Malt Advocate's Whisky Awards program is the longest-running in the industry; this is our 17th year. Like last year, we're going to roll out the awards one at a time on John Hansell's "What Does John Know" blog, and it starts tomorrow. Here's the schedule.
Best Buy Whisk(e)y of the Year -- TIE: Evan Williams, and Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond 6 Year Old
Artisan Whisky of the Year -- Kilchoman Summer 2010 release
American Whiskey of the Year -- Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
Canadian Whisky of the Year -- Forty Creek Confederation Oak
Irish Whiskey of the Year -- Redbreast 12 Year Old
Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year -- Compass Box Flaming Heart
Scotch Whisky Single Malt of the Year -- Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
Industry Leader of the Year -- Glencairn Crystal
I helped write the awards this year, and I'm excited to see what people think. We've got some potentially controversial choices; should be fun to see the discussion!