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SUMMER 2021            
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President
Terry Moore
Summerville, SC
tr_moore@bellsouth.net
(843) 297-6691
 
President Elect
Thomas Taylor
Summerville, SC
rebelslt@gmail.com
(540) 377-6865
 
Treasurer/Secretary
Jaime Moore
Summerville, SC
Jaime_moore@bellsouth.net
(843) 408-5419
 
Member At Large
Ron Napier
Front Royal, VA
RonNapier@hotmail.com
(540) 636-1103

 
 
In May, the International Whisky Competition took place in Estes Park, Colorado and the results are in! We are devoting this issue to the Awards, Scores and Winners. Interestingly enough, we featured Kavalan Distillery in our Spring issue as we did a virtual tour of Taipei. Kavalan Distillery was named Distillery of the Year in this competition as they submitted a range of  whiskey expressions and 18 of those scored over 90 points. For more information, please visit their website at www.whiskycompetition.com for future event notices.

The International Whisky Competition® is the world’s most-followed whisky competition and reaches out to the whisky community on various social media channels and unique medals are designed to promote each of the winning whiskies. We launched in 2010 for whisky consumers, distillers, and people behind the scene making whiskies. The mission was to create a true competition by offering only 3 medals per category, just like in the Olympics or any other real competition.  Our goal is to bring the best whiskies from around the world to be tasted and rated by our professional tasting panel. Unlike other competitions,  since 2015, our judges are presented with one whisky at a time, to ensure each whisky gets the proper attention. In-depth notes are taken at every step for review ultimately to be compiled by the tasting panel committee.  Unique medals! Only 3 medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze) per category. Just like in the Olympics, we believe not everyone can be a winner nor should.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2021

The Competition took place from May 12-16th in the beautiful town of Estes Park, Colorado. A professional tasting panel made of whisky, spirit, beer, and wine experts blind tasted each whisky individually. We scored each whisky using a comprehensive 100-point scale system. This unique process makes the International Whisky Competition one of the most professional competitions of its kind and the most followed whisky competition in the world.

Understanding the Scoring System
Judges were blind tasting, judging and scoring each whisky individually for 8 minutes based on the following four main segments and eleven sub sections:

•    Sight: Color (0 points), Visual Appeal (5 points)
•    Nose: Intensity and Complexity (15 points), Distinctiveness of Aromas (10 points), Balance of Aromas (10 points)
•    Taste/Mouth Feel: Palate and Balance (10 points), Alcohol, Body and Complexity (10 points), Distinctiveness of Flavours (10 points), Balance Between Flavours (10 points)
•    Finish: Length and Finish (10 points), Quality of Finish (10 points)

Unique Medals
We're one of the very few spirit competitions providing three medals for each category. Thus, each win is unique and not duplicated with generic awards of lesser value.
Note: We do not list whiskies that scored under 85 points unless requested by the competing distillery.

 

2021 INTERNATIONAL WHISKY COMPETITION® OFFICIAL RESULTS
TOP 15 WHISKIES


1st Place: Ardbeg Uigeadail – 95.9 Pts (Islay, Scotland)
2nd Place: Glenmorangie Vintage 1997 – 95.1 Pts (Highland, Scotland)
3rd Place: Dewar's Double Double 32 Year Old – 95 Pts (Scotland)
4th Place: Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky – 94.6 Pts (Taiwan)
5th Place: King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky – 94 Pts (Taiwan)
6th Place: Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark Private Selection: Recipe 2.   - 93.8 Pts (Kentucky, USA)
th Place: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
–    93.7 Pts (Taiwan)
8th Place: Dewar's Double Double 21 Year Old – 93.6 Pts (Scotland)
9th Place: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old (Batch 2) – 93.4 Pts (Islay, Scotland) 10th Place: Glenmorangie Signet – 93.1 Pts (Highland, Scotland)
11th Place: Kavalan Solist (Oloroso) Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
–    93 Pts (Taiwan)
12th Place: Kilchoman Machir Bay – 92.97 Pts (Islay, Scotland)
13th Place: Ardbeg An Oa – 92.87 Pts (Islay, Scotland)
14th Place: Aberlour A'Bundah – 92.73 Pts (Speyside, Scotland)

15th Place: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year Old - 92.67 Pts (Highland, Scotland)

Best Single Malt (All Categories, All Countries)
1st Place: Ardbeg Uigeadail – 95.9 Pts (Islay, Scotland)
2nd Place: Glenmorangie Vintage 1997 – 95.1 Pts (Highland, Scotland)
3rd Place: Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky – 94.6 Pts (Taiwan)
Best Blended Whisky  (All Categories, All Countries)
1st Place: Dewar’s Double Double 32 Year Old – 95 Pts (Scotland)
2nd Place: Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old – 93.6 Pts (Scotland)
3rd Place: Dewar’s Double Double 27 Year Old – 92.37 Pts (Scotland)

