A visit to Japan's Fuji Gotemba Distillery, Global Travel Retail special, a tour of US visitor centres, plus Icons of Whisky Rest of World results
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.
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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.
Kilchoman Distillery Co. Ltd.
Bruichladdich, Chivas Brothers,
Glendronach, The Glenmorangie
Company, Gordon & MacPhail,
Inver House Distillers, Morrison
Bowmore, Whyte & Mackay
Because of his honest enthusiasm, never feigned.
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
One of the growing number of whisky women out educating people. She speaks about the brand, and whisky in general, with clarity and enthusiasm.
The Glenmorangie Company
John Dewar & Sons
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.
Glen Grant Distillery
Ardbeg Distillery, Auchentoshan Distillery, Benromach Distillery, Bruichladdich Distillery, Bowmore Distillery, Forsyths of Rothes, Glendronach Distillery, Highland Park Distillery, The Macallan Distillery, Talisker Distillery
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For the recreation of the Mackinlay's blend taken to the pole by Shackleton.
The Glenmorangie Company
Bruichladdich, Compass Box, Duncan Taylor & Co, Gordon & MacPhail, William Grant & Sons
For staff knowledge and enthusiasm for the category. Very approachable and a huge range.
Gordon & MacPhail
SE Barron (The Maltman), The Green Welly Stop, Loch Fyne Whiskies
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.
Royal Mile Whiskies
The Whisky Shop
Continuing its grip on this category with a consistently excellent online store. Great service.
www.singlemaltsdirect.com - (Whiskies of Scotland)
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