This is Whisky Live London weekend, and one of the highlights is the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. Whisky Magazine editor Rob Allanson gives us the overall winners, as well as the winners for the world category (Scotland and U.S. regional winners were announced recently). John Glaser of Compass Box is bottling a special whisky at the festival this weekend…in hopes of making people feel more “optimistic” about the state of the world these days. In the news, the politicians run amok, and a new Irish whiskey website hits the Internet!

Links:  Whisky Live | Compass Box | Historic Scotland | National Trust for Scotland | The Scotsman | The Balvenie | Laphroaig | McTear’s | Jameson | The Ireland Whiskey Trail