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Icons of Whisky Rest of World 2015

These are exciting times in the whisky industry as it continues to grow with so many great quality products from around the world making their mark on a global scale.

With new distilleries due to open in England and Ireland in 2015, and stunning whiskies being produced in South Africa, Tazmania and Japan to name a few, the Rest of World stage of the Icons of Whisky becomes more interesting each year.

These awards celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies and mark a highlight in the whisky calendar. This year is no exception with the quality of companies and individuals entering the awards.

We are delighted to present the winners of the Rest of World stage and look forward to them competing against their American and Scottish counterparts in the Global phase.

We hope that you will celebrate the diversity the industry has to offer and join us in congratulating the winners.

Craft Whisky Producer of the Year

Sullivans Cover (Tasmania)

Following the end of a 150 year prohibition on distilling, the Tasmanian whisky industry has burst onto the global scene with Sullivans cove being one of the most successful and celebrated. Having won the title of World’s Best Single Malt in the 2014 World Whiskies awards, it has to be said that the traditional methods and Tasmanian sourced ingredients make this one of the best small batch luxury whiskies around.

Highly Commended
Humbo Shuzo Company (Japan)

Shortlisted
Distillerie Warenghem (France)
Old Hobart Distillery
The Owl Distillery (Belgium)
Still Waters Distillery (Canada)

Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year

Jack Teeling - Teeling Whiskey Company (Ireland)

Jack Teeling is the founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey company. Since 1782 the Teeling family has been crafting Irish whiskey and Jack embodies the family’s entrepreneurial spirit. He has been involved in the Irish whiskey industry for nearly 15 years and prides himself on being at the forefront of the next wave of Irish whiskey producers. The new Teeling distillery, due to open in early 2015 will be the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years and will be located in the family’s spiritual home of the liberties.

Highly Commended
Ichiro Akuto Venture Whisky (Japan)

Shortlisted
Candice Baker - Edrington Portfolio (South Africa)
Ashok Chokalingam - Amrut Distilleries (India)
Ian Chang - Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)
John Quinn - Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Lawrence Graham - Whisky Intelligence (Canada)
Sayumi Oyama - Nikka Whisky Distilling (Japan)
Matt Jones - Beam Suntory (Canada)

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year

Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)

Kavalan Distillery is passionate about creating premium whisky and unique brands in order to ‘improve and innovate the spirit of Taiwan’. They attribute this to the natural resources and excellent technological skills used to create the smooth and unmistakable flavours of Kavalan whisky. They select only the finest casks for their brands and consider the quality of the water they use as the key to their success, drawing spring water straight from the central Mountain and Snowy Mountain ranges.

Highly Commended
Compass Box Whisky Company (England)

Shortlisted
Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Distell (South Africa)
Suntory (Japan)
Berry Bros. & Rudd (England)
Irish Distillers Group (Ireland)
Nikka Whisky Distilling (Japan)
Venture Whisky (Japan)
Hiram Walker Distillery (Canada)
Sullivans Cove (Tasmania)
Lark Distilery (Australia)
John Distilleries (India)

Whisky Distiller of the Year

Distell (South Africa)

Distell prides itself on crafting leading drinks brands for people to enjoy all around the world. The company produces and markets everything from spirits, fine wines, cider and ready-to-drinks (rTDs). among their large whisky portfolio is their very own Bain’s cape Mountain Whisky disilled at their James Sedgwick Distillery and is considered South africa’s first single grain whisky. This is also the home of The Three Ships fleet of whiskies with Three Ships Select growing to become the seventh largest whisky by volume in South africa since it was launched in 1977.

Highly Commended
Nikka Whisky Distilling (Japan)

Shortlisted
Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)
Suntory (Japan)
Forty Creek Distillery (Canada)
Beam Suntory (Spain)
Zuidam Distillers (Netherlands)
Amrut Distilleries (India)
Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Irish Distillers Group (Ireland)
Sullivans Cove (Tasmania)
Cooley Distillery (Ireland)
The English Whisky Company (England)
Berry Bros. & Rudd (England)
John Distilleries (India)

Whisky Distillery Manager / Master Distiller of the Year

Ian Chang - Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)

Ian chang joined Kavalan distillery in 2005 as Master Blender but within his role he also encompasses that of Brand ambassador, Director of Global Business Development and Head of research and Development. That said, no one understands Kavalan’s whisky and brands better than this man. He puts the consumer at the heart of everything he does and aims to target whisky lovers of all ages, while expecting top quality every time.

Highly Commended
Etienne Bouillon The Owl Distillery (Belgium)

Shortlisted
Andy Watts - The James Sedgwick Distillery (South Africa)
Patrick Maguire - Sullivans Cove (Tasmania)
John McCarthy - Adnams Southwold (England)

Whisky Distributor of the Year

The Really Great Brand Company (South Africa)

The really Great Brand company (rGBc) is a small, independent company that puts excellent client service at the forefront of everything it does. rGBc started out in 1996 distributing just two brands and has since added another 23 to its portfolio. The company focuses on premium alcohol brands from champagne to cognac. They distribute an impressive range of whiskies including The Macallan, Highland Park, Tullamore D.e.W. and Jack Daniels.

