This year—2020—featured some repeat winners and some new, novel flavors and they came from all over. Japan, Australia, the United States were all well-represented across the 16 winners in the "Taste" category (there's a category for design, too, but let's be real, the taste is where the rubber meets the road).
Among the "Taste" winners are frequent flyers like the winner in the "World's Best Single Barrel" category, Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Years Old, and the "World's Best Pot Still," Redbreast 21 Years Old out of Ireland.
We've highlighted the five most interesting winners, from the "Best Blended Malt" to "Best Non-Kentucky Bourbon"—a category that Kentucky natives might say shouldn't even exist.
Check out the full list at WorldWhiskiesAwards.com and get thirsty checking out the selections below.
WORLD'S BEST BLENDED MALT
Best Scotch Blended Malt
MacNair's Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 21 Years Old, Scotland
WORLD'S BEST BLENDED WHISKY
Best Scotch Blended
Dewar's Double Double 32 Years Old, Scotland
WORLD'S BEST BOURBON
Best Non-Kentucky Bourbon
Ironroot Harbinger, USA
WORLD'S BEST SINGLE MALT
Best Japanese Single Malt
The Hakushu Single Malt 25 Years Old, Japan
WORLD'S BEST RYE
Best Australian Rye
Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky, Australia