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Issue 146 - Icons of whisky Australia

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
September 2017


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Icons of whisky Australia

A round up of the news and awards

The Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Awards 2018 have begun with two new regions introduced into the process, which culminates with a global ceremony held in London in March 2018. The evening centred on a prestigious hand-blown bottle being filled with whiskies, including that of McLaren Vale and Lark, from each continent. One of the two new regions, Australia, was the first in this year's cycle, following on from years of sustained success and innovation. The awards were well received, with industry votes and nominations surpassing expectations – a demonstration of the depth and strength of Australian whisky. A ceremony was held in Adelaide in August, with attendees eagerly awaiting the results of a hotly contested competition. Whisky Magazine Editor, Rob Allanson, presented the awards to the winners and those highly commended. The prestigious Distiller of the year award went to New World Whisky Distillery, the Melbourne based distiller. Owned by David Vitale, its vision is create exceptional modern whisky – which was recognised at the World Whiskies Awards in 2016, when its Starward Wine Cask Edition was voted as the Best Australian Single Malt. Highly commended in this category was Great Southern Distilling Company, who enjoyed a fruitful evening, with its Ben Kagi picking up the title of Master Distiller/Master Blender of the year and Cameron Syme receiving the award of Distillery Manager of the year. Kagi is a native of Albany, the home to Great Southern D...

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