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Icons of Whisky Scotland 2020 winners revealed

The Icons of Whisky celebrates the nation's top people, bars, producers and retailers. This year's winners were announced on Friday, 6 December 2019 in Edinburgh. 

In addition to these winners and highly commended people and places, Whisky Magazine welcomed two new Hall of Fame inductees. 

Inductee 62
Maureen Robinson, Diageo

Inductee 63
Dr. Bill Lumsden, The Glenmorangie Company


Icons of Scotland Winners 2019

Distiller of the Year, sponsored by Glencairn
Glenfarclas Distillery
Highly Commended
Ian Macleod Distillers

Master Distiller/ Master Blender of the Year, sponsored by Steklarna Hrastnik
Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie
Highly Commended
Rachel Barrie, Brown-Forman

Craft Producer of the Year, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
Ballindalloch Distillery
Highly Commended
Daftmill Distillery

Brand Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Westrock
Isle of Arran Distillers
Highly Commended

Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by Christies
Glen Moray Distillery
Highly Commended
GlenAllachie Distillery

Distillery Manager of the Year, sponsored by Larkfire
Callum Fraser, Glenfarclas Distillery
Highly Commended
Graham Eunson, Tomatin Distillery

Sustainable Distillery of the Year, sponsored by Scotch Bonnet
Ardnamurchan Distillery
Highly Commended
Deanston Distillery

Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year
Karen Fullerton, Glenmorangie

Highly Commended
Danny Dyer, William Grant & Sons

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year
Brian Robinson, Ballindalloch Distillery

Highly Commended
Claire Southern, Speyside Distillery "The Snug", Aviemore

Bar of the Year
Bon Accord, Glasgow

Highly Commended
Ben Nevis, Glasgow

Bar Manager of the Year
Frank Murphy, Pot Still, Glasgow

Highly Commended
Mandy Silver, Curly Coo, Stirling

Hotel Bar of the Year
Ardsheil Hotel, Ardsheil

Highly Commended
Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch

Communicator the Year
Dr Chris White,

Highly Commended
Jim & Nicola Young,

Campaign Innovator
Ardbeg Distillery - Masters of Smoke

Highly Commended
Douglas Laing & Co. -
A Remarkable Encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky Islands

PR Agency of the Year

Highly Commended Beeline PR

Design Agency of the Year
Breeze Creative, Glasgow

Highly Commended Contagious, Edinburgh

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year Good Spirits Company, Glasgow Highly Commended
Royal Mile Whiskies/Drinkmonger

Online Retailer of the Year Royal Mile Whiskies Highly Commended
Abbey Whisky

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year, sponsored by The Glenturret
Gordon & MacPhail
Highly Commended
Green Welly Stop

Whisky Buyer of the Year
Arthur Motley, Royal Mile Whiskies 

Highly Commended
Michael Hanratty, Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Own Brand Supermarket of the Year Aldi
Highly Commended

Supermarket of the Year Aldi
Highly Commended Tesco

Travel Retailer of the Year
World of Whiskies, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen Airport

Highly Commended
The Whisky Cellar, Inverness Airport



6 December 2019 - Phoebe Calver