The winners of the iLADDIE Whisky Nerd Awards are known! All the numbers have been added up! As per the rules set out in the beginning of 2017 points could be given for four criteria.

  1. How much did I learn due to the dram?
  2. How much fun did I have while interacting with the dram?
  3. How much effort did the distillery make to bribe me?
  4. How much did I like the taste of the dram?

As one can see these are not typical awards. I apply WeighT Factors to the scores as well. 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]

So the main focus on the Learning, than the Fun and Taste, than the Bribing.

This years Awards have all gone to tasting packs. This was sort of a surprise to me, but when I thought about it it seems to make sense. Tasting packs offer a unique opportunity to get to know a distillery. And, yes I did buy all of the tasting packs so I can learn something.

From Bronze to Gold. Here are the winners!

PS, I did not bother with designing a medal as such.

PPS, Please do not take these Global International Intergalactic iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards Seriously!

BRONZE “MEDAL”

The Bronze “Medal” goes to the Bruichladdich LaddieMP6 Micro provenance tasting pack. This tasting pack wins bronze because of the information that I got from the LaddieMP6 online tasting. It was explained to me, by Joanne Brown, as a result of a question by me, how the crazy amounts for peat-reek get on and into the Barley Kernel while it is being Malted. See the question and answer in the video below.

I also wrote a blog about it which you could and should read here. I was seriously tempted to award the Octomore the Gold Medal, but I realised that other drams had set me on a learning curve about Malting and Mashing and Kilning. I only learned a small aspect of the malting of Octomore from this dram. So this is why, even though these drams are absofriginglutaly amazing, they did not win gold.

SILVER “MEDAL”

 

The Silver “Medal” goes to the Bruichladdich LaddieMP5 Micro provenance tasting pack. This tasting pack wins silver because of the information that I got from the LaddieMP5 online tasting. Please take a moment to see the blog I posted about it here.

I wanted to thank Adam Hannett for answering the question I asked . The question being: Is there a relationship between ABV and speed of Alcohol – Wood interaction?

It was explained to me by Adam Hannett. You can see the question and answer in the video below.

Please take the time to watch the stream yourself and listen to all the know-how that is being given by Adam and Allan.

The combination of taste, fun and education almost ended up in a Gold Medal for these drams. But again, the learning about Malting, Mashing and Kilning had not started with these drams. Even though I learned tons and the Cask #0005 in this laddieMP5 is the BEST tasting whisky of 2017 for me, other drams won the gold. I means the LaddieMP5 Micro Provenance wins Silver!

 

GOLD “MEDAL”

So now for the Gold “Medal”. I have spend hours upon hours watching online University of Oklahoma “Chemisty of Beer” video Course. Next to this I also took an online training given by the institute of brewing and distilling. Why did I take these Trainings? Because I became interested in USA Single Malt Whiskey last year as I was drinking Corsair Artisan Whiskies. Four of the Corsair Drams did content in this years Nerd Awards, but the Combination if Peat and Sherry influences on my learning made the Westland Distillery Single Malt Tasting Pack stand out head over heals on the learning criteria. So I wanted to learn how these guys Malt and Mash their Barley. This is what sparked a learning streak like no other this year.

What did actually help this dram to become this years winner was also the top points in the efforts made by the Westland Distillery to bride me. Which they did with a goody box filled with a Cap, an inmate made prison shirt, loads of information and, here it comes, a NEW FLAVOUR WHEEL!! LIKE OMG!!! That is sparking like (I add “like” here intentionally, which you should read in an LA style beach dude accent) all the right buttons on the GEEK level. I can learn SOO frigging much from this Flavour Wheel alone that I will spend years blogging about it. (probably). Years of learning is like THE BEST BRIBE! Anyways, together with the fun I had to get my hands on it from halfway across the nation, the interaction with Chris from Westland, me joining the American Single Malt Whiskey Society and not to forget the taste experience of these drams make the Westland Distillery Tasting Pack the 2017 iLaddie Whisky Nerd Gold Medal winner!

 

 

Honourable mention

The dram that blew me away this year is most certainly the Octomore Master Class 08.3. It made “Fourth” place and is holding up it’s own between all the big educational drams of 2017. Why? Because the Octomore 08.3 set me out to learn about the Tannins in Whisky! This is helping me understand why there is colour in whisky and why some whisky tasted dry as a bone.

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The scores for 2017

It wouldn’t be a contest if the winners were not transparent. Feel free to brows the point given for

Brand Name

Learn

Fun

Bribe

Taste

Total

Westland Sherry Wood – Core Range Collection Gift Set

10

8

10

8

200

Westland Peated – Core Range Collection Gift Set

10

8

10

8

200

Westland American Oak – Core Range Collection Gift Set

10

8

10

8

200

Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005

9

9

5

10

195

Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2003

9

9

5

9

190

Octomore Masterclass_08.3 / 309 PPM

8

9

5

9

180

Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005

8

9

5

9

180

Port Charlotte #LADDIEMP5 – 2005

8

9

5

9

180

Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2010

8

8

5

9

175

Octomore #LADDIEMP6 – 2010

8

8

5

9

175

Highland Park New Make Spirit Drink

9

10

5

5

175

Corsair Artisan Distillery Triple Smoke

7

8

5

9

165

Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2004

7

8

5

8

160

Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2008

7

8

5

8

160

Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP7 – 2011

7

8

5

8

160

Corsair Artisan Distillery Ryemageddon

5

9

5

8

145

Corsair Artisan Distillery Old Punk

6

8

5

7

145

Corsair Artisan Distillery Oatrage

6

8

5

7

145

Highland Park Magnus

7

6

5

7

145

Highland Park Full Volume

7

6

5

7

145

Glendronach 15-year-old Revival

6

7

0

8

135

Highland Park 12-year-old

6

6

5

7

135

Glendronach 18-year-old Allardice

6

6

0

9

135

Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

5

7

5

8

135

Octomore OBA Concept OBA/C_0.1

5

7

5

8

135

Highland Park Fire Edition

4

8

5

8

130

Laphroaig 10-year-old

5

5

5

9

130

Glendronach 12-year-old Original

6

6

0

7

125

Port Charlotte 10-year-old

5

6

0

9

125

Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten

5

6

0

9

125

Bruichladdich 2001, Resurrection Dram

4

7

5

8

125

Ardbeg Ten

5

5

0

9

120

Jameson The Distiller’s Safe

4

8

0

7

115

Talisker Storm

4

6

0

8

110

Talisker Skye

4

6

0

7

105

Laphroaig Cairdeas – 15-year-old

3

7

0

8

105

Scapa Skiren

3

6

0

8

100

Islay Christmas Edition CWC

2

6

0

9

95

Tomatin Legacy

3

5

0

7

90

Tomintoul Peaty Tang

3

4

0

7

85

Bruichladdich 2006

5

8

50

Bruichladdich Peat

7

0

35

 

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