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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 America 2012

Icons of Whisky America 2012

The Icons mark a highlight in the whisky calendar and this year is noexception 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.

This year's judging process has already seen the Icons of Whisky Scotland awarded and the rest of the world will be judged soon.

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 2012, at the Hilton Waldorf in London.

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.

Icons of Whisky America Winners

WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

Four Roses

For quietly releasing some spectacular whiskies recently, including the Four Roses Marriage Collection and the Single Barrel bottlings. These allowed master distiller Jim Rutledge the chance to highlight how different yeast strains can make a big difference in flavour.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Wild Turkey

ALSO NOMINATED
Buffalo Trace
Tuthilltown

CRAFT WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

Balcones Distilling

For extending the art of distilling by creating a smoked whisky in which the spirit gets infused with smoke in a secret process instead of smoking the grains before mashing.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hudson Valley HC

ALSO NOMINATED
High West

WHISKEY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Elmer T. Lee, Buffalo Trace

Now 92 but still going strong, he has spent years promoting Bourbon while not seeking the spotlight for himself. Still picks the casks personally for the whiskey released under his name.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Bernie Lubbers of Beam HC

ALSO NOMINATED
Henry Joe
Heaven Hill
Dan Priseman
Four Roses

WHISKY BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Buffalo Trace

For its remarkable Single Oak Project, which will eventually give more knowledge about how whiskey and wood interact together over time.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Four Roses - Single Barrel bottlings

WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Jack Daniel Distillery

The big draw in Tennessee. It was licensed in 1866, making it the oldest registered distillery in the United States and a National Historic Site. Thousands flock each month to learn about the whiskey making process.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Heaven Hill Heritage Center

ALSO NOMINATED
Maker's Mark

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR ONLINE

ForScotchLovers.com

An excellent example of online retailing in the US. Great service and a good spread of whiskies and Bourbons available.

SCOTCH WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

David Blackmore, The Glenmorangie Company

He has been indefatigable in promoting the Glenmorangie range, its sister distillery Ardbeg and raising the profile of Scotch in the USA.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Heather Greene, William Grant and Sons

ALSO NOMINATED
Simon Brooking, Laphroaig and Ardmore
Andrew Weir and Nicholas Pollacchi, The Balvenie
Ewan Morgan, Diageo

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR SINGLE OUTLET

Federal Wine and Spirits, Boston

Has been described as a "shimmering 18 Carat diamond in the rough." Unpretentious and passionate with a wide ranging selection of whisky to keep everyone happy.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Thoroughbred Shop, Lexington KY

ALSO NOMINATED
Park Avenue, NYC
Astor Wines & Spirits, NYC
K&L in San Francisco.
Twin Liquor, Austin, Texas

WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR MULTIPLE OUTLET

The Liquor Barn, Kentucky

Everything you could ever need under one roof: from single barrel Bourbons selected for the chainto everyday drinking blends and single malts.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Big Red Liquors, Indiana

ALSO NOMINATED
Binny's, Chicago

 

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