Whisky Magazine Awards 2024 global results revealed

Whisky Magazine Awards 2024 global results revealed

The global winners in the Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards 2024 competitions were announced at a gala dinner in London along with the latest inductees to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

News | 22 Mar 2024

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The whisky industry’s finest gathered at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Wednesday 20 March for the Whisky Magazine Awards 2024, celebrating the best people, places, and products in the whisky world.


The awards ceremony saw the announcement of the World’s Best whiskies in the World Whiskies Awards and the Icons of Whisky global winners, as well as the induction of three new industry luminaries to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.


Whisky Magazine has been presenting the results of its World Whiskies Awards for 24 years (beginning as the Best of the Best competition in 2001). This year’s announcement represents the culmination of a rigorous blind-judging process that saw more than 200 expert judges from around the globe assess more than 1,500 different whiskies from more than 40 countries.


The competition named its World’s Best winners across 23 categories, including single malt, bourbon, blended, rye, pot still, and design. This year’s winners include The English Sherry Cask, which was named World’s Best Single Malt, 1792 12 Years Old, which was awarded the title of World’s Best Bourbon, and Ballantine’s 30 Years Old, which was named Best Blended.


The Icons of Whisky has awarded the industry’s best people, places, and agencies since 2007. The global winners are chosen by an expert panel from a shortlist of regional winners of Icons competitions that identified the shining stars of America, Ireland, Scotland, and the Rest of the World.


Among this year’s 27 winners were Irish Distillers, which took home the title of Distiller of the Year, Balcones Distilling, which was named Craft Producer of the Year, and Glen Moray’s Stephen Woodcock, who claimed the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year award.


The London event also saw the induction of three new members of the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame: Russell Anderson of the Macallan Distillery; Ichiro Akuto, founder of Venture Whisky and Chichibu Distillery; and Canadian whisky writer and consultant Davin de Kergommeaux.


On the Icons of Whisky results, Bethany Brown, editor of Whisky Magazine and chair of judges for the Icons of Whisky awards, said: “We had an outstanding crop of entries to all our regional Icons of Whisky competitions this year, making the selection of our global winners a difficult process. However, for us as judges, this is the best kind of challenge; it goes to prove the seemingly inexhaustible innovation, strength, and ingenuity to be found within the global whisky industry.


“I would like to congratulate our winners, but also thank them — and all our Icons of Whisky 2024 entrants — for the work they do each and every day to help the whisky industry thrive.”


Anita Ujszaszi, awards director, said of the World Whiskies Awards: “It has been another fantastic year for the World Whiskies Awards as well as the Icons of Whisky. From the incredible and ever-diversifying range of products entered to the fantastic people we get to work with on our judging panels, it is a privilege to be part of this most amazing industry. This was another incredibly strong year in all the categories and there were worthy winners across the globe, showcasing that this is more than just making a product — it is people dedicating their lives to making something extraordinary.”


Full lists of global winners in the 2024 Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards competitions can be found below. More details on both competitions can be found at worldwhiskiesawards.com.



Icons of Whisky Global Winners 2024



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Irish Distillers


Master Distiller/Master Blender

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

Stephen Woodcock, Glen Moray Distillery


Craft Producer

Sponsored by Oakbank Products

Balcones Distilling


Sustainable Distillery

Ardnamurchan Distillery


Distillery Manager

Heather Tillott, Sullivans Cove Distillery


Visitor Attraction

Callington Mill Distillery


Single Estate

Thy Whisky Distillery


Campaign Innovator

Irish Distillers


Brand Innovator

Sullivans Cove Distillery


Independent Bottler

The Heart Cut






Rafa Cabello, Casknolia


American Whiskey Brand Ambassador

Sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Paul Hletko, FEW Spirits


Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador

Sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Brendan Carty, Killowen Distillery


Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador

Sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Seamus Carroll, The Whisky Club


World Whisky Brand Ambassador

Sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Ally Bhana, Sullivans Cove Distillery


Marketing Team

The Team, Jameson Ireland


Production Team

The Team, Jura Distillery


Sales Team

The Team, Sullivans Cove Distillery


Visitor Attraction Team

The Team, Teeling Whiskey Distillery


Sustainability Officer

Melanie Gourley, Westland Distillery


Visitor Attraction Manager

Sponsored by Larkfire

Dee Ford, Angel’s Envy Distillery


Warehouse Manager

Scott Sell, Westland Distillery



Barry Chandler, Stories & Sips


Brand & Packaging Design Agency

Sponsored by Blue Box Design



Digital Agency

Sponsored by Blue Box Design



PR Agency

Sponsored by Blue Box Design

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World Whiskies Awards Global Winners 2024


World’s Best Single Malt

Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

The English, Sherry Cask


World’s Best Small Batch Single Malt

Mosgaard, Moscatel Cask


World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt

Glen Scotia, Cask 637 Refill Bourbon Barrel


World’s Best Blended

Sponsored by Blue Box Design

Ballantine’s, 30 Years Old


World’s Best Canadian Blended

Gibson’s Finest, Venerable


World’s Best Blended Limited Release

Three Ships, Master’s Collection 12 Years Old Double Wood Blend


World’s Best Blended Malt

Dewar’s, Double Double 37 Years Old


World’s Best Pot Still

Sponsored by Oakbank Products

Redbreast, 21 Years Old


World’s Best Bourbon

Sponsored by Kentucky Bourbon Festival

1792, 12 Years Old


World’s Best Finished Bourbon

Breckenridge, Port Cask Finish


World’s Best Small Batch Bourbon

Laws Whiskey House, Four Grain Bourbon Cask Strength


World’s Best Single Barrel Bourbon

Four Roses, Single Barrel


World’s Best Tennessee Whiskey

Uncle Nearest, 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey


World’s Best American Style Whiskey

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

FEW, American Straight Whiskey


World’s Best Grain

Sponsored by Oakbank Products

Bain’s, Founders Collection 15 Years Old


World’s Best Single Cask Single Grain

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

The Octave Premium, Strathclyde


World’s Best Rye

Sponsored by Oakbank Products

Millstone, Founders Reserve 10 Years Old Rye


World’s Best Single Cask Single Rye

Sponsored by Oakbank Products

Proof and Wood, Tumblin’ Dice Single Barrel Rye


World’s Best Corn

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

Ironroot Republic, Hubris


World’s Best Wheat

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

Lone Elm, Single Barrel


World’s Best New Make & Young Spirit

Sponsored by Brindiamo Group

Anohka, This is Not Whisky Heavily Peated Single Malt Spirit


World’s Best Flavoured

Stillhouse, Peanut Butter S’mores Whiskey


World’s Best Design

Sponsored by Hunter Luxury

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