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  • 18th April 2014
    Monkey Shoulder The Ultimate Bartender Challenge
    Monkey Shoulder has announced the launch of a unique national bartender competition, The Ultimate Bartender Challenge. The competition prize is equally unique – a pop up bar at London Cocktail Week, paid for, promoted and supported by Monkey Shoulder for the winning team of three. HURRY! The competition will close to entries at 11.00pm today Friday 18th April 2014.
     
  • 16th April 2014
    The Girvan Patent Still Unveils 30 Year Old & No.4 Apps Expressions
    Following on from last years release of The Girvan Patent Still 25 Year Old which was launched exclusively in the UK William Grants & Sons have announced the release of two more single grain whiskies. The two new single grain expressions are The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps and 30 Year Old.

     
  • 15th April 2014
    Supergroup Tired Pony added to Bushmills Live 2014 Line-up
    Music fans will be thrilled to hear that the critically-acclaimed supergroup Tired Pony, which was created by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody have been confirmed to appear at the intimate ‘Bushmills Live’ festival on Ireland’s north coast on June 12th, 2014.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Glengoyne and Tamdhu Take Double Gold
    Ian Macleod Distillers brands’ Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky have been have each been awarded a DOUBLE GOLD Medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Ballantine's 17 & 21 Year Old Limited Edition 2014 Golf Packs
    With the 2014 golf season well under way, Ballantine’s has announced the 2014 release of its popular Limited Edition Golf Packs, available for its outstanding 17 and 21 Year Old blends.
     
  • 11th April 2014
    Glengoyne 25 Year Old
    Glengoyne adds a £250 25 year old to its core range of whiskies!
    Matured exclusively in hand-selected European oak sherry casks for a quarter of a century the 25 year old will sit at the top of the Glengoyne core range of whiskies.
     
  • 10th April 2014
    The Royal Brackla 35 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi) have released a very limited edition Royal Brackla 35 year old Highland single malt Scotch whisky which was hand-selected to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of The Royal Brackla distillery.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    The Chivas Masters Bartender Cocktail Competition
    Chivas Regal is celebrating the craftsmanship at the heart of bartending with the launch of its first-ever global cocktail competition, The Chivas Masters, which will culminate in the finalists travelling to New York to compete in the grand final.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Laphroaig distillery Crowned Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year
    The Laphroaig whisky distillery on Islay has once again been recognised for its superb visitor centre and overall visitor experience which it offer to whisky fans from throughout the world. This time it has been awarded the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s global Icons of Whisky 2014 competition.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Grant Neave New Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador
    With Monkey Shoulder currently seeing a huge growth in sales in the on-licence trade of a massive 51% and off-licence of 17% they have appointed professional bartender Grant Neave as their full time UK brand ambassador.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release
    Kilchoman have announced the 2014 release of its 2nd limited edition 5 year old sherry cask matured expression Kilchoman Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    Haig Club Single Grain Whisky
    Diageo announced today the global launch of Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, in partnership with global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Haig Club is single grain whisky from the Cameronbridge Distillery which has been crafted using a unique process that combines grain whisky from three cask types.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    The Macallan Masters of Taste
    The Macallan have unveiled its latest exciting collaboration - The Macallan Masters of Taste – bringing together the supreme craft and innovation of two of the world’s leading masters to create the ultimate taste experience. The Ultimate Dinner with The Macallan and Roca, six prestigious charity dinners held at El Celler de Can Roca will involve the most exquisite combination of gastronomy and whisky making. From exclusively designed dishes to an outstanding range of The Macallan whiskies from unreleased single cask malts through to M, the world’s most expensive whisky, The Macallan in Lalique 62 year old and the oldest single malt ever released by The Macallan distillery.
     
  • 7th April 2014
    Jack Daniels Owners Eye Up Whyte & Mackay
    Jack Daniels owners, U.S. drinks company Brown-Forman is one of several parties considering second-round bids for the Whyte & Mackay whisky business which is expected to fetch around £350 million pounds which is considerably less than the $1.2 billion industrialist Vijay Mallya paid for Glasgow-based Whyte & Mackay in 2007.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1
    Glenglassaugh today announced the release of the Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1. This first batch is made up of eight single cask treasures which have been uncovered in the dark corners of the Glenglassaugh warehouses by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker and vary in age from a 28 year old to a very rare 45 year old.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Benromach 10 Year Old Gets A New Look
    The Benromach Distillery Company today unveiled a new look for its flagship Benromach 10 Year Old but fans of the Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky needn't worry as it is still the same quality Benromach 10 year old single malt whisky that we know that is still in the bottle.
     
