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.

Obituary: Dave Pickerell

05 November, 2018

Legendary whiskey distiller Dave Pickerell passed away on 1 November in San Francisco, aged 62.

Ten bartenders from around the world came together in Glasgow, Scotland last month for the third edition of Auchentoshan’s New Malt Order.

Loch Lomond Group's Glen Scotia has adopted 100,000 bees to increase the sustainability of the distillery’s environment.

Irish Distillers has announced a €150m investment in its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet demand for its products.

Maker’s Mark will be taking its Private Select programme to the UK for the first time later this month starting with its Harvey Nichols edition.

Loch Lomond Group will expand its global travel retail offering with the launch of a new range expected in stores in 2019.

Beam Suntory master blender Ron Welsh told Drinks International that he believes the laws on scotch whisky barrel finishing are too restricting and that there are many casks yet to be tested.

David Miles, senior whisky specialist for Edrington Beam Suntory joined Drinks International to discuss the creation of a brand’s signature serve.

Templeton Rye whiskey has made an agreement with Thirsty Camel in New Zealand and Happy Spirits Korea in South Korea for the distribution of its entire portfolio.

To celebrate winning two Gold Medals at this year’s International Spirits Challenge, Whyte & Mackay Triple Matured Whisky has released a run of 200,000 commemorative neck tags.

Highland Park has released 274 bottles of a 50-year-old single malt worth £13.5k, making it the oldest release by the distillery for more than a decade.

In the latest edition of its Beyond the Cask series, Glenmorangie has created surfboards using white oak casks which have been used in the production of Glenmorangie Original.

William Grant & Sons has launched a new 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, Aerstone which is available in two expressions; Sea Cask 10 Year Old and Land Cask 10 Year Old.

Edrington has formed a strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey which includes the acquisition of its US business.

Wild Geese Irish Whiskey founder André Levy believes that the Irish whiskey category needs to be diversified following the Pernod Ricard FY18 results.

Scotch whisky producer, Douglas Laing & Co has announced that its new distillery in Glasgow will be named the Clutha Distillery and is expected to open in autumn 2019.

Maker’s Mark bartender programme The Makers’ is now in its second year and brand diplomat Amanda Humphrey wants it to go global.

Edrington Beam Suntory expects its American whiskey price points to increase internationally following the high tariffs placed on US products by the EU.

Rosey Mitchell of Three Sheets bar in London has been crowned winner of Compass Box whisky’s bartender competition, The Circle.

Milk & Honey, Israel's first-ever whisky distillery, is selling full-sized casks of its earliest edition whisky. The 200-liter, ex-bourbon casks.

Mash Steak House in London has imported an entire barrel of Jefferson’s Bourbon from Kentucky to use in its new cocktail menu.

Sales figures for Highland Park’s latest release, The Light, show the £190 bottle of whisky is set to reach its international targets for the year.

The Hebridean Whisky Trail has been formed on the Scottish islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris.

Chivas, the blended scotch whisky brand, is to sponsor the world’s biggest football club brand, Manchester United, in a three-year global partnership deal.

The Scotch Whisky Association has successfully registered 'Scotch Whisky' as a certification trademark in South Africa - the seventh largest Scotch whisky market by volume.

Bain’s Single Grain Whisky has “filled a significant gap” in the South African whisky market according to master distiller, Andy Watts.

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.

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