November 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
Well, I am happy to say that this season has not let me down! The calendar keeps filling up, the events get better and better, and these days, I often find myself between a [preferably full] glass of whisky, great company and my next flight … I swear, if it weren’t for my recent swing of hating mornings, I would have otherwise thought I were living in a dream!
To follow up from the Whisky Events Roundup Part 1 post from last week, today, I give you Part 2!
Icons of Whisky Awards by Whisky Magazine
What: Annual awards ceremony at the historic Seelbach Hotel where Whisky Magazine presents the winners of the Icons of the Year awards for American distillers, distilleries, retailers and brand ambassadors.
Who: The who’s who of American whisky. Tom Bulleit (Bulleit Bourbon & Rye), Jimmy Russel (Wild Turkey), Julian & Preston Van Winkle (Old Rip/Pappy Van Winkle), Jim Rutledge (Four Roses), Kevin Smith (Maker’s Mark), Damian Riley-Smith (Whisky Magazine), David Sweet (Whisky Magazine), Mark Gillespie (Whisky Magazine & WhiskyCast), a few awesome folks from Buffalo Trace & Heaven Hill… Of course there were others but I couldn’t get everyone’s card (though I did try!). My apologies to everyone who I missed on this list. It was such an amazing group of whisky-lovers I was honored to have been a part.
Holy cow: My dear friend and esteemed industry partner, Chip Tate of Balcones Distillery (who my company represents abroad and with whom we have starting to do some work with together state-side, more fun details later!) but he WON the ICON OF WHISKY AWARD for best CRAFT DISTILLER!!!! This is HUGE and wonderful news and I couldn’t be more proud of Chip, his team and all of their dedicated hard work. I know it feels great to be recognized and this is so well deserved! Congratulations!!!!
This event was so important and awe-inspiring that I thought it deserved the full attention of this particular post. Tomorrow I will publish the 3rd, and final, post to the Whisky Events Roundup series. Thanks for reading!!!