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

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.

Berrys switches to Marussia in Russia

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has appointed Marussia Beverages RUS to distribute The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt scotch whisky, No. 3 London Dry gin, The King’s Ginger liqueur and Pink Pigeon Mauritian rum from June 1.

George Grant appointed to J & G Grant’s board

J & G Grant, owners of the Glenfarclas distillery, has appointed George Grant to its board of directors.

Diageo releases rare scotches

Diageo has announced the release of some rare single malt scotch whiskies to be launched this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.

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.

Bowmore 1964 and 1985 released

Morrison Bowmore has released the 1964 and 1985 vintages from its Bowmore distillery to global markets.

Inver House reports strong results, releases new Balblair vintages

Inver House Distillers, the Scotland-based spirits arm of International Beverage Holdings has reported a 28% increase in turnover for the year ending December 2011.

Maxxium UK to distribute Cooleys

Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery has appointed Maxxium UK to distribute brands, Kilbeggan, Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt, Tyrconnell Irish Single Malt and Greenore Irish Single Grain, in the UK.

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.

Glenfiddich joins The Millionaires' Club

Glenfiddich has become the first single malt scotch to sell a million 9-litre cases in a year.

Whyte & Mackay releases 21-strong Dalmore range

Whyte & Mackay has released a collection of The Dalmore single malt vintage whiskies to duty free.

Chinese travellers boost sales of liquor for Dubai Duty Free

The world’s single largest travel retailer, Dubai Duty Free, has said a rise in the number of Chinese passengers is one of the main factors behind a strong 17% increase in liquor sales over the first nine months of 2011.

Ian Macleod buys Speyside distillery

Ian Macleod Distillers has purchased the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, from the Edrington Group.

Jura invests £100,000 in visitor centre

The Isle of Jura Distillery has opened a £100,000 visitor centre.

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.

Master of Malt launches “world’s oldest liqueur”

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

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.

Laphroaig voted best single malt

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

Diageo releases ‘special’ single malts

Diageo has launched its autumn Special Release Series, a collection of single malt scotch whiskies aimed at the world’s top bars and whisky connoisseurs.

Glen Garioch re-launches its range of single malts

Glen Garioch, the 200-year old Aberdeenshire-based distillery, has re-launched its range of single malt whiskies.

Amrut launches new single malt

Indian distiller Amrut has extended its range of whiskies with the addition of a three cask-matured single malt.

First Drinks launches 40 year old Balvenie

David Stewart, The Balvenie malt master, has crafted a 40 year old single malt scotch whisky, aged in sherry casks and refill hogsheads. A batch of 150, hand numbered bottles of The Balvenie Forty will be available at selected travel retail outlets in the world’s leading airports, from July 2010.

New brand controller for Highland Park

The Edrington Group has appointed Matthew Turner as brand controller for Highland Park.