Icons of Whisky 2021 – America

Celebrating the industry’s best

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.


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Distiller of the Year


Highly Commended

Westland Distillery

Craft Producer of the Year

Ironroot Republic Distilling

Highly Commended

Cathead Distillery

Sustainable Distillery of the Year

FEW Spirits 

Highly Commended

Old Forester

Brand innovator of the Year

Old Charter Oak

Highly Commended

Westward Whiskey

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sazerac House

Highly Commended

Breckenridge Distillery

Master Distiller / Master Blender of the Year

Victoria Eady Butler
Uncle Nearest

Highly Commended

Jared Himstedt, Balcones Distilling 

Distillery Manager of the Year

Nicole Austin
George Dickel

Highly Commended

Marcia Likarish, Ironroot Republic Distilling

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year

John Foster
Smooth Ambler

Highly Commended

Alex Elrod, Balcones Distilling

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year

Gemma Cole

World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year

Allison Parc
Brenne Whisky

Communicator of the Year

Mark Gillespie

Bar of the Year

The Flatiron Room

Highly Commended

Delilah’s, Chicago, IL

Hotel Bar of the Year

Little Rituals
Pheonix, AZ

Bar Group of the Year

Seven Grand

Highly Commended

Goodnight Group NYC

Bar Manager of the Year

Billie Keithley
Breckenridge Distillery

Bartender of the Year

Tomo Matsushita
Copper & Oak, NY

Highly Commended

Molly Wellmann, Japp’s, Cincinnati, OH

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year

Miguel Solorzano
Sazerac House

Campaign Innovator of the Year

Westland Distillery

PR Agency of the Year

The Brand Guild

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year


Online Retailer of the Year

Mash & Grape

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year

Bayway Liquors
Elizabeth, NJ

Highly Commended

Westport Whiskey & Wine, Louisville, KY

Buyer of the Year

Brett Pontoni

Highly Commended

Michael Lowry, Total Wine & More

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