The Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge dinner on Thursday 12 July.

Rachel Barrie has become the first female master blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh.

Pat Venning, global marketing director for Chivas Brothers believes that its primary Scotch portfolio has a “good future” despite global premiumisation.

Grant’s Scotch whisky has announced a global brand relaunch, including the renaming of its signature blend to Grant’s Triple Wood.

The release of Chivas XV, a 15-year-old blended Scotch finished in Grande Champagne cognac casks has been described as “a disruptive move” for the category by its producer.

Highland Scotch whisky distillery, Tomatin near Inverness, has announced a turnover increase of almost 25% over the past financial year.

American whiskey is becoming the most popular spirit of choice in Australia according to data collected by The Distilled Spirits Council.

Brown-Foreman believes the price of Jack Daniel's whiskey will increase by around 10% in the EU due to import tariffs imposed by Donald Trump.

A rick house in Bardstown Kentucky partly collapsed on 22 June leaving around 9,000 barrels of bourbon in ruins.

Loch Lomond Whiskies has released three limited edition single malts to mark the beginning of it five-year partnership with The Open golf championship.

William Grant & Sons has announced a deal with Modi Distilleries to bottle and launch Grant’s blended Scotch whisky in India.

Glenmorangie has celebrated the 175th anniversary of its Highland single malt Scotch whisky with the release of a single-cask bottling.

The Macallan recently unveiled its new £140m distillery in Scotland’s Speyside region, opening to the public on June 2.

Yoma Strategic Holdings and Pernod Ricard have formed a joint venture company to focus on the production and distribution of whisky in Myanmar.

Plans have been announced by Speymalt Whisky Distributors for a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland.

Scotch whisky producer, Chivas Brothers has announced the construction of a £50m expansion to its bottling plant in Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Chivas 18 gets rebrand

04 June, 2018

Chivas Regal has re-branded its 18 year-old blend, one of the largest international blended Scotch expressions, with immediate effect to reflect its 'super-premium' position.

Irish Distillers has added two new and experimental Irish whiskeys to its Method And Madness range; Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak and a 28-year-old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

Scotch whisky brand The Macallan believes that World Whisky Day, May 19, is more than just a consumer trend but an opportunity to spread its story.

The Duke of Argyll and Chivas Brothers’ marketing manager - prestige, Mathieu Deslandes today (May 15) unveiled the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition for the forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the official spirit of The Open golf championships, has agreed a partnership with 1999 Open Champion, Paul Lawrie.

Diageo has announced a £150m investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

Two rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 have been sold for a record US$1.2m in Dubai airport duty free.

The Loch Lomond Group has launched its largest global travel retail initiative with World Duty Free at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 this month.

Irish Distillers has appointment Henry Donnelly as distiller of the Micro Distillery at the Midleton plant in Cork, replacing Karen Cotter, who has moved to a new role in the main site.

The Famous Grouse has launched Cask Series, a new range of ‘everyday premium’ whiskies which will start with Bourbon Cask and be followed up by whiskies aged in different cask types.

Spirits writer Dave Broom has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a road trip documentary, exploring the untold story of whisky and Scottish culture.

Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2018 with its seventh annual limited-edition bottle design.

Dead Rabbit has partnered up with The Dublin Liberties Distillery to produce an Irish whiskey available globally from March.

Loch Lomond Group’s Glen Scotia has gained listings at 22 airports across the UK in partnership with World Duty Free.

Japan’s leading beverage company, Suntory, is partnering with China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba group to sell whisky and other liquors in mainland China.

A bottle of Yamazaki single malt has broken the auction record for Japanese whisky, selling for  HK$2,337,000 (US $298,850) on January 27.

Glenmorangie has launched its first single malt whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks as the ninth release in the brand’s Private Edition series. 

Suntory’s Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 is now available in select retailers throughout Europe, Asia and the US.

Old Forester bourbon has rebranded its 86 proof expression to ‘reflect a more authentic and premium look’ for the American whiskey.

Global premium drinks company, Diageo is preparing for ‘huge success’ on International Scotch Day held on February 8.

Glenmorangie has launched a new permanent expression to its travel retail Legends Collection called Glenmorangie Cadboll.

Ardbeg’s latest expression An Oa, pronounced ‘an oh’ has not been designed as a replacement to its most popular 10-year-old but a more “approachable” addition to its core range, according to its creator.

Diageo Global Travel has opened a Johnnie Walker store in partnership with Duty Free Americas at Miami International Airport.

SWA chief accepts MUP ruling

15 November, 2017

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Karen Betts, has accepted the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland but expects an ‘objective assessment’ to be carried through.

Scotch whisky brand Ballantine’s invited DI to Linn House, its home in Keith, Scotland for a tour of its malt distilleries following the launch of its new Single Malt series.

William Grant & Sons has made a significant investment in its Irish whiskey brand, Tullamore Dew.

The explosion in popularity of single malt whisky around the world has led to a boom in its price points, but now its American cousin, bourbon is beginning to capitalise in the UK and other parts of Europe.

Maker’s Mark brand diplomat Amanda Humphreys believes bourbon can impose a more significant presence in the UK bar industry due to its flexibility and ‘approachable’ taste profiles.

India, along with China, is a huge opportunity for spirits brands, according to two senior Pernod Ricard executives.

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen and Brora, two of its ‘lost’ distilleries, are to be brought back into production.

A rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest single malt whiskies in the world.

Edrington, Scottish independent premium spirits company, is relaunching Naked Grouse as a blended malt, designed for a younger consumer.

Following its move into sunglasses made from staves from its whisky casks, Glenmorangie, has now moved into bicycles - also made from whisky cask staves.

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