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Whisky Magazine Awards 2022 Scotland regional results revealed

The 2022 Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards Scotland regional winners were announced in an in-person ceremony in Edinburgh
The Icons of Whisky Scotland 2022 winners have been revealed
The Icons of Whisky Scotland 2022 winners have been revealed
The Whisky Magazine Awards have returned to Edinburgh for the first time in two years to announce the regional winners of the 2022 Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards, and to welcome two new Scottish inductees to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

The in-person ceremony, held at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh on 2 December, played host to the Scotch whisky industry’s finest, from bartenders to brand ambassadors and retailers to visitor attraction managers, to celebrate the country’s 2022 Icons. The Glenturret Distillery took the coveted Distiller of the Year title, while Glengoyne (part of Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd) was named Sustainable Distillery of the Year.

The Glenturret Distillery


The event also saw the Scotland country winners in the World Whiskies Awards 2022 announced, and the unveiling of two new Scottish inductees to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame: John L S Grant and Peter Gordon.

It follows the Icons of Whisky regional Ireland leg, the first of the 2022 awards, which took place at Dublin’s Iveagh Garden Hotel on 25 November.

The Glengoyne Distillery


Christopher Coates, Editor of Whisky Magazine, said: “This year’s results are a testament to the great work that’s been done by Scotch whisky makers over the past year. It’s truly delightful to see the Scottish industry growing at a rapid pace and drinkers’ interest in Scotch whisky increasing exponentially. I’m certain this positive trend will continue and that competition in our Icons of Whisky categories will remain fierce for decades to come.”

Anita Ujszaszi, awards director, said: "The quantity and quality of Scotch whiskies entered into this year's World Whiskies Awards was outstanding. It proves that the industry has not just overcome the challenges of the past two years, it is thriving in spite of them, with producers demonstrating a remarkable level of innovation and excellence. We must extend a huge thank you to all the producers that entered the World Whiskies Awards this year, and to our panel of expert judges."

The results of the Icons of Whisky Scotland 2022, Whisky Magazine's latest Hall of Fame inductees, and Scottish regional results of the World Whiskies Awards 2022 can be found below.

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee No. 74

John L S Grant
Chairman, J & G Grant

John Grant


Very few people can claim to have spent literally their whole life in the whisky industry, but John L S Grant of Glenfarclas comes very close. Born in 1951, he spent his childhood at Glenfarclas House, where he still lives to this day. Following his school years at Gordonstoun, he joined the Bank of Scotland for three years then worked for Wm Teachers Ltd for a further three years. In 1974, John joined the family business – an astonishing 47 years ago. In the early days, John learned the ropes across the business and then focussed his energy on introducing Glenfarclas to international markets, at a time when the sale of single malt was practised by only a small number of brands. He was officially named managing director in 1979, 114 years after his great-great-grandfather first bought Glenfarclas as part of Rechlerich farm. Over the next decades, alongside his father as chairman, John oversaw massive changes to the business – they went from a farming family with a distillery that sold mostly whisky for blending to the producers of a world-renowned single malt.

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee No. 75

Peter Gordon
Director, William Grant & Sons

Peter Gordon


Peter Gordon is a whisky man through and through – a fifth-generation William Grant & Sons family member whose working relationship with the company started in 1977 with jobs at the Glenfiddich and The Balvenie distilleries during school and university holidays. A former chairman of the William Grant & Sons board and the William Grant Foundation, he is currently a director of the company’s Supervisory Board and a Family Council member. Peter is also chairman of William Grant & Sons’ Grissan renewable technology business, as part of his role in leading the parent company’s decarbonising agenda. Alongside his work in the family firm, Peter has had a long history of involvement in the wider industry, including roles as chairman of the Scotch Whisky Experience and the Scotch Whisky Association. Peter characterises his role in the company as one of a ‘chameleon’: he moves between areas of the business, changing and adapting in order to act as a catalyst that helps teams to deliver challenging and innovative projects.

Icons of Whisky Scotland 2022 Winners and Highly Commended



Distiller
Winner
The Glenturret Distillery

Craft Producer
Winner
Ballindalloch Distillery

Highly Commended
Holyrood Distillery

Sustainable Distillery
Winner
Glengoyne

Highly Commended
Nc'nean Distillery

Visitor Attraction
Winner
The GlenAllachie Distillery

Highly Commended
Glenfarclas Distillery Visitor Centre

Campaign Innovator
Winner
Bacardi

Independent Bottler
Winner
Lady of the Glen

Highly Commended
Douglas Laing & Co

Distillery Manager
Winner
Ed Thom, Glenmorangie Company

Highly Commended
Ian Renwick, The Glenturret Distillery

Master Distiller / Master Blender
Winner
Julieann Fernandez, Distell International

Highly Commended
Michael Henry, Loch Lomond Group

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador
Winner
Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park (Edrington Group)

