5 Best-Tasting Winners Of The 2020 World Whiskies Awards

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Each year The Drinks Report publishes the World Whiskies Awards, highlighting the finest spirits from around the world. They don't often get it wrong, either—if ever. 

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