Best Peated Scotch
1st Place: Ardbeg Uigeadail – 95.9 Pts 
2nd Place: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old (Batch 2) – 93.4 Pts 3rd Place: Kilchoman Machir Bay – 92.97 Pts

Best Blended Scotch

1st Place: Dewar’s Double Double 32 Year Old – 95 Pts
2nd Place: Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old – 93.6 Pts
3rd Place: Dewar’s Double Double 27 Year Old – 92.37 Pts

Best New Scotch Release 2021
1st Place: Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Committee Release – 91.63 Pts 2nd Place: Dewar's Portuguese Smooth - 8 Year Old – 90.23 Pts 3rd Place: Ardbeg Scorch 2021 Limited Edition – 90.13 Pts

Best Blended Scotch 10 Year and Under
1st Place: Dewar's Portuguese Smooth - 8 Year Old – 90.23 Pts 2nd Place: Dewar's Japanese Smooth - 8 Year Old – 87.97 Pts 3rd Place: Dewar's Ilegal Smooth - 8 Year Old – 87.6 Pts  

Best Blended Scotch 12-15 Year Old
1st Place: Dewar’s 12 Year Old The Ancestor – 89.6 Pts
2nd Place: Dewar’s 15 Year Old The Monarch – 88.2 Pts
3rd Place: Imperial 12 Year Old Blended Scotch – 86.2 Pts

Best Blended Scotch 16-20 Year Old
1st Place: Dewar’s 18 Year Old The Vintage – 90.4 Pts
2nd Place: Chivas 18 Year Old – 88.3 Pts
Best Blended Scotch 21-24 Year Old
1st Place: Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old – 93.6 Pts

Best Blended Scotch 25 Year Old And Over
1st Place: Dewar’s Double Double 32 Year Old – 95 Pts 2nd Place: Dewar’s Double Double 27 Year Old – 92.37 Pts 3rd Place: Dewar’s 25 Year Old The Signature – 90.03 Pts

Best American Whiskey
1st Place: Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark Private Selection: Recipe 2. – 93.8 Pts
2nd Place: Weldon Mills Reserve – 92.1 Pts
3rd Place: Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon – 92.03 Pts

Best Bourbon Whiskey
1st Place: Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark Private Selection: Recipe 2. – 93.8 Pts
2nd Place: Weldon Mills Reserve – 92.1 Pts
3rd Place: Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon – 92.03 Pts

Best Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (Full Proof)
1st Place: Weldon Mills Reserve – 92.1 Pts
2nd Place: Old Hamer Cask Strength Bourbon – 92 Pts
3rd Place: 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 90.63 Pts

Best Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
1st Place: Old Weller Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey–    91.17 Pts
2nd Place: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey –  91.07 Pts
3rd Place: Old Hamer Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 90.63 Pts

Best Bottled in Bond Bourbon
1st Place: 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 88.4 Pts
2nd Place: Early Times Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 88.2 Pts
3rd Place: TX Bottled in Bond Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 85.43 Pts

Best American Rye Whiskey
1st Place: Old Overholt 114 Proof Straight Rye – 90 Pts
2nd Place: Old Overholt Straight Rye – 89.47 Pts
3rd Place: Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey – 88.63 Pts

Best Micro Distillery Whiskey (Under 150,000 Bottles)
1st Place: Weldon Mills Reserve – 92.1 Pts
2nd Place: Old Hamer Cask Strength Bourbon – 92 Pts
3rd Place: Sisterdale Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 89.6 Pts

Best American Single Malt
1st Place: Rogue Single Malt Cabernet Finish - 85.1 Pts
*Awards By U.S. States (Only for Whiskeys Scoring Over 85 Points)

Best Indiana Whiskey
1st Place: Old Hamer Cask Strength Bourbon – 92 Pts
2nd Place: Remus – 90.8 Pts 
3rd Place: Hugh Hamer Double Oaked 103 – 90.07 Pts

Best Kentucky Whiskey
1st Place: Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark Private Selection: Recipe 2.  – 93.8 Pts
2nd Place: Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon – 92.03 Pts
3rd Place: Thomas S. Moore Chardonnay Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 91.83 Pts

Best Tennessee Whiskey
1st Place: Uncle Nearest 1820 Premium Single Barrel Whiskey - US-21 – 91.07 Pts
2nd Place: Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition – 90.37 Pts
3rd Place: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey – 90.33 Pts

Best Texas Whiskey
1st Place: TX Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Tawny Port Casks – 90.17 Pts
2nd Place: Sisterdale Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 89.6 Pts
3rd Place: TX Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 88.37 Pts

