The Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards have returned in a virtual format to present this year’s American regional winners, as well as a new inductee into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. Last night, the results were announced live on Facebook – click here
to watch back the livestream.
In a year that had brought with it a new array of challenges for the whisky industry, the moment arose to celebrate the dedication and creativity of its people and places through Whisky Magazine
's Icons of Whisky
awards, as well as the precision and resourcefulness of its producers in the World Whiskies Awards.
This year the most coveted of the Icons awards, Distiller of the Year, was awarded to Buffalo Trace Distillery, while Craft Distiller of the Year, which is proving to be more competitive than ever, was awarded to Distillery 291.
The virtual event also announced the Best American winners for the World Whiskies Awards 2022, while also unveiling inductee 76 into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame: Garvin Brown.
Phoebe Calver, Editor of American Whiskey Magazine, said: “This year’s winners have proven themselves to be a shining light in the industry during tough times. It’s such a pleasure to be able to watch the development of the American whiskey industry and the way that distillers are challenging perceptions, while pushing standards higher and higher.”
Anita Ujszaszi, awards director, said: "It’s been an incredible year for the World Whiskies Awards, with more than 250 entries from the USA. The opportunity to host the US leg of tastings for the awards in Washington DC in November, after a break last year was truly wonderful. Many thanks go to all our judges, especially Steve Beal as chair of judges for the US, and also to Jack Rose for hosting us.”
You can join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #WhiskyMagAwards. See the full list of award winners here.