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.

Ahead of Fèis Ìle festival, and six months after breaking ground, co-founders of Elixir Distillers have announced that their new Islay distillery will be called Portintruan.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has partnered with memory psychologist Dr Ansgar Endress, chef Bruce Clyne-Watson, and, rollercoaster designer Brendan Walker, to launch a series of festival bottlings paired with nostalgia-inducing memory boxes. 

Cumbrian-based whisky producer, The Lakes Distillery, have announced the launch of their latest single malt from the acclaimed Whiskymaker’s Reserve series.

Trois Frères Distillery, the makers of Takamaka Rum in the Seychelles, will launch into 11 new markets as the brand continues its global expansion plans.

Welsh whisky brand Aber Falls has announced an international roll-out that will see the brand become available in more than ten countries including Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada.

Derbyshire’s first full-scale craft distillery White Peak has announced the release of Wire Works Whisky, its first single malt.

The team behind Milroy’s of London have opened a new high-end venue called Silverleaf at Pan Pacific London near Liverpool Street.

Edinburgh-based independent whisky bottler Wemyss Malts has announced the launch of a brand-new limited-edition blend.

Suntory has ended Nikka’s six-year reign as the most popular world whisky in the Brands Report.

It seems loyalty remains strong within the scotch whisky sector given the same 10 brands make up the bestselling list in 2022 as the previous year, albeit in a different order.

Single malt whisky distiller, John Campbell, has joined the independent family-owned Lochlea Distillery as its new production director.

The former British ambassador to Argentina will succeed Karen Betts as the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Glenfiddich has teamed up with the Goodwood sporting estate for an auction that will raise money for the Race Against Dementia charity.

Johnnie Walker has launched Masters of Flavour, the third and final whisky in the Johnnie Walker Masters series.

Diageo has revealed plans to build a US$75m malt whisky distillery in southwestern China.

Suntory’s Yamazaki has topped the inaugural edition of Drinks International’s The World’s Most Admired Whiskies which launched on 21 October.

Dr Emma Walker will replace the legendary Dr Jim Beveridge as Johnnie Walker master blender at the end of the year.

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has created a new stripped-back gin, Height of Arrows.

Jean-Etienne Gourgues landed one of the top jobs in the Scotch whisky industry when he took over as chairman and chief executive of Chivas Brothers this summer.

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to acquire The Whisky Exchange from founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh.

Pernod Ricard has announced the acquisition of online retailer The Whisky Exchange for an undisclosed fee.

Glenmorangie has launched limited-edition packaging for its 18 Years Old variant to celebrate its partnership with botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto.

Glenmorangie single malt has opened the Lighthouse, the brand’s first innovation distillery created for experimentation.

Diageo’s drinks accelerator arm Distil Ventures has made a minority investment in Japanese single malt producer Komasa Kanosuke Distillery.

Aber Falls has released its 2021 single malt bottling, the Welsh distillery’s second single malt following its inaugural release in May.

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has withheld its dividend for 2021 financial year amid ongoing takeover talks with Heineken.

Distil, owner of premium drinks brands including RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Trøve Botanical Spirit, has announced a £5m investment into the new Ardgowan Distillery in Inverkip, Scotland.

Scottish whisky auction firm, Whisky Hammer, and sister company Still Spirit has sold a 49% stake of the business to the Hong Kong investment group, Rare Whisky Holdings.

Online retailer Master of Malt has unveiled three key trends that could define the spirits industry during the next year.

The Last Drop has made its first foray into spirits creation with the release of its 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky.

The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky and Bentley Motors have announced a partnership with a key focus on sustainability.

The Glenlivet has opened its newly refurbished distillery and visitor centre in Speyside after undergoing 18 months of renovations.

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

A deal has been struck between the UK and US to end retaliatory tariffs on malt whiskies for five years.

Ardgowan Distillery has announced a new one million litre single malt distillery and visitor centre, built on the Ardgowan Estate in Inverclyde, Scotland.

When Stephen Davies arrived at Penderyn in 2004, the Welsh whisky industry had lain dormant for almost a century. Nowadays it’s an established category with a growing reputation for quality.

The International Spirits Challenge 2021 has awarded 11 double gold medals to the finest Scotch whiskies in the world.

Heineken is in talks with South African wine and spirits producer Distell about acquiring “the majority” of its business.

Glenmorangie has released a new single malt scotch whisky called X by Glenmorangie which has been specifically designed for mixing.

The Isle of Harris Distillery in the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland has signed a new distribution agreement in the US with Misa Imports.

Elixir Distillers has appointed Georgie Crawford as distillery manager for the brand’s forthcoming Islay distillery, following planning approval for the project at the end of 2020.

Bacardi’s global travel retail department has opened a luxury seasonal boutique for its whisky portfolio in China.

Glen Moray has appointed Stephen Woodcock as head of whisky creation & stocks and will therefore be responsible for developing the range and maturing and marrying casks.

Plans to protect the reputation of Japanese whisky have been unveiled, but do they go far enough? Shay Waterworth looks at the implications.

Jura single malt whisky has launched a new rum cask finish as the latest member of the Jura Cask Editions.

Global campaign OurWhisky is calling for whisky makers to improve female representation in marketing after conducting a new study on gender equality within the industry.

Scotch whisky producers are celebrating after the US government announced it would suspend tariffs on various UK goods for four months.

Bowmore has launched a limited-edition 31 Year Old single malt into the travel retail channel as part of its Timeless Series collection.

The Japan Spirits and Liqueurs Makers Association has announced a new set of rules and regulations for the production of Japanese whisky.

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