Best Virginia Whiskey 
1st Place: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey  – 91.07 Pts
2nd Place: Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 89.2 Pts

Best Canadian Whisky 
1st Place: Alberta Premium Cask Strength – 90.67 Pts 2nd Place: Alberta Premium 20 Year Old – 89.8 Pts
3rd Place: Canadian Club 43 Year Old – 89.03 Pts

Best Canadian Blend
1st Place: Canadian Club 43 Year Old – 89.03 Pts
2nd Place: High River Canadian Whisky – 87.7 Pts
3rd Place: Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old – 87.43 Pts

Best Canadian Rye
1st Place: Alberta Premium Cask Strength – 90.67 Pts 2nd Place: Alberta Premium 20 Year Old – 89.8 Pts
3rd Place: Canadian Club 100% Rye –  87.83 Pts

Best Irish Whiskey
1st Place: Paddy Irish Whiskey – 88.53 Pts
2nd Place: Michael Collins Irish Whiskey – 88.27 Pts
3rd Place: Grace O'Malley Blended Irish Whiskey – 87.4 Pts

Best Japanese Whisky
1st Place: Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 18 Years – 91.77 Pts
2nd Place: Matsui Single Malt Whisky The Matsui Mizunara Cask – 91.17 Pts 3rd Place: The Kyoto Bourbon Barrel – 90.7 Pts

Best Japanese Whisky NAS (No Age Statement)
1st Place: Matsui Single Malt Whisky The Matsui Mizunara Cask – 91.17 Pts 2nd Place: The Kyoto Bourbon Barrel – 90.7 Pts
3rd Place: Matsui Blended Whisky The San-in Bourbon Barrel – 90.67 Pts

Best Blended Japanese Whisky
1st Place: The Kyoto Bourbon Barrel – 90.7 Pts
2nd Place: Matsui Blended Whisky The San-in Bourbon Barrel – 90.67 Pts 3rd Place: Matsui Blended Whisky The Tottori Bourbon Barrel – 89.63 Pts

Best Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
1st Place: Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 18 Years – 91.77 Pts
2nd Place: Matsui Single Malt Whisky The Matsui Mizunara Cask – 91.17 Pts 3rd Place: Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 12 Years – 90.67 Pts

Best Japanese Whisky 12 Year Old
1st Place: Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 12 Years – 90.67 Pts

Best Japanese Whisky 18 Year Old
1st Place: Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 18 Years – 91.77 Pts

Best World Whisky 
1st Place: Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky – 94.6 Pts 
2nd Place: Kavalan King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky – 94 Pts
3rd Place: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky – 93.7 Pts

Best Australian Whisky
1st Place: Morris Muscat Barrel Australian Single Malt Whisky – 90.3 Pts 2nd Place: Morris Signature Australian Single Malt Whisky – 89.17 Pts

Best Austrian Whisky
1st Place: GLATZL GOLD Haiminger BIO-Whiskey – 85.33 Pts

Best English Whisky
1st Place: Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky – 89.27 Pts
2nd Place: Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky – 88.2 Pts

Best Indian Whisky
1st Place: Mithuna by Paul John Indian Single Malts – 90.7 Pts
2nd Place: Paul John Nirvana Unpeated Indian Single Malt Whisky – 89.73 Pts 3rd Place: Paul John P.X. Select Cask Indian Single Malt  – 89.1 Pts

Best Malaysian Whisky
1st Place: Timah Double Peated Blended Whiskey – 89.9 Pts

Best Myanmar Whisky
1st Place: Grand Royal - Special Reserve – 85.6 Pts

Best Flavored Whiskey
1st Place: Glacier Distilling Trapline Rock and Rye Whiskey 2nd Place: Canadian Club Apple 
3rd Place: Southern Comfort 

Distillery of the Year
Kavalan Distillery
Kavalan submitted an impressive range of whisky expressions, 18 of which scored over 90 Points, demonstrating exceptional craftsmanship and passion in crafting whisky.

Member Happenings!


James (JC) Clapsaddle in Helotes, Texas is a member of the San Antonio Rotary Club. He and his wife opened their home in late Spring to host a tasting. Their had 48 people in attendance for their first DRAM gathering. They plan to continue hosting these events 2 or 3 times a year.

Their tasting consisted of 80 bottles, grouped by theme (Bourbons, Single Malts, Blends, Peaty, Japanese, Ryes, and Texas). People just walked around and tried whatever they wanted.  There was no format or speeches and to quote JC, "just gather, gulp, and graze". 

You can reach JC at jamesclapsaddle@hotmail.com 

STARTING A CHAPTER


As interest in the Whiskey DRAM Fellowship grows, members have contacted us about starting their own Chapter.  We hope you find this information to be helpful. And, as always, feel free to email the Fellowship with any questions.
 
