India has reinforced its reputation for great New World whisky, with the highest concentration of gold medals than anywhere else in the world in this year’s Wizards of Whisky.
Paul John and Amrut scored a total of five gold medals and two silvers as the two rival distilleries went head to head in one of the highest scoring battles in this year’s awards.
And in a sense honours were even, with John Distillery winning the Asian Distiller of the Year for the second time, and Amrut winning Asian whisky of the Year for its highly exciting and innovative new whisky, Spectrum.
Paul John took three gold medals and two silver medals, with its latest release Bold giving Amrut’s whiskies a run for their money, while the company’s cask strength version of its Peated whisky and Classic, were also in the top category.
Amrut entered less whiskies but scored impressively with Spectrum and Naarangi. Both whiskies show Amrut’s incredible way of innovating. Naarangi is whisky matured in a cask which had previously held sherry and oranges, and is as fruity as it sounds.
But Spectrum is something else again: a highly sophisticated, complex and tasty whisky that has been matured in first ex-bourbon casks and then casks made up of no less than FIVE different oaks – new American oak, new French oak, new Spanish oak, ex Pedro Ximinez sherry and ex Oloroso sherry.
Now both distilleries will represent Asia when the World Distiller of the Year and World Single Malt Whisky of the Year as well as the World Other Grain Whisky are announced on Friday
The full results for The Wizards of Whisky Asian Distiller of the Year 2016 are:
Asian Distiller of the Year: John Distilleries, India
Asian Single Malt Whisky of the Year: Amrut Spectrum, India
Paul John Bold
Paul John Peated Cask Strength
Paul John Classic Cask Strength
Paul John Edited
Paul John Brilliance