Jack Daniel’s has announced the winning bar team of its fourth annual Tennessee Calling bartending competition after a two-day final during London Cocktail Week.

Scotchwhisky.com announced its imminent closure on Monday 14 October due to an ‘unsustainable business model’.

Dr Rachel Barrie has been made a Keeper of the Quaich at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle on Monday 7 October.

Beam Suntory have released a collaborative American whiskey made by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo called Legent.

Michter’s vice president Matt Magliocco said this year’s inaugural Roma Bar Show provided a “perfect opportunity” to build its route to market in Italy.

That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company has launched a podcast series called Uncorked: Whisky Sessions.

Old Forester has introduced a single barrel programme to the UK which will be available to the trade from autumn 2019.

The Lakes Distillery has launched The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1 - the first in a series of widely available single malt whisky releases aiming to showcase its sherry-led house style.

Glenfiddich launches Grand Cru

03 September, 2019

Glenfiddich has launched Grand Cru, a 23-year-old single malt finished in rare French cuvée oak casks.

Kavalan distillery has launched Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Finish, the distillery’s first global release of 2019.

A recent complaint about Pernod Ricard UK’s Jameson Irish whiskey Barrelback on-trade promotion was upheld by the Independent Complaints Panel. 

Kilchoman Islay single malt whisky distillery has completed the expansion of its distillery which has the potential to double capacity.

Beam Suntory is investing $60 to build a new distillery at its existing operations in Clermont, Kentucky.

Bulleit Bourbon founder Tom Bulleit has been made to step down from his role as brand ambassador by Diageo following claims of sex abuse by his daughter.

Pernod Ricard has announced the acquisition of Texas-based Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co, maker of super premium American whiskey.

Royal Salute has launched two new expressions and rebranded its signature 21 Year Old scotch whisky in one of the biggest moves in the brand’s history.

Holyrood Distillery, which will be the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, will open on 30 July.

The Irish Whiskey Association has responded to claims that its Geographical Indication and Technical File is in danger of dumbing down’ the category.

A Jim Beam rickhouse containing around 45,000 barrels of whiskey burned to the ground on Wednesday.

Scotch and Irish whiskey have been targeted by the US for potential new tariffs on imported goods.

Chivas Brothers has released its biggest single malt collection to date, with the launch of 15 aged single malt scotch whiskies from four seldom seen, Speyside distilleries.

The Last Drop Distillers has launched its newest release, the 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Glen Scotia has introduced a new Limited Edition Rum Cask Finish single malt to celebrate its Campbeltown Malts Festival programme.

Pernod Ricard USA, through its New Brand Ventures division, has acquired a majority share of Rabbit Hole Whiskey which is produced and based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Employees from Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard came together last week to collect plastic from beaches and river paths in Scotland and London.

Johnnie Walker master blender Dr Jim Beveridge has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the scotch whisky industry.

Whyte & Mackay Light has been launched in the UK as a “premium spirit drink from Scotland” with a 21.5% abv.

The Glenlivet has unveiled a new brighter look for its single malt scotch whisky portfolio.

Mexico and Canada have dropped their tariffs on American whiskey which were implemented in retaliation to president Donald Trump’s import tariffs last year.

Single malt whisky brand Highland Park has opened its new customer experience store in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Conor McGregor has seemingly taken the credit for Irish whiskey's revenue growth in the US.

Craigellachie has announced it will give away it’s new 51-year-old single malt for free to whisky fans around the world.

Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky has won the Bourbon Distillery of the Year award at the Berlin Intl Spirits Competition.

An archeological excavation is underway at the site of one of the earliest legal whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Bladnoch Distillery has appointed Dr Nick Savage as master distiller to replace Ian MacMillan who retired in January 2019.

Rabbit Hole whiskey has become the latest American whiskey producer to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Santamanía Destilería Urbana has released its first single malt whiskies under the name of Mentidero. The brand includes two cask-aged versions: G Edition and Archetype.

Quintessential Brands has opened its €10m whiskey distillery and visitor experience in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties district (February 20).

Irish Distillers has unveiled the second batch of its Jameson Bow Street 18 year old Irish whiskey.

Diageo has submitted plans to transform one of Edinburgh’s landmark buildings into a global visitor experience for Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading scotch whisky brand

The organisers fo the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival claim a surge in demand for tickets for the festival generated sales of £209,449 in the first 24 hours of release – with 173 events selling out completely in that time.

US whiskey imports to the UK have risen 50% over the past decade according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association.

Ian Macleod Distillers has been granted planning permission to start work on its multi-million pound redevelopment of the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk.

Glenmorangie has launched its first whisky created from wild yeast strains to mark the 10th anniversary of its Private Edition series.

The London Distillery Company has released the first single malt whisky to be distilled in London for more than 100 years.

The directors of Walsh Whiskey Distillery have decided to split the business by separating the Irish whiskeys brands Writers’ Tears and The Irishman from the distillery business at Royal Oak, in Ireland’s County Carlow.

Allied Blenders & Distillers brand Sterling Reserve has exceeded one million cases just nine months since its launch.

Dublin distillery Teeling has named Maverick Drinks as its UK distributor which will be effective from the new year.

The Scotch Whisky Association has secured enhanced legal protection in Indonesia for “scotch whisky” as a geographical indication was successfully granted.

William Grant & Sons has launched Grant’s Distinction, the latest variant of its leading blended scotch whisky brand, in India ahead of the festive season.

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Dominic Roskrow

It’s ‘up periscope’ for Irish distilleries

I know how wierd this might seem but I often think that the opening of a new distillery is like the launch of a new submarine. It is unveiled in all its pristine glory in a blaze of publicity and fanfare.

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