Scottish Icons of Whisky 2012

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has been voted the best Scottish distiller in this year’s Scottish Icons of Whisky, held by Whisky Magazine. The firm, which owns some of the most iconic distilleries in the world , faced stiff competition from a shortlist of Scottish distillers.

To celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world, this year’s judging process will include regional heats in the U.S., Rest of World and Scotland.

Other big winners in the Scottish Icons included: Whisky Ambassador Colin Dunn (Diageo), Young Whisky Ambassador Susan Colville (Wemyss Vintage Malts) and Whyte and Mackay for its work replicating Shackleton’s whisky.

The icons were announced at an awards ceremony at Oran Mr, Glasgow, on Friday, September 2nd, held to mark the opening of Whisky Live Glasgow.

Full results were:

DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

Diageo

Highly commended: Kilchoman Distillery

VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Aberlour Distillery

Highly commended: Glen Grant Distillery

RETAILER OF THE YEAR (SINGLE)

The Whisky Shop Dufftown

Highly commended: Gordon and MacPhail

RETAILER OF THE YEAR (MULTIPLE)

Luvian’s Bottle Shop, Fife

Highly commended: Royal Mile Whiskies

RETAILER OF THE YEAR (ONLINE)

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Highly commended: singlemaltsdirect.com

BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Whyte and Mackay

Highly commended: The Glenmorangie Company

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Colin Dunn, Diageo

Highly commended: George Grant, Glenfarclas Distillery

YOUNG AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Susan Colville, Wemyss Vintage Malts

Highly commended: Karen Fullerton, The Glenmorangie Company

Visit www.whiskymag.com for full results

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