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Diageo has agreed to sell its premium Scotch whisky brand, Windsor, to Bayside/Metis, a South Korean private equity group for KRW 200 billion (approx. £124 million). (March 28, 2022 - Sian Yates - FoodBev Media)
The global results of the Whisky Magazine Awards 2022 have been revealed at the competition's first in-person ceremony in three years. (March 25, 2022 - Bethany Whymark - The Drinks Report)
Scotland-based Stirling Distillery has revealed a limited edition single malt whisky set that will comprise six bottles matured in various casks.(March 25, 2022 - Alice Brooker - The Spirits Business)
Former Macallan whisky maker Sarah Burgess has joined The Craigellachie Hotel to develop a new collection of spirits and sodas inspired by Speyside. (March 3, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
Auctioneer Sotheby’s has opened bidding for the world’s ‘most valuable’ sale of American whiskey on the secondary market, with an estimated worth of up to US$1.2 million. (March 16, 2022 - Alice Brooker - The Spirits Business)
The whisky market is worth more than US$10 billion in the US on-trade and is expected to thrive this year, according to CGA data. (March 11, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
Including an Irish whiskey that spans six continents, a 30-year old Talisker and the world's most interesting decanter.
(March 2, 2022 - Kirk Miller - Inside Hook)
English whisky maker The Lakes Distillery is aiming to raise £1.25 million (US$1.67m) through crowdfunding to increase single malt production. (March 1, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
Sixteen distillers have joined forces to propose a geographical indication (GI) for English whisky to the UK government. (February 25, 2022 - Kate Malczewski - The Spirits Business)
The owners of the Isle of Raasay Distillery has announced the opening of the first farm to bottle distillery in Campbeltown in more than 180 years. (February 18, 2022 - Kenny Smith - Scottish Fields)
The chairman and chief executive of Chivas Brothers has called on the UK Government to be more ambitious with its post-Brexit trade policy in order to open up new markets for the Scottish whisky industry.
(February 11, 2022 - Peter A. Walker - Insider.co.uk)
In the spring of 1940, as part of World War Two, Germany invaded Norway and occupied Denmark, there was blitzkrieg in Belgium and the Netherlands, while rationing was introduced in the UK.
(February 9, 2022 - Gaby Soutar - The Scotsman)
Sales rose 16.3% last year with Irish whiskey the third-fastest-growing spirits category. Irish whiskey sales rebounded strongly in the US last year, rising 16.3 per cent or $185 million, to a record $1.3 billion.
(February 7, 2022 - Charlie Taylor - The Irish Times)
The ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktail category is forecast to hit US$57.2 billion by 2032, according to a new report from researcher Future Market Insights (FMI). The canned cocktail market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6% per year until 2032, the report found.
(February 4, 2022 - Kate Malczewski - The Spirits Business)
Scotland may have put single malt on the map, but in the past few years, more and more countries are embracing the style, curious to see how different climates and techniques can impact flavor
(February 2, 2022 - Johnny McCormick - Whisky Advocate
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Islay whisky distillery Kilchoman has secured a £22.5 million (US$30.4m) funding package from Barclays to expand its site and grow the brand globally. (February 2, 2022 - Nicole Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
A SCOTS whisky distillery has secured a mammoth £22.5m investment from a major UK bank to boost expansion plans. Kilchoman Distillery, based on the island of Islay, Inner Hebrides, has secured the £22.5m funding package with Barclays. The new funding allows the distillery to invest in new production facilities and further grow the brand globally.
(February 1, 2022 - Ryan Nixon - Deadlinenews)
Premier Whisky, a whisky investment and production company in Hong Kong, recently announced the final pre-order for the last 50 bottles of a 72-year old Glen Grant single malt, crafted in conjunction with the whisky creators Gordon & MacPhail. Grabbing one of these bottles will set you back just under $54,000.
