World Whisky
 

World Whisky

 

The Fifty Best World Whisky Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 12 world whiskies with ten members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. 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 WINNER

Milk & Honey Distillery Classic Single Malt Whisky
(Israel)
Aged in ex-bourbon casks and red wine STR casks. 92° proof

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, banana, orange marmalade, honey, cinnamon buns, candied pecans, almond, sweet grains, grain, green olives, earthy, moss, smoke, oak.
Palate: Tropical fruit, dried fruit, orange rind, red apple skins, root beer, brown sugar, clover honey, herbal notes, sweet grains, dough, toast, nutty, pepper, husk, coffee grounds, smoke, char, oak, sherry, smooth, balanced.
Finish: Cocoa, caramelized vanilla, toast, nutty, peppery, spice, peaty, big smoke, woody, oaky, cedar, nice, complex.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Milk & Honey Distillery Classic Single Malt Whisky



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky
Double Cask

(India)
Matured in American bourbon barrels & European oak sherry casks. 90° proof

Aroma: Caramel, burnt caramel, toffee, maple syrup, honey, raisin, apple, sweet grains, heather, rose petals, geranium, vegetal, spicy, funky, earthy, oak, port.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, dark sugar, orange blossom honey, dark raisins, plum, stone fruit, dough, rose, dried potpourri, elderflower, floral, herbal, pepper, port, funky, tannins, earthy, forest floor, cigar box, oak, delicate.
Finish: Candied apple, dark sugar, lingering honey, citrus, black pepper, earthy, peaty, oak, balanced, smooth, velvety, nice, mellow, delicious.

Gold Medal
Gold medal




Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky Double Cask



Armorik Breton Single Malt Whisky
Double Maturation

(France)
Aged in American oak bourbon casks and finished in older sherry butts.
92° proof

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, honey, dried figs, vanilla, spice cake, grains, cereal, dough, almond, peat, cigar box, oak, madeira.
Palate: Caramel, banana, apple, fresh baked goods, malt, orange blossom honey, vanilla, sweet grain, walnut, sandalwood, slightly spicy, briney, slightly peaty, smoke, woody, cedar box, cedar, brandy-like.
Finish: Chocolate, creamy, butter, honey, banana, grape must, anise, tree moss, sandalwood, peaty, oaky, nice heat, nice spice, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Armorik Breton Single Malt Whisky Double Maturation



Seagram's Blenders Pride Reserve Collection Whisky
(India)
Blended with reserve Scotch malts. 75° proof

Aroma: Caramel, sweet caramel, pralines, vanilla, honey, peach, orange peel, citrus, grains, rye, bread dough, nutty, peppers, peppery, resin, musty, wood barrel, oak.
Palate: Caramel, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, prune, orange peel, fresh baked bread, croissant, sweet grains, spice, malt, smoky peat moss, smoky, BBQ, cedar chips, oak, soft, smooth.
Finish: Stewed apples, red apple, citrus, herbal, peppery, cedar, oak, buttery, smooth, nice heat, nice over ice.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Seagram's Blenders Pride Reserve Collection Whisky



Seagram's Blenders Pride Exclusive Premium Whisky
(India)
Blended with imported Scotch malts. 75° proof


Aroma: Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, apricot, honey, vanilla, walnuts, potato, candlewax, cloves, earthy, young wood, oak.
Palate: Caramel, honey, mango, pineapple, raisins, orange peel, vanilla, malty, almonds, hazelnut, minty, menthol, incense, spice, smoked oysters, briny, earthy, peaty, smoke, cedar, oak, smooth, balanced.
Finish: Ripe banana, pear, dried fig, orange peel, honey, light herbs, minty, coffee, nice, smooth, balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Seagram's Blenders Pride Exclusive Premium Whisky



Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Whisky
(India)
Matured in bourbon casks. 92° proof

Aroma: Chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, crème brûlée, bananas foster, dark cherry, orange peel, honey, sweet grains, cereal, bread, malt, vegetal note, spicy, leather, peat, oak.
Palate: Caramel, butter, creamy, chocolate, dark sugar, vanilla, honey, dark raisins, ginger root, mint, black tea, nuts, hazelnuts, BBQ, peat, smoke, oak, madeira, nice heat.
Finish: Chocolate, caramelized apple, dates, dark dried fruit, rye, grain, spearmint, spice, peaty, char, oaky, dark oak, heat, velvety, soft, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Whisky



