Celebrating the world’s best whiskies

“What an exceptional year it has been in the World Whiskies Awards, with a huge number of extremely high quality entries, from all corners of the world. Some of the smaller producers have done very well, making some of the bigger brands sit up and take notice. In the end, amid so much worthy competition, the winners can really claim to have achieved enormous things this year. As ever, I owe a big debt of gratitude to the judging panels around the globe, without whose skill and knowledge we would be a great deal poorer and less informed. “ — Rob Allanson, Chair of Judges


In an understandable and necessary change to tradition, the 2020 World Whiskies Awards were revealed on 26 March, not in the wonderful surroundings of the Honourable Artillery Company, London, but through social media and Whisky Magazine.

The shortlist of country winners was announced on 5 February, after the final tasting which was attended by more than 50 industry experts and included, for the first time, the presentation of the Icons of Whisky Rest of World winners.

World’s Best Blended Whisky Award: Dewar’s Double Double 32 Years Old

World’s Best Blended Limited Release: Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020

Best Blended Malt: MacNair’s Whisky Lum Reek Blended Scotch Whisky, 21 Years Old

World’s Best Corn Whisky: Spirit of Hven Distillery MerCurious

World’s Best Grain: Fuji Single Grain 30 Year Old Small Batch

World’s Best New Make: Victoria Caledonian Distillery Peated Mac na Braiche

World’s Best Rye: Archie Rose Distilling Co. Rye Malt Whisky

World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt: Tamdhu Sandy McIntyre’s SC

World’s Best Single Malt: Hakushu Single Malt 25 Year Old

World’s Best Canadian Blended Whisky: J.P Wiser Alumni Whisky Series – Darryl Sitter

World’s Best Flavoured: FEW Cold Cut Bourbon

World’s Best Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Year Old

World’s Best Wheat: Bainbridge Organic Distillery Battle Point Two Islands Hokkaido Mizunara Cask

World’s Best Bourbon: Ironroot Republic Distillery Harbinger

World’s Best Tennessee: Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

World’s Best Single Barrel Bourbon: Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Year Old

Best Design: Jura 21 Years Old – Tide

Congratulations to all the winners!

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