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First Israeli whisky ready for auction

The Milk & Honey - Israel’s first whisky distillery will auction off the first 100 bottles of kosher single malt whisky in Israel on an online auction from August 11.

Pernod sells the Glenallachie Distillery

Pernod Ricard has announced the signing of an agreement with the Glenallachie Consortium, comprising Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, for the sale of the Scottish distillery Glenallachie.

End the Scotch ‘Supertax’ of nearly 80%

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is calling on politicians to give the scotch whisky industry the support it needs to ensure it remains a ‘great British success story’.

The EU and Japan agree on free trade

The European Uinion and Japan have today (July 6) reached a political agreement on a new free trade agreement, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

The SWA comments on Scottish GDP figures

The Scotch Whisky Association’s chief executive Karen Betts, said: “It’s very encouraging to see growth in the Scottish economy in the first quarter of the year, and the substantial contribution scotch whisky has made to that.

Suntory launches Chita Single Grain Whisky

The House of Suntory has launched Chita Single Grain Whisky into the UK market – the first single grain whisky from Suntory Japanese Whisky.

Finnieston Distillery Company launches canned whisky cocktails

The Finnieston Distillery Company in Glasgow will launch its canned scotch whisky cocktails across the UK in June and is currently in negotiations with supermarket retailers and on-trade outlets.

Royal Salute launches The Flask Edition blend

Royal Salute has released a 30-year-old scotch whisky blend called The Flask Edition to ins international audience.

Walsh Whiskey Distillery agrees distribution in France

Walsh Whiskey Distillery has signed an agreement with Dugas of Paris, for the distribution of its range of Writers’ Tears whiskeys throughout France from September 1.

DI names world’s best-selling whiskies

Officer’s Choice is the world’s best selling whisky, with volumes of 32.9m cases in 2016, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2017.

First Israeli whisky launched

Israeli distillery Milk & Honey will put 391 bottles of Israel’s first single malt whisky on sale in June.

Glenmorangie saves oysters from extinction

Scotch whiskey producer Glenmorangie has reintroduced native oysters to coastal waters in the Scottish Highlands after a century’s absence with ambitions of a sustainable future.

Glenfiddich launches virtual reality tasting in airports

Scottish whisky distiller Glenfiddich has launched a virtual reality tasting experience at selected airports around the world.

Whisky Live heads to Polish city Sopot

Whisky Live will be hosted in Sopot, Poland for the first time in the festival’s history this June.

SWA calls for UK government support

The Scotch Whisky Association has requested support from the Scottish government ahead of the UK General election in June and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Gouden Carolus becomes Belgium's first kosher whisky

Gouden Carolus single malt is the first Belgian whisky to be certified as ‘kosher’ for the consumption of the Jewish community worldwide.

SWA seeks new Canada trade deal

The Scotch Whisky Association will travel to Canada to seek a new trade agreement led by European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan.

Loch Lomond whisky makes big China exports deal

Loch Lomond Group, based in Alexandria in Scotland, has set up a partnership with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).

Old Forester bourbon partners new Kingsman film

Old Forester bourbon distillers will release a whisky range for the new Kingsman film set to be released in September 2017.

Berry Bros. & Rudd sells the Glenrothes

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the sale of the Glenrothes, the Speyside single malt scotch whisky, to Edrington for an undisclosed sum.

Scotch whisky export value rises 4%

Scotch whisky exports increased by 4% in 2016 with the value of single malts exceeding 31bn for the first time according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Irish whiskey maker receives €20m from UK firms

Irish company Renegade Spirits has received €20m of funding from UK banks to support production of single malt whiskey at its Waterford distillery.

William Grant & Sons branches into US

Scottish whisky distiller William Grant & Sons has bought Tuthilltown Spirits in New York state to expand its whisky portfolio into the US for the first time.

Templeton Rye announces new distillery

Rye whiskey producer Templeton Rye has announced plans to open a new distillery in Iowa, US.

Buffalo Trace uses rare 300 year-old barrels

Buffalo Trace Distillery is experimenting with barrels made from 300-year-old wood on a new bourbon.

