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Guy Woodward: On good breeding in wine

Published:  07 May, 2019

From the moment visitors touch down at Lexington’s Blue Grass airport, they are confronted with stylised images of two of Kentucky’s most prominent industries. The local tourist board seems keener, funnily enough, to promote the state’s whiskies and horses than its other famous export. Compliant stooge that I am, I took in both pursuits over the course of a whistle-stop tour last month.

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Maker’s Mark launches new collection to tap Brits’ thirst for American whisky

Published:  16 October, 2018

Maker’s Mark has produced a limited edition run of 252 Private Select bottles in the UK to tap Brits’ thirst for American whisky.

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Harpers launches new Think Whisky event

Published:  20 August, 2018

Harpers and sister title Drinks Retailing News are joining forces to add a new event to the popular ‘Think’ spirits series.

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SWA calls for zero tariffs on whisky making materials

Published:  29 June, 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for zero tariffs on imports of whisky making materials in the Brexit negotiations.

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The rise of Irish whiskey as EU whiskey

Published:  27 June, 2018

It may be unsurprising that Selfridges is launching its first Irish food and drink show this August. With a fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth Irish whiskey is now the world’s fastest growing spirit according to the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA).

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Durham Distillery confirms whisky production to start this year

Published:  03 January, 2018

Craft distillery Durham has confirmed it is to start whisky production this year.

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Dingle Distillery to upscale production

Published:  13 November, 2017

The Dingle Distillery, the craft spirits producer, is launching an investment drive to scale up its production.

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Tullamore on the campaign trail

Published:  22 September, 2017

William Grant owned Irish whiskey Tullamore DEW has launched a campaign to champion ‘blend’ as part of a “major” investment.

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Maker’s Mark launches 'bartender engagement' programme

Published:  14 August, 2017

Premium bourbon brand Maker’s Mark has revealed a new ‘bartender engagement’ series of workshops hosted by new ‘brand diplomat’ Amanda Humphrey.

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Stock Spirits acquires 25% stake in Quintessential Brands Irish whiskey division

Published:  18 July, 2017

London-listed Stock Spirits Group has signed a deal to buy a 25% stake in the Irish whiskey division of Quintessential Brands Group for up to €18.3m (£16m) in cash.

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Inver House Distillers promotes Martin Leonard to managing director

Published:  13 July, 2017

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings, has appointed its current operations manager, Martin Leonard, to managing director.

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Southern Comfort receives ‘New Orleans’ makeover

Published:  07 June, 2017

Southern Comfort has gone back to its roots with a revamp focused on the whiskey’s connection to New Orleans.

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The drinks world takes action over alcohol misuse

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced this week it is calling for entries for this year's Scotch Whisky Action Fund - an initiative set up in 2013 to help tackle alcohol misuse by offering grants for related projects across Scotland. 

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Jameson makes its first move into RTDs

Published:  14 March, 2017

Pernod Ricard has poured Jameson into cans in a bid to up the Irish Whiskey brand's relevance among younger drinkers.

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The SWA issues final call for cut in duty

Published:  06 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has issued a final call for a 2% cut in spirits excise duty ahead of this week's Budget.

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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London whisky fraudster could be the "Rudy Kurniawan" of UK spirits

Published:  02 March, 2017

A scuppered fraud operation has revealed "levels of sophistication never before seen in fraudulent spirits production", involving hundreds of counterfeit bottles of whisky and other spirits.

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Spirit sales across Western Europe in sharp decline

Published:  28 February, 2017

Spirit sales across Western Europe have been hit by poor performances from the majority of countries, with only the UK and four other countries showing growth.

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SWA helps to tackle alcohol misuse

Published:  27 February, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association is hoping to help tackle alcohol misuse by inviting related projects in Scotland to apply for grants from its Action Fund.

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Single malt exports break £1 billion for the first time

Published:  21 February, 2017

Exports of single malt Scotch whisky have hit £1bn for the first time, the BBC has reported.

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