World Whiskies Awards 2014: the best blended malt is Japanese

The results of the World Whiskies Award 2014 were announced last night and, like every year, Japan stands out with at least one major award. This year the Taketsuru 17 year old from Nikka wins the World’s Best Blended Malt award.

This is obviously a great success for Japanese whiskies and moreover for the whole Taketsuru range who as won the title 6 times in the last 8 years! However, 2014 will probably remain as a small disappointment for Japan as only one major award goes to Japanese whisky while, in previous years, the Japanese productions were awarded by at least two to three prizes!

Next to the "World's Best" awards, the jury of WWA also established a ranking of the best whiskies, by categories and countries. Therefore, are also rewarded with a gold medal:


You can see the full 2014 results on the World Whiskies Awards website

Photo credits: World Whiskies Awards

Published by Frédéric

The Friday 21 March 2014 at 13h31


  1. Hi Chris,Thoroughly enjoying your “Ended Up Drinking It!” blog. I’m an abtlouse novice when it comes to whisk(e)y but I do enjoy sipping some in the evening after a long day of intense cycling.I find the way you describe the different sensations and flavors when sampling whiskies very fascinating.Your blog is helping me discover many of Japan’s wonderful whiskies and I just wanted to thank you for that!Cheers,TomPS: tried the Nikka All Malt last evening…very good even straight! Can’t wait to try the “From the Barrel”. Another favorite inexpensive Japanese whisky of mine is Fujisanroku – I like the peat flavor of this one, a bit like Laphroaig…. I also sampled some “fake” (i.e. French-produced) Scotch “Glen Turner” I bought at Yamaya…it smelled like cardboard to me!

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