This years nominees for the international, global, iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards 2017 are:

In order of whiskybase ID:

ID Brand Name
79 Highland Park 12-year-old
306 Ardbeg Ten
2155 Tomintoul Peaty Tang
4373 Bruichladdich 2001, Resurrection Dram
7541 Glendronach 15-year-old Revival
7565 Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice
9096 Glendronach 12-year-old Original
26739 Corsair Artisan Distillery Triple Smoke
30992 Highland Park New Make Spirit Drink
37891 Corsair Artisan Distillery Ryemageddon
40072 Talisker Storm
42885 Laphroaig 10-year-old
42919 Corsair Artisan Distillery Old Punk
64105 Talisker Skye
69907 Corsair Artisan Distillery Oatrage
82408 Jameson The Distiller’s Safe
83791 Tomatin Legacy
84491 Bruichladdich Peat
85281 Scapa Skiren
86883 Port Charlotte 10-year-old
86884 Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten
87869 Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005
87870 Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005
87871 Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005
88712 Highland Park Fire Edition
89085 Islay Christmas Edition CWC
89828 Westland Sherry Wood – Core Range Collection Gift Set
89829 Westland Peated – Core Range Collection Gift Set
89830 Westland American Oak – Core Range Collection Gift Set
91491 Bruichladdich 2006
91737 Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2010
91739 Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2010
91740 Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2003
92968 Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1
92968 Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1
95837 Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2004
95838 Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2008
95839 Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2011
99307 Octomore Masterclass_08.3 / 309 PPM
100139 Highland Park Magnus
101678 Highland Park Full Volume
103309 Laphroaig Cairdeas – 15-year-old

Just like in 2016 I will be awarding awards for the most Nerdy Whisky of 2017. Who will win these prestigious awards in 2017?

When awarding awards it is useful to know how the selection was made and based on which criteria. So in this blog I will give insight into the method I will use.

Being a Nerd I will make use of a Kepner&Tregoe Decision Analysis model. I am a trained facilitator in the KT methodology, so not using it would be lame. Plus, it would give a good laugh at my next training, because I can then show people the power of the KT method by showing of the line I am writing right now << this one.

Which whisky’s will I choose between?

  • All the whisky, whiskey, bourbon, rye, millet, wheat and blended whisky I bought / got in 2017.
  • All the whisky, whiskey, bourbon, rye, millet, wheat and blended whisky I bought / got in 2016, but did not open yet. These are:
    • Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Laddiemp5
    • Islay, Christmas Edition CWC, Sherry Cask Finish

What do I award?

  • A First, Second and Third place mention on my blog.

How do I select who won?

  • I will draw up criteria and WeighTFactors
  • I will add these to a Kepner&Tregoe Decision Analysis document
  • I will give points to each whisky based on each criteria
  • I accept the outcome based on the criteria and Weight Factors

What are the criteria?

  1. How much did I learn due to this dram?
    • Score 0 when nothing,
    • Score 10 for the most educational,
    • Score of the rest relative to most educational.
  2. How much fun did I have while drinking it?
    • Score 0 when I took no pleasure at all,
    • Score 10 for the most pleasurable,
    • Score of the rest relative to most pleasurable.
  3. How much effort did the Distillery make to bribe me?
    • Score 0 for no effort at all,
    • Score 10 for the most effective bribe,
    • Score of 5 for any distillery that communicated with me in some manner.
  4. How did I like the dram?
    • Score 0 when I did not like the dram at all,
    • Score 10 for the dram I liked best,
    • Score of the rest relative to best liked.
  5. How did I like the outcome of the Decision Making based on the outcome of criteria 1 till 4.
    • If I agree on a mental level with who won based on criteria 1 till 4 then no points will be given to any of the drams.
    • If I do not agree on a mental level with who won based on criteria 1 till 4 then the needed point to make the one I like best mentally will be awarded point, until that dram wins, regardless of criteria 1 till 4.

WeighT Factors

The WeighT Factors [WTF] given to the criteria are:

  1. Learn : 10 x [WTF]
  2. Fun : 5 x [WTF]
  3. Bribe : 2x [WTF]
  4. Like : 5 x [WTF]
  5. Just kidding, I am not weighing this factor at all😉

When will the Awards be presented?

As soon as 2017 comes to an end I will complete filling in the Kepner&Tregoe Decision Analysis document with the finals drams and points per criteria. The winners will be announced as soon as possible in 2018 or late 2017.

Click here for the winners!

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