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.

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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.

Charles Heidsieck champagne moves to Liberty

UK: Charles Heidsieck champagne is to move to a "fine wine-orientated partner" in the UK. Distribution is to shift from First Drinks Brands to Liberty Wines from June 1, 2012 .

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.

Glenfiddich launches double-matured whisky

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

Bowmore Tempest No. 3 launches

Morrison Bowmore has launched Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No. 3 to global markets.

Penfolds launches Bin 620 in Shanghai

Penfolds has launched Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz to global markets, the first release of the ‘special bin’ since 1966.

Pernod posts strong first quarter results

Pernod Ricard has announced net sales (excluding tax and duties) of €1.987 million for the first quarter of 2011/12 (July 1 – September 30, 2011).

Buffalo Trace launches 2011 Antique Collection whiskeys

UK: Hi-Spirits is set to launch the Buffalo Trace Distillery 2011 Antique Collection this month.

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.

Nemiroff launches Distinct "eco-vodka"

Nemiroff Company has made its first step into eco-friendly spirits with the launch of Nemiroff Distinct, a vodka flavoured with aloe. 

Patron ramps up marketing in South Africa

South Africa: Patron has launched its first billboard campaign outside of the US. 

Premiumisation driving UK spirits, says First Drinks

Premiumisation is driving UK spirits volume and value growth in the on and off-trade, according to findings by First Drinks.

First Cape to sponsor Lions rugby tour

First Cape Wines has announced it will sponsor the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of Australia in 2013.

Australia head hits out

Paul Henry, outgoing general manager, market development for the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC), has accused retailers of being only interested in “volume and price” and described retailer consolidation and price compression as direct threats to proprietary brands.

Licor 43 targets UK growth

Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 is targeting UK growth, after up-scaling its marketing operations with the appointment of a brand ambassador.

First Drinks appoints marketing boss

UK company First Drinks has appointed Una McCullough as marketing director.

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.

First Cape launches low alcohol wine

First Cape wine is launching lower-alcohol (5.5% abv) extension of its First Cape brand.