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Issue 124 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus

 

Icons of Whisky Scotland 2012

Icons of Whisky Scotland 2012

The Icons mark a highlight in the whisky calendar and this year is no exception with the quality of companies entering the awards. The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world. The product is judged in the World Whiskies Awards held later this year, and the Independent Bottlers' Challenge, the winners.

The highest scoring bottler also receives an Icon. This year's judging process includes regional heats in the U.S., Scotland and the rest of the world.

The winners of the regional icons will now go forward to the final world Icons which will be announced at a ceremony held on Thursday 22nd March, at the Hilton Waldorf in London. Here we present the winners from Scotland.

In what has been an interesting year we hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.

 

 

WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

SPONSORED BY GLENCAIRN CRYSTAL

Diageo

A one million case increase in Johnnie Walker globally, Buchanan's booming, 20m litre increase in malt whisky capacity. Doubling grain capacity. Putting money where its mouth is for brands and for the category. Big can be beautiful.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Kilchoman Distillery Co. Ltd.

ALSO NOMINATED
Bruichladdich, Chivas Brothers,
Glendronach, The Glenmorangie
Company, Gordon & MacPhail,
Inver House Distillers, Morrison
Bowmore, Whyte & Mackay

WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Colin Dunn, Diageo

Because of his honest enthusiasm, never feigned.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
George Grant
Glenfarclas Distillery

ALSO NOMINATED
Andy Hogan, Isle of Arran Distillery, Bill Lumsden, The Glenmorangie Company, Ian Millar, William Grant & Sons, Jamie Milne, William Grant & Sons, Colin Scott, Chivas Brothers, Sam Simmons, William Grant & Sons, Willie Tait, Whyte & Mackay

YOUNG WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Susan Colville, Wemyss Vintage Malts

One of the growing number of whisky women out educating people. She speaks about the brand, and whisky in general, with clarity and enthusiasm.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Karen Fullerton
The Glenmorangie Company

ALSO NOMINATED
Stephen Marshall
John Dewar & Sons

WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Aberlour Distillery

An aromatic oasis in the middle of Speyside that warps you back in time. Filling a bottle with one of the two specially finished whiskies is a boon.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Glen Grant Distillery

ALSO NOMINATED
Ardbeg Distillery, Auchentoshan Distillery, Benromach Distillery, Bruichladdich Distillery, Bowmore Distillery, Forsyths of Rothes, Glendronach Distillery, Highland Park Distillery, The Macallan Distillery, Talisker Distillery

WHISKY BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

SPONSORED BY CHESAPEAKE

Whyte & Mackay

For the recreation of the Mackinlay's blend taken to the pole by Shackleton.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Glenmorangie Company

ALSO NOMINATED
Bruichladdich, Compass Box, Duncan Taylor & Co, Gordon & MacPhail, William Grant & Sons

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR SINGLE OUTLET

The Whisky Shop, Dufftown

For staff knowledge and enthusiasm for the category. Very approachable and a huge range.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Gordon & MacPhail

ALSO NOMINATED
SE Barron (The Maltman), The Green Welly Stop, Loch Fyne Whiskies

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR MULTIPLE OUTLET

Luvians Bottle Shop

For the enthusiasm of its staff and owners for everything they sell. Each outlet is eager for their customers to try, to buy, to share the love. This level of contagious enthusiasm leads to great customer loyalty.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Royal Mile Whiskies

ALSO NOMINATED
The Whisky Shop

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR ONLINE OUTLET

www.lfw.co.uk - (Loch Fyne Whiskies)

Continuing its grip on this category with a consistently excellent online store. Great service.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
www.singlemaltsdirect.com - (Whiskies of Scotland)

ALSO NOMINATED
www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk - The Green Welly Stop
www.whisky-cigars.co.uk - Robert Graham
www.thewhiskybarrel.com - The Whisky Barrel
www.enjoywhisky.com - The Whisky Connoisseur

 

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