(January 31, 2022 - Kirk Miller - InsideHook)
Sales of “private selection” barrels by distillers in Kentucky have become popular choices for retailers, bars, restaurants, and even whiskey clubs. However, it turns out that those sales actually violate state liquor regulations in Kentucky, and perhaps even at the federal level. It’s not because sales by the barrel are specifically banned, but because the process of selecting those barrels violates a number of state regulations. (January 29, 2022 - Whisky Cast)
Plying their craft in the Scottish Highlands since 1826, The GlenDronach have survived various obstacles and even a short-lived closure from 1996 to 2002. Disruptions notwithstanding, the distillery’s commitment to quality has remained absolutely steadfast and so too has their signature flavour profile. No one has mastered the art of sherry cask maturation quite like these folks, hence their thriving reputation. (January 28, 2022 - Scott Purcell - Man of Many)
The growth of Irish whiskey sales internationally in recent years has been little short of spectacular. That success is firmly based on its reputation as a high quality, premium product backed by a unique heritage. But that hard-won reputation can easily be damaged by low quality products being passed off as Irish whiskey in other markets.
(January 27, 2022 - The Irish Times)
THE Glenmorangie Company has recorded its best-ever sales performance as it revealed plans to invest “tens of millions of pounds" per year to ensure it meets demand from whisky drinkers in the decades to come.
(January 2022 - Scott Wright - The Herold Scotland)
Boann Distillery in Ireland is bringing lost mash bills back to the future. At the start of the 19th century there were more than 100 licensed whiskey distilleries operating in Ireland, all with their own mash bills (the ratios and types of grain used to make spirit – typically malted and unmalted barley, oats, wheat, or rye.)
(January 2022 - Mark Jennings - Whisky Magazine)
Although we’ve only just packed away our Christmas decorations at the Scotch Whisk Experience, there’s plenty of festivities still to look forward to, and our Senior Visitor Assistant, Jethro Rolland, has been doing a little research into one of them. (January 20, 2022 - The Scotch Whisky Experience Team)
The Chinese New Year for 2022 begins on February 1st and runs through February 15th. Celebrating the start of a new year on traditional Chinese calendars, it is also designed to herald the beginning of spring. It is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, and something that is observed by Chinese communities worldwide. (January 14, 2022 - The Whisky Wash)
Scotch distillery Glenfiddich has released a limited Reserva Rum Cask 21 Year Old in special packaging to celebrate Chinese New Year. (January 12, 2022 - Alice Liang - The Drink Business)
Exports of Irish alcoholic drinks grew by 19% last year, led by the strong rebound of Irish whiskey, according to a new report. (January 13, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
A beautiful peaty dram can often be enhanced by having a little snack to complement it. In this article we’ll explain everything about snacks to serve with whisky. Whisky is an incredibly luxurious, sumptuous drink and sometimes it needs a little something else to break up the rich intensity. (January 11, 2022 - Whiskyflavour.com)
From alcohol bans during the Tokyo Olympics to natural disasters damaging distilleries, the Japanese spirits industry has experienced a variety of challenges over the past few years. We look at how the country’s producers are powering through. (January 11, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
Drinks sales in Britain’s bars, pubs and restaurants dropped by a quarter in the last three weeks of 2021, however spirits surpassed all categories. (January 11, 2022 - Nicola Carruthers - The Spirits Business)
Thousands of illicit whisky stills that would have been used by local people in the Scottish Highlands still lie undiscovered in remote glens, archaeologists have said. (January 3, 2022 - Christian Smith - The Drinks Business)
Brewers struggle to retain a dwindling edge, as spirits makers campaign to grab market share using canned cocktails to burnish their product’s reputation and lower taxes on it. (January 3, 2022 - Saabira Chaudhuri - The Wall Street Journal)
Michael Alexander speaks to Fife entrepreneur Andrew Hogan whose recently established whisky bonding and bottling business brings back memories of Auchtermuchty’s 200 year old whisky industry heritage. (Michael Alexander - December 31, 2021 - The Courier)
Mindful alcohol consumption has led to a swathe of low- and no-alcohol brands coming to market. Here, we highlight three brands that look destined for greatness in the coming year. (Melita Kiely - December 28, 2021 - The Sprits Business)
The past 12 months have seen major developments in every corner of the spirits industry. Here’s our selection of the top stories of 2021. (Kate Malczewski - December 23, 2021 - The Sprits Business)
Worried about the customer preferences post-pandemic and in the coming year? Let's take a look at 10 trends that are ready to take over in 2022. (December 13, 2021 - USA Spirits Trading)