WHISKY ENTHUSIASTS AWARDS

Whisky Enthusiasts Awards is something that lovers of whiskies get to nominate and vote on right here on Oak and Barley.

In response to the general disappointment at the various annual awards.  In response to gongs  that seem to be influenced by obvious bias towards certain brands or producers.  In response to the fact that awards are often given to unavailable or unaffordable products.  It’s about time there were awards that were a bit more in tune with everyday drinkers of whiskies.

Oak and Barley is calling on people to make their suggestions for whiskies that they believe should be short listed for voting and under what category they should be voted for.

Here are our thoughts:

  1. Best NAS Scotch Whisky Blend
  2. Best Aged Scotch Whisky Blend
  3. Best NAS Scotch Whisky Single Malt
  4. Best Aged Scotch Whisky Single Malt
  5. Best NAS Irish Whisky Blend
  6. Best Aged Irish Whisky Blend
  7. Best NAS Irish Whisky Single Pot (kinda like single malt in that it’s made at one single distillery, but can also include unmated barley in the mash)
  8. Best Aged Irish Whisky Single Pot (as above)
  9. Best NAS Japanese Whisky Blend
  10. Best Aged Japanese Whisky Blend
  11. Best NAS Japanese Whisky Single Malt
  12. Best Aged Japanese Whisky Single Malt
  13. Best NAS Bourbon
  14. Best Aged Bourbon
  15. Best NAS Rest of the World Whisky Blend
  16. Best Aged Rest of the World Whisky Blend
  17. Best NAS Rest of the World Whisky Single Malt
  18. Best Aged Rest of the World Whisky Single Malt
  19. Best VALUE whisky or whiskey
  20. Best whisky or whiskey overall

Drop in your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you think.  We will create a short list from the comments below combined with input from bars and physical sales.

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17 thoughts on “WHISKY ENTHUSIASTS AWARDS”

  1. Using my very little and limited knowledge and experience.
    Best NAS Scotch Blend: Mystery Malt.
    Best Aged Single Malt Scotch: Bowmore 12.
    Best Irish Blend: Black Bush.
    Best Irish Single Malt: Connemara Peated
    Single Malt.
    Best Aged Irish Single Malt: Bushmills 10.
    Best Japanese Blend: Nikka Blended.
    Best Aged Japanese Single Malt: Yamazaki 18
    Best NAS Bourbon: Maker’s Mark.
    Best Aged Bourbon: Wild Turkey 13.
    Best Value Whisky: Nikka Blended.

  2. Bourbon Selection

    Other than Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve, can’t remember drinking much bourbon, so would be unfair to commen on this Selection.

  3. Japanese Selection

    Best NAS Japanese Blend: Nikka Taketsuru
    Best Aged Japanese Blend: None tasted
    Best NAS Japanese Single Malt: Nikka Single Malt Coffey
    Best Aged Japanese Single Malt: None tasted

  4. Irish Selection
    Best NAS Irish Blend: Bushmills 1608
    Best Aged Irish Blend: 12 Year Old Tullamore Dew
    Best NAS Irish Single Malt: Connemara
    Best Aged Irish Single Malt: Bushmills 10 Year Old

  5. Scottish Selection
    Best NAS Scotch Blend: Black Bottle
    Best Aged Scotch Blend: 8 Year old Isle of Skye
    Best NAS Scotch Single Malt: Laphroig QA
    Best Aged Scotch Single Malt: 12 Year Old Balvenie Double Wood

  6. Jason O’Mahony
    O’Mahonys Irish Pub Tianjin..

    Mine will be based on what is available at O’Mahonys.

    NAS Scottish blend- monkey shoulder

    NAS Scottish single malt- laphroaig QA cask

    Scottish aged single malt- Balvenie double wood 12 year.

    NAS irish blend- bushmills black bush.

    NAS Irish single malt- Teeling Single malt

    Irish single malt aged- Teeling Revival 14 year.

    NAS Japanese Blend- Nikka blended.

    Best value – bushmills original

  7. OK, so here is my list. I didn’t fill all categories, but I’ll think about the ones I missed.
    Scotch
    NAS Blend – Chivas Mizunara or Monkey Shoulder
    NAS Single – The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Solera Vatted
    Aged Single – Balvennie Double Wood 17yo
    Irish
    NAS Blend – The Irishman Cask Strength or Bushmills Black Bush
    Aged Blend – Jameson 18
    NAS Pot Still – Redbreast Lustau Edition
    Aged Pot Still – Powers John’s Lane 12yo or Redbreast 15yo
    NAS Single – Lambey Cognac Finish
    Age Single – Bushmills 16yo
    Japanese
    NAS Blend – Nikka From The Barrel
    Aged Blend – Nikka 12yo
    Aged Single – Yamazaki 18yo
    American
    NAS Bourbon – Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel
    Aged Bourbon – Wild Turkey 13
    R.O.W.
    NAS Single – Kavalan Solist Sherry (depending on batch)
    Value – Bowmore 10yo Dark and Intense
    Overall – Bushmills 16yo

    I’ll have to think about the other ones I missed, and also maybe a section for Rye whiskey.

  8. best NAS japanese blend: suntory white
    best nas bourbon: wild turkey original
    best aged scotch single malt: lagavulin 16
    best aged japanese single malt: yamazaki 18
    best NAS irish: jameson
    best aged irish single malt: red breast 12

  9. I also suggest doing a blind tasting (by experienced whisky/whiskey drinkers) on a certain amount of competitors in each category to determine winners

    1. Great Idea Liam – all we need first is a list of bottles, then we can create a short list. Then we could maybe get whisky lovers to taste them at one of the whisky nights, and give points and stuff.

      But it all starts with people suggesting their favourite tipples…..hence this thread.

    1. Yes sir, we’re just trying to simplify it and linking single malt and single pot together…….but just for you, I’ll make sure that’s corrected now.

  10. Best NAS Scotch Whisky Blend – MYSTERY MALT
    Best Aged Scotch Whisky Blend – MYSTERY MALT
    Best NAS Scotch Whisky Single Malt – Macallan Whisky Makers
    Best Aged Scotch Whisky Single Malt – Glenlivet 13
    Best NAS Irish Whisky Blend – Black Bush
    Best Aged Irish Whisky Blend – Jameson 12
    Best NAS Irish Whisky Single Malt – Green Spot
    Best Aged Irish Whisky Single Malt – Bushmills 16
    Best NAS Japanese Whisky Blend – Nikka Blend
    Best Aged Japanese Whisky Blend – Hibiki 12 (before it got stupid expensive)
    Best NAS Japanese Whisky Single Malt – Yamazaki
    Best Aged Japanese Whisky Single Malt – Yamazaki 10
    Best NAS Bourbon – Makers Mark
    Best Aged Bourbon – Wild Turkey 13
    Best NAS Rest of the World Whisky Blend – Crown Royal
    Best Aged Rest of the World Whisky Blend – JP Wiser 17
    Best NAS Rest of the World Whisky Single Malt – Penderyn Legend
    Best Aged Rest of the World Whisky Single Malt – nada
    Best VALUE whisky or whiskey – MYSTERY MALT
    Best whisky or whiskey overall – Wild Turkey 13

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