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Whisky Advocate Names Irish, Canadian, American, Craft And Japanese Whiskies Of The Year

December 9, 2014

Whisky Advocate has unveiled the winners of its annual Whisky of the Year awards across the Irish, Canadian, American, Craft and Japanese categories.

Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) won honors in the Irish segment with its Midleton Very Rare 2014, a 40% abv offering retailing at $125 a bottle.

Taking home the award for Canadian Whisky of the Year was Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, from Beam Suntory, which is 40% abv and retails at $27.

Sazerac Rye 18-year-old, a 45% abv product retailing at $80 a bottle, earned the Whisky of the Year title in American whiskey.

The burgeoning craft whiskey segment is represented this year by St. George Single Malt Lot 14, from Alameda, California-based St. George Spirits. Lot 14 is 43% abv and priced at $80 a bottle.

Finally, Ichiro’s Malt The Joker has won Whisky Advocate’s Japanese Whisky of the Year title for 2014. Made at the defunct Hanyu distillery, Ichiro’s Malt The Joker is 57.7% abv and sells at £220 ($345) a bottle.

Whisky Advocate’s annual awards are being released one day at a time throughDecember 17, when the magazine will reveal its much-anticipated Distiller of the Year winner.

 

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