The Whiskey DRAM Fellowship, sanctioned by Rotary International, is the governing body over all Chapters. Anyone that wishes to join a Chapter must first join the Fellowship and submit dues as follows: $35 Annually, $100 for a Lifetime Member, $125 for a Lifetime Member plus Spouse/Partner.
This entitles the member of the Fellowship to a Whiskey DRAM lapel pin, the quarterly newsletter, invitations to events and socials, opportunities to net(work) at the Whiskey DRAM House of Fellowship at the annual Rotary International Convention, an invitation to our Board Meeting, and an invitation to off-site events/socials held in conjunction with the Rotary International Convention.

Below is the list of suggestions and to-do's to successfully start a Chapter:
1. Notify the Whiskey DRAM President of your intentions.

2. Decide on an appropriate name for the local Chapter, typically covering one Rotary District.

3. Contact all the known Whiskey DRAM members in your designated area. This list can be obtained from the Whiskey DRAM Secretary - Jaime Moore can be reached at jaime_moore@bellsouth.net.

4. Hold a whiskey event, perhaps a tasting or dinner paired with whiskies. (It has been our experience that there are many restaurants willing to help you with such an endeavor.) Invite all the Whiskey DRAM members and every whiskey loving Rotarian you can contact from all the Clubs in your area to attend. Have an interesting format or program that will appeal to most of the attendees. Have fun with this!

5. Ask all the attendees to become members of the Whiskey DRAM Fellowship and at the same time, the local Chapter. Local Chapters can charge their own dues but from polling other Rotary Fellowships, Chapters typically do not assess an additional fee. However, any event held by the local Chapter are paid by the attendees directly to the Chapter. NOTE: All local Chapter members must be Whiskey DRAM members.

6. Encourage prospective members to become a Lifetime Member ($100 USD) or Lifetime Member plus spouse/partner ($125 USD). As a Lifetime Member, there is no annual billing, which means less administrative work and more commitment from the new member.

7. Plan at least four whiskey events during the Rotary year and promote the event to ensure good attendance and to sign up more members. Local events can be publicized in the Whiskey DRAM newsletter and on the Whiskey DRAM website. Use our Facebook Page to advertise your event; we encourage postings and photographs! You should also advertise in your District's newsletter and calendar of events. Send before and after event information to Terry Moore at tr_moore@bellsouth.net.

8. Arrange to have one or more whiskey event fund raisers so you can do a Rotary service project.

9. Name a charity of choice. Consider donating your Chapter's excess funds at the end of the fiscal year to a Rotary cause. For example, Whiskey DRAM's charity of choice is Rotary International sanctioned clean water initiatives.

10. Have a booth at all Club and District functions advertising Whiskey DRAM and your local Chapter.

11. Inform your District Fellowships Chairperson about Whiskey DRAM and your local Chapter members and ask for help in promoting the Fellowship.

12. Inform the District Governor about Whiskey DRAM and your local Chapter and ask for his/her help in promoting the Fellowship.Suggest offering a whiskey reception at the District Conference hosted by the local Whiskey DRAM Chapter.

13. When you have a decent number of members in your Chapter, hold an election of officers, elect a Board of Directors and adopt a set of By-Laws patterned after the Rotary Fellowship Standard By-Laws (recommended). The Whiskey DRAM By-Laws are on our website and are an excellent guideline.

14. Include a provision in your By-Laws to indemnify (hold harmless) the Whiskey DRAM Fellowship (Drinking Rotarians And Members) and Rotary International for the actions of the Chapter. Do a risk analysis of your Chapter's liability and obtain event insurance coverage, etc. as needed.

15. If you plan to collect money to fund your Chapter's activities (socials/events), you will need to set up a bank account once you have procured the proper tax identification number (if necessary). It is recommended that two Board Members be listed on the bank account.

16. Encourage your members to attend the Rotary International Conventions and participate in Whiskey DRAM activities and events.
 

SHARE YOUR WHISKEY ADVENTURES WITH US

This is YOUR newsletter!  The COCKTAIL TIME, WHAT ARE WE SIPPIN' and RECIPE sections are included for you to share your whiskey adventures.  Members are encouraged to contribute to the newsletter by sending us tasting notes, mixology, food pairings, fellowship photos, as well as recipes using selected whiskeys.  Please send these to jaime_moore@bellsouth.net.

Terry and Jaime Moore

HOW TO REACH US:
Rotary Whiskey DRAM Fellowship
c/o Terry Moore
230 Marion Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483
USA
 
Website:  www.whiskeydram.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyDrinkingRotariansAndMembers/
Twitter: @WhiskeyDRAM
Email:  RotaryWhiskeyFellowship@gmail.com
 
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