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
Highly commended: Kilchoman Distillery
VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
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