Whisky Magazine Issue 98
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The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.
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 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, and the Independent Bottlers' Challenge, the winners of which are featured on page 55.
The highest scoring bottler also receives an Icon.
This year's judging process includes regional heats in the U. S., Scotland and the rest of the world.
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, at the Hilton Waldorf in London.
Here we present the winners from Scotland.
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.
WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY GLENCAIRN CRYSTAL
A one million case increase in Johnnie Walker globally, Buchanan's booming, 20m litre increase in malt whisky capacity. Doubling grain capacity. Putting money where its mouth is for brands and for the category. Big can be beautiful.
Kilchoman Distillery Co. Ltd.
Bruichladdich, Chivas Brothers, Glendronach, The Glenmorangie Company, Gordon & MacPhail, Inver House Distillers, Morrison Bowmore, Whyte & Mackay
WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR