Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
The MTO was required by Chinese takeover regulations following the approval of Diageo taking control of Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group Company Ltd from Chengdu Yingsheng Investment Holding Co.
Gilbert Ghostine, president of Diageo Asia Pacific said: “This marks the end of a journey that started over two years ago when our partners agreed that we could move to take control of Quanxing and increase our participation in ShuiJingFang.
“It represents a milestone in the development of our ambition to play a significant role in Chinese white spirits, the most valuable beverage alcohol category in China. We could not have come this far without the support of the Chinese Government and the continued strong support of our Chinese partners,” said Ghostine.