Mickey Heads, Distillery Manager of Ardbeg, Laphroaig Distillery and Diageo, owners of Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distillery, all won a global award in the Icons of Whisky 2014 organised by Whisky Magazine:
Michael Heads of Ardbeg Distillery won the Whisky Distillery Manager of the year award. "Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native, has been providing liquid consistency at Ardbeg since 2007. The former manager at Jura is now in his 34th year in the industry, having cut his teeth at Laphroaig in the peat bogs before becoming assistant brewer."
Laphroaig Distillery won the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the year award: "This most distinctive of Islayâ€™s whiskies offers a warm welcome to visitors from across the world. From a walk through tour to owning your piece of Islay, Laphroaig has stamped its mark on the visitor centre experience."
Diageo Scotland, owners of Lagavulin and Caol Ila on Islay, won the Whisky Distiller of the year award: "Production capacity increased many of its sites, an investment of nearly Â£150million across the Highland Council area and more expansion plans to come, increasing grain capacity, a raft of new expressions and building new distilleries. Diageo has been putting its money where its mouth is for its brands and the category, proving that with great size comes great responsibility."