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Special Lagavulin and Caol Ila for Islay Festival

Diageo has announced special cask strength bottlings of Lagavulin and Caol Ila for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music.

Alliance Global buys Whyte & Mackay

The Philippines-based Alliance Global Group drinks group which owns the Emperador brand, has bought Whyte & Mackay US$726 million, including debt, according to unconfirmed reports.

Edrington completes Grouse Experience makeover

Edrington has announced that the £250,000 investment in the visitor facilities at the Famous Grouse Experience at its Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s most visited distillery, in Crieff, has been completed.

Beam Suntory is formed

Suntory Holdings has completed the acquisition of Beam, which will now be called Beam Suntory.

Glenlivet Kymah launches to Frankfurt airport

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe has released the latest of its limited edition Single Cask Editions – The Glenlivet Kymah.

Diageo whiskies shine in San Francisco

Diageo whisk(e)y brands have done well at the 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition, securing 29 medals in total.

Chivas expands Glenlivet Nàdurra

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced it is expanding The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand.

Cellar Trends to distribute Uisce Beatha Irish whiskey

ROK Drinks has signed a multi-year agreement with UK distributor Cellar Trends for the distribution of Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey with immediate effect.

Scotch sales held back by Asia

Scotch whisky exports grew in 2013 according to figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Diageo, Beckham and Fuller to launch Haig Club single grain whisky

Diageo will launch Haig Club single grain scotch, in partnership with David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller.

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Dewars gets new packaging

Bacardi Limited has revealed the new look Dewar’s bottles that are part of a new global marketing campaign.

Jameson fit for purpose says Lundberg

Jameson is in a very good period right now. The momentum is there and there is room to go up, according to Jameson International brand director, Dan Lundberg.

Diageo launches J&B Urban Honey

Diageo has launched J&B Urban Honey, a new whisky-based drink, which the company says has been designed to open up the category to a new generation of men and women.

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Tennessee whisky decision delayed

The decision whether to overhaul the definition of Tennessee whiskey, which follows a legislative quarrel between Diageo and Brown-Forman, has been delayed until the summer.

Diageo is distiller of the year

Diageo has been named Distiller of the Year 2014 by Whisky Magazine.

Rob Allanson becomes Grant's ambassador

William Grant & Sons has appointed whisky expert Rob Allanson as its new global ambassador for Grant’s, effective April 1 2014.

Campari releases Glen Grant 50

Gruppo Campari has announced the launch of Glen Grant 50 Year Old.

Tullamore Dew: still life

William Grant & Sons has announced that four hand crafted copper stills have been delivered to its Tullamore Dew site in County Offaly, in the Irish midlands approximately 100km west of Dublin.

Bushmills Live showcases The 1975

Bushmills Live, the music festival which is held at the Northern Ireland distillery on June 11 and 12, has secured The 1975 band as headliners.

Campari to buy Forty Creek distillery

Gruppo Campari has further illustrated its brown spirits expansion drive with the acquisition of Forty Creek Distillery in Canada, which produces the Forty Creek Canadian whisky brand.

UK market for Scotch shrinks

The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by 3% last year.

The Singleton gets new variants

Diageo has announced two new variants to its The Singleton of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky range.

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Diageo reveals new-look Mortlach

Diageo has released details and images of Mortlach, the“reborn” single malt that is dubbed “the beast of Dufftown” and which will be launched this summer.

Speyburn gets a £4m boost

Inver House Distillers is to invest £4 million to double production capacity at its Speyburn Distillery. Work is set to be completed by the end of 2014.

Diageo launches Cardhu whisky expression

Diageo is to add another expression to its Cardhu single malt scotch brand.

Memorial services and special expression for Charles Grant Gordon

William Grant & Sons has announced at international memorial services in New York and Scotland and a special expression, for Charles Grant Gordon, the man who gave the world Glenfiddich Scotch whisky.

Diageo to restore Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center

Diageo has announced that it plans to invest an initial US$2 million to develop the Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center at the Louisville distillery.

Berrys launches Glenrothes Cask 1969 #11485

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits announced the release of the second in its series of single cask bottlings of The Glenrothes from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Diageo launches lost whisk(e)y scheme

Diageo, the world’s largest premium spirits company and the largest producer of Scotch whisky, has launched an initiative to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whisk(e)y from around the world.

Teelings details its plans to distil in Dublin

The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) has announced its plans for a new whiskey distillery to be located in Dublin’s Newmarket Square in The Liberties, Dublin 8.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: World Whiskies

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the whisk(e)y brands moving through their bars.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Scotch

For the latest instalment of the 2014 Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the Scotch brands moving through their bars.

Scholarship to honour Ian Murray

William Grant & Sons has launched a scholarship to honour Ian Murray, its former prestige retail manager, who died last year after a short illness.

Diageo to invest £30m in Clynelish

Diageo has announced plans for a £30 million expansion of its Clynelish distillery in Sutherland.

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Suntory’s Beam move is just round one

Suntory’s move for Beam “is not the end of it by any means”, leading drinks analyst Jeremy Cunnington of Euromonitor International has told DI.

Suntory to form super group with $16bn Beam

Suntory has announced it will pay $16 billion to acquire Beam in a deal that would see the Japanese group become one of the top-three spirits manufacturers in the world.

Charles Gordon of William Grant & Sons dies aged 86

It has just been announced that Charles Gordon, life president of William Grant & Sons, died in New York at the weekend. He was 86.

Bell joins Diageo

Diageo has announced that Georgie Bell, currently global ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, will join Diageo next month (January) as a global brand ambassador, focusing on the promotion of its new range of Mortlach single malt scotch which will be launched next year (2014).

Diageo ups the Bulleit proof

Diageo has introduced Bulleit Rye and upped the strength of its Bulleit Bourbon in the UK and Germany.

Diageo bites the Bulleit

Diageo has announced the launch of Bulleit Bourbon at and the introduction of its new Bulleit Rye whiskey into the UK.

Diageo bites the Bulleit

Diageo has announced the launch of Bulleit Bourbon and the introduction of its new Bulleit Rye whiskey into the UK.

Macallan Masters of Photography edition launches

Edrington has launched The Macallan Masters of Photography: Capsule Edition - Daido Moriyama ‘Remix, Remixed’ exclusive to travel retail.

Adnams launches English whiskies

Adnams, best known as an English regional brewer, is about to launch its first ever whiskies.

Ballantine's does a Brazilian

Ballantine’s Brasil is the name of a new lime-infused spirit drink, from the Chivas Brothers scotch and premium gin divisions of Pernod Ricard.

Most sold single malt is Glenfiddich

The world’s best selling single malt Scotch whisky in 2012 was Glenfiddich, according to Drinks International’s The Millionaires’ Club 2013.

Diageo to release The Beast

Diageo has told the trade it will re-release Mortlach single malt scotch next year, a dram dubbed “The Beast of Dufftown”.

Ron Burgundy Scotch to drop anchor

Paramount Film Company has announced the launch of Ron Burgundy Scotch Whisky to the UK, US and Canada.

Edrington to build £100m Macallan distillery

Edrington has announced plans to build a new £100 million distillery for its The Macallan brand in Speyside, Scotland.

Diageo completes two distillery expansions

Diageo has announced the completion of two distillery expansions in Speyside.

Label 5 goes to Karoulias in Greece

La Martinquaise, the French spirits group, has announced that WS Karoulias, one of the leading spirits distribution companies in Greece, will be the exclusive distributor of its Label 5 scotch whisky in Greece.