Macallan 1824 - Colour me perfect

Standing listening last night to The Macallan’s brand ambassador, Joy Elliot, who was conducting a tasting of the new 1824 Series at the Whisky Shop in London’s Piccadilly, I could not resist a feeling of déjà vu.

Dron leaves William Grant

William Grant & Sons has announced that Gordon Dron, its managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has decided to leave the company.

Lakes Distillery to produce English whisky from December

The new £2.5m Lakes Distillery will become the first whisky operation in the Lake District in more than 100 years, when it opens in December.

New Indian whiskies

Two single malt Indian whiskies were unveiled in London last night (May 14).

Lillet's Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition

The winner of the London heat of the Lillet Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition, which was held at Bar Américain, Brasserie Zédel yesterday (May 8), was Calum Anderson from The Kenilworth Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire with his cocktail 'Rhuby Summers'.

Whisky Galore

I went to two whisky launches yesterday (May 8) – Bacardi’s Glen Deveron, the Royal Burgh Collection and Pernod Ricard/Chivas Brothers’ The Glenlivet Alpha. Both interesting for different reasons and very much a case of ‘chalk & cheese’ when it comes to the brand and what they are doing with it.

Bacardi unveils Glen Deveron

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (BGTR) has launched a Highland single malt Scotch whisky collection exclusive to travel retailers, World Duty Free.

Talisker adds new whisky

Diageo has launched its second new expression of Talisker whisky this year. Port Ruighe follows Storm, which was launched in March.

Keeper of the Quaich

On Monday night I became a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’. For those of you who do not know what that it is, The Keepers of the Quaich is an “exclusive, international community of people recognised for their outstanding commitment to Scotch whisky”.

European spirits exports smash €10bn

European spirits exports were worth €10.2 billion in 2012 - 20% up from €8.5 billion in the previous year.

Scotland: Diageo to build new distillery

Diageo has named Teaninich near Alness in the Highlands as the location for its plans to build a new £50 million malt whisky distillery.

Diageo invests £1m in Talisker distillery

Diageo has invested £1 million in a visitor centre at its Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Brazil recognises Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey

Brazil has officially recognised Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey as distinctive products of the United States, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

The Dalmore Valour whisky launches in travel retail

The Dalmore distillery has launched a new expression, The Dalmore Valour, for sale exclusively in travel retail.

Johnnie Walker's The Gold Route launches

Diageo has released the second blend in the Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club range, which is a duty free exclusive.

Bowmore launches whisky and water programme

Bowmore the single malt Scotch whisky from Islay, has launched The Bowmore Water Program.

Pernod Ricard appointments

Pernod Ricard has announced the following moves, effective from July 1.

J&G Grant to release a port cask-matured Glenfarclas

J&G Grant is to release a port cask-matured single malt scotch whisky under the Glenfarclas brand.

Highland Park unveils its Warriors

Highland Park last night (February 22) unveiled The Warrior Series, which will comprise a range of six single malt whiskies.

1964 Japanese whisky launches in Poland

Number One Drinks Company has bottled a limited edition 1964 Japanese whisky exclusively for Poland.

Talisker whips up a Storm

Diageo is to launch Talisker Storm – a “more intense and smoky” expression with “vibrant maritime notes”.

New limited edition 1977 Jura whisky

Whyte & Mackay’s Jura distillery has added a new, limited-edition vintage expression – the 1977.

New Macallan Lalique Oscuro for Asia

The Macallan and the French crystal brand, Lalique have launched a a new presentation for The Macallan which is exclusive to a select number of duty free and travel retail outlets in Asia.

Famous Grouse continues sponsorship of Scottish rugby

The Famous Grouse, the major scotch whisky blend has announced its continued sponsorship of Scottish Rugby with a new three year sponsorship package as the ‘Official Spirit of Scottish Rugby’.

CDA challenges labelling on new spirits drink

The Craft Distillers Alliance has criticised a brewery in East Anglia for breaking the rules governing the production of whisky after it launched a new spirits product made with one of its beers.

