Whisky Focus - Accolades For Glenmorangie and Ardbeg At World Whisky Awards 2017

Accolades For Glenmorangie & Ardbeg At World Whisky Awards

6th April 2017
Glenmorangie Lasanta and Ardbeg Corryvreckan named best whisky in their region at the World Whisky Awards 2017.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Best Islay Single Malt World Whisky Awards 2017.

As the whisky award season continues, whiskies from Ardbeg and Glenmorangie have been named as category winners in the World Whisky Awards 2017.

First up is the absolutely outstanding Ardbeg Corryvreckan which I am pleased to say was awarded Best Islay Single Malt with Ardbeg Corryvreckan. This is really a stunning peaty whisky which I doesn't always get the praise it deserves. If you enjoy a peat monster once and a while this get yourself a bottle of this if you haven't already.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, which takes its name from the treacherous whirlpool off the coast of Ardbeg’s remote island home of Islay, was hailed by the WWA judges for its "fresh sea breeze aromas and a distinct prickle from the alcohol". The judges commended the 57.1% ABV whisky's distinctive character, saying: "Sweet, dense, smoky and salty on the palate. Like biting into charcoal. Sea salt-laced, sticky toffee pudding. Orange oils and a spicy bite – star anise and white pepper, plus some seaweed."

Next up is is a whisky from the Glenmorangie Highland distillery, the whisky has had its ups and downs in quality over the years, it is the Glenmorangie Lasanta which was awarded Best Highland Single Malt, so it appears that it is very much back to its best. Bottled at 12 years old, it is matured for 10 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain. It did also take some criticism when Glenmorangie reduced the ABV from 46% to 43% but given this award it has still been judged to be a quality dram.

Glenmorangie Lasanta Best Highland Single Malt World Whiskies Awards 2017.

The judges were full of praise for Glenmorangie Lasanta, they described it as: "Deliciously bold sherry. Nutty, with dried fruit, a touch of dryness, apricots, dates and walnuts. A dry palate, but superbly balanced. Menthol, fruit cake, dark chocolate, cinnamon and clove notes. Excellent."

Now in its 11th year, the World Whiskies Awards is a respected and influential competition, in which whiskies are blind tasted (as they should be in all competitions) over three rounds by judges who include industry experts, whisky writers and master distillers. For 2017, more than 500 whiskies from 30 countries took part.

If you want to try the two award winning whiskies for yourself you will find them available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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