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Flowers of Scotland — Icons of Whisky 2020

We are delighted to reveal the winners and highly commended awards of the Icons of Whisky Scotland for 2020.
Icons of Whisky Scotland 2020
Icons of Whisky Scotland 2020
The Icons of Whisky Scotland are presented in Edinburgh each year and continue to celebrate the nation's top whisky people, bars, producers and retailers.

Our Icons of Whisky are nominated by and voted for online by members of the industry. After this process is complete, Anthony Denny, publisher & managing editor; Rob Allanson, editor; and Christopher Coates, Scotch whisky editor, act as an editorial panel that collates the results, debates tie breakers and finalises the results. The process remained the same this year, although we have added some new categories for the 2020 awards, to mirror the growing reach and impact of whisky and the professionals working within the industry.


Distiller of the year



Winner

Glenfarclas Distillery

Highly Commended

Ian Macleod Distillers



Craft Producer of the year



Winner

Ballindalloch Distillery

Highly Commended

Daftmill Distillery


Sustainable Distillery



Winner

Ardnamurchan Distillery

Highly Commended

Deanston Distillery


Brand Innovator of the year



Winner

Isle of Arran Distillers

Highly Commended

AnCnoc


Visitor Attraction of the year



Winner

Glen Moray Distillery

Highly Commended

The GlenAllachie Distillery


Master Distiller/ Master Blender of the year



Winner

Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie Distillery

Highly Commended

Rachel Barrie, Brown-Forman


Distillery Manager of the year



Winner

Callum Fraser, Glenfarclas Distillery

Highly Commended

Graham Eunson, Tomatin Distillery


Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the year



Winner

Karen Fullerton, Glenmorangie

Highly Commended

Danny Dyer, William Grant & Sons


Visitor Attraction Manager of the year



Winner

Brian Robinson, Ballindalloch Distillery

Highly Commended

Claire Southern, Speyside Distillery "The Snug", Aviemore


Bar of the year



Winner

Bon Accord, Glasgow

Highly Commended

Ben Nevis, Glasgow


Bar Manager of the year



Winner

Frank Murphy, Pot Still, Glasgow

Highly Commended

Mandy Silver, Curly Coo, Stirling


Hotel Bar of the year



Winner

Ardsheil Hotel, Ardsheil

Highly Commended

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch


Communicator of the year



Winner

Dr Chris White, Edinburgh Whisky Blog

Highly Commended

Jim & Nicola Young, Whisky Boys


Campaign Innovator



Winner

Ardbeg Distillery – Masters of Smoke

Highly Commended

Douglas Laing & Co. – A Remarkable Encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky Islands


PR Agency of the year



Winner

SPEY

Highly Commended

Beeline PR


Design Agency of the year



Winner

Breeze Creative, Glasgow

Highly Commended

Contagious, Edinburgh


Multiple Outlets Retailer of the year



Winner

Good Spirits Company, Glasgow

Highly Commended

Royal Mile Whiskies/Drinkmonger


Online Retailer of the year



Winner

Royal Mile Whiskies

Highly Commended

Abbey Whisky


Own Brand Supermarket of the year



Winner

Aldi

Highly Commended

Lidl


Single Outlet Retailer of the year



Winner

Gordon & MacPhail

Highly Commended

Green Welly Stop


Buyer of the year



Winner

Arthur Motley, Royal Mile Whiskies

Highly Commended

Michael Hanratty, Carnegie Whisky Cellars


Supermarket of the year



Winner

Aldi

Highly Commended

Tesco


Travel Retailer of the year



Winner

World of Whiskies, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen Airport

Highly Commended

The Whisky Cellar, Inverness Airport


All of these winners now move forward to be considered for the global Icons of Whisky titles, which will be announced in March at the global Whisky Magazine Awards dinner in London.
Whisky Magazine's managing director, Damian Riley-Smith, begins proceedings at the Whisky Magazine Awards Scotland.
Whisky Magazine's managing director, Damian Riley-Smith, begins proceedings at the Whisky Magazine Awards Scotland.