USL shareholders approve allotment of shares to Diageo

Diageo has announced shareholders of United Spirits Limited have approved the preferential allotment to Diageo, at a price of INR1440 per share, of new shares amounting to 10% of the post-issue enlarged share capital of USL.

SWA welcomes Latin American free trade deals

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced two trade agreements with Colombia and Peru and its Association Agreement with Central America.

Glenfarclas has new distillery manager

J&G Grant has announced the appointment of Callum Fraser as the new production manager at the Glenfarclas Distillery.

Diageo and Suntory in talks to buy Beam?

Diageo and Suntory have held talks about bidding $10 billion for American drinks giant, Beam, according to reports in today’s Sunday Telegraph (December 9).

Adnams previews its English whiskies

Adnams, best known as a regional English brewer, has previewed two English whiskies which will be launched next year in time for Christmas.

Potter Cavanagh is Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind 2012

Lee Potter Cavanagh of Mark’s Bar at HIX in London is this year’s Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind.

Johnnie Walker The Spice Road debuts

Diageo has unveiled formally its latest Johnnie Walker expression: The Spice Road, which is only available in duty free stores.

Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind finalists

First Drinks has announced the finalists of the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind cocktail competition.

Major scotch exhibition to open

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s 'national drink', will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Major scotch exhibition

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s national drink, will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Diageo to buy 27.4% stake in United Spirits

Diageo plc, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited and United Spirits Limited have announced agreements under which Diageo would acquire a 27.4% stake in USL, the leading spirits company in India.

SWA calls for criminal sanctions on Chinese 'scotch' fakers

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for further sanctions on producers and distributors of imitation scotch in China.

Sullivans Cove is Southern Hemisphere's best whisky

Sullivans Cove,Tasmania’s  single malt whisky, has been named ‘Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year’ in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

I know Christmas is coming but…

At this time of year, the books start thudding in. This week I got the third tome from whisky man, Dominic Roskrow. Boy, has Dom been a busy boy. The latest is ‘The World’s Best Whiskies – 750 Unmissable Drams from Tain to Tokyo’, published by Jacqui Small, price: £20.

Limited edition Bell’s in aid of Help The Heroes

Diageo has introduced a limited edition bottle of Bell’s to raise £1 million for Help The Heroes charity.

Diageo announces more scotch expansion

Diageo has announced that it has applied for planning permission to double the capacity of Glen Ord, a Highland malt whisky distillery near Inverness.

King Cocktail hits town

I’ve seen the beginning and the end of a lot of eras. That says it all about ‘King Cocktail’, Dale DeGroff. The great man is in London to co-host ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ event which was held in London last night (Oct 10) near Trafalgar Square...

Jura launches 30 year old whisky

Jura distillery has added a 30 year old single malt whisky to its range.

William Grant tops £1bn turnover

William Grant & Sons, the independent family distiller which owns Glenfiddich has topped the £1 billion turnover mark for the first time.

Indian whisky in scotch’s back yard

Last night Indian whisky producer, John Distilleries, unveiled its first single cask whisky in London recently.

Scotch exports increase by 12% by value

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that scotch whisky exports have increased in value by 12% in the 12 months to the end of June 2012.

Launch analysis: The Chivas Brothers’ Blend

Joe Bates talks to global brand director James Slack about Chivas Regal’s biggest duty free exclusive launch in the brand’s history

Drambuie reports 9% operating profit increase

The Drambuie company, owners of one of the famous liqueur brands, has announced an operating profit of 9%, based on constant exchange rates for the year to June 2012.

Edrington unveils age-statement-free Macallan Gold

Macallan Gold has launched exclusively to the UK, with about 50 European markets and Canada to receive the new pale single malt scotch whisky next spring.

Pernod flags up possibility of new whisky distillery

Chivas Brothers boss Christian Porta has told journalists and analysts today that the next significant development for its scotch whisky business will be to build a new distillery.