The World’s Drinks Awards 2017 were presented on Thursday, 30 March 2017 by Felicity Murray, editor and founder of TheDrinksReport.com, and Richard Watling, master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, at the Waldorf Hilton, London.
Selected by an international panel of experts over three rounds of judging, Murray says: "The judges of both the Taste and Design categories were extremely discerning. All those who have won an award can be justifiably proud."
World Drinks Awards:
TASTE sponsored by Glencairn Crystal
World's Best Armagnac Castarède XO 20 Years Old
World's Best Brandy Oude Meester Demant
World's Best Calvados Christian Drouin Calvados Pays d'Âuge
World's Best Cognac Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra
World's Best Gin Hernö Old Tom
World's Best Grappa Acquavite di Vinaccia Bacco per Venere
World's Best Liqueur Olañeta Licor de Café
World's Best Rum St Vincent Distillers Mutineers Gold XO Special Reserve Rum
World's Best Premix The Handmade Cocktail Company The Manhattan Cocktail
World's Best Tequila Serpiente Tequila Añejo
World's Best Vodka Nemiroff Premium De Luxe
World's Best Blended Whisky Suntory Hibiki 21 Years Old
World's Best Blended Limited Release J P Wiser's Dissertation
World's Best Blended Malt Johnnie Walker Green Label
World's Best Bourbon John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon
World's Best Canadian Blended Gooderham and Worts Four Grain
World's Best Corn Ironroot Republic Hubris Corn Whiskey
World's Best Flavoured J P Wiser's Hopped Whisky
World's Best Grain The Fuji-Gotemba Distillery Single Grain 25 Years Old Small Batch
World's Best Rye A D Laws Secale Straight Rye Bottled In Bond
World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Venture Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017
World's Best Single Malt Craigellachie 31 Years Old
World's Best Single Pot Still Redbreast 21 Years Old
World's Best Wheat Bainbridge Battle Point
World's Best Design Agency JDO (see image at top of page)
World's Best Armagnac Design Sempé Extra Grande-Réserve
World's Best Relauch/Redesign Chabot 20 Years Old
World's Best Gin Design Boomsma Dry Gin
Best Design Effectiveness Hanami Dry Gin
Best Ultra Premium Slingsby Artisan London Dry Gin
Best Limited Edition Ableforth's Bathtub Explorer's Edition
Best New Launch Boomsma Dry Gin
Best On Trade X-Gin
Best Premium Salcombe Gin Start Point
Best Standard Koval Barreled Gin
Technical Excellence Salcombe Gin Start Point
Best Duty Free Koval Barreled Gin
World's Best Grappa Design Gra'it Vera Grappa Italiana
World's Best Liqueur Design British Cassis
Best Ableforth's Bathtub Gin Sloe Gin
Best Duty Free British Cassis
Best Premium Drambuie
Best Relaunch/Redesign Drambuie
Best Standard British Cassis
Technical Excellence British Cassis
Best Ultra-Premium Ableforth's Bathtub Sloe Gin
World's Best Rum Design West Indies Rum & Cane
Best Relaunch/Redesign Agnostura 1824
Best Premium West Indies Rum & Cane
Best Duty Free West Indies Rum & Cane
Design Effectiveness Pirate's Grog Rum
Best New Launch West Indies Rum & Cane
World's Best Tequila Design Lokita Silver
Design Effectiveness Serpiente Tequila Añejo
Best Standard Lokita Silver
Best New Launch Lokita Silver
World's Best Vodka Design Stolichnaya Ushuaia Elit
Best Standard New Amsterdam Vodka
Best Duty Free Stolichnaya Ushuaia Elit
Best New Launch Collesi Vodka
Best Ultra Premium Stolichnaya Ushuaia Elit
Best On-Trade Stolichnaya Ushuaia Elit
Technical Excellence Canada One Artisan Vodka
World's Best Whiskies Design Highland Park King Christian I
"A stunning design, simple yet luxurious. Great combination of primary and secondary design. A superbly crafted and characterful presentation case. The bottle itself is beautifully designed with great attention to detail. The pear drop shoape sitting in a spiral stand certainly adds a unique element to this very special release from Highland Park."
World's Best Whisky Design Agency Stranger & Stranger
"This design agency consistently produces eye-catching, story-telling and highly detailed illustrative work on cartons and labels across a huge range of different whisky expressions, making each unique in its message and style."
Best Design Effectiveness Wiggly Bridge Distillery Small Barrel Bourbon
"A fresh, contemporary deisng incorporating classic elements."
Best Duty Free Design Highland Park King Christian I
"This superbly crafted and totally unique presentation case and bottle design is perfect for the luxury Travel Retail market. A stunning design, simple yet luxurious."
Best Limited Edition Design Highland Park King Christian I
"The beautiful pear-shaped bottle, poised in a spiral coil and set in a luxurious cabinet is truly unique. Stunning casing with a simple yet luxurious design."
Best New Launch Design Catcher's Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
"An outstanding 360 degree design with every element carefully considered. Huge complexity in label application. A lot going on, but working well together."
Best On-trade Design Catcher's Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
Best Premium Design Glenfiddich Experimental Series Project XX
"Very elegant design incorporating the traditional Glenfiddich bottle shape."
Best Relaunch/Redesign Lark Distillery Classic Cask
"A refreshing transformation in design, giving the impression of a bigger brand. Lovely graphics on the label, complete with the outer packaging for the unusial shape bottle."
Best Standard Design Van Brunt Stillhouse Bourbon
"A little bottle that stands out! Quite a quirky brand personality with a simple confident design, that communicates craft."
Best Technical Excellence Design Hombo Komagatake 1986 Sherry Cask
"Feminine with finely detailed illustration and pattern combining raised gloss print areas along with matt and pearlescent finishes. This is encased in a softly padded and neatly printed lightweight wooden case, tied with braid. Pretty and delicate."
Best Ultra-Premium Design Craigellachie 31 Years Old
"A very elegant, fantastic design with the wooden outer packaging and manual lock. Together with the heavy, classic glass bottle, a well-designed package."
11 April 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor
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