Diageo plans a new malt whisky distillery

Diageo has announced that it is submiting pre-planning applications for three potential locations for a new malt whisky distillery.

Chivas Regal – the magnum force

Chivas Brothers has unveiled a 1.5 litre magnum of its flagshiop blended scotch whisky, Chivas Regal, aimed specifically at elite bars.

Book Review: Canadian Whisky The Portable Expert

The first book dedicated to Canadian whisky, according tohe publishers. So, not before time then.

Book Review: Whisky Opus

Yes, it is that time of year: late summer/autumn when publishers start releasing books with an eye to the Christmas gifting market. Well, here’s one for anyone looking for either a coffee table book or an easy-to-read/glance at, authoritative book on whisky.

Wemyss Malts releases five-malt range

Edinburgh whisky bottler Wemyss Malts has launched a five-expression range of blended and single cask, single malts; themed around the taste and aroma of each whisky.

Ballantine’s 40 Year Old rolls out

Pernod Ricard's whisky and gin arm Chivas Brothers has rolled out Ballantine’s 40 Year Old across "significant" Asian markets.

Whisky Exchange to put on October tasting show

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show will take place at Vinopolis in London in October.

World's largest whisky unveiled

The Edrington Group has broken the world record for the largest bottle of whisky with the unveiling of a 228-litre bottle of The Famous Grouse.

Former DI editor Patience Gould on Glenfiddich

There’s something quite transfixing – almost hypnotic – when it comes to looking at the latest brand figures for spirits around the world. You cannot stop. More particularly so as there seems to be so much cause for celebration in the 2011 round-up. There’s Johnnie Walker scotch whisky on an incredible 18 million cases; the Irish whiskey Jameson’s posting a 20%-plus increase and now nudging the 4 million case-mark, well I could go on, and on. But one result has really warmed the cockles of my heart – and that’s William Grant’s single malt scotch whisky Glenfiddich.

Glen Garioch steps up duty free focus

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has launched a travel retail-exclusive Glen Garioch single malt whisky.

Hiscot merges fully with Jinro

South Korea scotch whisky producer, Hiscot Ltd has merged fully with Korean brewing company,Hite-Jinro Group Co Ltd.

Indian whisky

The market for whisky in India is huge, but local brands have the lion’s share due to the exorbitant import tariffs. Christian Davis reports

The Macallan 64 Year Old Lalique is world’s most expensive whisky

The Macallan 64 Year Old Lalique Cire Perdue is world’s most expensive whisky sold at auction – that’s official.

The Macallan unveils new range

The Macallan has unveiled a new range, the 1824 Series, which is being rolled out into the UK market this autumn.

Grant's recreates whisky 100 years on

Grant's master blender Brian Kinsman has recreated William Grant's whisky - Stand Fast.

US: Diageo buys maple whiskey

US: Diageo has purchased Cabin Fever Maple Flavoured Whisky from the Robillard family. Diageo aims to capitalise on two growth trends in the US: flavoured whiskey and craft distilling.

Pernod turns up the volume

Credit to Pernod. The company has done a fine job this week in extolling the success of scotch whisky around the world and in telling important opinion formers that the company is best placed to capitalise on that thirst and in doing so earn lots of money for the company, its suppliers, customers, not forgetting its investors.

Pernod raises the stakes

Pernod Richard is raising the stakes in scotch whisky after a week in which it hosted a ‘Capital Markets Day’ of presentations up at its flagship Glenlivet distillery on Speyside.

International Spirits Challenge goes to Scotland

The whisky element of the International Spirits Challenge is to be held in Scotland and will feature a chance to meet the judges.

Laphroaig celebrates Jubilee

Islay single malt whisky Laphroaig is to launch a Diamond Jubilee commemorative edition.

Bowmore launches new expression

Islay single malt Bowmore is launching a new expression in the UK - Bowmore Small Batch Reserve.

Beam makes its Mark over wax seal

A US court has upheld a ruling to protect Maker’s Mark’s dripping red wax seal.

Former Cooley MD to create Irish whiskey company

Jack Teeling has left his position as managing director of Cooley Distillery, just months after its sale to Beam, to set up an independent Irish whiskey company.

Seven Islands Vintage, a Scottish Indian whisky

Seven Islands Vintage is described as a luxury single malt scotch whisky bringing together the best of India and Scotland.

