James Campbell (extreme left), chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, lines up with award winners, from left: Sandy McIntyre (Tamdhu), Graeme Cruickshank (Aberlour), Annelise Hastings (Mannochmore) and Dennis McBain (Glenfiddich).
The winners have been revealed in the hotly-contested Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards which had a global flavour this year, with judging sessions taking place in three international destinations as well as in Speyside.
Eight finalists were voted on at a series of judging sessions in Germany, Canada and The Netherlands as well as in Speyside in the run up to and during the Festival.
Renowned glassmaker Tom Young has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. Mr Young, co-founder of Stirling family firm Angels’ Share Glass, was given the honour to mark his long service to the glassmaking industry.
He was shocked and delighted to receive the award which will be presented to him at St James Palace, London during a ceremony in the summer.
Highland based Tomatin Distillery has been crowned Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Whisky Magazine, Icons of Whisky Awards. The accolade was announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Friday 2nd December.
This is the second year running that the Distillery have triumphed at the world renowned awards having previously won Distiller of the Year 2016.