Craft Japanese whisky launched

The first whisky from Japanese craft distillery Chichibu has been launched. Chichibu The First is three years old, 61.8% abv and limited to 7,400 bottles. The whisky is not chill-filtered.

Russia: Whyte & Mackay teams up with Roust

Whyte & Mackay has announced a partnership with Russian Standard vodka owner Roust. The deal is for the distribution and promotion of the Glasgow-based company’s spirits portfolio in Russia.

Edrington launches smokier Black Grouse whisky

The Edrington Group is to launch a smokier expression of its Black Grouse whisky. 

Scotch whisky exports up 22%

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that the value of scotch exports for the first half of 2011 is up 22%

Beam launches Teacher's Origin whisky

Beam Global is to launch Teacher’s Origin in global travel retail. The product has already launched in India, where, according to Beam, Teacher’s is the number one blended whisky.

Diageo posts strong results

Diageo has cited ‘emerging markets’ as a reason for its positive results – including 16% growth in scotch whisky in emerging markets. 

Ian Macleod Distillers sets travel retail record

Malaysia: Ian Macleod Distillers has set a new sales record for the company and the Malaysian Travel Retail industry.

Glenfiddich mastermind search is on

UK: Glenfiddich has launched the 2011 Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition. The aim of the game is to find the “trade’s most passionate malt enthusiasts”.

Glenmorangie launches £2500 whisky

The Glenmorangie Company has released a £2,500 whisky matured in Chateau d’Yquem sauternes casks.

Auchentoshan has two new expressions

Morrison Bowmore has unveiled two new Auchentoshan expressions. 1999 Bordeaux Cask Matured and Valinch, a small batch release of the Classic expression bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered.

Scotland: Diageo to invest £20m in Speyside whisky

Scotland: Diageo is to invest £20 million in its Speyside whisky facilities.

Chivas launches $200,000 whisky

Chivas Brothers has launched a US$200,000 whisky as a tribute to the oldest crown jewels in Britain - the Honours of Scotland.

Ardbeg to launch Alligator expression

Ardbeg has announced the September launch of its new limited release, Ardbeg Alligator, to Europe, Asia and the US.

Balblair 1995 to launch at TFWA Asia Pacific

International Beverage Holdings will unveil the 1995 vintage of Balblair single malt scotch whisky at TFWA Asia Pacific.

28 YO Glenmorangie set for July launch

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the release of Pride 1981, a 28-year old single malt whisky that has been finished in Sauternes casks for ten years.

Chivas Brothers restyles The Glenlivet

Chivas Brothers has introduced new packaging across its “core range" of The Glenlivet.

Master of Malt launches “world’s oldest liqueur”

Online whisky retailer Master of Malt has launched a 40-year old whisky liqueur.

Japanese whiskies launch in India

Indian distributor Radico Khaitan is to launch Japanese whiskies the Yamazaki 12 year old and Hibiki 17 year old in India.

Gordon & MacPhail releases 70 YO The Glenlivet

Scotch company Gordon & MacPhail has launched The Glenlivet 70 Year Old, priced at £13,000 a bottle.

Glengoyne spurs Ian Macleod growth

UK spirits group Ian Macleod Distillers has recorded a 41% profit, buoyed by the growth of Glengoyne single malt whisky.

Master of Malt launches single malt liqueur

Whisky retailer Master of Malt has launched a liqueur made from single malt scotch whisky.

Brown-Forman launches new Canadian whisky in US

Brown-Forman has launched Canadian 'maple wood' whisky, Collingwood, in four US states.

Glenmorangie launches Finealta at The Savoy

Europe: The Glenmorangie Company has launched new expression Finealta at the newly-reopened Savoy Hotel in London.

Last chance to make The Glenrothes

The worldwide competition to appoint four Glenrothes whisky makers closes at the end of January. According to organisers, response to the competition has been very strong but there is still a chance to enter online. The successful candidates will be recruited to work as The Glenrothes whisky makers at the Speyside distillery, Scotland.

