Whisky Hammer agrees investment deal with Rare Whisky Holdings

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.

Master of Malt predicts future drinking trends

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

The Last Drop Releases 50 Year Old Scotch Blend

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 and Bentley Motors announce partnership

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

The Glenlivet opens visitor centre following refurbishment

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

The Macallan Concept No.3 launches

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

US scotch whisky tariffs suspended for five years

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

Ardgowan Distillery announces construction of new distillery following £8.4 million investment

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

Penderyn chief executive Stephen Davies on resurrecting Welsh whisky

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.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 announces whisky results

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

Heineken is in talks to acquire Distell

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

X by Glenmorangie targets mixed drinks sector

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

Isle of Harris gin lands US trade deal

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 appoints Georgie Crawford as Islay distillery manager

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.

Bacardí opens duty free whisky boutique in China

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

Glen Moray appoints Stephen Woodcock head of whisky creation & stocks

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.

Japan's new whisky regulations: What do they mean?

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

Jura launches new rum cask finish

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

Becky Paskin: Whisky industry needs more female marketing

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 celebrate suspension of US single malt tariff

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

Bowmore targets travel retail with 31 Year Old single malt

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

Japanese whisky gets new production regulations

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

Ardbeg 25 Years Old joins permanent range

Ardbeg 25 Years Old has become the oldest expression to join the Islay distillery’s permanent range.

The Macallan announces new addition to Archival Series

The Macallan has revealed Folio 6, the latest instalment in the Scottish distillery’s Archival Series which takes inspiration from classic advertising campaigns of the brand

International Spirits Challenge 2020 Awards: Winners Announced

Dalmore 35 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has been named the Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge 2020 Awards. 

The Balvenie unveils Tun 1509 Batch 7

The Balvenie has released the seventh limited-edition bottling of its renowned and highly collectible Tun 1509 series.

Compass Box celebrates 20th anniversary with Hedonism Felicitas

Compass Box has marked its 20th anniversary by releasing a limited-edition expression that pays tribute to the whisky that originally launched the brand.

Penderyn sets up distribution arm after ending arrangement with Halewood

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn is ending its distribution arrangement with Halewood and setting up its own in-house supply business.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible delisted as backlash grows

The Whisky Exchange has stopped selling Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible  as the backlash against his “sexist” reviews continues to gather pace.

Glenturret relaunches with new core whisky range

The Glenturret has unveiled a new core range as it plans to launch in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand next month.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible criticised for "sexist and vulgar" reviews

Whisky writer Becky Paskin has criticised Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible for “sexist and vulgar” language that allows the objectification of women in whisky.

Ballantine's 7 Bourbon Finish launches at selected whisky retailers

Ballantine’s has honoured its founder by launching a seven-year-old blend finished in bourbon barrels.

International Spirits Challenge 2020 announces results for whisky and premixed drinks

Judges at the International Spirits Challenge hailed the overall quality standards on display within the whisky category after issuing a remarkable medal tally.

India's growing penchant for homegrown drinks brands

Not long ago, India was known as a country that produced whisky from molasses, and the majority of sales came from the category of spirits called IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor).

Chivas Regal master blender Colin Scott reflects upon his illustrious career

Colin Scott has retired from his role as the custodian master blender of Chivas Regal after enjoying an illustrious 47-year career in the Scotch whisky industry. Drinks International caught up with the esteemed blender on his final day at the office.

Maison Villevert snaps up Celtic Whisky Compagnie

Maison Villevert has acquired craft French distillery Celtic Whisky Compagnie for an undisclosed sum.

Jura Red Wine Cask Finish unveiled in time for World Whisky Day

Scotch whisky producer Jura has kicked off a new series of cask editions by releasing a whisky finished in red wine barriques.

Pernod unveils plans to build China’s first malt whisky distillery

Pernod Ricard, has announced the official breaking ground on the site of China’s first malt whisky distillery in Sichuan province, the first distillery from an international spirits and wine group.

Chivas unveils its Secret Speyside Collection

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.

Hillhouse buys Loch Lomond

Hillhouse Capital Management, a global investment firm which describes itself as focusing on “innovative businesses in growth industries”, has bought scotch whisky producer, the Loch Lomond Group, from Exponent Private Equity.

Johnnie Walker submits Edinburgh visitor centre plans

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

Edrington announces new CEO

Edrington has announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle is retiring in March and will be succeeded by Scott McCroskie, who is on the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan.

Edrington sells Cutty Sark to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet

Edrington has sold the Cutty Sark blended scotch whisky brand to French company, La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. 

Scotch blends: Whisky symbiosis

The rise of single malt scotch has dominated whisky conversations on the back of the craft explosion, but blended malts have just as interesting a story to tell, says Shay Waterworth

Edrington unveils The Macallan Concept No. 1

Edrington Global Travel Retail unveiled its latest Macallan line extension at the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) show in Cannes yesterday (Oct 2).

Chivas becomes the official spirits partner of Manchester United

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.

Fettercairn re-launches with £10K 50-year-old

Whyte & Mackay has unveiled an updated range and global re-launch from its Fettercairn distillery, which is situated in the foothills of the Cairngorm mountains.

William Grant & Sons has appointed a managing director for Latin America

William Grant & Sons has appointed Enda O’Sullivan as managing director to Latin America, overseeing the hoped for growth of the company’s brand portfolio. 

India comes in from the cold

Indian whisky producers are becoming increasingly confident as drinkers recognise the spirits for their quality. now, says Dominic Roskrow, they’re set to take the next step up.

Scotch whisky trademark renewed in China

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has renewed its collective trademarks ‘Scotch Whisky’ and its translation ‘苏格兰威士忌’ in China until November 2028. So, Scotch Whisky is officially protected from locally produced copies for a further 10 years.