Highly Commended
Maverick Drinks (England)

Shortlisted
Symposion International AB (Sweden)
Spirit Cartel (England)
Woodman Wines and Spirits (Canada)
Whisky Antique (Italy)

Whisky Importer of the Year

Whisk-e (Japan)

Whisk-e Limited has been importing Scotch whiskies from independent distillers since the turn of the century and has more recently extended its ‘craft’ portfolio to both beers and spirits. By acting as a bridge between producer and consumer the company hope to make each side aware of the others’ needs and aspirations. Through their subsidiary company Drinks Media Japan, they have been organising Whisky Live Tokyo since its inception in 2000.

Highly Commended
Celtic Whiskey Shop (Ireland)

Shortlisted
Edward Snell & Company (South Africa)
Maverick Drinks (England)
Three Rivers (Japan)
Number One Drinks Company (England)
Blavod Drinks (England)
DDB Athens (Greece)
Marussia Beverages UK / Eaux de Vie (England)
Cellar Trends (England)

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Multiple Outlets

La Maison Du Whisky (France)

La Maison du Whisky is a family business and was founded by Georges Bénitah in 1956. The company grew to become one of the largest French specialists of the importation and distribution of rare whiskies. Thanks to the ever-growing whisky market both in France and around the world, La Maison du Whisky has been able to open up a number of successful stores. The first opened in Paris in 1968 and since then they have expanded to réunion and Singapore.

Highly Commended
Dan Murphy’s (Australia)

Shortlisted
Picardi Rebel (South Africa)
Cadenhead's Whisky Shop (Europe)
Vom Fass AG (Europe)
LCBO (Canada)
Shinanoya (Japan)

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Online

The Whisky Exchange (England)

Founded in 1999, The Whisky Exchange is the largest online specialist retailer of whisky and fine spirits, serving thousands of satisfied customers every week. Started by brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, the company is still family owned and prides itself on its team of knowledgeable staff, excellent customer service and ability to source the finest spirits from around the world. With more than 9,000 products available, including a huge range of old and rare bottlings, The Whisky Exchange is the site to visit for all of your whisky and fine spirit needs.

Highly Commended
Master of Malt (England)

Shortlisted
La Maison du Whisky (France)
Whisky-Online (England)
Hard To Find Whisky (England)
Dan Murphy's (Australia)
Lion's Whisky (Italy)
Celtic Whiskey Shop (Ireland)
Liquors Hasegawa (Japan)

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Single Outlet

Berry Bros. & Rudd (England)

Berry Bros. & rudd have been trading from the same shop at 3 St James’s Street London since 1698, making it Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant. This wonderful Georgian store boasts a vast range of wines and spirits from as little as £5 to £5,000. With two royal Warrants, the company is proud to be able to continue to supply wines and spirits to royalty and keep their customers satisfied with a philosophy of constant innovation.

Highly Commended
Kensington Wine Market (Canada)

Shortlisted
Vaughan Johnson's Wine Shop (South Africa)
WhiskyBrother (South Africa)
The Whisky Exchange (England)
Nickolls and Perks (England)
Van Wees, Netherlands (Netherlands)
Whiskybase BV (Netherlands)
Celtic Whiskey Shop (Ireland)
The Wee Dram (England)
Whiskyslijterij De Koning (Netherlands)

Whisky Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year

Andrew Nelstrop - The English Whisky Company

The English Whisky company, founded in 2006, is england’s oldest registered whisky distillery. Based at St George’s Distillery in norfolk, the visitor centre has become one of the county’s leading attractions. In the last eight years, numbers have grown to more than 45,000 per year and tours run on the hour, 362 days of the year. 2014 saw a change in how tours are carried out, allowing access to their no.1 Bond for the first time. Plans to enlarge the retail area and install new features will further enhance the experience.

Highly Commended
Mary Hensey Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)

Shortlisted
Geoff Burns - Penderyn Distillery (Wales)
Tish Harcus - Canadian Club Brand Centre (Canada)

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (Japan)

The Yamazaki Distillery tour promises to teach you everything you need to know about how they produce a variety of distinctive single malt whiskies. You will learn all about the fermentation process and pay a visit to the distillation room to discover the secret behind the vast range of flavours produced here. Visit the whisky as it ‘sleeps’ in the aging warehouse before completing your journey in the Yamazaki guest room. Here you will learn how to enjoy the whisky at its best.

Highly Commended
Irish Whiskey Museum (Ireland)

Shortlisted
Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)
Irish Distillers Group (Ireland)
Canadian Club Brand Centre (Canada)
The English Whisky Company (England)
Kilbeggan Distillery (Ireland)
Nikka Whisky Distilling (Japan)
Suntory (Japan)
Penderyn Distillery (Wales)