LOUISVILLE, KY -- Heaven Hill Distilleries has been voted the best distiller in the U.S. in this year's "U.S. Icons of Whisky," conducted by Whisky Magazine.
The judges said of the family owned company that it had "quietly been getting on with the job and releasing some stunning whiskies."
It distills and distributes such brands as Evan Williams and Elijah Craig bourbons.
The Icons celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world, with the judging process taking place in regional heats including the U.S., Scotland and "Rest of the World." Whisky Magazine, published in the UK, is the world's leading magazine devoted to such spirits.
The awards ceremony took place at Bourbon's Bistro here. The U.S. winners now go head-to-head with the Scottish and "Rest of the World" winners, and the final World Icons will be announced at a ceremony held on the eve of "Whisky Live: London" on February 25, 2010.
DISTILLER OF THE YEAR: Heaven Hill Distilleries
VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR: Buffalo Trace Distillery
AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: Frank Coleman, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS)
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR: Woodford Reserve
RETAILER OF THE YEAR (SINGLE): Park Avenue Liquors, New York
RETAILER OF THE YEAR (MULTIPLE): Binny's Beverage Depot, Chicago
Heaven Hill, located in Bardstown, KY, won "Distiller of the Year" honors last year from Whisky Magazine, as well as "Visitor's Attraction of the Year."
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