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The Fifty Best World Whisky Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of world whiskies with twelve members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the whiskies were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served at room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, countries of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand.



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Teerenpeli KASKI Single Malt Whisky
(Teerenpeli Distillery, Finland)
Aged in ex-sherry casks. 86° proof

Nose: Buttered pralines, Werther’s Originals, caramel undertones, dark chocolate, brown licorice, ripe apples, mossy, mesquite, smoke, smoky peat, BBQ’d apples, BBQ, smoked ribs, bacon, leather, woody, oak.
Palate: Caramel, smoked caramels, creamy, buttery, browned butter, burnt walnut syrup, honey, molasses, maple bacon, BBQ chicken, mossy, burnt wood, smoky, smoked, smooth, rich, balanced.
Finish: Caramel, honey, date jam, orange peel, baked pears, BBQ’d lamb, smoky, smoked, charred maple, assertive, complex, beautiful.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Teerenpeli KASKI Single Malt Whisky



Millstone Single Malt Whisky
Aged 12 yrs in Sherry casks

(Zuidam Distillers, The Netherlands) 92° proof

Nose: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, cocoa, honey, ripe dates, bruised figs, stout beer, sherry, damp forest, peaty, woody, rich.
Palate: Caramel, burnt caramel, caramelized apple, molasses, clover honey, root beer, a touch of sherry, pepper, mossy, peaty, very woody, oak, nice sweetness.
Finish: Clover honey, black licorice, black pepper, balanced, complex, smooth, gentle.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



   Millstone Single Malt Whisky Aged 12 yrs in Sherry casks



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Millstone Peated PX Dutch Single Malt Whisky
(Zuidam Distillers, The Netherlands)
Aged for 4 yrs Pedro Ximenez barrels. 92° proof

Aroma: Cocoa, light caramel, vanilla, peanut brittle, dates, fresh cut figs, hearty apples, red apple skins, cinnamon, pink peppercorn, pepper, minerality, earthy, mossy, peaty, oak, stout beer.
Palate: Caramel, maple syrup, orange blossom honey, dates, dried fruit, cinnamon, tarragon, peppery, pepper, black pepper, grassy, mossy, peaty, pine, cedar, burning cedar, rich, delicate.
Finish: Cola nut, rye, creamy, orange peel, spicy, peppery, light smoke, young wood, balanced, assertive, intense.

Gold Medal
Gold medal




Millstone Peated PX Dutch Single Malt Whisky



Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye Whisky
(Zuidam Distillers, The Netherlands) 92° proof
100% rye grain. Aged for 8 yrs in new American oak barrels.

Aroma: Caramel, buttered popcorn, honey, Asian pear, fig, coconut, olive oil, Play-doh, putty, resin, minerality, earth, cigar box, wood, oak, marsala, sherry.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, mocha, clover honey, candied apples, pecan pie, coconut, raisins, apricots, floral, nice spice, peaty, cedar, delicate.
Finish: Orange marmalade, clover honey, apple skins, rye, spice, Murphy’s wood soap, resin, cedar, balanced, smooth, nice richness.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye Whisky



Millstone Oloroso Sherry Single Malt Whisky
(Zuidam Distillers, The Netherlands)
Aged for 4 yrs in Oloroso Sherry casks. 92° proof

Aroma: Caramel, caramel popcorn, brown sugar, clotted cream, honey, dried figs, fig newtons, baked fig bread, ripe plums, bananas, ripe banana peel, oak.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, bananas foster, Haribo candy, figs, dried figs, dried dates, apple, develops citrus, spicy, peppered, peaty, smoky, woody, lovely.
Finish: Banana bread, honey, dates, fig, McIntosh apple, orange blossom, white pepper, sweet smoke, balanced, velvety, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Millstone Oloroso Sherry Single Malt Whisky



SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Ardor Single Malt Whisky
(Nyborg Destilleri. Isle of Fionia, Denmark)
Aged in heavily charred 1st fill ex-Jack Daniels barrels. 92° proof

Aroma: Chocolate, Charleston Chew, vanilla, honey, candied bananas, raisins, banana cream, ripe pineapple, cantaloupe, apple, lemon, almond oil, mossy, peaty, cedar.
Palate: Ripe McIntosh apple, pear, honey, figs, faint citrus, baking spice, pepper, smooth, balanced.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Ardor Single Malt Whisky

 

 

 

 

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