Whisky Magazine Issue 67
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The search starts to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. Scotland, Ireland and Canada have been scrutinised,we find out who is in the running.
The Icons mark a highlight in the whisky calendar and this year is no exception with the quality of companies entering the awards.
This year we decided to ask the industry to nominate themselves in the various categories.Then based on the evidence, an independent editorial panel drew up a shortlist from which the winners were picked.
The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world.
This year's judging process included regional heats in the United States,Canada, Ireland and Scotland.
The winners of the regional icons will now go forward to the final world Icons which will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Café Royal, London, 28th Feburary 2008,held to mark the opening of Whisky Live London.
Here we present the winners and highly commendeds from Scotland, Ireland and Canada.
It has to be said that to make it to the shortlist is a tremendous honour as in many categories there was some serious competition. We hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.
DISTILLER OF THE YEAR WINNER
Inver House Distillers Ltd
A big year for this distiller as it relaunched in its new format.In addition toacomplete redesign,the age statement was removed and the brand is now being sold in vintage formats – currently 1997,1989 and 1979.
Only those whiskies which have reached their peak of perfection areselected by the Master Distiller and released as vintages off...