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.

A new €25 million distillery with a capacity of 2.5m litres of pure alcohol (LPA’s) or 8m bottles/650,000 cases, has been officially opened in County Carlow, Ireland.

DI's annual league of brands returns. Here's the list of the world's best-selling whisky brands in 2015, taking you through the Indian, Scotch, North American, Irish and Japanese million-case brands.

Indian spirits manufacturer Alcobrew has announced its ambitions to become one of the top 5 spirits companies in India by 2020.

Scottish Leader has appointed Dr Kirstie McCallum to the newly created role of lead blender as part of a “new collaborative approach”.  

Pernod Ricard and Irish Distillers have announced the signing and completion of the sale of Paddy Irish whiskey, the fourth largest Irish whiskey brand in the world, to Sazerac. 

InchDairnie Distillery, a new look scotch malt whisky distillery which claims to reflect a new approach, was unveiled today (May 17).

Scotch whisky exports reached £3.86 billion in customs value last year, according to a Scotch Whisky Association analysis published today (May 17).

Independent bottler Wemyss Malts has released six new single cask whiskies ranging from 18 to 35 years old.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) has announced the opening of the first ‘The Singleton Sensorium’ in Travel Retail in Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is launching Project Flavour Behaviour events across the world on World Whisky Day, Saturday 21 May 2016. 

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey has announced the release of a limited edition 10 Year Old single malt whiskey.

The Brown-Forman Corporation has announced that it has bought the BenRiach Distillery Company Limited for approximately £285 million.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has appointed two volunteer directors to join the board for the 17th edition of the event this month. 

Waco craft whisky distiller Balcones has a new distillery site, in what was formerly the old four-story Texas Fireproof Storage Building.

The Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky has revealed that it has accumulated more than 5,000 whiskey barrel experiments in its warehouses.

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced that Alan Park has been promoted to director of legal affairs. 

Moët Hennessy has announced the release of its annual limited edition whisky, Ardbeg’s Dark Cove. 

New Edrington HQ

18 April, 2016

Leading scotch whisky producer Edrington, has today announced plans to move to a new HQ in central Glasgow in 2017.

Distell has announced the appointment of Angus Upton as its global brand ambassador for its single malts portfolio.

Glenmorangie claims to have introduced the world’s first scotch whisky sunglasses.

Scotch Whisky has been recognised as a ‘geographical indication’ (GI) in Mozambique.

Red Breast Single Cask

18 February, 2016

Irish Distillers has unveiled a new expression for its Red Breast single pot still Irish whiskey.

Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers has declared a strategy to take on its competitors in the centre ground of the Scotch whisky market.

anCnoc Highland single malt scotch whisky is part of the portfolio, and is produced at Knockdhu Distillery

Scotch whisky has recognised the advantages of trading with Latin America and, in particular, targeting its growing middle class population.

Glenturret Distillery has announced that Douglas Laing is its European distributor for Glenturret single malt scotch whisky.

The Last Drop Distillers has announced the appointment of Mike Keiller to its team of board of directors.

The SWA has backed EU-raised concerns about discriminatory taxes and monopolies’ practices in Colombia.

William Grant & Sons has announced that chief executive, Stella David, is stepping down.

Tullamore DEW, the Irish whiskey owned by William Grant & Sons, has open the doors of its distillery to the public with the launch of its Ultimate Distillery Experience.

The SWA opens London office

03 December, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) opens its London office today (December 3).

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Diageo’s Special Releases - released

Diageo’s 2016 Special Releases are being debuted this evening (September 21). Here are my rambling tasting notes with comments from master blender Maureen Robinson interspersed with an occasional discussion about cake/dessert comparisons.

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