Bulleit opens its $115m distillery

Bulleit, the Diageo-owned bourbon brand, has formally opened its new US$115m distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Method and Madness new Irish whiskeys

Irish Distillers has launched a range of whiskeys aimed at attracting non-whisk(e)y drinkers into the category.

Whisky expert Jim Swan has died

The whisky industry has reacted with shock and sadness at the death of whisky expert Dr Jim Swan, a Scotsman who helped to establish new and innovative distilleries across the word.

Glenmorangie unveils Bacalta its latest Private Edition

Bacalta is Glenmorangie’s eighth and latest annual release in its Private Edition range.

SWA sets out case for 2% cut in excise in March Budget

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for a 2% cut in excise duty in its budget submission to the UK government’s Treasury.

Diageo re-enters Irish whiskey

Diageo has announced that it is to launch a new premium Irish whiskey, to be called Roe & Co.

Menezes: UK could have free trade with India before EU

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has said the UK “could move ahead of the EU in terms of getting a Free Trade Agreement” post Brexit.

Pernod Ricard to invest €10m in capacity at Midleton distillery

Pernod Ricard has announced a €10.5 million investment in increasing Irish Distillers’ single pot still Irish whiskey capacity by more than 30% 

Special Lagavulin to raise money for Islay charities

Lagavulin distillery’s year-long 200th anniversary celebrations conclude with the sale of 520 bottles of a special limited edition 1991 expression, which will be sold via a special ballot.

Dalmore releases single malt to celebrate Richard Paterson

The Dalmore is set to release a Domaine Henri Giraud champagne-finished, 50 year old single malt to mark master distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry.

Scotches worth £850,000 ruled fake

Rare Whisky 101 claims to have unearthed a valuable haul of forged rare scotch malt whisky, which indicates that professional fraud is more commonplace than previously thought.

Gordon & MacPhail launches Speyside Collection

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled its Speyside Collection of six single malt scotch whiskies. 

Benromach unveils UK exclusive single cask whisky

The Benromach Distillery Company has added a ‘rare’ single cask malt whisky to its range, Benromach Heritage 1973. 

Quintessential sets up in Dublin Liberties

Quintessential Brands has announced the establishment of The Dublin Liberties Distillery and the appointment of an executive team to lead its €10 million investment in developing a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre for its Irish whiskey brands.

Time for Longmorn

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has introduced two new expressions of Longmorn, its Speyside single malt.

Pernod launches Chivas Regal Ultis

Chivas Regal Ultis is Pernod Ricard's first-ever blended malt scotch whisky under the Chivas brand and its entry point to the prestige scotch whisky category.

Arran Distillers to double production

Isle of Arran Distillers has pledged to double its production and become the leading independent whisky player in Scotland, after William Grant & Sons.

Scotch registered as a trade mark in Taiwan

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced that scotch whisky has been registered as a certification trade mark in Taiwan, giving consumers and the industry better protection against fakes.

Georgie Bell joins Bacardi

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Georgie Bell as its global Malts ambassador for its single malt scotch whiskies.

Diageo unveils its 2016 Special Releases collection

Diageo, the world’s largest producer of scotch whisky, has unveiled 10 special scotches this autumn as part of its ongoing Special Releases programme.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Diageo has released a limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish as the first release from its experimental Blenders’ Batch series.

Pernod announces new Chivas blending team

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced a new scotch whisky blending team with new roles for its master blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop.

Quintessential Brands unveils Dublin Liberties Copper Alley

Quintessential Brands has announced the launch of a limited edition single malt from The Dublin Liberties Distillery. 

Irish Distillers launches Redbreast Lustau Edition

Irish Distillers has unveiled Redbreast Lustau Edition, an ode to the sherry industry and the importance of its relationship with Irish whiskey. 

Maker’s 46 launches in UK

Maxxium UK is extending its bourbon portfolio with the launch of Maker’s 46, a higher ABV variant of Maker's Mark targeted at premium on trade and luxury off trade.