2022 Global Spirits Masters Judging
The Global Spirits Masters (GSM) has just released the winners of its judging of World Whiskeys in 2022. 12 Whiskeys won a coveted master prize in this year’s competition. Forty-four whiskeys from around the world won gold medals.
The results highlight several important new trends: the rise of Australian whiskey producers to world-class status and the emergence of English whiskey as a significant new competitor.
Melita Kiely, editor-in-chief of Spirit activity and Chairman of the Global Spirits Masters Tastings, noted:
What’s really exciting about whiskeys from outside traditional production regions is that there’s so much experimentation. My fellow judges and I noted how great it was to see so many producers pursuing their unique whiskey styles and not relying on replicating more established whiskey styles.
The caliber of starters was exceptionally high – whether you are new to whiskey or a long time fan and looking for something different; These Master Medals are definitely the starting point. »
Judges are chosen from journalists, retail buyers, bartenders and educators. The competition awards gold and silver medals – the best minds being designated as masters. The spirit with the highest score in each category is chosen as the taste master.
This year, four different panels of whiskey experts evaluated a wide range of whiskeys from around the world to narrow the field down to the best twelve.
The highest ranked whiskey in the world, winning both Master and Taste Master, was Starward Tawny #2.
Starward is an Australian whiskey producer based in Melbourne. The distillery was chosen the most awarded distillery in the world at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It continues its scorching medal streak with an additional Master Medal for its Starward Ginger Beer Cask #7.
Neither Tawny #2 nor Ginger Beer Cask #7 is available in the US, but both are available from UK mail order companies.
Another Australian winner was Distilling lark, cask resistance in Chinotto II cask. Chinotto is an Italian soft drink with a slightly sour-sweet taste. It is produced from the fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree. Lark takes a peated Australian whiskey and marries it with a Chinotto cola to produce his Chinotto Cask II whisky.
Another perennial medalist also won a Master Award, Taiwan’s Kavalan Distillery. He won for his Concercôture Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whiskey.
Surprisingly, English whiskey producers were the big winners in the 2022 Global Spirits Masters World Whiskey Competition, winning six Master prizes. The Cotswolds distillery has won Masters awards for its Platinum Jubilee 1952 Cask Whiskey and his heart & Crafts Rum Cask Single Malt Whisky.
Note that the Platinum Jubilee cask was filled in 2016 and was aged in an old red wine cask which was shaved, re-toasted and then charred. The reference to 1952 is the cask number, not its distillation date.
The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery was also a double winner, winning Masters Awards for its Filey Bay Special Release Double Oak #1 -Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky. I also won a Master Award for his Filey Bay Peated Finish Batch #2 – Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky.
Rounding out the list of awards for producers of English whiskey were Samuel Gulliver & Company, Gulliver’s 47 English Single Malt Whiskey Bourbon Cask and White Peak Distillery, Whiskey Small Batch Whiskey.
Gebr. J&M Ziegler, Freud’s Distillers Cut was Germany’s only Master Award winner. Gebr is a food company headquartered in Baden-Württemberg.
South Africa has also become a hotspot for whiskey production and its producers are winning more and more prizes in international competitions. Distell, three millennial 21-year-old whiskey ships was the winner of the Master Award from South Africa.
The Global Spirits Masters 2022 judging of the world’s whiskeys reaffirmed Australian whiskey’s status as a home of quality whiskey production. He also pointed to the generally unnoticed emergence of English distillers as world-class whiskey producers.
Most of these whiskeys are reasonably priced. Many are already available in the United States. However, you probably haven’t heard of, let alone tasted, many of these whiskies. All the more reason to expand your whiskey bar with this collection of the world’s top rated whiskies.
Here is a full list of the World Whiskey Medalists at the 2022 Global Spirits Masters.