Douglas Laing launches first single malt

Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co has entered the single malt market with the launch of its non-age statement Strathearn single malt.

Demeter Collection auction first to recognise women in whisky

The Demeter Collection, created to recognise the work of women in the whisky sector, has raised nearly £50,000 at auction for the OurWhisky Foundation.

Stauning expands core portfolio with new release

Danish distillery Stauning is expanding its core portfolio with the launch of a new expression, Høst (40.5% abv).

William Grant and Sons launches ultra-premium blended whisky

William Grant and Sons has launched a new high-aged blended Scotch brand, Wildmoor.

Nyetimber agrees deal to buy The Lakes Distillery

English sparkling wine producer has announced an agreement in principle to purchase The Lakes Distillery in a deal worth £71 million.

Ex-Gordon & MacPhail chief Ian Urquhart passes

Scotch whisky legend Ian Urquhart has passed away aged 76, after an illness, with his family by his side.

The Artisanal Spirits Company reports growth despite China downturn

The Artisanal Spirits Company, owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Single Cask Nation, has reported an 8% revenue growth in its preliminary results for the year to 31 December 2023.

The Dalmore Luminary No2 launches

The Dalmore has collaborated with the V&A Dundee to launch two new Highland single malt whiskies as part of its series Luminary No2.

Rosebank Distillery to reopen to the public after 30 years

Rosebank Distillery has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public this June for the first time since 1993. 

Label 5 plans 'Glocal' marketing campaigns

Label 5 Scotch Whisky plans to reinforce its ‘Glocal’ marketing campaign throughout 2024 with a wide range of activations in its priority global markets.

Port Ellen Distillery reopens after more than 40 years

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen Distillery has reopened on the island of Islay more than 40 years after closing its doors.

Torabhaig announces third instalment of its Legacy Series

Isle of Skye single malt distillery Torabhaig has announced the launch of the third instalment in its Legacy Series which follows the journey to a ten-year-old expression.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society donates new series profits to OurWhisky

As part of its celebrations for International Women’s Day 2024 the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has released five single cask whiskies selected by an all-women tasting panel.

The Lakes Distillery honours International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, The Lakes Distillery has released a limited-edition single malt whisky to celebrate inclusivity in whisky.

John Glaser announces departure from Compass Box

Compass Box founder and whisky maker John Glaser has announced he will be stepping down from the business after 23 years.

American whiskey drives US spirits exports to record high

Total US spirits exports hit a record high in 2023 boosted by the EU’s suspension of tariffs on American whiskey, according to a new report by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Brands Report 2024: Scotch Whisky

Traditional though this category may seem, there have been changes at the top and the introduction of new names.

Brands Report 2024: Irish Whiskey

There’s no sign that the giant of this category, Jameson, is in any danger of being toppled from its number one spot.

Brands Report 2024: American Whiskey

­This sector is nothing if not consistent, as evidenced by the minimal change in the bestsellers.

Brands Report 2024: World Whiskies

Japan continues to dominate in this category with two names in particular standing out.

The Artisanal Spirits Company acquires Single Cask Nation

Whisky producer, The Artisanal Spirits Company (ASC), and owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), has acquired US-based independent bottling brand, Single Cask Nation.

Never Say Die Bourbon launches in the US

Never Say Die, the UK-based Kentucky straight bourbon has announced its launch in the US following its UK launch in September 2022.

Pernod Ricard launches The Chuan whisky in China

French spirits maker, Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of The Chuan Pure Malt Whisky in China.

Dave McCabe to succeed Billy Leighton as Irish Distillers master blender

Irish Distillers, the Irish whiskey subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, has announced the appointment of Dave McCabe as master blender.

Jura distillery manager to retire

UK single malt whisky Jura has announced the retirement of distillery manager Graham Logan, following three decades of service.

Michter’s named World's Most Admired Whisky 2023

Michter’s has been named The World’s Most Admired Whisky brand in the third edition of the annual top 50 list released by Drinks International.

Jameson launches whiskey aged 21 years in rum casks

Irish whiskey giant Jameson has announced the launch of a 21 year old whiskey aged entirely in rum seasoned casks.

