This years nominees for the international, global, iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards 2018 are:

Brand Name Bottling Stated Age Strength
Ardbeg An Oa 46,6
Ardbeg Grooves 46
Balblair 12-year-old GM Discovery 12 43
Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP4 – 2005 Micro-Provenance Series 11 59
Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP4 – 2006 Micro-Provenance Series 10 58
Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP4 – 2008 Micro-Provenance Series 8 58
Bruichladdich 2002 Cl The Single Cask 16 61,2
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley The Classic Laddie 50
Caol Ila 13-year-old GM Discovery 13 43
Clynelish 14-year-old 14 46
Clynelish 1995 SV Cask Strength Collection 20 53,6
Clynelish 1995 SV Cask Strength Collection 21 55,7
Corsair Artisan Distillery Hydra 42
Corsair Artisan Distillery Wildfire – Hickory Smoked Barley 50
Crown Royal Fine De Luxe – Blended Canadian Whisky 40
Deanston 12-year-old 12 46,3
Dumbarton 1986 Cl The Single Cask 32 57,1
Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve 1797 48
Glenfarclas Passion The Legend of Speyside 46
Highland Park 14-year-old Loyalty of the Wolf 14 42,3
Highland Park 14-year-old Loyalty of the Wolf 14 42,3
Highland Park 16-year-old Wings of the Eagle 16 44,5
Highland Park 16-year-old Wings of the Eagle 16 44,5
Highland Park 17-year-old The Light 17 52,9
Highland Park 17-year-old The Dark 17 52,9
Highland Park 18-year-old Viking Pride – Travel Edition 18 46
Highland Park Spirit of the Bear 40
Highland Park Spirit of the Bear 40
Isle of Jura 10-year-old 10 40
Isle of Jura 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 44
Isle of Jura Journey 40
Isle of Jura Seven Wood 42
Jim Beam Double Oak 43
Lagavulin 08-year-old Limited Edition – 200th Anniversary 8 48
Ledaig 2008 Cl The Single Cask 10 54,3
Miltonduff 10-year-old GM Discovery 10 43
Octomore Edition 09.3 διάλογος / 133 5 62,9
Octomore Masterclass_08.4 / 170 PPM Virgin Oak 8 58,7
Port Charlotte 10-year-old Heavily Peated 10 50
Port Charlotte 2001 – The Heretic Feis Ile 2018 55,9
Port Charlotte 2011 Islay Barley 50
Port Charlotte MRC:01 7 59,2
Shelter Point 2011 5 46
Shelter Point Distiller’s Select – Cask Strength 58,4
Springbank 1996 Cl The Single Cask 22 55
Talisker 10-year-old 10 45,8
Talisker 2003 The Distillers Edition 45,8
Talisker 57° North 57
Teaninich 1999 Cl 19 53
The Oamaruvian 16-year-old NZWC Cask Strength – Doublewood 16 57,7
Tormore 13-year-old GM Discovery 13 43
Yamazakura 963 – 21-year-old Fine Blended Whisky 21 58

Just like in 2016 and 2017 I will be awarding awards for the most Nerdy Whisky of 2018.

Who will win these prestigious awards in 2018?

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.

Which whisky’s will I choose between?

  • All the whisky, whiskey, bourbon, rye, millet, wheat and blended whisky I bought / got in 2018.
  • All the whisky, whiskey, bourbon, rye, millet, wheat and blended whisky I bought / got in 2017, but did not open yet. These are:
    • n.a.

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 Weight-Factors
  • 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 [WF] given to the criteria are:

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

When will the Awards be presented?

As soon as 2018 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 2019 or late 2018.

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