Melbourne International Spirits Awards November 2020 JQWS

2020 Melbourne International Spirits Competition. The 7th Annual Melbourne International Spirits Competition featured over 200 spirits submitted from over 10 countries. The trade-buyer judges were excited by the quality as well as the diversity of the spirits submitted. JQWS won a total of 9 awards from 10 submitted! Outstanding result!

2020 JQWS Events ( Between the midst of Cv19) QLD was open!

2020 Exclusive Whisky Awards Wins!!

The WWA 2020 Gold Highlights in Japanese Whisky

World's Best Single Malt

 

WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT
Best Japanese Single Malt
The Hakushu
Single Malt 25 Years Old
JAPAN

 

The Hakushu

 

Single Malt 25 Years Old

TASTING NOTE:
Fresh wood and green apple make for a fresh, summery whisky with a pleasant lightness and complexity leading to a sophisticated aftertaste. Elegant and clean throughout.

ABV:
43.00%Category:
Single Malt Country:
JapanStyle:
21 Years & Over

 

 

Category Winner

 

Best Japanese Blended
CATEGORY WINNER
NAS Blend
Suntory Whisky Hibiki Choice
JAPAN Whisky

 

Hibiki Blenders Choice

Tasting Notes: The nose first brings summer fruit and some floral notes, along with a hint of spice. On the palate sherried notes of dried fruit, vanilla, and a subtle touch of red wine makes for a well-rounded, delicate experience. The finish lingers long for an NAS whisky. An overall great addition to the Hibiki range. If only more people were opening these instead of only collecting them!

Credit: Forbes.

 

ABV:
43.00%
Category: Blended
Country: Japan
Style: No Age Statement

 

 

Category Winner

 


Best Japanese Blended

CATEGORY WINNER
21 Years & Over
Suntory Whisky Hibiki
21 Years Old

JAPAN

“Superb complexity, slightly astringency but not in a bad way. Light and aromatic with hints of roasted green tea and ripened fruit.”

 

Suntory Hibiki Whisky

 

21 Years Old

 

TASTING NOTE:
“Superb complexity, slightly astringency but not in a bad way. Light and aromatic with hints of roasted green tea and ripened fruit.’

 

ABV: 43.00%
Category: Blended
Country: Japan
21 Years & Over

 

 

Best Japanese Blended Limited Release

 


 


 


Best Japanese Blended Limited Release

CATEGORY WINNER
No Age Statement
Ichiro’s Malt & Grain
Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020

JAPAN

 

Ichiro’s Malt & Grain

 

Japanese Blended Whisky Limited Edition 2020

TASTING NOTE:
“Rich with slight hints of sulphur. A burst of fresh mint is mixed with slightly peaty notes. A powerful dram”

ABV: 48.50%
Category: Blended Limited Release
Country: Japan
Style:No Age Statement

 

 

Best Japanese Blended Malt


 

Best Japanese Blended Malt
CATEGORY WINNER
No Age Statement
Amahagan
World Malt Edition No. 3 Mizunara Wood Finish

JAPAN

“At first this seems a little onedimensional, but under the surface there is complexity within it. A slight influence of sulphur, with notes of miso”

 

Amahagan

 

World Malt Edition No. 3 Mizunara Wood Finish

TASTING NOTE:
“At first this seems a little onedimensional, but under the surface there is complexity within it. A slight influence of sulphur, with notes of miso”

ABV: 47.00%
Category: Blended Malt
Country: Japan
Style: No Age Statement

 

 

Category Winner

 

Best Japanese Blended Malt 12 years and under
CATEGORY WINNER
Age Statement
Shinobu
Pure Malt Whisky 10 Years Old

JAPAN

 

Shinobu

 

Pure Malt Whisky 10 Years Old

ABV: 43.00%
Category: Blended Malt
Country: Japan
Style: 12 Years & Under

TASTING NOTE:

‘Maltose, a little bit tones of fruits citrus, Mizunara oak, coffee beans.Woody, back to sweet aftertaste of maltose.’

 

 

Category Winner

 

Best Japanese Pure Malt 20 years and under
CATEGORY WINNER
Age Statement
Shinobu
Pure Malt Whisky 15 Years Old

JAPAN

 

Pure Malt Whisky 15 Years Old

ABV: 43.00%
Category: Blended Malt
Country: Japan
Style: 13 to 20 Years

TASTING NOTE:

Deep wood aroma, offers rich maltose, honey nectar, hints of blueberry, deep tones of the Mizunara oak plays on the pallet, whilst also offering hints of milk coffee.Subtle lifted oily, ripe fruit, lemon peel, leather, cinnamon, ginger. Finished with a hint of sweet malt with aromas of wooden barrels and a touch of fruity flavor.

 

 

Chichibu Distillery

Chichibu Distillery

Chichibu Distillery is Japan’s newest distillery established in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, around 100km north-west of Tokyo.  Opened in 2008 by Ichiro Akuto, Chichibu Distillery

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