The World Whiskies Awards is the most prestigious yardstick by which the beloved brown spirit is measured. Each year, the list of nominations (and subsequent trophies for first place) has the ability to ensure a boutique distillery puts its name on the map (and simultaneously runs out of stock), or to remind imbibers the world over why they love their old favourites in the first place.\r\n\r\nThis year's results show a balance between big-name distilleries and blenders, and smaller producers looking to make a name for themselves. Names like Johnnie Walker are ubiquitous; they've earner their stripes and continue to sell great whiskies, worthy of their place on the top shelf. Lesser-known labels like 1792 and Ichiro's have come up from the rear to surprise larger producers, by taking out top spot in their respective categories, despite their lower production levels (and, in some cases, cheaper price tag).\r\n\r\nThere's also a diverse cross-section of countries and whisk(e)y producing regions, showing that Scotland, Ireland and Kentucky aren't the only two places who know their way around an oak barrel anymore. Japanese whisky continues to feature heavily, which is no surprise, and several different distilleries from the greater USA (i.e. not just Tennessee or Kentucky) have been included, which shows how much boutique distilling has taken off.\r\n\r\nAustralia got a firm nod from the seventeen judges once again, with Tasmania's lauded Sullivans Cove distillery taking out the number one position for World's Best Single Cask Single Malt. The Cambridge-based boutique distillers also won Best Australian Single Malt with their Double Cask expression.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nFull list of winners below:\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Blended: Johnnie Walker Gold Label -\u00a0Scotland\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Blended Limited Release:\u00a0 Ichiro's Malt & Grain Limited Release -\u00a0Japan\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Blended Malt: Taketsuru 17 Years Old -\u00a0Japan\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Bourbon: 1792 -\u00a0Kentucky, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Canadian Blended: J.P. Wiser's Dissertation - Canada\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Corn: Balcones "True Blue" 100 Proof -\u00a0Texas, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Flavoured Whisky: Heritage Distilling Co. Brown Sugar Bourbon -\u00a0Washington, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Grain: Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky -\u00a0South Africa\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Pot Still: Ransom "The Emerald" -\u00a0Oregon, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Rye: 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished -\u00a0Colorado, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Single Cask Single Malt: Sullivans Cove\u00a0American Oak Single Cask HH0351 -\u00a0Australia\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Single Malt: Hakushu 25 Years Old -\u00a0Japan\r\n\r\nWorld's Best Wheat: Bainbridge Battle Point -\u00a0Washington, USA\r\n\r\nWorld's Best White Dog: St Kilian Distillers White Dog -\u00a0Germany\r\nWorld Whiskies Awards\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter,\u00a0Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.