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29 September, 2016

William Grant reports record profit

William Grant & Sons has reported a record profit after tax of £147.4m*, an increase of 8.9% year-on-year.

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced that scotch whisky has been registered as a certification trade mark in Taiwan, giving consumers and the industry better protection against fakes.

Georgie Bell joins Bacardi

26 September, 2016

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Georgie Bell as its global Malts ambassador for its single malt scotch whiskies.

A one-off release of what is claimed to be South Africa’s oldest brandy, a 42-year-old single cask pot still from Distell’s Van Ryn’s brand, was sold at the recent Nederburg Charity Auction for R40,000 (US$3,000, £2,260, €2,600).

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Chapel Down to launch in the US

19 September, 2016

England’s leading winemaker, Chapel Down has announced that it is launch in the US, partnering with luxury wine and spirit company, ABCK Corp.

Chilean and Argentinian wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership in a bid to become the UK’s top specialist importer of premium South American wines. 

Bombay Sapphire has shelved its global cocktail competition, Most Imaginative Bartender, in favour of The Glasshouse Project, a conceptual training programme for bartenders. 

Diageo, the world’s largest producer of scotch whisky, has unveiled 10 special scotches this autumn as part of its ongoing Special Releases programme.

Ian Macleod Distillers has announced that it has bought the Spencerfield Spirit Company, including its flagship brand, Edinburgh Gin.

Edrington unveils new HQ

14 September, 2016

Edrington, has announced the location of its new international headquarters: 100 Queen Street, by Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square.

AdVini buys Ken Forrester

14 September, 2016

AdVini, the major southern French wine producer, has bought a majority shareholding in Ken Forrester’s Forrester Vineyards in South Africa.

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced a new scotch whisky blending team with new roles for its master blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop.

Diageo has released a limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish as the first release from its experimental Blenders’ Batch series.

Malibu connects to smartphones

13 September, 2016

Malibu, coconut-flavoured rum brand, is claiming a world first by launching bottles that are connected to deliver content directly to a smartphone.

Black Cow Vodka has announced the appointment of Harry Roper and Georgia Billing as its first UK brand ambassadors.

New KWV chief winemaker

09 September, 2016

KWV, the large South African wine and brandy producer, has announced the appointment of Wim Truter as its new chief winemaker.

Leading French wine supplier Les Grands Chais de France has created a dedicated division in response to the growing demand for alternative beverages and low-alcohol wines. 

Villa Massa, the 'first premium Limoncello brand to commercialise globally', is aiming to increase its market share by 50% by 2020.

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The serious business of bourbon

This is most odd. I’m standing with two American gentlemen in the corner of a very swish steak bar staring at a surreal painting of what we’re being told is a ship exploding as it sails towards a lighthouse. I think.

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