As you know, every year around this time we announce the Sku Award for Whisky of the Year and then let commenters complain endlessly about our choices. There were many find contenders this year, but here is our choice.
Whisky of the Year: Hans-Adam Memorial Blend
And now I'm proud to announce that the Whisky of the Year for 2011 is...The Hans-Adam Memorial Blend. A commemoration of the Crown Prince of Liechtenstein, this is a stunning blend that really sets in motion a type of balance never seen in a blended whisky before. This is a whisky everyone should try!
The Hans-Adam Memorial Blend was a limited release of 38 bottles, most of which were given as gifts by the Liechtensteinian royal family, but at least 8 of them were available at Liechtenstein duty free shops.
Sku, this is an atrocity! They do not carry this bottle at my local store (Dave's Liquor, Bait and Tackle in Des Moines). You should not be drinking, reviewing or writing about whiskey that is not accessible to me personally, much less giving them awards.
Sorry Paul, but the rules of these awards are very clear. Any whisky that was in existence during the calendar year 2011 qualifies for the award. I can understand your frustration, but I don't make the rules.
Like hell you don't! Dave's is a good store, carrying both Glenfiddich and Glenlivet as well as a number of fine blends and mini bottles of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. Please limit your awards to that selection instead of all those snooty whiskies.