Whisky Magazine Awards America 2024 results revealed

Whisky Magazine Awards America 2024 results revealed

The regional winners in this year's Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky

News | 09 Feb 2024

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The American whisky industry gathered for an evening of celebration as winners were announced in the USA regional legs of the Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards 2024.

 

On Thursday 8 February, many of the most recognisable names in the industry gathered at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, from master distillers and visitor experience managers to brand ambassadors and communicators, to celebrate this year’s regional competitors.

 

In the Icons of Whisky, Heaven Hill Distillery was named Distiller of the Year, Greg Metze from Old Elk Distillery took the title of Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year, and Visitor Attraction of the Year was awarded to Buffalo Trace Distillery.

 

The event also saw the announcement of the Round 1 Category Winners for the United States in the World Whiskies Awards 2024 (including Best Bourbon and Best Tennessee Whiskey), and the unveiling of two new American inductees to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame: Joseph J. Magliocco from Michter’s owner Chatham Imports, and Freddie Johnson from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

 

The Kentucky ceremony followed the Icons of Whisky regional Ireland leg, which took place in Dublin in November, the Whisky Magazine Awards Scotland, held in Edinburgh in December, and the announcement of the World Whiskies Awards country winners (excluding Scotland and the USA) and the Icons of Whisky Rest of World winners on 1 February. This year’s awards are particularly special, as Whisky Magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary on 20 November 2023.

 

Run by the team at Whisky Magazine, the Icons of Whisky aim to celebrate the best and brightest people and places in the sector – not just the distilleries and the teams that work in them, but also the individuals and businesses that work to support and promote them and their products.

 

The World Whiskies Awards commend the best whiskies from around the world in a wide variety of categories including Single Malt, Bourbon, Blended, and Rye.

 

A number of awards were sponsored by major names in the world of whisky and suppliers to the industry, including: Brindiamo Group, Glencairn Crystal, IPL Packaging, Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and McLaren Packaging. The Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame is sponsored by Amorim Top Series.

 

Regional winners are encouraged to attend the Whisky Magazine Awards in London on 20 March 2024, where the global winners will be crowned. Tickets are available here.

 

Bethany Brown, editor of Whisky Magazine and chair of judges for the Icons of Whisky, said: “Recent data from the American Craft Spirits Association revealed that the United States’ craft distilling industry is firmly on the up. This is fantastic news not only for craft distillers, who are doing phenomenal work and creating incredible whiskeys that deserve wider appreciation, but also for us as consumers as a greater variety of products become more accessible. While celebrating these gains for small producers, we must not forget the contribution of the US’ larger whiskey distilling companies to the category’s continued success, which are driving industry-leading innovations in areas such as sustainable production and visitor experience.

 

“Through the Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards, we aim to celebrate the very best of the American whiskey world. Here, size doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with it that counts, and there are some truly remarkable things being done.”

 

Anita Ujszaszi, awards director, added: “The American whiskey industry saw another very successful year at the World Whiskies Awards. With judging sessions in Kentucky and Washington DC, we have seen many outstanding products shared amongst our fantastic judges, with a special thanks to Maggie Kimberl and Steve Beal. Year on year we are seeing an ever-increasing quality standard in products and diversifying portfolios, which are making us look forward to next year already.”

 

Full lists of the USA winners in the Icons of Whisky 2024 and World Whiskies Awards 2024 can be found below. Discover more about the competitions at www.worldwhiskiesawards.com.

 

 

Icons of Whisky America 2024 Winners and Highly Commended

 

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador – sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Winner

Paul Hletko, FEW Spirits

 

Highly Commended

Matt Ray, Sazerac House

 

Brand Innovator – sponsored by IPL Packaging

Winner

291 Colorado Whiskey

 

Highly Commended

Eagle Rare 25

 

Campaign Innovator

Winner

Prohibition Collection

 

Highly Commended

Breckenridge Distillery

 

Craft Producer

Winner

Balcones Distilling

 

Highly Commended

FEW Spirits

 

Distiller – sponsored by Glencairn Crystal

Winner

Heaven Hill Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Nearest Green Distillery

 

Distillery Manager

Winner

Marcia Likarish, Ironroot Republic Distillery

 

Independent Bottler

Winner

Single Cask Nation

 

Master Distiller/Master Blender – sponsored by Brindiamo Group

Winner

Greg Metze, Old Elk Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Paul Hletko, FEW Spirits

 

Production Team

Winner

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

 

Sustainability Officer

Winner

Melanie Gourley, Westland Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Rachel Nally, Heaven Hill Brands

 

Visitor Attraction

Winner

Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Westland Distillery

 

Visitor Attraction Manager

Winner

Dee Ford, Angel’s Envy Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Phoebe Dawson, Westland Distillery

 

Visitor Attraction Team

Winner

Angel’s Envy Distillery

 

Highly Commended

Westland Distillery

 

Warehouse Manager

Winner

Scott Sell, Westland Distillery

 

 

World Whiskies Awards 2024: Category Winners, Round 1, America

 

Finished Bourbon

Best Non-Kentucky

Breckenridge – Port Cask Finish

 

Best Kentucky

15 Stars – Sherry Cask Finish

 

Small Batch Bourbon

Best Non-Kentucky

Laws Whiskey House – Four Grain Bourbon Cask Strength

 

Best Kentucky

Four Roses – Small Batch Bourbon

 

Single Barrel Bourbon

Best Non-Kentucky

Preemption – Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon

 

Best Kentucky

Four Roses – Single Barrel Bourbon

 

Bourbon

Best Non-Kentucky

Robert Fulton – Straight Bourbon

 

Best Kentucky

1792 – 12 Years Old

 

New Make & Young Spirit

New Make

Chattanooga Whiskey – Silver

 

Flavoured

Stillhouse – Peanut Butter S’mores Whiskey

 

American Style Whiskey

FEW – American Straight Whiskey

 

Pot Still

12 Years & Under

Talnua – Olde Saint’s Keep 2023

 

Blended Malt

12 Years & Under

Lost Lantern – Flame

 

Blended Limited Release

12 Years & Under

Wenzel Whiskey – Wheated Two

 

Blended

12 Years & Under

Barrell Craft Spirits

 

Corn

12 Years & Under

Ironroot Republic – Hubris

 

Grain

No Age Statement

Bainbridge – Yama Mizunara Cask

 

Wheat

12 Years & Under

Lone Elm – Single Barrel

 

Single Cask Single Rye

12 Years & Under

Proof and Wood – Tumblin’ Dice Single Barrel Rye

 

Rye

12 Years & Under

Saints Alley – Nobleman

 

Small Batch Single Malt

13 to 20 Years

The Notch Nantucket Island – 15 Years Old

 

Single Cask Single Malt

12 Years & Under

Hogback Distillery – Wallace Collection Peated Malt

 

Single Malt – sponsored by IPL Packaging

12 Years & Under

Cedar Ridge – The QuintEssential Special Release

 

 

World Whiskies Awards 2024: World’s Best, Round 2, America

 

American Style Whiskey – sponsored by Brindiamo Group

FEW – American Straight Whiskey

 

Tennessee Whiskey

Uncle Nearest – 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

 

Finished Bourbon

Breckenridge – Port Cask Finish

 

Small Batch Bourbon

Laws Whiskey House – Four Grain Bourbon Cask Strength

 

Single Barrel Bourbon

Four Roses – Single Barrel Bourbon

 

Bourbon – sponsored by Kentucky Bourbon Festival

1792 – 12 Years Old

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