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12th February 2020
Buffalo Trace crowned Distiller of the Year at Whisky Magazine Awards New York

[New York, 02/11/2020] Whisky Magazine has announced the Icons of Whisky America winners for 2020, with Buffalo Trace taking home the coveted title of Distiller of the Year, sponsored by Glencairn Crystal. The Icons of Whisky Awards America were presented as part of the Whisky Magazine Awards New York, held at The Flatiron Room, alongside two new inductees into the magazine’s Hall of Fame and the American winners of the World Whiskies Awards.

Winners from the Icons of Whisky America and World Whiskies Awards 2020 will now go head-to-head with their contemporaries from across the globe for the global title, presented in London in March 2020.

The night also saw two new members inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame, sponsored by Amorim Top Series. Peggy Noe Stevens was announced as Inductee 65 as well as Frank Coleman becoming Inductee 66, in recognition of their outstanding work in the industry throughout their careers so far.

Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine editor, says: “The whiskey scene in America continues to go from strength-to-strength and tonight’s awards recognise the breadth and depth that we are currently lucky enough to enjoy. I can honestly say that this year’s Icons of Whisky America awards have been the toughest to judge. Our winners, and indeed all of those nominated, should be immensely proud of their recognition within the industry.”

Icons of Whiskies America 2020 Winners

American Whisky Ambassador of the Year – Sailor Guevara, Uncle Nearest
Bar Manager of the Year – Andrew Anderson, Balcones Distilling
Bartender of the Year – Cache Bouren, Haberdasher
Brand Innovator of the Year – Balcones Distilling
Sponsored by Westrock

Campaign Innovator of the Year – Breckenridge Distillery
Craft Producer of the Year – Dad's Hat
Design Agency of the Year – 51 Eggs
Distiller of the Year – Buffalo Trace
Sponsored by Glencairn Crystal

Distillery Manager of the Year – Scott Sell, Westland Distillery
Master Distiller/Blender of the Year – Brent Elliott, Four Roses
Sponsored by Steklarna Hrastnik

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year – Liquor Barn
Online Retailer of the Year – Liquor Barn
PR Agency of the Year – Bolt PR
Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year – Tracie Franklin, Glenfiddich
Single Outlet Retailer of the Year – Astor Wine & Spirits
Sustainable Distillery – Old Forester
Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year – Erik Brown, Old Forester
Visitor Attraction of the Year – Buffalo Trace
Sponsored by Christies

Whisky Bar Group of the Year – Seven Grand
Whisky Bar of the Year – Jack Rose Dining Saloon

World Whiskies Awards – America
Sponsored by Flatiron Rooms

World's Best Bourbon
Best Non-Kentucky Bourbon
Ironroot Republic, Harbinger

World's Best Single Barrel Bourbon
Best Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon
Rebel Yell, Single Barrel 10 Years Old

World's Best Tennessee Whiskey
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, 1820 Premium Single Barrel Whiskey - US-8

Best American Blended, FEW Spirits, American Whiskey
Best American Blended Malt, Virginia-Highland Whisky, Port Cask Finished
Best American Corn, Buttons, Blue Corn whiskey
Best American Flavoured Whisky, FEW Spirits, FEW Cold Cut Bourbon
Best American Grain, Bainbridge, Yama Mizunara Cask
Best American New Make, 291 Colorado Whiskey, 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey White Dog
Best American Rye, Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr., Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Best American Single Cask Single Malt, Westland Distillery, Cask #3204
Best American Single Malt, The Notch Nantucket Single Malt, 15 Years Old
Best American Wheat, Bainbridge, Two Islands Hokkaido Cask
Best Kentucky Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless Distilling, Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Best Non-Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon, John J. Bowman, Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey

For more information please contact:
Anita Ujszaszi, Awards Director -

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