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Whisky Bible 2021 World Whiskies Of The Year Winners


16th September 2020
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021 World Whisky Award Winners.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021Whisky writer Jim Murray has named his World Whiskies of the Year in his soon to be released Whisky Bible 2021 and this time his top slot of 'World Whisky of the Year 2021' goes for the second time in the books history to a Canadian whisky, Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye which he scored at 97.5 out of a 100.

Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye is made from a mix of malted and unmalted rye and was bottled at a cask strength of 65.1% ABV and unless you live in Canada don't bother rushing out to the shops to try and get hold of a bottle of this limited edition, 100% Canadian Rye whisky, as sadly it isn't currently available here in the UK or other markets outside North America which is a pity as it is currently only $64 in Canada.

If you do live in Canada I suggest if you want to taste the Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye you grab a bottle quickly as given that it is a limited edition I don't think it will be around on the shelves for long.

Jim's runner up for 2021 is an America Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Stagg Jr Barrel Proof (64.2%), this was available in the UK from whisky specialist shops but good luck finding a bottle now.

Jim's third best whisky of 2021 is Paul John Mithuna, an Indian single malt whisky which I have never come across, so good luck finding a bottle of this rather mysterious winning whisky as I have not seen it on sale anywhere in the world, perhaps it has still to be released? If so this award may have increased its release price.

For his Single Cask Whisky for 2021 Jim has named the Scotch single malt, single cask whisky, Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1956 62 Year Old Mr George Centenary Edition which was bottled by the Elgin based and still family owned and run whisky producers and bottlers Gordon & MacPhail. The whisky was released in late 2019 to honour George Urquhart, a member of the second generation of Gordon & MacPhail's owning family, in what would have been his centenary year. On its release the Glen Grant 1956 62 Year Old Mr George did have a RRP of £5,000 and I would guess if you could still get a hold of a bottle now you may have to may a little more.

Gordon & MacPhail has a fantastic track record of bottling some outstanding vintage Glen Grant single malts over the years and if your pockets are deep enough I would suggest seeking some out if you what to experience a mature Glen Grant and the excellent Glen Grant original distillery bottling core range which was revamped in recent years by Glen Grants owners is also worth checking out.

Once again there is no great surprises in the Whisky Bible top slots, those of you who pick up a copy each year will know by now Jim's liking for Rye whisky, American bourbon whisky and in recent years since the distillery launched a new core range Glen Grant whisky.

The Whisky Bible is more than just the headline grabbing World Whiskies of the Year, in the new 2021 edition Jim has tasted, evaluated and rated over 4,500 whiskies including 1,250 new entries or revisited whiskies.

The full list of Whisky Bible 2021 Winners is below and I am sure there will be more than a few on the list which will be much easier to get hold of and even more in the book itself which don't quite get the headline awards but are every bit as good. To find out what else Jim thinks is good, his Whisky Bible 2021 is now available to order from Amazon with FREE delivery.

You will also find many of the Whisky Bible 2021 award winning whiskies which are still available to buy over at specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Whisky Bible Whisky of the Year 2021


2021 World Whisky of the Year:
Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye
 

Top World Whisky Award Winners 2021


Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye2021 World Whisky of the Year:
Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye

Second Finest Whisky in the World 2020:
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof (64.2%)

Third Finest Whisky in the World 2020:
Paul John Mithuna

Single Cask Whisky in 2020:
Glen Grant 1956 Mr George Centenary Edition Gordon & MacPhail
 

Scotch Whisky Category Winners


Scotch Whisky of the Year
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength 1st Edition

Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength 1st Edition

Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask)
Glen Grant 1956 Mr George Centenary Edition Gordon & MacPhail

Scotch Blend of the Year
Ballantine’s 30 Year Old

Scotch Grain of the Year
Cambus 1979 The Perfect Fifth

Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year
Compass Box The Spice Tree
 

Single Malt Scotch


No Age Statement (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant Rothes Chronicles Cask Haven

10 Years & Under (Multiple Casks)
Octomore Edition 10.3 6 Year Old Islay Barley

10 Years & Under (Single Cask)
Annandale Vintage Man O’Words 2015

11-15 Years (Multiple Casks)
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength 1st Edition

11-15 Years (Single Cask)
Caol Ila 15 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

16-21 Years (Multiple Casks)
Knockando 21 Year Old Master Reserve

16-21 Years (Single Cask)
Longmorn 1998 21 Year Old The First Editions

22-27 Years (Multiple Casks)
Old Pulteney 25 Year Old

22-27 Years (Single Cask)
Glenlossie 22 Year Old Golden Glen

28-34 Years (Multiple Casks)
Glenfiddich 30 Year Old

28-34 Years (Single Cask)
Aberlour 1989 The Perfect Fifth

35-40 Years (Multiple Casks)
Port Ellen 40 Year Old 9 Rogue Casks

35-40 Years (Single Cask)
Lochside 1981 The Whisky Agency

41 Years & Over (Multiple Casks)
Tomatin 1977 Warehouse 6 Collection

41 Years & Over (Single Casks)
Glen Grant 1956 Mr George Centenary Edition Gordon & MacPhail
 

Blended Scotch


No Age Statement (Standard)
White Horse

No Age Statement (Premium)
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal

5-12 Years
Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

13-18 Years
Ballantine’s 17 Year Old

19 – 25 Years
Dewar’s Signature 25 Year Old

26 – 39 Years
Ballantine’s 30 Year Old

40 Years & Over
Whyte & Mackay 50 Year Old
 

Irish Whiskey of the Year


Irish Whiskey of the Year
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Irish Single Malt of the Year
Bushmills Port Cask Reserve

Irish Blend of the Year
Bushmills Black Bush

Irish Single Cask of the Year
Redbreast Dream Cask 28 Year Old
 

American Whiskey


Bourbon of the Year
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof (64.2%)

Second Finest Bourbon of the Year
William Larue Weller 2019 Release

Rye of the Year
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2019 Release

Second Finest Rye of the Year
Wild Turkey Cornerstone

US Micro Whisky of the Year Multiple Barrels
Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2020 Release

US Micro Whisky of the Year Single Barrel
Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey Private Select

American Blended Whisky of the Year
Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey Release No. 3
 

American Bourbon Whiskey


Bourbon of the Year
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof (64.2%)

Second Finest Bourbon of the Year
William Larue Weller 2019 Release

No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels)
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof (64.2%)

No Age Statement (Single Barrel)
Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

9 Years and Under
Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon 6 Year Old

10 – 12 Years
Michter’s Single Barrel 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

11 – 15 Years
Knob Creek 15 Year Old

16 Years & Over
Michter’s 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
 

American Rye Whiskey


No Age Statement
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2019 Release

Up to 10 Years
Wild Turkey Cornerstone

11 to 15 Years
Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 Years Old

Over 15 Years
Sazerac 18 Year Old

Single Cask
Michter’s 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye
 

Canadian Whisky of the Year


Canadian Whisky of the Year
Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye

Second Canadian Whisky of the Year
Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year Old
 

Japanese Whisky


Japanese Whisky of the Year
Nikka Whisky Single Malt Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish

Japanese Single Grain of the Year
Makoto Single Grain Whisky 23 Year Old

Japanese Single Malt of the Year
Nikka Whisky Single Malt Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish

Japanese Single Cask of the Year
The Matsui Single Cask Mizunara Cask Single Malt
 

European Whisky


European Whisky of the Year (Multiple)
Puni Aura Italian Single Malt

European Whisky of the Year (Single)
Braeckman Belgian Single Grain Whiskey Single Barrel 12 Year Old

Austrian Whisky of the Year
J.H. Original Rye Whisky 6 Jahre Gelagert

Belgian Whisky of the Year
Braeckman Belgian Single Grain Whiskey Single Barrel 12 Year Old

Danish Whisky of the Year
Copenhagen Single Malt Whisky First Edition

English Whisky of the Year
The English 11 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

German Whisky of the Year
Hercynian Willowburn Exceptional Collection 5 Year Old

Swedish Whisky of the Year
Mackmyra Svensk Single Cask Whisky Reserve The Dude of Fucking Everything

Swiss Whisky of the Year
Langatun 10 Year Old Second Edition Single Malt

Welsh Whisky of the Year
Penderyn Rhiannon
 

World Whiskies


Asian Whisky of the Year
Paul John Mithuna

Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year
Adams Distillery Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength

Australian Whisky of the Year
Adams Distillery Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength
 

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