The Scots are well-known for their whisky at the same time, for the second year in succession, whisky from another nation has been named the best on the planet.Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, a Canadian malt whisky, was honored 97.5 marks out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, gaining it the title of world whisky of the year.
Not a single Scottish whisky listed in top 5 this year.It is important to remember that, whether you concur with Murray’s main five or not, this is only one man’s conclusion. My recommendation would be to go out and taste these whiskies for yourself,” the editor of Scotchwhisky.com Becky Paskin said.In spite of not winning the desired whisky of the year grant, Scotland’s Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask 2110 won the single cask of the year award.
Whisky master Murray tasted more than 1000 whiskies before choosing the Crown Royal and called it a perfect work of art: “Rye, that most persuasive of grains swinging up to beguile and beauty as well as take us through a routine which comes to new statures of magnificence and many-sided quality.
“To say this is a perfect work of art is mere justice. “
Tom Sandham, one portion of the Thinking Drinkers, said: “The news of a Canadian champ may astound some, yet it shouldn’t”.
Yvonne Briese, Vice President of Crown Royal said: “Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye showcases the rye whisky that has been such a necessary part of the Crown Royal Deluxe mix since 1939. This is a demonstration of the fantastic mixing and refining that has been occurring in Gimli for more than 75 years.
“We are excited to know that Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye has been named World Whisky of the Year.”
Murray guarded his decision firmly: “A year ago individuals were stunned when I gave [Japanese whisky] Yamazaki the award- until they tasted it. At that point they saw it was not the attack against Scotch they first thought and something really uncommon.
“This year, without a doubt there will be numerous more eyebrows raised on the grounds that it is uncommon that Canada specified with regards to the world’s top whiskies. Yet, once more, I am pretty sure about individuals discovering the packaging I tasted will be blown away with this current whisky’s uncompromising and unique beauty. It absolutely puts the rye into Canadian rye.”
Jim Murray’s 2016 World Whiskies of the Year
- Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (Canada) – £47 a bottle
- Pikesville Straight Rye (USA) – £33 a bottle
- MidletonDairGhaelach (Ireland) – £180 a bottle
- William Larue Weller Bourbon (Bot.2014) (USA) – £65 abottle
- Suntory Yamazaki Mizunara (Bot.2014) (Japan) – £45 abottle