I have made a listing of the drams that are nominees for the 2016, annual, global, iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards 2016.
The iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards span across the Globe, from New Make to Scotch to Rye, to Bourbon to blends. The awards are not given for the best tasting dram only. In fact it is the fourth criteria in these awards. The four criteria for the selection of the winners are:
- How much did I learn due to this dram?
- How much fun did I have while drinking it?
- How much effort did the Distillery make to bribe me?
- How did I like the dram?
As indicated in the rules that govern this election all drams I got / bought and drank in 2016 are nominated.
The nominees are:
|Ardmore||Legacy||Quarter Casks Finish||Ardmore|
|Bowmore||Small Batch||Bourbon Cask Matured||Bowmore|
|Bruichladdich||#LADDIEMP4 – 2005||Bourbon Cask||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||#LADDIEMP4 – 2006||Ex-Bourbon + Sherry Cask Finish||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||#LADDIEMP4 – 2008||French ex-Syrah (Red Wine) Cask||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||Laddie Classic Edition_01||American Oak Cask||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||PHD_135||1st Fill Ex-Bourbon, Sherry & French Wine||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||The Classic Laddie||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||The Classic Laddie – 2 Glass Gift Pack||Bruichladdich|
|Bruichladdich||The Laddie Ten||Bruichladdich|
|Buffalo Trace||1998||#4 Charred White Oak Barrels||Buffalo Trace Distillery|
|Buffalo Trace||Kentucky Straight Bourbon||Charred American Oak Barrels||Buffalo Trace Distillery|
|DenHool||2010||1st Refill Bourbon & PX Sherry Casks||Zuidam Distillery|
|Elijah Craig||12-year-old||New American White Oak||Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.|
|Enlightenment||NAS CB||Compass Box|
|Glenmorangie||Quinta Ruban||Port Wood Finish||Glenmorangie|
|Islay||Christmas Edition CWC||Sherry Cask Finish||Laphroaig|
|Journeyman Distillery||Corsets, Whips and Whisky||Journeyman Distillery|
|Journeyman Distillery||Featherbone Bourbon||Journeyman Distillery|
|Journeyman Distillery||Last Feather Rye||Fresh American White Oak Barrels||Journeyman Distillery|
|Journeyman Distillery||Ravenswood Rye||American Oak||Journeyman Distillery|
|Journeyman Distillery||W.R. Whiskey||Journeyman Distillery|
|Kilchoman||Machir Bay||Ex-Bourbon Barrels & Oloroso Sherry Butts||Kilchoman|
|Koval||Four Grain||KOVAL Distillery|
|Koval||Four Grain||KOVAL Distillery|
|Koval||Millet||Heavy Charred New American Oak Barrel||KOVAL Distillery|
|Koval||Millet||American Oak Cask||KOVAL Distillery|
|Koval||Single Barrel – Bourbon||#4 Charred American White Oak Barrel||KOVAL Distillery|
|Koval||Single Barrel – Rye||#4 Charred American White Oak Barrel||KOVAL Distillery|
|Lagavulin||08-year-old||Refill American Oak Casks||Lagavulin|
|Noah’s Mill||15-year-old||New Charred American Oak Barrels||Willett Distillery|
|Oak Cross||The Signature Range CB||1st Fill Bourbon & Oak Cross Casks||Compass Box|
|Octomore||10-year-old||First Fill Bourbon, Grenache Blanc Casks||Bruichladdich|
|Octomore||Edition 07.1 / 208||American Oak||Bruichladdich|
|Port Charlotte||Cask Exploration 11||VDN||Bruichladdich|
|Roundstone Rye||92 Proof||Catoctin Creek Distillery|
|Roundstone Rye||Cask Proof||Catoctin Creek Distillery|
|The Circus||Blended Scotch Whisky||Compass Box|
|The Spice Tree||The Signature Range CB||American Oak / French Oak||Compass Box|
|Triple Smoke||Corsair Artisan Distillery|
|Turv Exloo||Prime||Virgin Oak Cask||Turv Exloo Distillery|
|Willett||03-year-old||New White Oak Barrels||Kentucky Bourbon Distillers|
** The entry of Turv Exloo Prime Whisky is controversial, since it is not a whisky aged 3 years, but a “new make” / “Prime” aged 3 months. Since the list also includes Bourbon and Rye Whiskey’s ages shorter than 3 years I decided to keep the Turv Exloo Prime “whisky” in the list of nominees.
In the coming week I will score these drams according to the governing rules I drew up.
Ps: there is still time to score extra points on the third criteria. If distilleries wish to actively bribe me please contact me via Twitter or email. The Bribe period closes at 12 midnight at the turn of the year! 😂😜