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The Year in Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 8, 2012

This was a great year for the Rum Howler with respect to Whisky. I was able to help in a small way with the success of the 3nd Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival; I was selected to be on the North American Panel of Spirit Writers who judged the Canadian Whisky Awards; and I was able to almost double the number of Whisky reviews on my website this year. The result of all of this activity is that the year 2012 saw me taste and score more whisky than ever before. This means that my 2012 Rum Howler Awards for Whisky are better than ever.

All of my whisky awards are based upon side by side tastings of the various spirits which are in competition for each particular award. Just as it is with my other Rum Howler Awards, all of the samples which I receive for review in a given year are automatically considered for the awards. I do my review, and then I set aside the remainder of the spirit for the end of the year judging. I also receive additional industry samples specifically for these awards.

And so without further ado, it is time for me to reveal the recipients of my 2012 Rum Howler Awards for Excellence in the Production of Whisky. These Awards are for the best Whisky Spirits I encountered in the year 2012, here is the link:

The 2012 Rum Howler Awards – The Year in Whisky


2 Responses to “The Year in Whisky”

  1. Harvey Levitt said

    I enjoy following your site and receiving updates. One suggestion, if possible, it would be helpful if you stated the general price of the beverages you review. A 90 on $100 plus beverage is not noteworthy, but a 90 on a $20 beverage might be quite noteworthy. It doesn’t have to be precise and you could have many disclaimer,
    but a general price range would be helpful (just make clear it is Canadian or American dollars. Just a thought- keep up the good work.

    • I feel the only fair way to present each whisky in a review is independent of price. This is especially true when I have as many readers in the State of Florida as I do in the Province of Alberta, and as many in Europe as I have in Canada. The same whisky that is 20 bucks in Canada can be 60 bucks in parts of the the US and even more in Europe. It works in reverse too as bourbon and other whiskies made in the US are much cheaper there than here and in Europe. Even locally prices vary considerably from location to location. As a result, any price I quote is going to be highly misleading to most of my readership.

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