Scotch whiskey producer Glenmorangie has reintroduced native oysters to coastal waters in the Scottish Highlands after a century’s absence with ambitions of a sustainable future.

Scottish whisky distiller Glenfiddich has launched a virtual reality tasting experience at selected airports around the world.

Whisky Live will be hosted in Sopot, Poland for the first time in the festival’s history this June.

The Scotch Whisky Association has requested support from the Scottish government ahead of the UK General election in June and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Gouden Carolus single malt is the first Belgian whisky to be certified as ‘kosher’ for the consumption of the Jewish community worldwide.

The Scotch Whisky Association will travel to Canada to seek a new trade agreement led by European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan.

Loch Lomond Group, based in Alexandria in Scotland, has set up a partnership with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).

Old Forester bourbon distillers will release a whisky range for the new Kingsman film set to be released in September 2017.

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the sale of the Glenrothes, the Speyside single malt scotch whisky, to Edrington for an undisclosed sum.

Scotch whisky exports increased by 4% in 2016 with the value of single malts exceeding 31bn for the first time according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Irish company Renegade Spirits has received €20m of funding from UK banks to support production of single malt whiskey at its Waterford distillery.

Scottish whisky distiller William Grant & Sons has bought Tuthilltown Spirits in New York state to expand its whisky portfolio into the US for the first time.

Rye whiskey producer Templeton Rye has announced plans to open a new distillery in Iowa, US.

Buffalo Trace Distillery is experimenting with barrels made from 300-year-old wood on a new bourbon.

Bulleit, the Diageo-owned bourbon brand, has formally opened its new US$115m distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Irish Distillers has launched a range of whiskeys aimed at attracting non-whisk(e)y drinkers into the category.

The whisky industry has reacted with shock and sadness at the death of whisky expert Dr Jim Swan, a Scotsman who helped to establish new and innovative distilleries across the word.

Bacalta is Glenmorangie’s eighth and latest annual release in its Private Edition range.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for a 2% cut in excise duty in its budget submission to the UK government’s Treasury.

Diageo has announced that it is to launch a new premium Irish whiskey, to be called Roe & Co.

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has said the UK “could move ahead of the EU in terms of getting a Free Trade Agreement” post Brexit.

Pernod Ricard has announced a €10.5 million investment in increasing Irish Distillers’ single pot still Irish whiskey capacity by more than 30% 

Lagavulin distillery’s year-long 200th anniversary celebrations conclude with the sale of 520 bottles of a special limited edition 1991 expression, which will be sold via a special ballot.

The Dalmore is set to release a Domaine Henri Giraud champagne-finished, 50 year old single malt to mark master distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry.

Rare Whisky 101 claims to have unearthed a valuable haul of forged rare scotch malt whisky, which indicates that professional fraud is more commonplace than previously thought.

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled its Speyside Collection of six single malt scotch whiskies. 

The Benromach Distillery Company has added a ‘rare’ single cask malt whisky to its range, Benromach Heritage 1973. 

Quintessential Brands has announced the establishment of The Dublin Liberties Distillery and the appointment of an executive team to lead its €10 million investment in developing a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre for its Irish whiskey brands.

Time for Longmorn

11 October, 2016

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has introduced two new expressions of Longmorn, its Speyside single malt.

Chivas Regal Ultis is Pernod Ricard's first-ever blended malt scotch whisky under the Chivas brand and its entry point to the prestige scotch whisky category.

Isle of Arran Distillers has pledged to double its production and become the leading independent whisky player in Scotland, after William Grant & Sons.

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.

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

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

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.

Quintessential Brands has announced the launch of a limited edition single malt from The Dublin Liberties Distillery. 

Irish Distillers has unveiled Redbreast Lustau Edition, an ode to the sherry industry and the importance of its relationship with Irish whiskey. 

Maker’s 46 launches in UK

25 August, 2016

Maxxium UK is extending its bourbon portfolio with the launch of Maker’s 46, a higher ABV variant of Maker's Mark targeted at premium on trade and luxury off trade.

A psychologist and research scientist is working with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society to come up with a psychometric test that can match personality types to whisky flavours.

Scotland’s whisky distilleries hosted more visits than ever before in 2015, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

The David Beckham endorsed Haig Club single grain whisky brand has been expanded to include a new variant, Clubman.

The Scotch Whisky Association has been consulting members on what leaving the European Union means for one of the UK’s most important businesses and exports.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has announced that it has bought a stake in West Cork Distillers. It says it plans to expand jointly its global reach.

Crucial Drinks, has announced whisky connoisseur, Ewan Henderson, as its newly created global brand ambassador.

Keep Walking Colombia is a new documentary film by the makers of scotch whisky Johnnie Walker in association with Bogotá’s Museum of Modern Art (MAMBO).

The Scotch whisky Association has emphasised its commitment to working with the Scottish government to the benefit of the wider Scottish economy.

Diageo’s Whiskey Union team is about to launch a third new whiskey – Huxley Rare Genus Whiskey.

Walsh Whiskey has released a  Writers Tears ‘Copper Pot’ mini-book giftpack.

Diageo has launched a special limited edition bottling of Lagavulin Eight Year Old in honour of Britain’s most famous Victorian whisky writer, Alfred Barnard.

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