Awards & Events

Icons of Whisky

By Rob Allanson
The Icons of Whisky Scotland awards are presented each year in Edinburgh and celebrate the nation’s top people, bars, producers and retailers. The winners of this regional heat now go forward to be considered for the Global Icons awards, which will be presented in London on 28 March 2019. Decisions are reached following nomination and voting by the industry and consideration by a Whisky Magazine panel.
Furthermore, honouring their outstanding contribution to the industry, Ken Grier, former creative director of the Edrington Group, and Brown-Forman master blender, Rachel Barrie have been inducted into the global Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame as inductees #54 and #55.

We are proud to honour the following as Icons of Whisky Scotland 2019:

Distiller of the Year
Edrington Group
Highly Commended
Diageo

Craft Producer of the Year
Glasgow Distillery
Highly Commended
Kilchoman Distillery

Brand Innovator of the Year
The Macallan
Highly Commended
Glenfiddich

Visitor Attraction of the Year
The Balvenie
Highly Commended
Benromach

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year
Susan Colville, Benromach
Highly Commended
Patricia Retson, Highland Park

Master Distiller / Blender of the Year
Brian Kinsman, William Grant & Sons
Highly Commended
Richard Patterson, Whyte & Mackay

Distillery Manager of the Year
Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu
Highly Commended
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year
Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich
Highly Commended
Ibon Mendiguren, Loch Lomond Group

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year
Gordon & MacPhail Retail Shop
Highly Commended
The Scotch Whisky Experience Shop

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year
The Whisky Shop
Highly Commended
Drinkmonger by Royal Mile Whiskies

Travel Retailer of the Year
World of Whiskies, Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport
Highly Commended
The Fly Nip Whisky Shop, Inverness Airport

Online Retailer of the Year
Royal Mile Whiskies
Highly Commended
The Whisky Shop

Supermarket of the Year
Tesco
Highly Commended
Aldi

Bar of the Year
The Pot Still
Highly Commended
SMWS, Queen Street

Bar Group of the Year
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Highly Commended
Teutchers Bars

Hotel Bar of the Year
Meldrum House Hotel
Highly Commended
The Balmoral