Icons of Whisky Awards 2009

Prestigious Icons of Whisky awards have just been handed out by the Whisky Magazine in London. Here are the winners and runners-up of the Scottish heats of the competition. Congratulations from the Edinburgh Whisky Blog team!

Whisky Distiller of the Year
The BenRiach Distillery Company
Highly Commended
The Glenmorangie Company

Whisky Ambassador of the Year
Colin Scott (Chivas)
Highly Commended
Dr Bill Lumsden (The Glenmorangie Company)

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year
Ardbeg and Dewar’s World of Whisky

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year
The Glenmorangie Company
Highly Commended
The BenRiach Distillery Company

Whisky Retailer of the Year Single Outlet
Gordon and MacPhail
Highly Commended
Loch Fyne Whiskies

Whisky Retailer of the Year Multiple Outlet
Peckhams and Rye
Highly Commended
The Whisky Shop

Whisky Retailer of the Year Online Outlet
Loch Fyne
Highly Commended
The Whisky Barrel

Whisky Supermarket of the Year
Highly Commended

Independent Bottler of the Year
Duncan Taylor and Company


What was said?

Billy Walker, the master blender and managing director of BenRiach (Distiller Of The Year) said: “We are delighted to be recognised by such a prestigious whisky publication. The award reflects the incredibly hard work of our team and is the culmination of a fantastic five-year adventure.” (The Scotsman, Edinburgh)

Paul Neep, The Glenmorangie Company’s Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award for the second time. This top accolade from Whisky Magazine is a strong endorsement of our whisky creation and of the innovative approach we pride ourselves on.”

Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Whisky Creation and Distilling at Glenmorangie, said: “It is fantastic for the Company to receive this accolade again, especially as the awards are classed as the ‘Oscars’ of the whisky world. The ‘Innovator of the Year’ title is a true endorsement of not just the superior quality and innovation of our products, but the sheer passion and commitment the Company has put into developing whisky products that truly inspire.”


Heaven Hill scooped both Whisky Distiller of the Year and Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year awards in the American edition of the contest. Buffalo Trace was named Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year.


Whisky Magazine article

The Scotsman article

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