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Here are the winners of the Whisky Magazine Awards 2023 for Icons of Whiskey America. joins you, the fans, and the whiskey judges in a toast honoring the best of the best in the American whiskey industry as judged by these awards as Whisky Magazine shared with us.

This year’s awards recognize the master distillers, ambassadors, and innovators who have made an impact on the whiskey industry. From Master Distiller of the Year to Icons of Whisky winners, they push the boundaries of bourbon and rye whiskey.

Bourbon expert Tom Fischer, who serves as a judge for many whiskey and spirit competitions, said of the winners:

“The winners are some of my favorite Bourbon, rye, American whiskeys, destinations, and of course – people – we have enjoyed covering and following on for over a decade and a half. I am happy to see Whisky Magazine and the panel giving credit where credit is due.” 

To celebrate these winners below, a recent event in Louisville was held. During the event, Steve Nally of Bardstown Bourbon Company and Lance Winters of St George Spirits were inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame as new members.

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Icons of Whisky 2023

Icons of Whisky America 2023: Winners and Highly Commended

Master Distiller/Blender
Caleb Kilburn, Kentucky Peerless

Caleb Kilburn Peerless Bourbon Whiskey Master Distillery
Craft Producer
Chattanooga Whiskey

Highly Commended
A Smith Bowman

Icons of Whisky Award Winner

Brand Innovator
Broken Barrel

Highly Commended
Barrell Vantage

Visitor Attraction
The Sazerac House

Highly Commended
Buffalo Trace Distillery

Highly Commended
Conor O’Driscoll, Heaven Hill Brands
Jonathan Likarish, Ironroot Republic

Sazerac House New Orleans

Heaven Hill Distillery

Highly Commended
Barton 1792 Distillery

Sustainable Distillery
Heaven Hill Distillery

Distillery Manager
Tyler Pederson, Westland Distillery

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador
Lynn House, Heaven Hill Brands

Highly Commended
Freddie Johnson, Buffalo Trace Distillery

World Whisky Brand Ambassador
Koray Kaan Ozdemir, Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky

Visitor Attraction Manager
Matt Higgins, Buffalo Trace Distillery

Highly Commended
Susan Nogues, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

Campaign Innovator
O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company

Highly Commended
1792 Bourbon

Bourbons Bistro

Bourbons Bistro

Independent Bottler
Lost Lantern Spirits

Single Outlet Retailer
McCallum and Sons Whisky Co.


World Whiskies Awards 2023: World’s Best and Best American Winners

World’s Best Bourbon

Best Non-Kentucky Bourbon
The Representative – Small Batch Bourbon

Best Kentucky Bourbon
W.L. Weller – C.Y.P.B

World’s Best Finished Bourbon
Best Non-Kentucky Finished Bourbon
Ironroot Republic – Apotheosis

Best Kentucky Finished Bourbon
Broken Barrel Whiskey – Cask Strength Bourbon

World’s Best Single Barrel Bourbon
Best Non-Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon
Tumblin’ Dice – Single Barrel

Tublin Dice Bourbon Whiskey

Best Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon
1792 – Single Barrel

World’s Best Small Batch Bourbon
Best Kentucky Small Batch Bourbon
Elijah Craig – Barrel Proof C922

Best Non-Kentucky Small Batch Bourbon
Filibuster Bourbon – Bottled in Bond

World’s Best Tennessee Whiskey
Best Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s – Bonded

Best American Whiskey
Storm King Distilling Co. – Side Gig Whiskey

Best American Blended
Breckenridge Distillery – High Proof Bourbon Whiskey

Breckenridge High Proof Bourbon Whiskey

Best American Blended Limited Release
Breckenridge Distillery – Collectors Art Series

Best American Blended Malt
Breckenridge Distillery – Two Clans Blended Whiskey

Two Clans Blended Whiskey Breckenridge Whiskey

Best American Corn
Ironroot Republic – Hubris

Best American Flavoured
Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. – Coffee Flavored Whiskey

Best American Grain
Bainbridge – Yama Mizunara Cask

Best American New Make & Young Spirit
291 Colorado Whiskey – Rye Whiskey White Dog

Best American Pot Still
Talnua Distillery – Virgin White Oak Cask

Talnua Distillery Whiskey

Best American Rye
Sazerac – 18 Years Old

Best American Single Cask Single Malt
Hogback Distillery – The Wallace Collection

Best American Single Cask Single Rye
Smooth Ambler – Old Scout Rye Single Barrel

Best American Single Malt
Westland Whiskey – Solum Edition 1

Best American Small Batch Single Malt
The Notch Nantucket Island – 15 Years Old

Best American Wheat
Lone Elm – 4 Years Old Single Barrel


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