch (age statement): Black Bull 12 yo
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg Alligator
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Benromach 1969
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: BB&R Bunahabhain 22yo
Most Innovative New Whisky: Benromach Hermitage Cask

Kevin Heatherington, UK

Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): The Macallan 12 year Old Sherry Cask
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Glendronach 15 Year Old "Revival"
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Cadenhead's Macallan-Glenlivet 17 year old 87/05 46%

visitors' awards added 28th December 2011

Bruce Crichton, UK

Blended Scotch (no age): Isle of Mull
Blended Scotch (age statement): Black Bull 12
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under: Benromach 2001 CS
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Glencadam 21
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Finlaggan CS
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Duncan Taylor Octave 1988 Auchroisk

Sunil Malhotra

Blended Scotch (no age): J & B
Blended Scotch (age statement): Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Glenmorangie Original
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Macallan Sherry 18 Years
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Laphroaig 18 Years
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Balvenie 15 Year Single Cask
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Amrut

Fernando Aguiar, Brazil

Blended Scotch (no age): Black & White
Blended Scotch (age statement): Buchanan's 18 year old
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Glenmoragie
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Glenfarclas 15 year old
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Bowmore Legend
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Balvenie
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Suntory Hibiki 17 year old
Most Innovative New Whisky: Highland Park Embassador Cask

Mark Causey, USA

Blended Scotch (no age): j walker double black
Blended Scotch (age statement): j walker green
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): glenfargas 10
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): ardbeg airnambeist
Single Malt Scotch (no age): maccalum cask strength
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: george t stagg
Most Innovative New Whisky: angels envy

Robert Banford, UK

Blended Scotch (no age): Compass Great King Street. Artist Blend
Blended Scotch (age statement): Chivas Regal 25 yr old.
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Bunnahabhain 12 @ 46.3%
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Glendronach Allardice 18 ry old
Single Malt Scotch (no age): Lagavulin distillery only 2010 Edition
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Glengoyne 24 yr old. Sherry Butt 354
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Sazerac 18 yr Old - Fall 2010
Most Innovative New Whisky: Queen of the Moorlands 2001 10yr old laddie cask @62.5

Johannes Evers, Netherlands

Blended Scotch (no age): Black Bottle
Single Malt Scotch (12 years and under): Ardbeg Uigedael
Single Malt Scotch (over 12 years): Highland Park 18 y.o.
Single Cask Bottling Malt Scotch: Raymann Vat 17 sherry finish
Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y: Mackmyra Brukswhisky
Most Innovative New Whisky: Frysk Hinder

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