In a blind tasting, our expert panel of ten judges, including whisky writers, industry representatives and specialist retailers, selected two finalists from each Whisky Awards category.

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson took up an accounting position with Tomatin in 1988, two years after the formation of the new company at the distillery. He progressed to company secretary and in 2009 was appointed MD of J & W Hardie Ltd, the company formed to progress the branded side of Tomatin’s business.

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Justine Hazlehurst

Justine Hazlehurst

Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh. As a proud citizen of Leith, she recently started the Leith Whisky Trail – walking tours, focusing on the history of the brokers, blenders and bottlers of what was once a thriving whisky district, which culminate in a tasting of some ‘blast from the past’ drams all linked to the area.

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Peter Klas

Peter Klas

After a very successful career in TV and film, Peter, who had built up an extensive knowledge of Scotch whisky over the years, was inspired after visiting the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. in 2013 to follow his passion. He opened “Scotia Spirit “ a Scotch Whisky shop and Scottish luxury goods store in Cologne. His shop has been very successful and in 2018 he opened an additional tasting room where they regularly host two whisky tasting sessions for customers daily.

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Marjana-Maja Kozul

Marjana-Maja Kozul

“Maja” is Manager of Bishops Arms Gustav in Malmo, Sweden and provides training on whisky for the staff at all 39 of the famous Bishops Arms Bars throughout Sweden.

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Hamish Marshall

Hamish Marshall

A trained chef and one-time Restauranteur, Hamish Marshall cut his teeth as a sales representative with Lang Brothers Distillers, then part of the Robertson & Baxter Group. The formation of the Macallan Langs Partnership brought an opportunity to join the team that built The Macallan brand into the No 1 Malt Whisky brand on Speyside and Scotland.

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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen joined the retail industry as soon as he turned 18 years old, working with his father and served his time as an Assistant Manager of a Wine Rack off-licence whilst studying at University. The father-son partnership worked, and their Aberdeen store was successful.

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Frank Scott

Frank Scott

For over 30 years Frank Scott has co-owned the Lunar Rogue Pub in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Jackie. It has been recognized as one of the "World's Best Whisky Bars" by the Whisky Magazine while Reader's Digest recently recognized it as one of 10 top places to visit in Canada as well as other influential publications. The Lunar Rogue has over 800 whiskies available.

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Fergus Simpson

Fergus Simpson

Despite a lifelong interest in whisky, Fergus Simpson only started in the whisky business later in life on returning to his native Scotland.

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Karen Somerville

Karen Somerville

Karen Somerville is a Co-Director of The Fife Whisky Festival, with Justine Hazlehurst, the first female lead whisky Festival of its kind.

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Nicola Young

Nicola Young

Nicola Young is a long time Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and travels the country exhibiting at whisky festivals and hosting tastings for their members. Nicola is also one half of the Whisky Boys blog, a father and daughter duo which reviews and shares current global whisky news.

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