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Rising stars

The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first round of voting our focus turns to Scotland.
By Rob Allanson
WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR
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Springbank Distillery
Extended its silent season in a period of rising costs then reopened when prices began to fall. Now bucking the economic trend and expanding. HIGHLY COMMENDED
William Grant & Sons ALSO NOMINATED
Benromach
Bladnoch
Bruichladdich
The Edrington Group
Glenglassaugh
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
Kilchoman
The Glenrothes
Whyte & Mackay WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR ICON
Gerry Tosh Highland Park Head of brand education for Highland Park, he developed an indepth training scheme for the distillery’s ambassadors.HIGHLY COMMENDED
Colin Scott
Chivas Brothers ALSO NOMINATED
George Grant
J & G Grant
Ian Logan
Chivas Brothers
Antony McCallum-Caron
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
Ian Millar
William Grant & Sons YOUNG WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
ICON Peter Currie
Springbank
A veritable roving ambassador taking the J & A Mitchell brands, Springbank, Hazelburn, Longrow and Kilkerran to an expanding global audience. HIGHLY COMMENDED
Susan Colville
Wemyss Malts ALSO NOMINATED
Stephen Marshall
John Dewar & Sons WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
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Auchentoshan Distillery
A revamped visitor centre which now offers a home to local businesses and visitors alike.Highlights local history and developments as well as its own.HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Scotch Whisky Experience ALSO NOMINATED
Aberlour Distillery
The Glenfiddich Distillery
Glengoyne Distillery
Highland Park Distillery
Speyside Cooperage 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.Companies were asked to nominate themselves and in some cases were put forward by other organisations.This year’s judging process included regional heats in the United States, 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 at the Hurlingham Club, London, 25th Feburary 2008, held to mark the opening of Whisky Live London.Here we present the winners from Scotland. In some cases the winners were separated from their peers by just a few points.We hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.WHISKY BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR ICON
The Edrington Group For pushing the boundaries and expanding its portfolio of its blends, including Snow Grouse, Black Grouse and Silver Grouse. HIGHLY COMMENDED
Bruichladdich Distillery Co Ltd ALSO NOMINATED
From the Vaults Exhibition
The Glenmorangie Company
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
William Grant & Sons WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR SINGLE OUTLET
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Whiskies of Scotland (Huntly) A wonderful place to stop in and browse through the bottlings.There is always something new and exciting to try and walk away with and enjoy later.HIGHLY COMMENDED
Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray ALSO NOMINATED
Gordon and MacPhail, Elgin
Robertson’s of Pitlochry
The Whisky Shop, Dufftown WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR MULTIPLE OUTLET
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Royal Mile Whiskies
A haven for whisky lovers in both capitals, also expanded into rum.A true beacon for whisky retailing HIGHLY COMMENDED
Luvian’s Bottle Shop (Fife) ALSO NOMINATED
Peckhams
The Whisky Shop
Robert Graham WHISKY RETAILER OF THE YEAR ONLINE OUTLET
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www.lfw.co.uk (Loch Fyne Whiskies) Has had a fantastic year so far particularly online. The word about this shop and its website continues to spread. HIGHLY COMMENDED
www.singlemaltsdirect.com
Whiskies of Scotland ALSO NOMINATED
www.whisky-cigars.co.uk
Robert Graham
www.enjoywhisky.com
The Whisky Connoisseur
www.thewhiskybarrel.com The Whisky Barrel