Westward gets UK distribution deal

Westward Whiskey will make its European debut in the UK via an exclusive partnership with distributor Spirit Cartel as part of its ongoing global market expansion.

Auchentoshan launches Sauvignon Blanc finish

Auchentoshan has launched a Sauvignon Blanc expression which is available exclusively on Amazon.

Auchentoshan launches new brand design

Auchentoshan has launched a new brand identity as part of its new positioning to encourage younger drinkers to “share, mix and enjoy an Auchentoshan whisky together”.

Council of Whiskey Masters partners with Glencairn

The Council of Whiskey Masters has announced a strategic partnership with Glencairn Crystal.

Douglas Laing acquires Strathearn Distillery

Independent scotch whisky firm Douglas Laing has announced a 100% acquisition of Strathearn Distillery.

Jack Daniel's announces Tennessee Calling IV winners

Jack Daniel’s has announced the winning bar team of its fourth annual Tennessee Calling bartending competition after a two-day final during London Cocktail Week.

Scotchwhisky.com to close imminently

Scotchwhisky.com announced its imminent closure on Monday 14 October due to an ‘unsustainable business model’.

Dr Rachel Barrie made Keeper of the Quaich

Dr Rachel Barrie has been made a Keeper of the Quaich at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle on Monday 7 October.

Beam Suntory launches innovative US-Japan whiskey

Beam Suntory have released a collaborative American whiskey made by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo called Legent.

Michter’s: Roma Bar Show key for Italy spirits market

Michter’s vice president Matt Magliocco said this year’s inaugural Roma Bar Show provided a “perfect opportunity” to build its route to market in Italy.

That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company launches

That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company has launched a podcast series called Uncorked: Whisky Sessions.

Old Forester launches single barrel programme in UK

Old Forester has introduced a single barrel programme to the UK which will be available to the trade from autumn 2019.

The Lakes Distillery launches first sherry-led single malt

The Lakes Distillery has launched The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1 - the first in a series of widely available single malt whisky releases aiming to showcase its sherry-led house style.

Glenfiddich launches Grand Cru

Glenfiddich has launched Grand Cru, a 23-year-old single malt finished in rare French cuvée oak casks.

Kavalan launches Concertmaster Sherry Finish

Kavalan distillery has launched Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Finish, the distillery’s first global release of 2019.

Jameson Barrelback promotion: decision upheld

A recent complaint about Pernod Ricard UK’s Jameson Irish whiskey Barrelback on-trade promotion was upheld by the Independent Complaints Panel. 

Kilchoman completes Islay distillery expansion

Kilchoman Islay single malt whisky distillery has completed the expansion of its distillery which has the potential to double capacity.

Jim Beam $60m distillery begins construction

Beam Suntory is investing $60 to build a new distillery at its existing operations in Clermont, Kentucky.

Bulleit founder 'steps back' over abuse claims

Bulleit Bourbon founder Tom Bulleit has been made to step down from his role as brand ambassador by Diageo following claims of sex abuse by his daughter.

Pernod Ricard buys Texas whiskey brand TX

Pernod Ricard has announced the acquisition of Texas-based Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co, maker of super premium American whiskey.

Royal Salute releases two blends in biggest ever brand move

Royal Salute has launched two new expressions and rebranded its signature 21 Year Old scotch whisky in one of the biggest moves in the brand’s history.

Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery announces open date

Holyrood Distillery, which will be the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, will open on 30 July.

IWA responds to claims Irish whiskey laws favour Pernod

The Irish Whiskey Association has responded to claims that its Geographical Indication and Technical File is in danger of dumbing down’ the category.

Huge fire destroys Jim Beam rickhouse

A Jim Beam rickhouse containing around 45,000 barrels of whiskey burned to the ground on Wednesday.

Scotch and Irish whiskey receive US tariff threats

Scotch and Irish whiskey have been targeted by the US for potential new tariffs on imported goods.

Chivas unveils its Secret Speyside Collection

Chivas Brothers has released its biggest single malt collection to date, with the launch of 15 aged single malt scotch whiskies from four seldom seen, Speyside distilleries.

Last Drop Distillers launches 15th limited release

The Last Drop Distillers has launched its newest release, the 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Glen Scotia celebrates Malt Festival with new release

Glen Scotia has introduced a new Limited Edition Rum Cask Finish single malt to celebrate its Campbeltown Malts Festival programme.

Pernod Ricard acquires majority stake in Rabbit Hole Whiskey

Pernod Ricard USA, through its New Brand Ventures division, has acquired a majority share of Rabbit Hole Whiskey which is produced and based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chivas Brothers employees undergo beach plastic cleanups

Employees from Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard came together last week to collect plastic from beaches and river paths in Scotland and London.

Johnnie Walker's Jim Beveridge awarded OBE

Johnnie Walker master blender Dr Jim Beveridge has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the scotch whisky industry.

Whyte & Mackay launches whisky-based spirit drink

Whyte & Mackay Light has been launched in the UK as a “premium spirit drink from Scotland” with a 21.5% abv.

The Glenlivet undergoes redesign

The Glenlivet has unveiled a new brighter look for its single malt scotch whisky portfolio.

Mexico and Canada drop US whiskey tariffs

Mexico and Canada have dropped their tariffs on American whiskey which were implemented in retaliation to president Donald Trump’s import tariffs last year.

Highland Park opens new customer experience centre in Orkney

Single malt whisky brand Highland Park has opened its new customer experience store in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Conor McGregor takes credit for Irish whiskey's US growth

Conor McGregor has seemingly taken the credit for Irish whiskey's revenue growth in the US.

Craigellachie to give away 51-year-old whisky

Craigellachie has announced it will give away it’s new 51-year-old single malt for free to whisky fans around the world.

Limestone wins Bourbon Distillery of the Year

Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky has won the Bourbon Distillery of the Year award at the Berlin Intl Spirits Competition.

Ancient scotch distillery excavation underway

An archeological excavation is underway at the site of one of the earliest legal whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Bladnoch appoints former Macallan master distiller

Bladnoch Distillery has appointed Dr Nick Savage as master distiller to replace Ian MacMillan who retired in January 2019.

Rabbit Hole joins Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Rabbit Hole whiskey has become the latest American whiskey producer to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Santamanía launches first Madrid single malt

Santamanía Destilería Urbana has released its first single malt whiskies under the name of Mentidero. The brand includes two cask-aged versions: G Edition and Archetype.

Quintessential opens Dublin Liberties distillery

Quintessential Brands has opened its €10m whiskey distillery and visitor experience in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties district (February 20).

Jameson launches Bow Street 18YO batch two

Irish Distillers has unveiled the second batch of its Jameson Bow Street 18 year old Irish whiskey.

Johnnie Walker submits Edinburgh visitor centre plans

Diageo has submitted plans to transform one of Edinburgh’s landmark buildings into a global visitor experience for Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading scotch whisky brand

Spirited sells out Speyside Whisky Festival

The organisers fo the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival claim a surge in demand for tickets for the festival generated sales of £209,449 in the first 24 hours of release – with 173 events selling out completely in that time.

US whiskey imports to UK up 50%

US whiskey imports to the UK have risen 50% over the past decade according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association.

Ian Macleod to rebuild iconic Rosebank Distillery

Ian Macleod Distillers has been granted planning permission to start work on its multi-million pound redevelopment of the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk.

Glenmorangie Allta revealed as 10th Private Edition

Glenmorangie has launched its first whisky created from wild yeast strains to mark the 10th anniversary of its Private Edition series.

First London single malt released in over 100 years

The London Distillery Company has released the first single malt whisky to be distilled in London for more than 100 years.