December 5, 2013 – Whisky Magazine has completed the second of three rounds in the 2014 Icons of Whisky Awards with the announcement of the winners from the Scotland round. Diageo was named Whisky Distiller of the Year for its massive expansion plan involving most of the company’s Scotch whisky distilleries, while Chivas Brothers was named the “Highly Commended” runner-up. William Grant & Sons was named Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year, while Ardbeg’s Mickey Heads was named Distillery Manager of the Year.
While Laphroaig Distillery won top honors as Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year, Highland Park’s Patricia Retson was named Visitor Centre Manager of the Year and The Balvenie’s David Mair won Whisky Ambassador of the Year honors.
Among retailers, Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin store was named Retailer of the Year (single outlet), along with Drinkmonger for multiple-outlet retailers and the Royal Mile Whiskies online site was named online retailer of the year.
The winners will compete with the U.S. Icons winners announced in September and the World Whisky winners to be announced later for the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards. The awards will be presented on the eve of Whisky Live London next March.
Note: WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie is a contributing editor for Whisky Magazine, and both nominates and votes on selections for these awards.
Links: Whisky Magazine