#Iconic

I was off on my Scottish jolly when I heard the news – I was nominated for an award. What could it be, I pondered; Prick Of The Year? Gowl Of The Millenium? No, it was Whisky Magazine’s Icons Of Whisky awards – basically the Oscars of getting pissed. I am listed in the Communicator Of The Year section, along with a wild bunch of bloggers, writers, and industry folk. It’s a list that me scratching my head – really, people like me shouldn’t be on there, as I straddle that divide between industry and consumer. In an ideal world, it would be an award to celebrate the fans, for those who just love the stuff and write or tweet about it. Skin in the game, and all that.

Unlike the Oscars, the voting operates by ranking names on a list, and so is basically a popularity contest – AKA, the type of contest that I am unlikely to win. It’s also thusly the type of contest that requires you take to the hustings and engage in a lot of thirsty begging for votes, all the while trying to look like you don’t desperately want to win. Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted and honoured to have even been nominated, but the only reward I need from the whiskey world is my invoices being processed in a timely fashion. There are people on that list who are into whiskey not as a career, but as fans, and they should be the ones celebrated, not semi-pros like me. That said, I’ll be sure to mention all this in my acceptance speech which I am currently drafting. 

Author: Bill Linnane

Bylines in the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Tatler Man, Evening Echo, and Distilled. Proud owner of the award-defying TripleDistilled.Blog, Ireland's Least Successful Blog™.

3 thoughts on “#Iconic”

  1. ilovewhisky – I am an English lady who loves whisky and likes a giggle. I am Smiley Smoggy. My first distillery tour was back in the mid nineties when I had the pleasure of visiting Highland Park on Orkney. And my interest has always been there (sometimes not visible) on the back burner. However, now it is time to turn up the heat, get the fire glowing....do more, try more, say more.... and now I am exploring the delicious world of whisky and making whisky fudge too. This blog is my journey into discovering new whiskies, different expressions and some giggles. Sarah x x
    ilovewhisky says:

    I have to say congratulations, however you look at it you are being recognised for your efforts!

    1. Bill Linnane – Midleton – Freelance writer with the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Tatler Man, Evening Echo, and Distilled. Proud owner of the award-defying TripleDistilled.Blog, Ireland's Least Successful Blog™.
      Bill Linnane says:

      Cheers! I hope you win, what you have been doing with the fudge is amazing – that’s the sort of creative thinking that should be rewarded.

      1. ilovewhisky – I am an English lady who loves whisky and likes a giggle. I am Smiley Smoggy. My first distillery tour was back in the mid nineties when I had the pleasure of visiting Highland Park on Orkney. And my interest has always been there (sometimes not visible) on the back burner. However, now it is time to turn up the heat, get the fire glowing....do more, try more, say more.... and now I am exploring the delicious world of whisky and making whisky fudge too. This blog is my journey into discovering new whiskies, different expressions and some giggles. Sarah x x
        ilovewhisky says:

        Oh thank you… these sorts of comments really make me feel humble and appreciative.

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