Icons of Whisky 2019 – America

Celebrating whiskey excellence

The Icons of Whisky awards are intent on finding the very best people, products and places within the world of whisk(e)y. They celebrate the hard work and ingenuity that goes into every bottle, the stories behind each brand, retailers who open the world up to consumers, and the bars that provide wonderful settings for whisk(e)y lovers to discover new favourites.

Since their inception, these awards have highlighted the heart-warming camaraderie between whisk(e)y professionals – one of the many aspects that makes it such a wonderful industry to work within.

Distillery of the Year


Highly Commended

Beam Suntory

Craft Producer of the Year

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Highly Commended

Corsair Artisan Distillery

Brand Innovator of the Year

Balcones Distilling

Highly Commended

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Maker’s Mark

Highly Commended

Castle & Key Distillery

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year

Marsha Beam
Jim Beam American Stillhouse

Highly Commended

Erik Brown, Old Forester Distilling Co.

Master Distiller / Master Blender of the Year

Jared Himstedt

Highly Commended

Lisa Roper Wicker, George Washington Distillery

Distillery Manager of the Year

Juan Merizalde Carrillo
Old Forester Distilling Co.

Highly Commended

Michael Langan, Sonoma Distilling Company

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year

Jennifer Knott
Sagamore Spirit

Highly Commended

Megan Breier, Jim Beam

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year

Jessamine McLellan
Irish Distillers

Highly Commended

Donal O’Gallachoir, Glendalough

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year

Simon Brooking

Highly Commended

Rick Edwards, Pernod Ricard

World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year

Gardner Dunn
Beam Suntory

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year

Julio’s Liquor

Highly Commended

LeNell’s, Alabama

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year

Twin Liquors

Highly Commended

Binny’s Beverage Depot

Online Retailer of the Year


Highly Commended

Spec’s Wines, Finer Foods

Travel Retailer of the Year


Supermarket of the Year

Whole Foods

Highly Commended

Trader Joe’s

Bar of the Year


Highly Commended

Rusty Nail, New Orleans

Bar Group of the Year


Highly Commended

Goodnight Group

Hotel Bar of the Year

Ace Hotel
New Orleans

Highly Commended

The Lobby Bar, The Brown, Louisville

Bartender of the Year

Travis Tober
Nickel City, Austin

Highly Commended

Amy Fisher, Meta, Louisville

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