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Whisky Advocate Unveils Scotch and World Whiskies Of The Year

December 15, 2014

Whisky Advocate has named its World Whisky of the Year, as well as its annual winners from across the Scotch category.

In the Scotch category, The Last Drop 50-year-old was named Blended/Blended Malt Whisky of the Year. The Last Drop is at 50.9% abv and retails at $4,000. The brand is owned by Last Drop Distillers Ltd., the rare spirits group founded by James Espey, Tom Jago and Peter Fleck, all formerly of Diageo forerunner IDV.

Among Speyside single malts, Whisky Advocate crowned Bacardi product Craigellachie 17-year-old as winner. The 46%-abv malt retails at £83 ($103).

In the Islay segment, Signatory 1998 (distilled at Laphroaig) was named the single malt of the year. Retailing at £100 ($124), Signatory 1998 is at 60.8% abv. Signatory is an independent bottler specializing in rare single malts.

Within the Highland/Islands single malt segment, Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale garnered the top accolade. It carries a retail price of $130 and is at 53.4% abv.

Whisky Advocate’s Lowlands/Campeltown single malt of the year is Rosebank 1992 21-year-old, a Diageo special release for 2014. The 55.3%-abv Rosebank 1992 retails at $500.

Finally, in the World Whisky category, Austrian single malt Broger Burn Out took home honors. Made in the western tip of the country by brothers Bruno and Eugen Broger, Broger Burn Out is at 42% abv and retails at €48 ($60).

Whisky Advocate’s annual award winners are being named one day at a time through December 17, when the awards will culminate with the magazine’s Distiller of the Year honor.

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