International Beverage, Alan Winchester, Malts of Scotland and Ian Millar of William Grant & Sons were recognised in Whisky Magazine's top awards.
The finest products, companies and individuals were recognised at one of Whisky Magazine’s most prestigious awards ceremonies held at the Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Friday December 2, 2016.
Whisky author and writer Charlie MacLean, hosted a lunch for the Scotch whisky industry alongside Whisky Magazine's managing editor Rupert Wheeler, and Scotland contributing editor Gavin D Smith. Guests made the journey from all across Scotland, including the Islands, to take part in the celebrations.
During the afternoon, three of the magazine’s top awards were presented including:
Icons of Whisky Awards recognise and celebrate the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry. With the India and Rest of World regional winners already announced, the time has come to reveal those receiving an award in the Scotland stage.
Regional winners of each category will 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.
Rupert Wheeler, managing editor, Whisky Magazine says: "As managing editor of Whisky Magazine, it is a privilege to be involved in these awards. Our Independent Bottlers Challenge rewards the independent companies that play such an important part in producing a unique range of whiskies while the Icons of Whisky pay tribute to the expertise that go into each bottle of scotch.
"Our Hall of Fame recognises those people who have made a longstanding contribution to the world of whisky. I would like to congratulate both Ian Millar and Charles MacLean on being inducted this year. I first met Charlie in Bengaluru, India in 2014 where we were presenting the Icons of Whisky India awards. I have never witnessed a more appreciative audience as when Charlie addressed the haggis. A superb evening enjoyed by so many whisky enthusiasts... that’s what whisky is all about.
"And finally I would like to thank the international panel of judges and our sponsors for helping make these awards so worthwhile and rewarding."
Distiller of the year sponsored by Glencairn Crystal
Winner: International Beverage (Inver House Distillers)
Highly Commended: Beam Suntory
Brand Innovator of the year sponsored by Multi Packaging Solutions
Winner: Tomatin Distillery Company
Highly Commended: Douglas Laing & Co
Visitor Attraction of the year sponsored by Christie’s
Winner: Highland Park Distillery
Highly Commended: Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre
Craft Producer of the year sponsored by Wade
Winner: Glasgow Distillery Company
Highly Commended: Arbikie Highland Estate
Master Distiller / Master Blender of the year
Winner: Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet Distillery
Highly Commended: Dr Craig Wilson, Diageo
Distillery Manager of the year sponsored by Broxburn Properties
Winner: Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Company
Highly Commended: Gordon Bruce – Knockdhu Distillery
Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year sponsored by Procurus
Winner: George S Grant, J&G Grant (Glenfarclas)
Highly Commended: Gordon Dundas, Beam Suntory
Visitor Attraction Manager of the year
Winner: Rikki Scott, Aberlour Distillery
Highly Commended: Leigh Aitken, Lagavulin Distillery
Multiple Outlets Retailer sponsored by Amrut Distilleries
Winner: Robert Graham
Highly Commended: Drinkmonger
Single Outlet Retailer of the year
Winner: Gordon & MacPhail
Highly Commended: Royal Mile Whiskies
Online Retailer of the year
Winner: Royal Mile Whiskies, www.royalmilewhiskies.com
Highly Commended: Robbie’s Whisky Merchants, www.robbieswhiskymerchants.com
Travel Retailer of the year sponsored by Steklarna Hrastnik
Winner: World of Whiskies, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports
Highly Commended: The Fly Nip Whisky Shop, Inverness Airport
Supermarket of the year
Highly Commended: Lidl
For full Icons of Whisky results including shortlists, go to www.iconsofwhisky.com
Non-Scotch Independent Bottler of the year
Celtic Whiskey Shop
Campbeltown Independent Bottler of the year
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Grain Independent Bottler of the year
Malts of Scotland
Highland Independent Bottler of the year
Douglas Laing & Co
Islands Independent Bottler of the year
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Islay Independent Bottler of the year
Malts of Scotland
Lowland Independent Bottler of the year
The Vintage Malt Whisky Company
Speyside Independent Bottler of the year
Malts of Scotland
THE INDEPENDENT BOTTLER OF THE YEAR 2016
Malts of Scotland
This independent bottler is based in Germany and has distributors worldwide. The company offers a range of highly exclusive whiskies from over 80 Scottish distilleries to the trade, whisky clubs and to individuals. Malts of Scotland provides a cask selection service with a tasting in the warehouse. If required, the team will produce individually labelled bottles complete with club, company or hotel logo.
Author & Writer
HALL OF FAME
Prestige Whisky Specialist
William Grant & Sons
5 December 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant
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