Scotch whisky brand Dewar’s has announced the latest release in the brand’s Cask Series, Japanese Smooth, an 8-year-old blended Scotch finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.

While exotic woods from around the world have gained popularity for finishing Scotch, indigenous oak looks to be making a comeback for some producers, finds Shay Waterworth.

Speyside whisky brand The Balvenie has announced the launch of French Oak 16 Year Old, marking the first use of French oak in the distillery’s 129-year history.

The Macallan has launched its oldest ever singe malt called The Reach which was distilled during the Second World War.

Irish Distillers recently introduced the fourth release in its eagerly anticipated Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach collection.

Scotch whisky producer The Macallan has teamed up with esteemed graphic designer David Carson to launch a travel retail exclusive called Concept No. 3.

Columbian super-premium rum brand, La Hechicera, will launch to the UK this September, ahead of a roll out to the rest of Europe and the Americas in 2013.

Launchpad: Auchentoshan

30 July, 2012

Hamish Smith takes a closer look at a much-touted travel retail launch

Launchpad: Auchentoshan

30 July, 2012

Hamish Smith takes a closer look at a much-touted travel retail launch

The Snow Grouse and The Naked Grouse have launched to the UK, as part of The Famous Grouse’s range of blended scotch whiskies.

Chivas Brothers has introduced new packaging across its “core range" of The Glenlivet.

Scotch distiller Laphroaig has announced the global roll out of its Triple Wood expression.

UK beer brewer Adnams has opened a small-scale distillery, producing vodka, gin and whisky.

The Tomatin distillery, Inverness-shire, has released three new whiskies - two single cask and one limited edition bottling.

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