Inver House's Balblair Distillery. Photo ©2014, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Inver House’s Balblair Distillery. Photo ©2014, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

December 2, 2016 – International Beverage’s Inver House Distillers division took Distiller of the Year honors in the Scotland round of Whisky Magazine’s annual Icons of Whisky Awards. The winners were announced today at the magazine’s annual holiday luncheon in Edinburgh, along with the results of this year’s Independent Bottlers Challenge and the inductions of longtime whisky author Charles MacLean and Glenfiddich’s Ian Millar to the magazine’s Hall of Fame.

The Glenlivet’s Alan Winchester was named Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year, while Benromach’s Keith Cruickshank was named Distillery Manager of the Year. George Grant of Glenfarclas was honored as Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year. Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery took Visitor Attraction of the Year honors, and Rikki Scott of Aberlour was named Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year. Tomatin Distillery won the Brand Innovator Award, while the fledgling Glasgow Distillery Company won Craft Producer honors. In the retailer categories, Robert Graham took the award for multiple-outlet retailers, Gordon & MacPhail for single-store retailers, Royal Mile Whiskies won for online, World of Whiskies in travel retail, and Tesco for supermarkets.

The winners will go on to compete against regional winners announced earlier this year for India and the “Rest of the World,” which includes all whisky-producing countries other than Scotland, India, and the United States. Winners of the U.S. round have yet to be announced, and the overall global winners will be announced in March at the magazine’s annual awards luncheon in London on the eve of Whisky Live London.

Malts of Scotland was named Independent Bottler of the Year in the Independent Bottlers Challenge, while claiming regional awards for Speyside and Islay and the award for independent grain whiskies. Dublin’s Celtic Whiskey Shop was named the Non-Scotch Independent Bottler of the Year, while the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Douglas Laing & Co., The Vintage Malt Whisky Company, and That Boutique-y Whisky Company also won regional awards.

The complete results are available at Whisky Magazine’s web site.

Links: Icons of Whisky Awards