  • 1st April 2014
    William Grant Appoint Justin Weston As Managing Director Of Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons have announced the appointment of Justin Weston as Managing Director, Global Travel Retail. Justin takes over leadership of the William Grant & Sons Global Travel Retail business unit at a critical time as William Grants launch the new Glenfiddich Cask Collection.
     
  • 27th March 2014
    Introducing anCnoc Flaughter, Rutter and Tushkar
    anCnoc have introduced their first peaty expressions in modern times with the release of three new limited edition peaty expressions of anCnoc named Rutter, Flaughter and Tushkar which were revealed yesterday evening at a launch event in Glasgow.

     
  • 27th March 2014
    Douglas Laing Scoop Design Awards For Scallywag & Old Particular
    Douglas Laing's Old Particular Single Cask series and Scallywag blended Speyside Malt have  been awarded Best Packaging for their categories at the World Whiskies Design Awards.

     
  • 26th March 2014
    New York City Explorers Club Sues Johnnie Walker Owners Diageo
    New York City's Explorers Club is suing Diageo, the parent company of Johnnie Walker for using its name on its Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection travel retail exclusive range of blended whisky which it launched with Johnnie Walker Spice Road in 2012.
     
  • 26th March 2014
    Global Market For Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Continues To Grow
    The global market for non-Scotch whisk(e)y has continued to swell significantly over the past eight years with Irish whiskey showing real momentum.
     
  • 26th March 2014
    Johnnie Walker Remains World’s No. 1 Spirit By Value
    Diageo's brands lead Impact Databank's Top 100 Spirits lists where Johnnie Walker remains the world’s number one spirit by value and becomes the number two by volume.

     
  • 26th March 2014
    Beam Stockholders Approve Acquisition By Suntory
    At a special meeting yesterday, stockholders of Beam Inc. formally approved the pending $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings. Suntory acquisition of Beam on track for completion during week of April 28th.
     
  • 25th March 2014
    Diageo Named Distiller Of The Year By The Whisky Magazine
    Diageo has been named Distiller of the Year 2014 by Whisky Magazine in recognition of the company’s investment in its Scotch whisky business.

     
  • 25th March 2014
    Barry Crockett Joins The Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    Barry Crockett, former Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery, has become the 17th inductee into the coveted Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

     
  • 21st March 2014
    Glenglassaugh Torfa
    Glenglassaugh Torfa is a new richly peated Highland single malt that will now be part of the Glenglassaugh core range along with Revival and Evolution.
     
  • 21st March 2014
    Rob Allanson Named As New Global Ambassador For Grant's Whisky
    William Grant & Sons have announced that they have appointed Rob Allanson as new global ambassador for their Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky. You may recognise Rob from his role as editor of the Whisky Magazine over the past 8 years.
     
  • 21st March 2014
    Teeling Whiskeys Named World’s Best at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards
    Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey was awarded the title of "World’s Best Grain Whiskey" and the Teeling 21 year old Single Malt Silver Reserve was awarded the title of "World’s Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey" at yesterday 2014 World Whiskies Awards.
     
  • 20th March 2014
    Glen Grant 50 Year Old
    Glen Grant have announced the release of an exceptionally rare limited edition of its Speyside single malt, the Glen Grant 50 Year Old.
     
  • 19th March 2014
    Chancellor Scraps Alcohol Escalator Tax & Whisky Duty Frozen
    In today's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne showed that he had listened to businesses and consumers by not only scrapping the escalator, which has increased duty on Scotch Whisky by 2% above the rate of RPI every year since 2008, but also by freezing excise duty on whisky.
     
  • 12th March 2014
    Kilchoman Coull Point
    Kilchoman single malt whisky is making its debut in the travel retail market with the release of Kilchoman Coull Point.

     
  • 12th March 2014
    Bushmills Live 2014
    The music loving whiskey makers at the Old Bushmills Distillery have handmade the world’s largest barrel oak headphones to launch this year’s ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ indie music festival.
     
  • 11th March 2014
    Edinburgh Whisky Stramash 2014
    The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash returns to the famous Surgeon’s Hall in the heart of the Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, celebrating Scotland’s national drink, the two day event takes place on 24th and 25th May.
     
  • 6th March 2014
    The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire & Sunray
    The Singleton of Dufftown has added two new expressions to its range of single malt whisky, The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire and Sunray. Both Tailfire and Sunray have been created using specially selected casks to enhance particular elements of the flavour profile of this classic Speyside malt whisky.
     
  • 5th March 2014
    Four New Mortlach Whiskies Revealed
    Mortlach distillery which is known for its unusual partial-triple distillation process has announced not one but four new limited availability single malt whiskies which includes Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 & 25 Year Olds and a travel retail exclusive Mortlach Special Strength.

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