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Ian Macleod Distillers celebrates win at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards 2018 - Independent family-owned firm awarded Distiller of the Year Scotland

1st January 2018

Ian Macleod Distillers is celebrating after being named Distiller of the Year Scotland at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards 2018.

The results were announced at a ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in front of an audience of over 100 major figures from the whisky industry.   

This is the first time Ian Macleod Distillers has won the prestigious title and the award organisers said the decision reflected the release of exceptional expressions from the Tamdhu Distillery and the announcement that Rosebank Distillery is being resurrected.

Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family owned distillers, blenders and bottlers. The company currently produce and sell well over 15million bottles of spirit per year. 

Commenting on the awards, Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, said:

“We are thrilled to have been recognised with this award in such a respected industry competition. With record visitor numbers at our Glengoyne Distillery, the launch of Tamdhu 50, the continuing growth of Edinburgh Gin and the Rosebank purchase, 2017 was a fantastic year for us. Throughout 2018 whilst we hold the title of Distiller of the Year, we are looking forward to resurrecting Rosebank Distillery, which produces one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world. We will also be launching new products with Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Edinburgh Gin, and continuing with developments throughout our visitor centres”.

Rob Allanson, Chairman of the Icons of Whisky Awards said:

“Ian Macleod Distillers takes the crown in this year’s Distiller of the Year award following the release of exceptional expressions from Tamdhu Distillery, and more recently the exciting announcement that it is resurrecting Rosebank Distillery. We look forward to seeing what the future holds”. 


First held in 2007, Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards are based on industry nominations reflecting achievements during the year. The editorial panel then produces a shortlist which is then opened to industry votes to decide the winners.