Highly Commended
Jamie Morrison, The Glenturret Distillery

Visitor Attraction Manager
Winner
Debs Newman, Holyrood Distillery

Single Outlet Retailer
Winner
Inverurie Whisky Shop

Multiple Outlet Retailer
Winner
Robert Graham Ltd

Online Retailer
Winner
Abbey Whisky

Highly Commended
Robert Graham Ltd

Whisky Buyer
Winner
Mike Sharples, Abbey Whisky

Whisky Bar
Winner
Kaleidoscope Bar, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Whisky Hotel Bar
Winner
The Spirit Safe Bar at The Station Hotel, Rothes

Highly Commended
Freedom an' Whisky at Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel

Communicator
Winner
Blair Bowman

PR Agency
Winner
Spey

Brand Innovator
Winner
Bacardi (John Dewar & Sons)


World Whiskies Awards 2022: Category Winners, Round 1, Scotland



Blended


12 Years & Under
Black Bottle – 10 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Dewar’s – 15 Years Old

21 Years & Over
Royal Salute – 21 Years Old The Lost Blend

No Age Statement
Black Bottle – Island Smoke Alchemy Series

Blended Malt


12 Years & Under
MacNair’s – Lum Reek 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Johnnie Walker – Green Label

No Age Statement
Wemyss Malts – Peat Chimney

Grain


No Age Statement
Spearhead – Single Grain Scotch Whisky

Single Cask Single Grain


21 Years & Over
Whisky Works – Glaswegian

Single Cask Single Malt


Scotch Campeltown

12 Years & Under
Glen Scotia – Single Cask 1st Fill Bourbon Cask 234

13 to 20 Years
Glen Scotia – Single Cask Refill Bourbon Barrel Cask 669

Scotch Highlands

12 Years & Under
Loch Lomond – Single Cask Refill Bourbon Cask 2337

13 to 20 Years
Loch Lomond – Single Cask Refill Bourbon Cask 4130

21 Years & Over
Rare Find – Tomatin 36 Years Old 1983

No Age Statement
Stalla Dhu – Ardmore Cask Strength

Scotch Islands (Non Islay)

12 Years & Under
The Fisherman’s Retreat – Edition No. 8 Arran

Scotch Islay

12 Years & Under
Stalla Dhu – Caol Ila 11 Years Old Cask Strength

13 to 20 Years
The Fisherman’s Retreat – Edition No. 6.1 Bruichladdich

Scotch Speyside

12 Years & Under
SPEY – 8 Years Old 2013 Cask 18: Spirit of Speyside 2021

No Age Statement
Tamdhu – Tamdhu Club Single Cask 2003

Single Malt


Scotch Campeltown

12 Years & Under
Glen Scotia – 10 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Glen Scotia – 15 Years Old

21 Years & Over
Glen Scotia – 25 Years Old

No Age Statement
Glen Scotia – Campeltown Harbour

Scotch Highlands

12 Years & Under
Glenmorangie – The Original

13 to 20 Years
The GlenDronach – Allardice

21 Years & Over
Glenmorangie – Grand Vintage Malt 1996

No Age Statement
Wolfburn – Northland

Scotch Islands (Non Islay)

12 Years & Under
Ledaig – 10 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Ledaig – 18 Years Old

21 Years & Over
Tobermory – 23 Years Old

No Age Statement
Ledaig – Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish

Scotch Islay

12 Years & Under
Laphroaig – 10 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Bunnahabhain – 18 Years Old

21 Years & Over
Bunnahabhain – 25 Years Old

No Age Statement
Ardbeg – Uigeadail

Scotch Lowlands

12 Years & Under
Auchentoshan – 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Bladnoch – 19 Years Old

No Age Statement
Kingsbarns – Dream to Dram

Scotch Speyside

12 Years & Under
The GlenAllachie – 12 Years Old

13 to 20 Years
Aultmore – 18 Years Old

21 Years & Over
Glen Moray – 21 Years Old Portwood Finish

No Age Statement
Arberlour – A’bunadh

Single Batch Single Malt


Scotch Campbeltown

12 Years & Under
Glen Scotia – Single Cask Tawny Port Hogshead Cask 21/59-3

Scotch Highlands

13 to 20 Years Old
Aberfeldy – Exceptional Cask Limited Edition Côte Rôtie

No Age Statement
Glengoyne – Cask Strength Batch 008

Scotch Islands (Non Islay)

No Age Statement
Isle of Raasay – Signature Single Malt

Scotch Islay

13 to 20 Years Old
Ardbeg – Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch No 3

21 Years & Over
Port Askaig – 25 Years Old

Scotch Speyside

12 Years & Under
Glen Marnoch – 12 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

21 Years & Over
Glen Moray – Warehouse 1 1998 Barolo Finish

No Age Statement
Tomintoul – Cigar Malt