One further update from me to say that I have now announced my own whisky awards for 2009.http://www.whisky-emporium.com/Blogs/2009-12-Dec/Blog.htm
Basically, the deserved winners are;Distillery of the Year Glengyle
(with Kilchoman as runner-up)Best new release of 2009 Hazelburn 12yBest whisky glass Classic Malt
(With Glencairn a very close 2nd and Spiegelau an equally close 3rd)
On my link there are other awards for drams tried in 2009 but not released in 2009 and finally my 'dud' of the year goes to Bruichladdich Waves (original presentation)
which has a tendency to go 'off' after a new bottle has been open for as little as 5-10 days.
There are two other awards which I considered announcing on my blog, but which I didn't because they are more trade as opposed to general consumer ones, but which I shall announce here and are as follows:Best Importer / Wholsesaler to deal with: HaWe Bremen
No request or enquiry is too much trouble and all staff are always friendly. Delivery times and quality of handling are second to none.
This next one may seem a strange category, but I have had much direct contact with distillery staff and also the corporate marketing bodies of the large companies, so I feel it only fair to give credit where it's due. This also gives an insight to how good some companies are behind the scenes, which is just not seen by most of the general public who buy their whisky direct from an internet shop or the local whisky store.Most helpful Distillery / Trade people
There are joint winners in this category as I cannot fault or separate their commitment to help and the quality of help received, so congratulations to Pernod Ricard
and also Springbank Distillers. Especially Ian Logan and Peter Currie respectively, but also to the whole Pernod Ricard 'Gastronomy' marketing team
who were so helpful when I was running the bar. Congratulations to all my winners!