American whiskey could face 50% EU tariffs from January

Distillers are calling for the permanent removal of EU imposed “debilitating tariffs” on American whiskey, which are scheduled to be reimposed and doubled to 50% on 1 January 2024.

Distillers One of One Auction raises £2.25m

The Distillers’ Charity hosted its second biennial One of One Auction, in partnership with Sotheby’s, comprising a selection of ultra-rare Scotch whiskies.

Holyrood launches debut whisky

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has announced the release of its inaugural whisky, one of the first single malts to be produced in the Scottish capital in a century.

Chivas Brothers reveals plans for first Islay distillery

Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard’s dedicated Scotch whisky arm, has announced plans for its first distillery on the Scottish island of Islay.

Sazerac Company named American Whiskey producer of the year

For the fourth year in a row, Buffalo Trace owner, Sazerac Company, has been named American Whiskey Producer of the Year by Drinks International’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

Cask Whisky Association launches to protect reputation of Scotch

The Cask Whisky Association (CWA) has launched to create a safe environment for whisky enthusiasts and customers to buy and sell casks.

Suntory announces two new Hibiki releases to celebrate the distillery’s centenary

The House of Suntory has announced the launch of a centennial Hibiki 21-Year-Old release and a limited edition Hibiki Japanese Harmony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Japanese whisky distillery.

Torabhaig launches limited edition cask strength release

Isle of Skye single malt distillery Torabhaig has announced the launch of Allt Gleann, a batch strength release that completes the current chapter of the Torabhaig Legacy Series.

The Macallan launches exclusive GTR collection

The Macallan has introduced The Macallan Colour Collection, a new range of age statement whiskies, exclusively available in global travel retail.

Bladnoch Distillery expands senior leadership team

Bladnoch Distillery has appointed a new leadership team to help accelerate its global growth. 

Brown-Forman announces Slovakia distribution business

American drinks group Brown-Forman has announced the launch of its own distribution business in Slovakia, bringing distribution in-house for the first time since the company entered the market.

Maker's Mark appoints new UK brand diplomat

Edrington UK has announced the appointment of its latest UK brand diplomat for Maker’s Mark bourbon, Charlotte Pederson.

Shanky’s Whip secures Australia distribution deal with Amber Beverage Group

Irish whiskey liqueur Shanky’s Whip has signed a new distribution deal with global drinks distributor Amber Beverage Group.

Landmark survey details the extent of sexism in the whisky industry

A new survey conducted by the OurWhisky Foundation has detailed the extent of sexism that women working in the whisky industry face.

Ardbeg launches new experimental series 'Anthology Collection'

Islay single malt Ardbeg has released Ardbeg Anthology: The Harpy’s Tale, the first of a new experimental series from the LVMH brand.

InchDairnie announce first Scottish Pot Still whisky in a century

Fife distillery InchDairnie, has announced the release of a Scottish Pot Still whisky as the latest edition to its experimental PrinLaws Collection.

Scotch granted trademark protection in Hong Kong

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that Scotch whisky has been registered as a trademark in Hong Kong, following the success of its application.

Maker’s Mark unveils Cellar Aged Bourbon

Maker’s Mark has debuted its Cellar Aged Bourbon, an annual, global limited-release expression.

Glen Scotia unveils 48 year old single malt

Campbeltown’s Glen Scotia distillery has announced the launch of a limited-edition 48 year old single malt priced at £11,000 ($14,000 USD). 

Diageo sees double-digit sales increase

Diageo has announced its preliminary results, year ended 30 June, reporting net sales of £17.1 billion, increased 10.7%, primarily reflecting strong organic net sales growth, and favourable impacts from foreign exchange.

Bruichladdich co-founder Simon Coughlin retires

Bruichladdich Distillery co-founder, Simon Coughlin, will officially retire on 31 July, after more than 23 years with the Hebridean distillery.

Jameson becomes an official partner of the EFL

Jameson Irish Whiskey has been unveiled as an official partner of the English Football League (EFL) ahead of the 2023/24 season. 

Bruichladdich reduces packaging emissions by 65% with redesign of The Classic Laddie

Islay distillery, Bruichladdich, has redesigned its signature The Classic Laddie, removing the secondary tin and significantly reducing glass weight to reduce packaging CO2 emissions by 65%.