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The World Whiskies Awards and Icons of Whisky global winners were revealed, alongside four new Hall of Fame inductees at an in-person awards ceremony


25th March 2022
The industry’s finest gathered together at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on Thursday, 24 March to celebrate the 2022 Whisky Magazine Awards.

Returning to London as an in-person event, the global awards ceremony saw the announcement of the World Whiskies Awards and the Icons of Whisky global winners, as well as four new inductees to Whisky Magazine’s renowned Hall of Fame.

The Whisky Magazine Awards seek to honour the very best in the industry, across its people, places and products.

From bartenders to brand ambassadors, retailers to visitor attraction managers, the Icons of Whisky awards honour those who have worked tirelessly to produce and promote whisky. Among this year’s winners were 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.

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 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.”
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