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The Spirits Business Awards 2022 winners

Yesterday (3 November), the champions of The Spirits Business Awards 2022 were celebrated – here are all of this year’s winners.

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We celebrate the winners of The Spirits Business Awards 2022

Now in its fourth year, The Spirits Business Awards welcomed more than 80 guests to The Club at The Ivy in London to reveal this year’s winners.

The awards span retail and marketing, sustainability and innovation, tourism, products and the people behind the brands consumers know and love.

The awards were judged earlier this year by: David T Smith, spirits writer, consultant and co-founder of the Craft Distilling Expo; Ivan Dixon, independent spirits consultant; Dimple Athavia, founder of All Things Drinks; Millie Milliken, award-winning freelance drinks writer; Bernadette Pamplin, founder of the Under the Ginfluence blog; Sarah Miller, founder of the Gin A Ding Ding blog; Jack Dalton, UK and international sales manager at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy; and Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business.

Kiely commented: “Through numerable challenges over the past year, the spirits industry has stayed committed to creativity, innovation, and ultimately delivering quality experiences for spirits fans.

“Not only that, but I’ve seen a real allyship become apparent across the trade, from charitable fundraising efforts to working to elevate industry peers and their businesses or projects. There is a real camaraderie that should make us all proud to be part of this industry.

“These moments of excellence are precisely what The Spirits Business Awards have been designed to acknowledge and celebrate. Those who have received awards this year are doing something incredibly special, and my congratulations go to all of our worthy winners this year.”

The Spirits Business Awards 2022 was sponsored by Ty Nant Natural Mineral Water, and Glencairn Crystal, which provided the trophies.

Scroll below to discover this year’s winners, and see the December 2022 edition of The Spirits Business magazine for an in-depth write-up on The Spirits Business Awards 2022.

Retail and Marketing

Spirits Retailer of the Year: Supermarket

Winner: Waitrose & Partners

Spirits Retailer of the Year: E-Commerce

Winner: The Whisky Exchange

Spirits Distributor of the Year

Winner: Speciality Brands

Runner-up: Proof Drinks

High Commendation: Maverick Drinks

Independent Bottler of the Year

Winner: Douglas Laing & Co

Runner-up: That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Spirits Service Provider 

Winner: Contract Bottlers Glasgow

Best New Marketing Campaign

Winner: Lark Distilling Co for Dark Lark 2022 Release

Best Event

High Commendation: Lark Distilling for its 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner

PR Company of the Year

High Commendation: Richmond & Towers

Drinks Consultancy of the Year

High Commendation: International Drinks Specialists

Sustainability and Innovation

Distillery Sustainability Award

Winner: Nc’nean

Runner-up: Caledonia Spirits

High Commendation: Stauning Whisky Distillery

Ethical Award

Winner: Distill Ventures for Pre-Accelerator Programme

High Commendation: Lost Years Rum

Innovation in Production

Winner: Whyte & Mackay: The Scottish Oak Programme

Runner-up: Takamaka for Takamaka Rum

High Commendation: Archie Rose Distilling  for Red Gum Smoked Single Malt Whisky

Innovation in Packaging 

High Commendation: Dutch Barn Vodka

Culture and Tourism

Distillery Consumer Experience Award

Winner: Papa’s Pilar Distillery

Runner-up: Takamaka la Plaine St Andre

High Commendation: Roe & Co Distillery

Best Distillery Facilities

Winner: The Glenturret

Best New Product

Winner: Archie Rose Distilling Co for Single Paddock Whisky

Runner-up: Douglas Laing & Co for Rock Island Scotch Whisky & Tonic ready-to-drink cans

High Commendation: Decem

High Commendation: Whipshots

Cultural Contribution to the Spirits Industry

Winner: The Three Drinkers for The Three Drinkers in Ireland

Runner-up: Angel Share Artworks

High Commendation: Everything You Need To Know About Whisky (but are too afraid to ask) by Nick Morgan and The Whisky Exchange

Contribution to Spirits Tourism

High Commendation: Lark Distilling for Guided Whisky Tasting at The Still


Young Achiever of the Year

Winner: Vishal Patel for Distill Ventures and Sollasa

Runner-up: Imie Augier for Twin Province

Blender of the Year

Winner: Cecile Roudaut, St-Remy

Runner-up: Sam Simmons, Atom Brands

High Commendation: Chris Thomson, Lark Distillery

Distiller/Producer of the Year

Winner: Angela Brown, Strathearn Distillery/Douglas Laing & Co

Runner-up: Kevin O’Gorman, Irish Distillers

High Commendation: Dave Withers, Archie Rose Distilling Co

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Bill Lark, Lark Distillery

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