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Pernod Ricard reopens Glen Keith distillery

Published:  17 June, 2013

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has reopened the Glen Keith Scotch whisky distillery as it bets on future generations' thirst for Scotland's "water of life".


Benromach announces distillery expansion plans

Published:  11 June, 2013

Benromach, Speyside's smallest distillery, has annouced plans for major expansion in order to meet growing demand for its single malt whisky.


The Balvenie launches new batch at whisky fête

Published:  10 June, 2013

William Grant is to launch The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 at The Balvenie Whisky Fête in London's Tavistock Square this week.


Pernod Ricard to launch Royal Salute Diamond Tribute

Published:  05 June, 2013

Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky arm Chivas Brothers has announced the global launch of its latest expression under luxury...


Glenfarclas and Hine join forces for 1953 vintage

Published:  24 May, 2013

Glenfarclas Scotch whisky and Hine Cognac have joined forces with the Queen's cabinet maker to create a pair of obelisks to house the 1953 vintages of each product.


New whisky distillery planned for Lake District

Published:  20 May, 2013

A new whisky distillery is set to open in the heart of the Lake District and will be the first in the region for more than...


Ian MacLeod relaunches Tamdhu with 10 YO whisky

Published:  09 May, 2013

Ian MacLeod Distillers celebrated the relaunch of its Tamdhu Distillery this week with the release of a 10-year-old...


Ardbeg celebrates next limited edition release with Ardbog Day on June 1

Published:  09 May, 2013

Ardbeg, the single malt scotch whisky producer, has announced its latest limited edition whisky will be called Ardbog and is to host a special "Ardbog Day" on June 1 to celebrate its launch.


Prince Harry to join Team Glenfiddich on Antarctic trek

Published:  23 April, 2013

Prince Harry has announced he will join Team Glenfiddich, an expedition group comprised of wounded service personnel, in a 335km trek to the South Pole in December.


Diageo to build £50m Scotch whisky distillery

Published:  03 April, 2013

Diageo is to increase its Scotch whisky production with a new £50 million distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Text Diageo is to increase its Scotch whisky production with a new £50 million distillery in the Scottish Highlands.


The distillery, which will create up to 20 new jobs, will be adjacent to the company's existing distillery in Teaninich, near Alness, but will have its own name and identity.


The company also announced a major new phase of expansion to its Scotch whisky production in the Speyside area. The combined activity is a part of the £1 billion five-year investment plan launched last year.


The new Teaninch distillery will have the capacity to produce around 13 million litres of spirit per annum from 16 copper stills. An on-site bio-energy plant will also be constructed to convert co-products into green energy to power the distillery.


At the same time, Diageo also plans to invest £12 million in expanding the existing Teaninich distillery to almost double its capacity. The single malt whisky produced at the new distillery and at the expanded Teaninich distillery will be used in a range of Diageo's blended Scotch whisky brands.


The spirits giant also announced it will invest around £30 million in new production facilities in Speyside, including a project to substantially increase the capacity of the Mortlach distillery at Dufftown. This will involve the building of a new stillhouse, which will replicate the unusual partial-triple distillation process that Mortlach uses.


Another element of the investment will be the construction of a new plant at Glendullan to process co-products in an anaerobic digestion process, producing bio-gas that will be used to power the Glendullan distillery.


Diageo Scotland managing director Bryan Donaghey, said: "This announcement is a significant milestone in our £1 billion investment programme in Scotland to support the global growth of our Scotch whisky brands."



Scotch whisky exports fell last year but industry remains confident

Published:  02 April, 2013

Scotch whisky exports fell by 70 million bottles last year with top market France accounting for nearly three quarters of the decline.


The Macallan whisky in charity auction Bond link-up

Published:  26 March, 2013

To celebrate 50 years of James Bond in film, The Macallan will be donating a bottle of its 50-year-old Scotch whisky to be auctioned for charity.


Distell sets sights on SA whiskies

Published:  22 March, 2013

Distell is eyeing the potential of its South African whiskies in key European markets, including the UK.


Glenmorangie launches interactive Cask Masters campaign

Published:  28 February, 2013

Glenmorangie has launched Glenmorangie Cask Masters, an interactive whisky campaign that involves the brand's fans in the decision-making process behind a new limited edition.


Whisky and vodka see double-digit price hike

Published:  12 February, 2013

Spirit prices have rebounded sharply after the Christmas sales, with whisky and vodka showing a double-digit...


Penderyn Distillery invests in £1m expansion

Published:  25 January, 2013

Penderyn is to invest £1 million into its distillery through self-funding and help from the Welsh government in a bid to increase annual sales and fulfil demand.


New single malt distillery for Isle of Harris

Published:  22 January, 2013

A new single malt distillery is due to be built on the Hebridean Isle of Harris after it recieved a grant of £1.9 million from the Scottish government.


Glenmorangie Ealanta - it's all about the wood

Published:  21 January, 2013

It's all about the wood for the fourth annual release of Glenmorangie Private Edition Ealanta 19 Year Old (rrp £74.99, 46% abv), which is fully matured in virgin American white oak casks.


Chivas launches Pininfarina collection

Published:  11 January, 2013

Chivas Regal has launched three limited edition products with Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina.


Chivas Regal has launched three limited edition products with Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina.


The first of the Chivas 18 by Pininfarina products is an 18 year old bottle of Chivas housed in a blue metallic-finish case with a wood veneer to represent oak barrels (RRP: £105). The second has the same design features but is made with a solid wood inlay and comes with two glasses. The Limited Edition 2 products will also be individually numbered to highlight their limited edition status (RRP: £420). The bottles will go on sale from the end of February.


Only five of the top-end collector's piece will go on display globally and individual pieces made to order. The design is based on a mascherone, the wooden frame originally used to shape cars.


"Together with Pininfarina, we have produced a range that reflects the luxury and quality credentials of both partners and celebrates the beauty of deluxe design. The limited edition range will appeal to those with an appreciation for craftsmanship, history and elegance," said Pernod Ricard marketing director Patrick Venning.


Chivas has previously collaborated with fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Christian Lacroix.



Scotch whisky industry more productive than City of London

Published:  02 January, 2013

Scotch whisky is now worth more than £4 billion to the Scottish economy and is more productive than the City of London, according to a report commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).