Seagram's Imperial Blue Whisky
(India)
Blended with imported Scotch malts. 75° proof

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, dark sugars, stone fruit, tangerine, apple, grain, spearmint.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, buttery, milk chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, dates, sweet agave, mango, coconut, honey, vanilla, grain, walnut, biscuits & gravy, earthy, smoke, oak, silky smooth.
Finish: Dried apricot, raisin, fig, tangerine, lingering honey, pepper, wood, heavy tannin, cognac like, rich, creamy, soft, smooth, delicate, mellow.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Seagram's Imperial Blue Whisky



Stauning Malted Rye Danish Whisky
(Denmark)
Malted Rye and Malted Barley. Aged over 3 yrs. 100° proof.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, honey, orange blossom, raisin, Fuji apple skin, toast, sandalwood, mint, coffee grounds, cinnamon, peat, oak, complex.
Palate: Toffee, brown sugar, dark sugar, burnt sugar, grains, rye, spicy, clove, black pepper, mint, moss, earthy, peat, oak, cedar, smooth.
Finish: Dark sugar, clover honey, Asian pear, walnut, spice, pepper, earthy, smoky, cigar box, woody, oaky, cedar.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Stauning Malted Rye Danish Whisky



Reisetbauer & Son Single Malt Whisky
(Austria)
Aged 12 years in select barrels from local winemakers.
96° proof

Aroma: Toffee, cocoa, mocha, banana, ripe banana peel, dried fig, funnel cake batter, Amish bread starter, dough starter, malt, black tea, eucalyptus, rich cinnamon, funky, musty, wood, oaky, brandy.
Palate: Caramel, cocoa, cocoa butter, dark sugar, honey, passion fruit, Red Hots candy, floral, herbal, fern, hay, malty, coffee grinds, nice spice, black pepper, woody, oak, heavy oak, complex.
Finish: Honey, green apple, herbal, spice, pepper, malty, slightly peaty, woody, oak, cedar, soft, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Reisetbauer & Son Single Malt Whisky



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Firstwatch Imported Extra Fine Whisky
(South Africa)
Rye whisky aged in charred oak barrels. 86° proof

Aroma: Caramel, cocoa, coconut, dates, corn, sweet corn, honey, fruity, red apple, grain, heather, hay, woody.
Palate: Dates, figs, passion fruit, pear, sweet apple, sweet corn, bread, rye, walnut, geranium, minty, menthol, cinnamon, spicy, peppery, oak, woody, sherry.
Finish: Dried fruit, floral, rye, nutty, nutmeg, sandalwood, sea, peaty, earth, wood, cedar, oak, creamy, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Firstwatch Imported Extra Fine Whisky



Jimsher Whisky
(Georgia)
Blended whisky finished in Saperavi wine casks. 80° proof

Aroma: Caramel, buttery, Milky Way bar, brown sugar, honey, sweet gum, ripe banana peel, orange, green apple, almonds, toast, dried hops, light port.
Palate: Milk chocolate, creamy, buttery, brown sugar, honey, mango, bananas, orange, plum, sweetened apple, hops, spice, pepper, mossy, port, nicely blended, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, caramelized bananas, plum, apple, honey, grain, minty, pepper, nice mouth feel, soft.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Jimsher Whisky



Seagram's Royal Stag Superior Whisky
(India)
Blended with imported Scotch malts. 75° proof

Aroma: Caramel, brown sugar, honey, tobacco, hemp, flint, iodine, peaty, earthy, woody.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, honey, clover honey, dried fruit, orange peel, apricot, Golden Delicious apple, muted apples, pear, nutty, toast, spice, pepper, wood, oak, smooth.
Finish: Toffee, orange peel, nutmeg, spices, smoke, complex, clean, soft, nice, easy.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Seagram's Royal Stag Superior Whisky

 

 

 

 

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