Luxebook May 2023

Winners at the World Whisky Awards 2023 Here’s a look at the winning whiskies from the World Whisky Awards 2023. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA World Whiskies Awards Global Winners 2023 World’s Best Single Malt: M&H Elements Sherry Cask The distillery, formerly known as Milk & Honey, won the accolade for its Sherry Cask expression—non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV and distilled by head distiller Tomer Goren. Initially released in mid-2020, M&H Sherry Cask was part of the brand’s Elements series which focuses on unique components of maturation. It is the first whisky ever to be aged in Kosher sherry casks from the Jerez region of Spain. In the hot and arid Middle Eastern climate, the application of this cooperage has imbued the underlying whisky with a thumping melody of red fruit, dark chocolate and tobacco. World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt: Glen Scotia, First Fill Bourbon Cask No. 372 Glen Scotia Single Cask distilled in 2009 and aged for 13 years exclusively in a first-fill bourbon barrel is the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt. Bottled in 2022 with only 218 bottles available, this remarkable unpeated Single Cask liquid (56.4% ABV) offers aromas of warming oak spice and fresh vanilla, which intermingle with basked red apple and caramelised banana. On the palate, there are hints of dark chocolate and spicy ginger before a smooth salted caramel and cherry compote finish. World’s Best Blended: Breckenridge, High Proof Bourbon Whiskey The Blended Bourbon Whiskey, but with a twist was bottled at a gripping 105 proof. Winning an award at WWA 2023 the whisky offers a wild ride through rich, dark caramel and toasted almonds, burnt Baker’s chocolate and dried orange peel, with a lingering finish of vanilla and spice. A masterful combination of mouthful flavours. The Bourbon Whiskey has a deep, burnt orange hue. World’s Best Blended Limited Release: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain, Blended Japanese Whisky 2023 Every year, Chichibu Distillery rolls out an annual limited-edition batch of its white-label Malt & Grain bottling. This year, the 2023 limited edition cinched the title of Best Blended Limited Release. Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Blended Japanese Whisky Limited Edition 2023 is a blend of single malts from Chichibu Distillery together with casks sourced from Japan by Ichiro Akuto. The World Whisky Awards announced the winners for some of its most coveted categories at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London on March 30 this year. One of the most renowned awards in the whisky world, the awards focus on the World’s Best and country winners in the World Whisky Awards and the Icons of Whisky. From bartenders to brand ambassadors, chefs to visitor attraction managers, the Icons of Whisky Awards honour the people who work tirelessly to produce and promote whisky, along with the very best shops, bars, visitor attractions and agencies. This year however, things took an interesting turn.... the grand prize for the World’s Best Single Malt did not go to the producers from the major malt-making regions of Scotland, Ireland or Japan. Instead, it was collected by M&H Elements Sherry Cask out of Tel Aviv in Israel, and The Representative Bourbon was awarded the title of World’s Best Bourbon. Among this year’s top winners, Heaven Hill Brands took home the title of Distiller of the Year, and Whyte & Mackay’s Gregg Glass was named Master Blender of the Year. To celebrate World Whisky Day, LuxeBook has put together a list of some of the top World Whiskies Awards Global Winners 2023. 34|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 MAY 2023 |LUXEBOOK|35 WORLD WHISKY AWARDS