The Whisky Magazine Awards comprise the Icons of Whisky, World Whiskies Awards, and Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame
The global results of the Whisky Magazine Awards 2022 have been revealed at the competition's first in-person ceremony in three years.
The industry's finest gathered at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on 24 March to celebrate the global winners of the 2022 Icons of Whisky
and World Whiskies Awards
, as well as honouring the latest inductees to the prestigious Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame
It followed in-person ceremonies in Dublin and Edinburgh and virtual presentations for America and Rest of World to announce regional winners in the Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards, which were then put forward to compete for the global titles.
This year's global winners in the Icons of Whisky – celebrating the very best people and places in the industry – include Buffalo Trace Distillery
, which gained the title of Distiller of the year, as well as Sullivans Cove Distillery
, which took home the title of Craft Distiller of the year, and Kevin O’Gorman
of Midleton Distillery, who was named Master Distiller/Master Blender of the year.
The World Whiskies Awards also named its World’s Best winners across the breadth of categories within whisky, decided on by an expert judging panel. This year’s winners include The Lakes Distillery’s
The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.4, which took home the World’s Best Single Malt, and Redemption’s Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon 10 Years Old as the World’s Best Bourbon.
Induction into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame is the highest honour bestowed by this title, and 2022 saw four titans of the global industry inducted: Garvin Brown, board chairman at Brown-Forman; Paul P. John, chairman of John Distilleries; La Maison du Whisky CEO Thierry Bénitah; and Jota Tanaka, master blender and executive fellow at Kirin Brewing Company.
On the Icons of Whisky results, Christopher Coates, editor of Whisky Magazine
, said: "The global whisky industry has taken the challenges of the past few years in its stride, and the strength of the entries we've received to our Icons awards for 2022 reflects this perfectly.
"As always, we have been inspired by each and every one of our Icons nominees. Regardless of where in the world they are located or the part of the industry they work in, it is apparent that all are united by an unrivalled passion for whisky and a shared commitment to excellence in their respective fields."
Anita Ujszaszi, awards director, commented on the World Whiskies Awards: "We must extend a heartfelt thanks to our judges, who all met online in dedicated tasting sessions to share their expertise and evaluate each sample individually. It’s been an incredible experience.
"None of this would have been possible without all the great people involved, across all parts of the operation, who were willing to help and work together to make this a great year for the World Whiskies Awards. We have seen increased numbers of whiskies entered and measurably improved quality across the board. We’re looking forward to next year already."The full results of the Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards can be found below.
Icons of Whisky 2022 Global WinnersDistiller of the year Sponsored by Glencairn Crystal
Buffalo Trace DistilleryMaster Distiller/Master Blender of the yearSponsored by Whisky Auctioneer
Kevin O’Gorman, Midleton DistilleryCraft Producer of the year Sponsored by Wade Ceramics
Sullivans Cove Distillery Sustainable Distillery of the year
Westland Distillery Distillery Manager of the year Sponsored by Larkfire
Ed Thom, The Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Attraction of the year
Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience Visitor Attraction Manager of the year
Ewan Paterson, Clonakilty Distillery Independent Bottler of the year
Lady of the GlenCampaign Innovator of the year Sponsored by Berlin Packaging UK
Westland Distillery Brand Innovator of the yearSponsored by WestRock
M&H DistilleryWorld Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year
Sandra Tsai, Kavalan Distillery Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year
Martin Markvardsen, Highland ParkIrish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the year
Robert Caldwell, Teeling Distillery American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the year
Philip Rawleigh, 291 Colorado Whiskey Communicator of the yearSponsored by McLaren Packaging
Felipe Schrieberg PR Agency of the year
SPEYChef of the year
Jason Nolan, Celtic Whisky Bar & LarderBartender of the year
Pankaj Balachandran, TesouroBar Manager of the year
Padraic Rafter, Paris Texas Bar and Restaurant Whisky Hotel Bar of the year
The Spirit Safe, The Station HotelWhisky Bar of the yearSponsored by The Craft Irish Whiskey Company
Kaleidoscope, The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyWhisky Bar Group of the year
Goodnight GroupBuyer of the year
Mike Sharples, Abbey Whisky Travel Retailer of the year
Aer Rianta International (ARI), The LoopOnline Retailer of the year Sponsored by The Glenturret
Abbey WhiskyOwn Brand Supermarket of the year
Lidl IrelandSupermarket of the year
SuperValuSingle Outlet Retailer of the year Sponsored by The Glenturret
ToniqueMultiple Outlets Retailer of the year Sponsored by The Craft Irish Whiskey Company
Robert Graham 1874
World Whiskies Awards 2022 Global WinnersWorld’s Best Single Malt Best English, No Age Statement
The Lakes Distillery, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.4World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Best Scotch Islay, 12 Years & Under
Stalla Dhu, Caol Ila 11 Years Old Cask StrengthWorld’s Best Small Batch Single Malt Best American, 12 Years & Under
The Notch Nantucket, 12 Years OldWorld’s Best BlendedBest Japanese, No Age Statement
The Akkeshi, ShoshoWorld’s Best Canadian BlendedBest No Age Statement
Crown Royal, Noble Winter WheatWorld’s Best Blended Limited ReleaseBest Canadian, 21 Years & Over
Pike Creek, 22 Years Old Pedro Ximénez Cask FinishWorld’s Best Blended Malt Best Japanese, No Age Statement
Yamazakura, Blended Malt AsakaWorld’s Best BourbonBest Non Kentucky
Redemption, Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon 10 Years Old World’s Best Small Batch BourbonBest Non Kentucky
Widow Jane, Aged 10 YearsWorld’s Best Single Barrel BourbonBest Kentucky
Blanton’s, The Original World’s Best TennesseeBest Age Statement
Jack Daniel’s, 10 Years Old World’s Best CornBest American, 12 Years & Under
Ironroot Republic, IcarusWorld’s Best WheatBest American
Bainbridge, Battle Point Two Islands Hokkaido CaskWorld’s Best Rye Best Dutch, 12 Years & Under
Millstone, 100 Rye Whiskey World’s Best Pot StillBest Irish, No Age Statement
Teeling Whiskey, Wonders of WoodWorld’s Best GrainBest Irish, No Age Statement
The Whistler, Mosaic Marsala CaskWorld’s Best Single Cask Single GrainBest Australian, 12 Years & Under
Whipper Snapper, Australian WheatWorld’s Best New Make & Young SpiritBest Canadian, New Make
Macaloney’s, Seaweed-Peated ClearachWorld’s Best FlavouredBest American
Whiskeysmith, Blood OrangeWorld’s Best DesignBest Limited Release
Spirit Thief Distilling Co., Limited Edition Set