- Single Cask Single Malt: Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry ($120)
- Single Pot Still: Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton (Ireland, $60)
- Bourbon Whiskey: Abraham Bowman (Virginia, $86)
- Corn Whiskey: Balcones True Blue 100 (100 proof, from Texas, $90)
- Flavored Whiskey: Knob Creek Smoked Maple Whiskey (Kentucky, $30)
- Rye Whiskey: Pikesville (Kentucky, 110 proof, $38)
- Design Award: Puni Alba Italian Malt Whisky (also known as whiskey, First Year sold, $60-$170)
You'd never guess which country was #1 in 2015. TAIWAN, with their Kavalan Solist Voinho Barrique Single Cask Single Malt Whisky ($274). Or what about 2014? AUSTRALIA's (Tasmania) 12-year-old Sullivan Cove French Oak Cask Single Malt Whisky ($187, but can't be found). 2013? Back to Scotland, with their 1999 Ardberg Galileo ($254).
every state in the Union has at least two wineries--California has 2025), whiskies, and something close to "scotch," are now distilled the world over:
- Switzerland has 20 distilleries.
- Arctic Whiskey is produced in Norway, which has nine distilleries.
- India consumes about as much whiskey as the rest of the world. However, 90% of "whisky" produced in the country derives from molasses, and the quality ranges from rum to "true" single malt (right).
- Scotch can only come from Scotland.
- Single malts can come from anywhere on Planet Earth.
- There are also blended single malts like Johnny Walker.
So what is the #1 scotch in 2016? By volume sales, Officer's Choice Blue Label from India. By World Whiskies Awards annual selection, Old Pulteney from Scotland.