It is the third time that the whisky from Suntory has won the award after gaining the accolade in 2010 and 2011. The sherry-casked malt is vatted with other mellow unblended grain malts over 21 years old to produce a whisky with refined richness and spiciness.
The world’s best single malt was won by Scottish distillery Ardbeg on Islay for its limited-edition 12-year-old Galileo, which was matured in ex-marsala wine casks as well as bourbon casks.
The world’s best North American whiskey was named as George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. The uncut, unfiltered spirit’s many accolades include best North American whiskey in the 2008 World Whiskies Awards.
The title of world’s best whisky liqueur went to Speyside Whisky Liqueur 40 Years Old, from Master of Malt, which uses ingredients such as cinnamon, orange peel and cloves.
Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky, also supplied by Master of Malt, was named world’s best grain whisky. Introduced in 2010, it was the first-ever South African single grain whisky.
The award for world’s best blended malt whisky also went to Japan, for Mars Maltage 3 Plus 25, 28 Years Old.
Organised by Whisky Magazine each year, awards were given in a host of other smaller categories. Visit www.whiskymag.com/awards/wwa/2013/ for the full list.