If you haven't been following the whisk(e)y award season so far, starting in February the Malt Advocate begins to release their awards for a multitude of categories - doing one award each day on John Hansell's blog site (which you can link to here). The first award given was for bargain whisky of the year and I am so excited that our little Highland Park 8 Year from Gordon & MacPhail took first prize. I say "our" because we bought it out from the distributor to get exclusivity on it back in September and then took it to WhiskyFest SF and poured it to marvelous reviews. The second award was for artisan whisky of the year and I was so happy to see that Stranahan's took the cake with their Colorado-based American bottle. They really make quality booze and I'm happy to support them. Make sure you check the Malt Advocate every day this month to see who is winning next!