Scotland: Deputy prime minister toasts whisky exports

UK: The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg MP raised a glass to scotch whisky exports – up 12% in the first ten months of 2010.

Scotch whisky gets protection in Vietnam

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has gained a geographical indication of origin for scotch whisky in Vietnam.

Chivas rolls out travel retail campaign

Chivas Brothers is taking its travel retail aged whisky campaign to the Americas.

Panama grants scotch whisky GI

Scotch whisky has been granted geographical indication of origin (GI) in Panama.

India: Diageo launches 21 yo Johnnie Walker

Diageo has launched a new expression of its Johnnie Walker scotch whisky in Delhi duty free. Johnnie Walker XR 21 year old is now available in T3, Indira Gandhi International Airport.

China: Scotch whisky gets geographical protection

China - an important market for scotch whisky – has announced that it will recognise and protect ‘scotch whisky’ as a Geographical Indication (GI).

Laphroaig voted best single malt

Laphroaig Quarter Cask has been voted Scotland’s best single malt by The Whisky Shop.

Scotch whisky exports rise in H1 2010

Scotch whisky exports are up 17% compared with last year, with nine of the category’s top ten markets in growth.

Elitemarket.com launches virtual whisky cellar

Elitemarket.com has created a virtual cellar for online shoppers to view, research and buy single malt scotch whiskies.

Glenglassaugh releases ‘Manager’s Legacy’ range

Whisky brand Glenglassaugh has announced the release of a limited edition range of single malt scotches named ‘Manager’s Legacy’.

Bacardi Dewar's investment on track

US: Bacardi Limited has completed the initial phase of a $250m investment into its scotch whisky brand Dewar’s.

Ballantine’s launches Christmas Reserve

Ballantine’s has unveiled its first seasonal limited edition whisky entitled Christmas Reserve.

Scotland: Diageo opens £40m distillery

Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

Scotland: Minimum pricing rejected

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed a vote by the Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee to remove minimum pricing from the Alcohol (Scotland) Bill.

India: Amrut launches 'intermediate sherry matured' whisky

Indian distiller Amrut is to launch its first ‘Intermediate Sherry Matured’ whisky. The product will be a limited edition of 275 cases.

Scottish Labour says no to minimum pricing

Scottish Labour’s Alcohol Commission has rejected the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) proposal for minimum pricing.

Glenmorangie launches new whisky

Glenmorangie has launched a new whisky in its Private Edition range. The Glenmorangie Finealta, pronounced ‘Finalta’, is Scottish Gaelic for ‘elegant’. It is a recreation of Glenmorangie based on a recipe dating back to 1903.

Stock launches 21 year old Czech whisky

Stock Spirits has launched a 21 year old  single malt Czech whisky. The company believes it to be the only Bohemian single malt in the world.

Scotland: Whisky producers launch Edinburgh gin

The makers of Sheep Dip whisky have launched a gin.

France: More scotch whisky sold in a month, than cognac in a year

According to the Scotch Whisky Association more than 5 bottles of scotch are shipped to France every second.

Scotch whisky - cornerstone of Scottish economy

A new study has revealed that Scotch whisky is worth £4 billion a year in added value to the Scottish economy - with the industry spending in excess of £1.1 billion annually on supplies produced in Scotland.

Ardbeg launches second Supernova

Islay malt whisky, Ardbeg is to launch a second edition of Ardbeg Supernova – SN2010 – to be released on May 31 2010. This limited edition release is 40% more peaty than the distillery’s already heavily peated flagship Ardbeg ten years old.

Scotch Whisky Association goes to Brazil

A 56% increase in exports confirmed Scotch whisky’s growing popularity in Brazil in 2009, according to new figures published by the UK-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Edrington appoints Cutty Sark brand boss

The Edrington Group has appointed a new brand controller for its newly acquired scotch whisky Cutty Sark.

Speyside whisky festival kicks off this week

The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival starts this week.

Record exports as scotch whisky defies downturn

Global exports of scotch whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).