World Whiskies Awards 2016 #WWA16

Tonight the World Whiskies Awards will be announced. The crème de la crème from the whisky industry probably have sweaty hands and awaits the results in the heart of London. We'll update the blog live as the results trickle in and line-up all the winners.

The Awards are presented by The Drinks Report (known for the World Beer Awards and a bunch of other awards) and Whisky Magazine. Place to be is the London Grand Connaught Rooms. Comedian and BBC presenter Fred MacAulay will host the evening.

Alongside the World Whiskies Awards Whisky Magazine will announce its Icons of Whiskies and some industry people will be honoured in the Whisky Hall of Fame.

There are two main categories: Taste and Design. The first is - you already guessed it - based on the flavour profile. A jury selects and approves the whiskies on their main qualities: balance, character, complexity and quality.

#WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Tonight, follow the results LIVE here!
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Global

  • Supermarket Retailer of the Year: Sainsburys 
  • Travel Retailer of the Year: DFS Group Changi Airport Singapore
  • Online Retailer of the Year: Master of Malt
  • Single Outlet Retailer of the Year: Celtic Whiskey Shop
  • Multiple Outlet Retailer of the Year: La Maison du Whisky
YYYYEEEEESSSS!!!!! Online whisky retailer of the year at the world whiskies awards! Get. The. Fuck. In. #WWA16
— Master Of Malt (@MasterOfMalt) March 17, 2016

People Awards

  • Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year: Stuart Cassells
  • World Whisky Brand Ambassador: Ashok Chokalingam
  • Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador: John Quinn
  • American Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Bernie Lubbers
  • Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Simon Brooking
  • Special Awards: Beth Havers & Colin Dunn 
  • Distillery Manager of the Year: Koichi Nishikawa (Yoichi Distillery, Japan)
  • Master Distiller / Blender of the Year: Bill Lumsden (Glenmorangie Distillery)
Congratulations Simon on the award #WWA16 #worldwhiskyawards
— Julie B (@Cdnchick74) March 17, 2016

Producer Awards

  • Craft Producer of the Year: Westland Distillery
  • Visitor Attraction of the Year: Teeling Whisky Company
  • Brand Innovation of the Year: Douglas Laing & Co of Scotland
  • Distiller of the Year: Heaven Hill Brands 
YESSSS!!!! Picking up our Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at the #WWA16 #TeelingDistillery #Revival
— TeelingWhiskey (@TeelingWhiskey) March 17, 2016

World Whiskies Awards

And the winners in the most flavoursome category are... 

World's Best Single Malt Whisky

Old Pulteney 1989
picture: The Whisky Exchange

Old Pulteney Vintage 1989

World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist single cask
picture: Whisky Suggest

Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish

World's Best Bourbon Whisky

Bowman Brothers
picture: Oaks Liquors

Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit

World's Best Bourbon Single Barrel Whisky

Smooth Ambler Old Scout
picture: The Whisky Exchange

Smooth Ambler Old Scout

World's Best Rye

Pikesville Straight Rye
picture: Entry Proof

Pikesville Straight Rye

World's Best Blended Malt

Reference Series III.2
picture: Master of Malt

Reference Series lll.2

World's Best Blended Whisky

Hibiki 21
picture: Royal Mile Whiskies

Suntory Hibiki 21 year old

World's Best Blended Limited Release 

Glen Alba 22
picture: Whiskyapocalypse

Glen Alba 22 year old (Lidl)

World's Best Canadian Blended Whisky

Godderham and Worts Four Grain
picture: The Rumhowlerblog

Godderham & Worts Four Grain

World's Best Corn Whisky

Balcones True Blue
picture: Balcones

Balcones True Blue 100 Proof

World's Best Wheat Whisky

picture: Whiskey under the label

Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight

World's Best Flavoured Whisky

Knob Creek Smoked Maple
picture: Knob Creek

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Whiskey

World's Best Grain Whisky

Fuji Gotemba 25
picture: Whiskiosity

Fuji Gotemba 25 Year old

World's Best Single Pot Still Whisky

Green Spot Bordeaux Finish
picture: The Whisky Exchange

Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Country Winners

RESULTS #WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Country winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016... See 2 images please! 🎆
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016

Design Awards

The category Design can be summarised into two main awards: World's Best Design and Agency of the Year. Next to these two there are awards for Best new launch, Best relaunch/redesign, Best standard design and Best ultra premium design. To keep everybody happy there are also silver and bronze medals. 

World's Best Design

Puni Alba
picture: Puni Italia

Puni Alba (Italy)

Best Design Agency

Pocket Rocket Creative

Best New Launch

To be announced later tonight!

Best Relaunch/Redesign

To be announced later tonight!

Best Standard Design

To be announced later tonight!

Best Ultra-premium design

To be announced later tonight!

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

Peter Russell - Chairman Ian Macleod Distillers

Charlie Smith - Master Distiller Ballindalloch Distillery

A final word

The World Whiskies Awards are but one of the many awards in the whisky industry. Some people consider these awards are only there so the majority of brands can show off with at least one award.

All the winners can of course be found on the official WWA website and Whisky Magazine's Facebook page.