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World Whisky Day: Best Whiskies of 2017

If ever there was an excuse to enjoy a dram of your favourite golden drop this weekend, then the fact that Saturday is World Whisky Day is all you need.

In fact, if you fancy treating yourself to a brand new bottle, then we've brought to you a list of the whiskies voted the world's best in 2017, revealed at the World Whiskies Awards last month. Whether you enjoy a blended malt, knock back the bourbon or resolutely stick to Scotch, we've got all palettes covered below...

World's Best Grain

The Fuji-Gotemba Distillery
Single Grain 25 Years Old Small Batch
The Japanese have been making a name for themselves on the world whiskey stage for some years now, and the Fuji-Gotemba distillery was founded only in 1972, which makes its rise to the top all the more extraordinary. Located in the highlands of Gotemba city at the foot of Mount Fuji, the cool climate makes it perfect for maturing whiskies.
Cost: £500+

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon

John J. Bowman
Single Barrel Bourbon

World's Best Bourbon

John J. Bowman
Single Barrel Bourbon

John J. Bowman was among the first American pioneers to settle in Kentucky, and this New Orleans bourbon celebrates the man who went on to become the first military commanders and governer of Kentucky. With notes of caramel, leather, figs and almonds.
Cost: £70

World's Best Blended Malt

Johnnie Walker
Green Label

Old Mr Walker needs no introduction, the Kilmarnock greengrocer and his "Keep Walking" slogan still going strong after nearly 200 years. Its Green Label whisky is crafted from a palette of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts and matured for at least 15 years.
Cost: £45

Venture Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017

Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017

World's Best Single Cask Single Malt

Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017

The Chichibu distillery, located in the city of Chichibu right in the centre of  Japan, has only 9 full-time employees which leaves them unable to accept guest tours. To add to the mystique, this bottle is a limited-edition made for this year’s Chichibu whisky festival, making it incredibly tough to get your hands on one.
Cost: £1,500+

World's Best Blended

Hibiki 21 Years Old
Another hard one to find (even in Japan), the Suntory Hibiki boasts a glittering trophy cabinet, having been named the world's best blended five times in the last seven years. The brand owes a lot of its global recognition to Bill Murray's endorsement in the 2003 film Lost in Translation, when he uttered the word "for relaxing times, make it Suntory time."
Cost: £400+

Craigellachie 31 Years Old

31 Years Old

World's Best Single Malt

31 Years Old
Scotch whisky will always have one thing over its global rivals - history. Take this year’s single malt winner Craigelleachie, whose distillery was built way back in 1891 in Banffshire, Speyside, near the rivers of Spey and Fiddich. Their smooth, rich and smokey 31-year-old was launched in 2016.
Cost: £800+

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