The first American Icons of Whisky awards were handed out during a prestigious lunch in Louisville, Kentucky recently. The international awards recognise the very best people and places in the whisky industry. This year the judging process changed, with regional heats in the US, Japan, Ireland and Scotland. Each regional heat will be voted on by industry members only in that country.
Several of the bourbon industry’s greats attended the awards presentations at the sumptuous Seelbach Hotel on November 9, including the Van Winkles, Woodford Reserve’s Chris Morris, Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge and Heaven Hill’s Larry Kass. The winners from the American Icons, who faced tough competition, will now go forward to a final vote together with the regional winners from Japan, Scotland and Ireland. This will be held in London on the eve Whisky Live of Whisky Live London on March 1.
There were two awards in each category, an Icon and a Highly Commended.
See the full results here - http://www.whiskymag.com/awards/icons_o ... /index.php