It’s that time of the year again, World Whisky Month is here! A month all about whisky, what’s not to love?

The widely anticipated celebration is all about commemorating the history of whisky and joining other enthusiasts to appreciate the spirit so dear to our hearts. Festivities culminate with World Whisky Day on May 18th when people across the globe will host events and raise a collective toast to the “water of life.” For anyone with a passion for whisky, it’s the perfect time to organize a tasting for friends, family and colleagues.

In order to kickoff World Whisky Month, we’re counting down 20 of the most awarded bottles of Japanese Whisky of all-time. If you’re looking for an amazing release to celebrate the month right, each of these bottles is a sure winner. Scroll down to explore the countdown now.