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Irish Distillers invests €150m to boost capacity

Irish Distillers has announced a €150m investment in its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet demand for its products.

Maker's Mark takes Private Select to UK

Maker’s Mark will be taking its Private Select programme to the UK for the first time later this month starting with its Harvey Nichols edition.

Loch Lomond Group reveals 2019 GTR range

Loch Lomond Group will expand its global travel retail offering with the launch of a new range expected in stores in 2019.

Ron Welsh: 'Scotch whisky laws should be relaxed'

Beam Suntory master blender Ron Welsh told Drinks International that he believes the laws on scotch whisky barrel finishing are too restricting and that there are many casks yet to be tested.

EBS whisky expert talks signature serves

David Miles, senior whisky specialist for Edrington Beam Suntory joined Drinks International to discuss the creation of a brand’s signature serve.

Templeton Rye moves into South Korea and New Zealand

Templeton Rye whiskey has made an agreement with Thirsty Camel in New Zealand and Happy Spirits Korea in South Korea for the distribution of its entire portfolio.

Whyte & Mackay releases ISC bottle branding

To celebrate winning two Gold Medals at this year’s International Spirits Challenge, Whyte & Mackay Triple Matured Whisky has released a run of 200,000 commemorative neck tags.

Highland Park launches 50-year-old whisky worth £13.5k

Highland Park has released 274 bottles of a 50-year-old single malt worth £13.5k, making it the oldest release by the distillery for more than a decade.

Glenmorangie releases surfboards made from old barrels

In the latest edition of its Beyond the Cask series, Glenmorangie has created surfboards using white oak casks which have been used in the production of Glenmorangie Original.

Aerstone range to "simplify" single malts

William Grant & Sons has launched a new 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, Aerstone which is available in two expressions; Sea Cask 10 Year Old and Land Cask 10 Year Old.

Edrington adds Wyoming Whiskey to US portfolio

Edrington has formed a strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey which includes the acquisition of its US business.

Wild Geese founder calls for Irish whiskey diversity

Wild Geese Irish Whiskey founder André Levy believes that the Irish whiskey category needs to be diversified following the Pernod Ricard FY18 results.

Douglas Laing to open Clutha Distillery in autumn 2019

Scotch whisky producer, Douglas Laing & Co has announced that its new distillery in Glasgow will be named the Clutha Distillery and is expected to open in autumn 2019.

Maker's Mark targets global bartender programme

Maker’s Mark bartender programme The Makers’ is now in its second year and brand diplomat Amanda Humphrey wants it to go global.

Jim beam and Maker's Mark expect price increase after EU tariffs

Edrington Beam Suntory expects its American whiskey price points to increase internationally following the high tariffs placed on US products by the EU.

Rosey Mitchell wins The Circle global final

Rosey Mitchell of Three Sheets bar in London has been crowned winner of Compass Box whisky’s bartender competition, The Circle.

Israeli whisky to sell off full casks

Milk & Honey, Israel's first-ever whisky distillery, is selling full-sized casks of its earliest edition whisky. The 200-liter, ex-bourbon casks.

Jefferson's Bourbon enters Mash Steakhouse

Mash Steak House in London has imported an entire barrel of Jefferson’s Bourbon from Kentucky to use in its new cocktail menu.

Highland Park's The Light sales on target

Sales figures for Highland Park’s latest release, The Light, show the £190 bottle of whisky is set to reach its international targets for the year.

New whisky trail combines four Scottish island destilleries

The Hebridean Whisky Trail has been formed on the Scottish islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris.

Chivas becomes the official spirits partner of Manchester United

Chivas, the blended scotch whisky brand, is to sponsor the world’s biggest football club brand, Manchester United, in a three-year global partnership deal.

South Africa gets 'Scotch Whisky' trademark

The Scotch Whisky Association has successfully registered 'Scotch Whisky' as a certification trademark in South Africa - the seventh largest Scotch whisky market by volume.

Bain’s ‘fills gap’ in SA whisky market

Bain’s Single Grain Whisky has “filled a significant gap” in the South African whisky market according to master distiller, Andy Watts.

Alan Winchester wins ISC Lifetime Achievement Award

The Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge dinner on Thursday 12 July.

