To celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world, this year's judging process will also include regional heats in the U.S., Japan, Ireland and Scotland.
Other big winners included John Hall from Kittling Ridge Distillery who became Ambassador of the Year, and Diageo scooped the Innovator of the Year award.
The icons will now go forward to the final world Icons which will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Cafe Royal, London, 28th Feburary 2008, held to mark the opening of Whisky Live London.
The full list of Icons of Whisky are:
DISTILLER OF THE YEAR
Winner - Kittling Ridge Estates
Highly Commended - Diageo
VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Winner - Canadian Club Visitor Center
Highly Commended - Glenora
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Winner - Diageo
Highly Commended - Glenora
AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
Winner - John Hall, Kittling Ridge
Highly Commended - Dan Tullio, Beam Global
RETAILER OF THE YEAR (MULTIPLE)
Winner - LCBO
Highly Commended - Alcool NB
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Winner - Via Allegro Ristorante
WHISKY BAR OF THE YEAR
Winner - The Whisky Cafe
Highly Commended - The Lunar Rogue Pub
For the innovations it is based on what has happened in the last 12 months - Diageo was chosen for its work with Crown Royal XR.
LCBO was chosen for its work constantly promoting whisky in the area.
I was at Kittling Ridge on Tuesday with John - great set up. Hope you like the small batch.
MrTattieHeid wrote:I guess the key word is "multiple". Hard to see the LCBO being a more noteworthy promoter of whisky than some of the Alberta retailers.
It's 'cause there'r more of US than THEM. The LC being one of the largest alcohol purchasers in the world, would have impact on the voting, and they do push the promotions up here. As every City, town, village, (even) hamlet has an outlet, we have more LCBO's than we do police detachments!
There are 3-4 shops in this province which have a far better selection than even the best of the LCBO's... Many of the suppliers bypass Ontario because the LCBO is difficult to deal with. You may be the biggest bulk purchaser of alcohol in the world, but you have an ego to match!
There are 3-4 shops in this province which have a far better selection than even the best of the LCBO's... Many of the suppliers bypass Ontario because the LCBO is difficult to deal with. You may be the biggest bulk purchaser of alcohol in the world, but you have an ego to match![/quote]
The way I see it, the LCBO is one big wine store with a few token premium spirits at super premium prices. The whiskies are way overpriced in comparison to the US and other provincial licquor boards. The Bowmore 18 at $118 - most private shops in the US sell this for under $90 - how does that happen with the bulk buying power vs a private shop. I recently saved $36 on a premium rum from Nova Scotia ($109 vs $73). I thought with the parity (close enough) of the dollar, there would be better deals especially on new stock arriving.
I wish the LCBO and its old boys network would break-up.
Anyways, how does a monopoly win retailer of the year. Here's one I can't forget. About 2 years I went to an LCBO scotch tasting offering 5 cask strenghth whiskies at $75 and the only food they served was a few token crackers. I felt so light headed - nobody said to me that I should have eaten first - at $75 I expected some food. And then the have the nerve to promote "drink responsibly" "in moderation" blah blah blah. Yes they paid for my cab ride home but I had to take a cab back the next morning to fetch my car.
Excuse my rant. But I have a hard time with the LCBO winning anything except possibly the "Most poorly run Monoploy" - bunch of lazy fat cats that are not in touch with its consumers.
I feel better now.
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