William Grant & Sons has been named ‘Whisky Distiller of the Year’ at the prestigious Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards. The company will now battle it out with other brands from around the world at the global heats, which take place in March 2011.
Brian Kinsman, William Grant & Sons’ Master Blender and Malt Master, said: “Being named Scottish Whisky Distiller of the Year is testament to the pride and care we take in producing the very best dram in the valley. We will wait with baited breath to see if we are crowned International Whisky Distiller of the Year in March.”
Rob Allanson of Whisky Magazine, the award sponsors, said; “We chose William Grant & Sons as the winner as we have been impressed with the outstanding range of whiskies they have released over the last year and their successful expansion in Ireland and the USA. From the pioneering Glenfiddich Rich Oak to the impressive Grants 25 Year Old, Brian Kinsman is showing himself as an exemplary malt master for William Grant & Sons and they are truly deserving award winners.”
William Grant & Son’s global brand ambassador, Ian Millar, was also ‘highly commended’ in the Ambassador of the Year category.
To see the full list of this year’s award winners go to http://www.whiskymag.com/awards/icons_of_whisky/2011/