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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).


Lidl 'collectors' item' malt whisky sells out within days

Published:  12 December, 2012

The 33-year-old Lidl own-label single malt whisky, which was deemed a "collectors' item", sold its entire stock within just three days of being on the shelves.


The Times launches spirits club

Published:  26 November, 2012

The Times has upped its focus on spirits with the launch of an online spirit shop the Whisky Club and a new drinks columnist Alice Lascelles.


William Grant launches 25 Year Old blend

Published:  19 November, 2012

William Grant & Sons has launched its Grant's 25 Year Old blend for the first time outside the travel retail market.


The Whisky Shop launches flagship London store

Published:  12 November, 2012

The Whisky Shop is launching its flagship store in London's Piccadilly with the aim of taking high street whisky retailing to a new level.


Mike Matthews opens his mind to whiskey at Balcones tasting

Published:  06 November, 2012

I'll make no bones about this, spirits aren't really my thing. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm all about the grape and not the grain. So imagine my surprise when I was invited to a whiskey tasting.


Rental record for new Whisky Shop on Piccadilly

Published:  05 November, 2012

A branch of the Whisky Shop is forking out a new rental record for its latest store, which is scheduled to opposite the Ritz in London.


Bell's Scotch whisky aims to raise £1 million for Help for Heroes

Published:  02 November, 2012

Bell's Scotch whisky has released limited edition Help for Heroes bottles in an effort to raise £1 million for the charity.


Douglas Blyde on the Suntory Japanese whisky tastings taking place at Roast

Published:  02 November, 2012

Zoran Peric of Cellar Trends hosted a tasting of Japanese whiskies from Suntory as part of a series of masterclasses being held at London's Roast restaurant in the eaves of Borough Market. The tasting began with a pretty, tart "Shard Sour" invented by bar manager, Sebastien Guesdon. "Every barman wants to leave behind a legacy which survives them," said Guesdon, dispensing the subtly smoky Suntory Hakushu (pronounced "pronounced ?Hack-shoo") 12 year-old single malt blended with lemon juice, egg white, and cherry, which represents Japan's most celebrated blossom.


Inverarity Morton acquires spirits supplier LA Wholesale

Published:  31 October, 2012

Scottish drinks distributor Inverarity Morton has acquired Glasgow-based spirits supplier, LA Wholesale for an undisclosed sum.


Chivas Brothers plans new Speyside distillery

Published:  24 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas Brothers has begun the planning process for its new Speyside whisky distillery on the site of the disused Imperial Distillery, acquired by Chivas Brothers in 2005.


Glen Scotia plans packaging revamp to appeal to global market

Published:  22 October, 2012

The Glen Scotia Distillery in Cambeltown has included new packaging as part of its major investment plans to expand its global operation.


Port producers can learn lessons from whisky industry

Published:  12 October, 2012

Port producers should look to the whisky industry for packaging and marketing inspiration in order to safeguard the Douro's future.