Black Grouse goes Alpha

The Edrington Group has unveiled a new version of The Black Grouse, the rich, spicy, sweet and smoky version of its mainstream Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky brand.

Johnnie Walker and Jenson Button to make whisky

Diageo is to create a £30,000 whisky inspired by Formula One driver Jenson Button.

Ian Macleod to reopen Tamdhu, launch premium whisky

Ian Macleod Distillers is to reopen Speyside distillery Tamdhu. The company purchased the distillery in 2011, after it was closed in 2010 by previous owner the Edrington Group.

£1m whisky shop opens in Edinburgh

Edinburgh-based Scotch Whisky Experience has opened the doors to its whisky shop, following a £1million refurbishment.

Scotch exports hit record high

The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.

Diageo launches two new Johnnie Walker whiskies

Diageo GTME Americas has launched two new products under the Johnnie Walker brand. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve will launch in the Americas first, followed by a global roll-out in travel retail in the first half of 2012.

Rexam to roll out Teacher’s ready to drink can for India

Rexam, the can maker, has announced that it has been chosen by Beam Global Spirits and Wine India to provide the can for its new Teacher's ready-to-drink variant.

Profile: George Grant

If the name’s Grant and the place is Scotland, the chances are the game’s whisky. Lucy Britner meets a Grant at Glenfarclas

£100,000 Johnnie Walker whisky

It is not every day you get to try a whisky that is going to cost a punter £100,000, plus VAT.  Today I got to try the Diamond Jubliee by John Walker & Sons, which has been produced by Diageo for the 60th anniversary of the Queen ascending the throne.

Scotch Whisky Association launches job report

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a report, which outlines the number of jobs supported by the scotch whisky industry. 

CEDC pairs with Beam in Poland

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed a five-year exclusive agreement to distribute Beam brands in Poland.

Glenfiddich launches double-matured whisky

William Grant has launched a new expression of its Glenfiddich whisky brand: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition.

DI's Christian Davis attends a whisky love-in

Last night I went to Boisdale, that well known London haunt for whisky, cigar and red meat lovers, for the launch of The Balvenie Craftsman's Reserve No1, The Cooper...

Russia: CEDC/La Martiniquaise deal commences

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with La Martiniquaise to distribute Label 5 whisky in Russia. La Martiniquaise announced the tie-up in December 2011.

Pernod rolls out Redbreast 12 Cask Strength to US

Pernod Ricard will release Irish whiskey Redbreast 12 Cask Strength to the US in February, following the expression’s September launch to Ireland, Germany and France.

Beam agrees Cooley Distillery purchase

Beam Inc has announced an agreement to purchase Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery.

Amrut imports port barrels for Portonova release

Indian malt whisky brand Amrut has launched a whisky matured in port barrels, named Portonova, to global markets.

Scotland: Diageo opens £10m cooperage

Diageo has opened a £10 million cooperage in Scotland.

Master of Malt launches blogger blend St Isidore

Following a collaboration with whisky bloggers and journalists, Master of Malt has released St Isidore.

Bell's whisky gets £1.35m push

UK: Diageo GB is re-positioning its Bell’s blended scotch whisky brand via a £1.35m TV ad campaign.

Patience Gould returns to Drinks International

Drinks International is delighted to announce that Patience Gould, its former editor and a well known figure in the drinks industry, is returning to write a regular column.

Patience Gould returns to Drinks International

Drinks International is delighted to announce that Patience Gould, its former editor and a well known figure in the drinks industry, is returning to write a regular column.

Scotland: Industry blasts minimum pricing

A minimum unit price for alcohol set out in today’s (November 1) Scottish government Bill is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, will threaten the £3.4 billion whisky industry and will punish moderate drinkers, according to the trade. 

Ballantine's whisky gets festive

Chivas Brothers is to roll out a Christmas edition of it Ballantine’s scotch whisky. Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve is available until December in ‘key markets’ including Spain, France and Taiwan.

Jack Daniel's crowns UK champion

Jack Daniel's has crowned the UK champion of its Tennessee-based Birthday Cocktail Competition 2011.

Master of Malt launches yesteryear expression

Online spirits merchant Master of Malt has extended its line of yesteryear spirit-based expressions with the launch of Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink.