Malt Maniacs 2010 Winners Announced

The Malt Maniacs just released their 2010 tasting awards. Pretty interesting read, even if most of the whiskies they tasted are so “ultra premium” that I’ll never see a bottle of it, let alone drink any…

Still, of interest to Scotch Noobs like me is their winners in the “Daily Drams” (affordable) category. Reprinted here:

  • Non-Plus Ultra Award Lagavulin 16yo (43%, OB)
  • Best Natural Cask Award Talisker 10yo (45.8%, OB)
  • Best Sherry Cask Award Aberlour ‘A’bunadh’ Batch #30 (59.8%, OB) (woo!)
  • Best Cask Innovation Award Kavalan ‘Concertmaster’ Port Cask Finish (40%, OB)
  • Best Peated Malt Award Longrow ‘CV’ (46%, OB)
  • Thumbs Up Award Bunnahabhain 12yo (46.3%, OB)

See the link above for more awards and the crazy-old whiskies that took the top spots. Looks like I need to try some Longrow. :)

Update: Aberlour a’bunadh cropped up again on Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 50 Spirits” in the December issue. Also on the list was Balvenie Sherry Oak 17-year, Longrow 7-year Gaja Barolo, and The Glenlivet Archive 21-year. Of those choices, only the Aberlour is less than $120. Go Aberlour!

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