Rachel Barrie given honorary doctorate for whisky services

Rachel Barrie has become the first female master blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh.

'Primary Scotch brands can dominate emerging markets'

Pat Venning, global marketing director for Chivas Brothers believes that its primary Scotch portfolio has a “good future” despite global premiumisation.

Grant's undergoes full rebrand

Grant’s Scotch whisky has announced a global brand relaunch, including the renaming of its signature blend to Grant’s Triple Wood.

Chivas XV "disruptive" to Scotch category

The release of Chivas XV, a 15-year-old blended Scotch finished in Grande Champagne cognac casks has been described as “a disruptive move” for the category by its producer.

Tomatin whisky reports 25% turnover boost

Highland Scotch whisky distillery, Tomatin near Inverness, has announced a turnover increase of almost 25% over the past financial year.

American whiskey sales in Australia up 41% from 2005

American whiskey is becoming the most popular spirit of choice in Australia according to data collected by The Distilled Spirits Council.

Jack Daniel's price could rise 10% in EU

Brown-Foreman believes the price of Jack Daniel's whiskey will increase by around 10% in the EU due to import tariffs imposed by Donald Trump.

Rick house collapses in Kentucky

A rick house in Bardstown Kentucky partly collapsed on 22 June leaving around 9,000 barrels of bourbon in ruins.

Loch Lomond Whiskies releases three single malts ahead of The Open

Loch Lomond Whiskies has released three limited edition single malts to mark the beginning of it five-year partnership with The Open golf championship.

William Grant & Sons launches Grant's in India

William Grant & Sons has announced a deal with Modi Distilleries to bottle and launch Grant’s blended Scotch whisky in India.

Glenmorangie releases single-cask bottling for 175th year

Glenmorangie has celebrated the 175th anniversary of its Highland single malt Scotch whisky with the release of a single-cask bottling.

The Macallan new distillery: see inside

The Macallan recently unveiled its new £140m distillery in Scotland’s Speyside region, opening to the public on June 2.

Pernod Ricard plans Myanmar whisky expansion

Yoma Strategic Holdings and Pernod Ricard have formed a joint venture company to focus on the production and distribution of whisky in Myanmar.

Speymalt Whisky Distributors announces distillery plans

Plans have been announced by Speymalt Whisky Distributors for a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland.

Chivas Regal invests £50m in bottling plant

Scotch whisky producer, Chivas Brothers has announced the construction of a £50m expansion to its bottling plant in Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Chivas 18 gets rebrand

Chivas Regal has re-branded its 18 year-old blend, one of the largest international blended Scotch expressions, with immediate effect to reflect its 'super-premium' position.

Irish Distillers expands Method And Madness range

Irish Distillers has added two new and experimental Irish whiskeys to its Method And Madness range; Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak and a 28-year-old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

The Macallan treasures World Whisky Day

Scotch whisky brand The Macallan believes that World Whisky Day, May 19, is more than just a consumer trend but an opportunity to spread its story.

Chivas unveils Royal Salute Royal Wedding expression

The Duke of Argyll and Chivas Brothers’ marketing manager - prestige, Mathieu Deslandes today (May 15) unveiled the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition for the forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Paul Lawrie joins Loch Lomond Whiskies at The Open

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the official spirit of The Open golf championships, has agreed a partnership with 1999 Open Champion, Paul Lawrie.

Diageo to invest £150m in Scotch visitor centres

Diageo has announced a £150m investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

The Macallan 1926 sold for record $1.2m

Two rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 have been sold for a record US$1.2m in Dubai airport duty free.

Loch Lomond Group brings Claret Jug to London

The Loch Lomond Group has launched its largest global travel retail initiative with World Duty Free at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 this month.

Irish Distillers appoints new distiller

Irish Distillers has appointment Henry Donnelly as distiller of the Micro Distillery at the Midleton plant in Cork, replacing Karen Cotter, who has moved to a new role in the main site.

Famous Grouse launches Cask Series

The Famous Grouse has launched Cask Series, a new range of ‘everyday premium’ whiskies which will start with Bourbon Cask and be followed up by whiskies aged in different cask types.

Dave Broom to film whisky documentary

Spirits writer Dave Broom has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a road trip documentary, exploring the untold story of whisky and Scottish culture.