Whisky Boys – Best of 2012

It is that time of year again when The Whisky Boys list some of their favourite drams and events from the past year, so here are “The Best of 2012” shortlists and our winners.

Best Scotch Single Malt Whisky of 2012

best-single-scotch-malt-whisky-2012Shortlist – A few of the best drams from 2012

Talisker 25 Year Old
BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
Dalmore Cromartie
The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old
Aberlour A’Bunadh
The Balvenie Signature 12 Years Old

and the WINNER IS: The GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old


Best Blended Scotch Whisky of 2012best-blended-scotch-whisky-2012

Shortlist – A few of the best drams from 2012

Black Grouse – Alpha Edition
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Naked Grouse.
Whyte & Mackay – 13
Ballantine’s Finest

and the WINNER IS: Johnnie Walker Double Black


Best Non-Scotch Single Malt Whisky of 2012
Shortlist – A few of the best drams from 2012

Connemara Peated
Locke’s 8 Year Old
Hibiki 12 Year Old
Yamazaki 18 Year Old

and the WINNER IS:  Locke’s 8 Year Old

Best Non-Scotch Blended Whisky of 2012
Shortlist – A few of the best drams from 2012

Nikka Black 8 Year Old
Tullamore Dew

and the WINNER IS:  Nikki Black 8 Year Old

Best High Street Whisky Shop of 2012


The Good Spirit Company
The Green Welly Stop
Royal Mile Whiskies
The Whisky Shop

and the WINNER IS: The Good Spirit Company

Best Distillery of the Year of 2012



and the WINNER IS:  Knockdhu

Best Whisky Bar of 2012


The Pot Still
SMWS Queen Street
Bon Accord
Port Charlotte Hotel
Salon Bar @ Blytheswood Hotel

and the WINNER IS: Port Charlotte Hotel


Best Whisky Festival of 2012whisky-festival-of-2012


The Glasgow Whisky Festival
The Whisky Lounge
The Whisky Exchange Show
The Whisky Stramash

and the WINNER IS: The Glasgow Whisky Festival

Best Whisky Auction of 2012


Scotch Whisky Auctions Glasgow
Mulberry Bank Auctions

and the WINNER IS: Scotch Whisky Auctions Glasgow

Best Independent Bottler of 2012


Douglas Laing
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Gordon & MacPhail
Duncan Taylor

and the WINNER IS: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Whisky Man of the Year – and the WINNER IS: John Lamond, and thanks for putting up with Nicola and Lee for the Beginner and Advanced Whisky Certificate Courses in 2012.




whisky-woman-of-the-year-2012Whisky Woman of the Year – and the WINNER IS: Rachel Barrie, thanks for some excellent whisky tastings and chats over 2012, hope to enjoy even more of your whisky wisdom and unrivaled enthusiasm over the next 12 months.




The Whisky Boys are looking forward to a full 2013, if it is as good as 2012 then what a Whisky year we have ahead of us.



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3 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed the Whyte & Mackay 13 this year as well. So very smooth, and loved the way the flavors all melded together. Great pick.

  2. WHSKY LVR says:

    Totally agree with you on the Aberlour A’Bunadh, that stuff is soooo good!

    I also agree with The Pot Still as an amazing bar. I had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with some locals over some incredible whisky at that place when I visited Edinburgh a few years back. In the States it’s hard to imagine a bar that runs all the way to the ceiling loaded with some of the finest Scotches available (I think Jack Rose Saloon in D.C. is the closest I’ve seen here).

  3. WHSKY LVR says:

    Sorry, when I visited Glasgow…not Edinburgh!


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