The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three rounds we turn our attention to Scotland.
The Icons mark a highlight in the whisky calendar and this year is no exception with the quality of companies entering the awards. The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world. The product is dealt with in the World Whiskies Awards held later this year and the Independent Bottlers' Challenge.
This year's judging process includes regional heats in the U.S., Scotland and the rest of the world. The winners of the regional icons will now go forward to the final world Icons which will be announced at an awards ceremony held to mark the opening of Whisky Live London in March 2011.
Here we present the winners from Scotland. In what has been an interesting year we hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.
WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR - William Grant & Sons
WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR - Richard Paterson - Whyte and Mackay
YOUNG WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR - Stephen Marshall - John Dewar & Sons
WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR - Speyside Cooperage
WHISKY BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Gordon & MacPhail
WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR SINGLE OUTLET - Gordon & MacPhail (Elgin)
WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR MULTIPLE OUTLET - Royal Mile Whiskies
WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR ONLINE OUTLET - http://www.lfw.co.uk (Loch Fyne Whiskies)
Icons of Whisky Scotland 2011 Winners
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