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Thalita Alves Named American Whiskey Ambassador At Global Icons

Thalita Alves. Pic by May Lawrence via Oak Barrel

Sydney-based Thalita Alves of Brown-Forman has taken out the American Whiskey Ambassador Of The Year gong at the 2020 Icons Of Whisky Awards, held in London.

The Australian regional Icons were announced in October last year before the Global Announcement. The Icons are run by Whisky Magazine, who’s Publisher and Managing Editor Anthony Denny said, “this year’s Icons of Whisky have been awarded to some truly outstanding companies and individuals, hailing from all over the world.

“By their own supreme efforts, they have succeeded not just in earning themselves well deserved recognition but have demonstrated just how dynamic and innovative the whole industry is. It is a real pleasure to celebrate with them.”

Brazilian-born Alves works out of the Sydney office across Brown-Forman’s whisk(e)y portfolio which is led by Jack Daniels, but also includes Scotch distilleries GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh and Ireland’s Slane.

The Awards also saw Australia’s Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy’s chain store with Supermarket Of The Year.

Global Icons Of Whisky 2020

Advertising Agency Of The Year
TBWA, Dublin

Brand Innovator Of The Year
Irish Distillers

PR Agency Of The Year/Communications Agency Of The Year

Communicator Of The Year
Becky Paskin

Design Agency Of The Year
Stranger & Stranger

Multiple Outlets Retailer Of The Year
C.Gars – Turmeaus Cigars & Whisky

Online Retailer Of The Year
La Maison du Whisky

Own Brand Supermarket Of The Year
Lidl GB

Single Outlet Retailer Of The Year

Supermarket Of The Year
Dan Murphy’s

Travel Retailer Of The Year
Big Five Duty Free

Whisky Buyer Of The Year
Pete Newton, Booths

Whisky Bar Group Of The Year
Seven Grand

Whisky Bar Of The Year
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Bar Manager Of The Year
Frank Murphy, The Pot Still

Bartender Of The Year
Cache Bouren, Haberdasher

Whisky Hotel Bar Of The Year
The Tack Room, Adare Manor

Irish Whiskey Ambassador Of The Year
Avril Hogan, Dingle Distillery

Scotch Whisky Ambassador Of The Year
Georgie Bell, Barcardi Brands

World Whisky Ambassador Of The Year
Andy Watts, Distell

American Whisky Ambassador Of The Year
Thalita Alves, Brown-Forman

Distillery Manager Of The Year
Scott Sell, Westland Distillery

Master Distiller/Blender Of The Year
Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie Distillery

Sustainable Distillery
The James Sedgwick Distillery

Visitor Attraction Of The Year
Buffalo Trace Distillery

Visitor Attraction Manager Of The Year
Lisa Jameson, Teeling Distillery

Craft Producer Of The Year
Dad’s Hat

Campaign Innovator Of The Year
Ardbeg Distillery, Masters of Smoke

Distiller Of The Year
Irish Distillers

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