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Balvenie's Ross Blainey Named Brand Ambassador Of The Year

Balvenie's Ross Blainey has been named Brand Ambassador Of The Year at the Australian Bar Awards, held in Sydney tonight.

Blainey was one of a number of whisky-focused brand ambassadors up for the award, which was dominated by representatives from spirits companies. It is the second time a William Grants & Sons whisky ambassador had won the awards in the past four years, with Richard Blanchard receiving it in 2016. Sailor Jerry spiced rum ambassador Nick Miles, also a William Grants brand since 2008, was named in 2018.

Last month Blainey answered Whisky Ardent's Proust Questionnaire, in which he said, "My whisky happiness is being somewhere with the people I care about chatting about whatever comes to mind and sharing a few drams. it could be in a bar, in a living room, around a campfire or anywhere."

Blainey has also been recognised in the annual Icons Of Whisky awards.

The 2019 shortlist featured:

Alice Newport – Pernod Ricard Les Nouveau Distillers (Jameson, Glenlivet)
Andrew ‘Hemingway’ Ratcliff – Proximo Spirits (Bushmills, Bunnahabhain)
Dan Woolley – The Exchange (Laphroaig, Suntory)
Garth Foster – Moet-Hennessy (Glenmorangie, Ardbeg)
Grazia Di Franco – Mancino Vermouth (vermouth)
Krystal Hart – Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Talisker)
Mitch Wilson – Maison Ferrand (rum, cognac)
Peter Hollands – Bacardi-Martini (Dewars, Craigellachie)
Ross Blainey – The Balvenie (Balvenie)
Tristram Lilburne-Fini – Campari Australia (Wild Turkey, Russel’s Reserve)

Previous Winners:

2018: Nick Miles, Sailor Jerry (rum)
2017: Samuel Ng, Four Pillars (gin)
2016: Richard Blanchard, William Grants & Sons (Balvenie, Glenfiddich)
2015: Sean Forsyth, Bacardi (rum)
2014: Justin Strzadala, Suntory (Yamazaki, Hibiki)
2013: Ben Davidson, Pernod-Ricard (Glenlivet, Jameson)
2012: Sebastian Reaburn, 666 Vodka (vodka)

Update 11:48pm 17/09/19: Article updated to reflect Sailor Jerry as a William Grants & Son brand.