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Issue 121 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

Rocky Mountain High, Mixo-gastro, India Drinkers' Guide, Four Roses

 

Icons of Whisky Scotland 2014

Icons of Whisky Scotland 2014

KINGS OF THE HILL
We reveal the winners in the latest round of the Icons search

It has been an interesting year in the whisky world, major expansion plans have been announced for some companies, while others are ramping up production to feed a growing demand for spirit. The feeling is that we are at the gathering point of a wave in increased interest. The world is turning to Scotland and showing greater appetite for whisky.

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 celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies, the product is judged in the World Whiskies Awards, and the Independent Bottlers’ Challenge.

This year’s judging process includes regional heats in the U.S., Scotland and the rest of the world. We hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.

 

 

Whiskey Distiller of the year

DIAGEO

In a bold move, the world’s biggest drinks company put its money behind its most famous brand, taking it round the world with renewed vigour. Also the company has annouced expansion plans across the board to keep up with increasing demand for blends and malts.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Chivas Bros.

ALSO NOMINATED
The Glenmorangie Company
Glen Grant DIstillery
Glenfarclas Distillery
Kilchoman Distillery
Tomatin Distillery
William Grant & Sons

Whisky Ambassador of the year

DAVID MAIR - WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

For more than 23 years, David has welcomed people to William Grant’s distilleries with his warm demeanour and infectious enthusiasm. From summer guide at Glenfiddich he became the first Balvenie Global Ambassador in 2007.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Tom Jones, Diageo

ALSO NOMINATED
Ann Miller, Chivas Brothers
Daryl Haldane, Highland Park
Ian Logan, Chivas Brothers
James Robertson, Tullibardine
Jamie Milne, William Grant
Karen Fullerton, Glenmorangie
Stephen Marshall, Dewars

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the year

LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY - BEAM GLOBAL

One of Islay’s most distinctive whiskies offers visitors a wealth of tours through the distillery. From a walk out to find your own piece of Islay with the Friends of Laphroaig scheme (which attracts visitors globally), to a serious indepth, four hour immersive tour, which includes picnicking at the water source for the distillery.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Deanston Distillery

ALSO NOMINATED
A. D. Rattray Experience
Dewars World of Whisky
Glenmorangie Distillery
The Glenlivet Distillery
Oban Distillery

Whisky Brand Innovator of the year

WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

The pioneering and agile family firm has been quiely releasing some stunning whiskies and expressions this year. Now they have taken a recent foray into the grain category with their new Girvan release. It has continued its blending masterpieces with the innovative Tun 1401 series and has recentlky taken travel retail by storm with its triple cask series, combining excellent wood management with serious quality spirit.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Edrington Group

ALSO NOMINATED
The Glenmorangie Company
Whyte and Mackay

Whisky Distillery Manager of the year

MICHAEL HEADS - ARDBEG DISTILLERY

Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native, has been providing liquid consistency at Ardbeg since 2007. The former manager at Jura is now in his 34th year in the industry, having cut his teeth at Laphroaig in the peat bogs before becoming assistant brewer.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Georgie Crawford, Lagavulin

ALSO NOMINATED
Alistair Longwell, Ardmore
Hamish Procter, Glenlivet
James MacTaggart, Arran
John MacDonald, Balblair
John McLellan, Kilchoman
Willie Cochrane, Jura

Whisky Visitor Centre Manager of the year

PAT RETSON - HIGHLAND PARK

The backbone of this most northerly of distilleries, Pat keeps the home fires burning and provides a perfect whisky experience for each and every visitor through her doors.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich

ALSO NOMINATED
Caroline Mitchell, Glenlivet, Aberlour and Strathisla
Fiona MacIntyre, Talisker
Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich
Pat Retson, Highland Park
Raphael Marinoni, A. D. Rattray
Tanya Fraser, Old Pulteney

Whisky Retailer - Single Outlet

GORDON & MACPHAIL

The malt lover can find everything offered from its independent bottling ranges under one roof, and what a room it is. Whisky lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice and possibly spending hours deliberating. Also the company offers excellent themed tasting sessions.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Royal Mile Whiskies

ALSO NOMINATED
Cadenhead’s Edinburgh
Robbies Drams in Ayr
SE Barron (The Maltman)
The Good Spirits Company
The Green Welly Stop
The Whisky Shop, Dufftown

Whisky Retailer - Multiple Outlet

DRINKMONGER

A new venture form the brain behind Royal Mile Whiskies. The first Drinkmonger shop opened in the heart of Pitlochry at the start of July 2011. It offers whisky, fine spirits, Havana cigars & pipes, and adds a very carefully selected yet comprehensive range of wines. The second branch opened in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh in October 2011. With a fantastic selection of whiskies, wine and fine spirits, plus an extensive range of world beers, this shop caters for every need. The staff as you would expect are highly knowledgeable.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Whisky Shop

ALSO NOMINATED
Luvians Bottle Shop

Whisky Retailer - Online

ROYALMILEWHISKIES.COM

Establishing itself as a popular online retail presence, The Royal Mile website extends the reach of this award winning shop, offering the consumer a wealth of whiskies and knowledge. The website is one of the best places to head for if you are looking for something special, unusual, rare or even just another bottle of your regular whisky.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
singlemaltsdirect.com

ALSO NOMINATED
abbeywhisky.com
enjoywhisky.com
thegreenwellystop.co.uk
whisky-cigars.co.uk
thewhiskybarrel.com

 

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