Louisville, KY, February 28, 2019, – Whisky Magazine has named Brown-Forman Corporation the Distiller of the Year and recognized Juan Merizalde Carrillo of Old Forester Distilling Co. as Distillery Manager of the Year at the 2019 Icons of Whisky America Awards held in New York.
The Icons of Whisky are the annual industry awards organized by Whisky Magazine that recognize the very best people and places in the whiskey business around the world. The Icons of Whisky Awards America are presented annually as part of the Whisky Magazine Awards.
“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our almost 150 year history as distillers and for our contributions and commitments to the spirits industry,” said Lawson Whiting, Brown-Forman, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to craft American Whiskeys the best way we know how – with care, patience, and pride.”
“We are proud to celebrate Juan who is a great contributor to the success of Old Forester,” said Campbell Brown, President, Old Forester. “Juan’s balance of technical expertise and passion for crafting great bourbon ensures that the Old Forester promise is as it has always been – to produce bourbon of the finest quality and utmost consistency.”
The Icons of Whisky awards involve regional heats to find the best companies in the leading whisky nations of the world, which then compete against each other for the overall Global Icons of Whisky presented in London each spring. Winners from the USA now go head to head with their contemporaries from Whisky Magazine’s other regions; Australia, India, Ireland, Rest of World and Scotland for the global title. To see a complete list of winners, visit: www.iconsofwhisky.com
Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged, “There is nothing better in the market.”
For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s RTDs, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,800 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit https://www.brown-forman.com/.