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Issue 133 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 133

The Irish West Coast Trail, Tullibardine Distillery, Bourbon Pot Stills, Westland Distillery

Fri 29 Jan 2016

Nikka and Andy Watts among the winners of IOW Rest of World


Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards recognise and celebrate the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry. With the America and Scotland regional winners already announced, the time has come to reveal those receiving an award in the Rest of World stage. Regional winners of each category will now battle it out against each other for the overall Global title, judged by the magazine’s expert editorial panel and announced at the Whisky Magazine Awards dinner in London on 17 March 2016.

With new categories for 2016, including Master Distiller / Master Blender, Travel Retailer, World Whisky Ambassador and Supermarket, there is an opportunity for many sectors of the industry to be rewarded for their contribution.

Rupert Wheeler, Managing Editor and Chairman of the Icons of Whisky says: “The whisky industry is expanding worldwide with many new distilleries being planned to fulfil demand. These awards are in recognition of all those exceptional companies and individuals who are working hard to make their brand different and engaging. I look forward to presenting the overall Global winners in March.”


Distiller of the year Sponsored by Glencairn Crystal
Winner: The Nikka Whisky Distilling Company (Japan)
Highly Commended: Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery (Ireland)

Brand Innovator of the year Sponsored by Multi Packaging Solutions
Winner: Compass Box (England)
Highly Commended: Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)

Visitor Attraction of the year Sponsored by Christie’s
Winner: Teeling Whiskey Company (Ireland)
Highly Commended: Yoichi Distillery (Japan)

Craft Producer of the year Sponsored by Wade
Winner: Still Waters Distillery (Canada)
Highly Commended: Glendalough Distillery (Ireland) and The Owl Distillery (Belgium)

Master Distiller / Master Blender of the year Sponsored by Ian Burnett Highland Chocolatier
Winner: Andy Watts – The James Sedgwick Distillery (South Africa)
Highly Commended: Shinji Fukuyo – Suntory Spirits (Japan)

Distillery Manager of the year Sponsored by Broxburn Properties
Winner: Koichi Nishikawa – Yoichi Distillery (Japan)
Highly Commended: Hugh Gaynor – Kilbeggan Distillery (Ireland)

World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year
Winner: Ashok Chokalingam – Amrut Distilleries (India)
Highly Commended: Matt Jones – Beam Suntory (Canada)

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the year
Winner: John Quinn – Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Highly Commended: Stephen Teeling – Teeling Whiskey Company (Ireland)

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year Sponsored by Procurus
Winner: Elizabeth Havers – William Grant & Sons (Canada)
Highly Commended: James Goggin – Maverick Drinks (England)

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the year
Winner: James Goggin – Maverick Drinks (England)
Highly Commended: Matt Jones – Beam Suntory (Canada)

Visitor Attraction Manager of the year
Winner: Mary Hensey – Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Highly Commended: David McCabe – Irish Whiskey Academy (Ireland)

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the year Sponsored by Loch Ness Water
Winner: La Maison du Whisky (France)
Highly Commended: Picardi Rebel (South Africa) and Vom Fass (Germany)

Single Outlet Retailer of the year
Winner: Celtic Whiskey Shop (Ireland)
Highly Commended: WhiskyBrother (South Africa) and Kensington Wine Market (Canada)

Online Retailer of the year
Winner: Master of Malt (England) –
Highly Commended: Dan Murphy’s (Australia) – and Lion’s Whisky (Italy) –

Travel Retailer of the year
Winner: DFS Group – Changi Airport (Singapore)
Highly Commended: Aer Rianta International – Dublin Airport (Ireland) and World of Whiskies, London Heathrow Airport (England)

Supermarket of the year
Winner: Sainsbury’s (England)
Highly Commended: Waitrose (England)

For more information on all the Icons of Whisky Awards, including forthcoming Icons of Whisky Global, please contact Rebecca Sterritt on +44 (0) 1603 633 808 or

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