18th Annual Whisky Advocate Awards Unveiled Beginning TodayFebruary 1, 2012
The 18th annual installment of the Whisky Advocate Awards will be featured in the magazine’s upcoming Spring issue, due out March 1st, but the individual award winners will be unveiled one day at a time from today through February 13th at WhiskyAdvocateBlog.com.
Two changes in this year’s Whisky Advocate Awards reflect the widening scope of the magazine. Previously, products had to be available for sale in the U.S. Eligibility has now been expanded to world markets, and a whisky need only have been offered for sale to the public during 2011.
The other change is in who is involved. As Whisky Advocate expanded the number of tasters writing reviews in its Buying Guide—magazine founder John Hansell was joined by Dave Broom, Lew Bryson, Dominic Roskrow and Gavin Smith—the new reviewers were included in the awards selection process, and they’ve written the awards narratives for their respective areas.
Today’s first award, Artisan Whiskey of the Year (North America), went to Low Gap ($40 a bottle), a white whiskey from California-based Craft Distillers.
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