Awards

The Whisky Exchange has won a string of top industry awards since our inception in 1999, for both our website and shop (The Whisky Exchange @ Vinopolis). The latest of these was being proclaimed Whisky Retailer of the Year – Online Outlet (Rest of World) at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky in 2015, the Oscars of the whisky industry, naming us the best whisky website outside Scotland and North America.

Our period of recent success began in 2009, with the shop named Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year by the Drinks Retailing Awards, and the website winning the International Spirits Challenge’s inaugural UK Spirits Retailer of the Year, along with Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Overall) at the Icons of Whisky.

The titles continued to flow in 2010 with the shop once again picking up Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year from the Drinks Retailing Awards, and the website retaining the Icons of Whisky title of Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Overall).

Those same two awards were received for the third consecutive year in 2011, along with the UK Spirits Retailer of the Year awarded by International Spirits Challenge. To complete 2011’s bumper year, we were named runner-up in the Drinks Retailing Awards: Online/Direct Mail Retailer of the Year, going one better in 2012 by winning it.

The Whisky Exchange Awards

Jay Poudel (far left) and Sukhinder Singh (far right) of The Whisky Exchange collect the 2012 Drinks Retailing Awards: Online/Direct Mail Retailer of the Year award from Olly Smith (second from right)

2013 was a quiet year for the company, although director Sukhinder Singh picked up a personal award from Imbibe magazine, being named as its Innovator of the Year at the Personality of the Year awards.

2014 was our shop’s highlight to date, picking up the prestigious accolade of Whisky Retailer of the Year Single Outlet (Overall) at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky in 2014, naming us the best whisky shop in the world.

2015 promises to be as successful as 2014, with the shop picking up the Drinks Retail Awards Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year and the website the Icons of Whisky Rest of World Online Retailer of the Year award.


Awards Timeline


2009

  • thewhiskyexchange.com
    • International Spirits Challenge: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year (UK)
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Overall)
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Rest of World)

  • The Whisky Exchange @ Vinopolis
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

2010

  • thewhiskyexchange.com
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Overall)
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Rest of World)

  • The Whisky Exchange @ Vinopolis
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

2011

  • thewhiskyexchange.com
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Overall)
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Online Retailer of the Year (Rest of World)
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Online/Direct Mail Retailer of the Year – runner-up
    • International Spirits Challenge: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year (UK)

  • The Whisky Exchange @ Vinopolis
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

2012

  • thewhiskyexchange.com
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Online/Direct Mail Retailer of the Year

2013

  • Sukhinder Singh
    • Imbibe Personality of the Year: Innovator of the Year

2014

  • The Whisky Exchange @ Vinopolis
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Retailer of the Year (Overall)
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Retailer of the Year (Rest of World)

2015

  • thewhiskyexchange.com
    • Whisky Magazine – Icons of Whisky: Whisky Retailer of the Year – Online Outlet (Rest of World)

  • The Whisky Exchange Shop @ Vinopolis
    • Drinks Retailing Awards: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year