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  • 20th February 2024
    New Auchentoshan 24 Year Old Now At Taiwan Duty Free
    Auchentoshan distillery gives a nod to 200 Years of history with the release a 24 Year Old bourbon and sherry cask matured single malt whisky, the oldest expression yet from the Lowland Glasgow based distillery.

  • 13th February 2024
    Whyte & Mackay A Driving Force in Asia Pacific Travel Retail
    In travel retail whisky business news, Whyte & Mackay has solidified its position as a gold-level partner for the first-ever Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) conference in Delhi from March 19th to 21st. This move comes after remarkable growth in the region, emphasising the company's prominence in the Single Malt category.

  • 12th February 2024
    Bladnoch 11 Year Old 2023 Release Review
    Review of the ex-Bourbon Barrel matured Bladnoch 11 Year Old, the grassy notes let you know it is a Lowlander from Bladnoch, in fact I would say the Lowland legend of Bladnoch has been reborn in this dram.

  • 12th February 2024
    Bladnoch 14 For Your Whisky Lover This Valentine's Day
    Scotch Malt Whisky is arguably an affordable taste of luxury, so what better way is there to express your feelings and to spoil the whisky lover in your life on Valentine's Day than a bottle of single malt whisky and what could be more appropriate than a bottle of Bladnoch 14 Year Old to surprise your whisky lover with on February 14th.

  • 12th February 2024
    Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series Singapore Edition
    Maker's Mark unveil the Singapore Edition in their travel retail exclusive Wood Finishing Series, a limited release of 720 bottles which are now available at Singapore Airport.

  • 12th February 2024
    Bladnoch Distillery Teams Up With Enotria & Coe
    Bladnoch distillery has joined forces with the prominent wine and spirits distributor Enotria&Coe in a strategic move to amplify the growth of its single malt whisky brand across the UK.

  • 9th February 2024
    The Glenlivet Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection
    Introducing The Glenlivet Fusion Cask, a new series of innovative single malt whiskies from The Glenlivet distillery, the series launches with a Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection which has initially been matured in bourbon barrels then a selected portion of the whisky was finished in innovatively recoopered casks crafted from a combination of wood sourced from first-fill rum and first-fill bourbon casks.

  • 7th February 2024
    Bruichladdich 18 And 30 Year Old Launches Today
    Bruichladdich today unveiled the inaugural additions to its permanent high-age statement whisky range, two unpeated single malts: The Bruichladdich Eighteen and The Bruichladdich Thirty.

  • 7th February 2024
    Beam Suntory 'Brand Ambassador Excellence' For Travel Retail
    Beam Suntory which lists Laphroaig, Bowmore, Jim Beam, Makers Mark and Yamazaki amongst its impressive whisky line-up has unveiled a pioneering ‘Brand Ambassador Excellence’ platform, to promote learning and connection to support its Global Travel Retail business.

  • 5th February 2024
    Kilninian A New Glasgow Based UK Spirits Distributor
    Introducing Kilninian, a new UK spirits distributor, offering a handpicked selection of whisky and gin from both established names and fast-rising brands such as Glasgow distillery's King’s Inch single malt, and the highly rated Turntable blended Scotch.

  • 30th January 2024
    Holyrood Distillery Secures Funding To Support Growth Plans
    Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery has successfully secured a significant new funding arrangement in collaboration with Ferovinum, a specialised fintech focusing on wine and spirits. This financial support aims to bolster Holyrood's ambitious plans for domestic and international expansion in 2024 and beyond.

  • 26th January 2024
    William Grant & Sons Managing Director Travel Retail Steps Down
    A quick piece of whisky business news, David Wilson will be stepping down from his position as Managing Director Global Travel Retail, William Grant & Sons over the coming months.

  • 25th January 2024
    Suntory Whisky Celebrates 100 Years At Frankfurt Airport
    Beam Suntory celebrates 100 years of Suntory whisky with an activation at Frankfurt Airport and to mark the milestone, the House of Suntory has introduced a series of exclusive, limited-edition whiskies that showcase the exceptional Japanese craftsmanship found in Suntory's whisky distilleries.

  • 23rd January 2024
    Glenglassaugh Unveils The Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection
    Glenglassaugh Distillery has released The Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection; a collection of old and rare cask bottlings dating back to the 1970s. The Collection launches with three expressions a Glenglassaugh 1974 48 Year Old, 1973 49 Year Old and 1972 51 Year Old.

  • 22nd January 2024
    Ardgowan Distillery Appoints Seasoned Whisky Stalwart As Chairman
    In whisky business news, Ardgowan Distillery, which will be located in Inverclyde, has bolstered its team by welcoming a seasoned industry leader. The appointment of Paul Currie as the new Chairman comes as the distillery gears up for the launch of its £20 million 'cathedral of whisky,' scheduled to be operational by the end of 2024.

  • 19th January 2024
    Glenmorangie Barrel Select Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old
    Glenmorangie today unveiled the fifth instalment in their Barrel Select series of small batch single malts, an exploration series that delves into the diverse flavour profiles resulting from various cask finishes. This latest instalment is the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old, the first ever Calvados Cask Finish from the Highland based distillery which they describe as having a 'uniquely floral and fruity' profile.

  • 18th January 2024
    Lochlea Marks 5th Anniversary With Limited Edition  5 Year Old
    Lochlea distillery, located on a farm in Ayrshire where Roberts Burns once worked, has unveiled its first age statement whisky, Lochlea 5 Year Old, a limited edition vatting of just 5 single casks of Lochlea, it will rather aptly be released for sale on the anniversary of Robert Burns birthday, 25 January, Burns Night!

  • 15th January 2024
    Experience Glenfiddich Time Re:Imagined At Dubai Airport
    This month William Grant & Sons has launched a series of airport activations at Dubai Airport to commemorate the Glenfiddich Time Re:Imagined collection, the Time Re:Imagined collection showcases the Glenfiddich 50 Year Old, 40 Year Old, and 30 Year Old – each whisky encapsulating a distinct moment in time.

  • 15th January 2024
    Robert Burns And Whisky
    Rabbie Burns, was a 18th century Scottish poet, lyricist and farmer who had a love for whisky and who is to this day is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.

  • 15th January 2024
    How To Host Your Own Burns Supper Plus Whisky Suggestions
    Burns Suppers can take on either a formal or light-hearted tone, depending on the organisers, here is a short guide on how to host your own Burns Supper, including poetry, food and of course one of Burns loves, whisky, in fact three whiskies from a distillery which would have been local to Burns had he been alive today, Bladnoch.

  • 15th January 2024
    Bladnoch Vinaya Review
    Review of Bladnoch distillery's entry level Classic Collection core range bottling, Bladnoch Vinaya. The balance of first fill sherry and bourbon casks appears firmly in the bourbon cask corner, but both casks have their say to make for a very enjoyable Lowland dram. A delicious Lowland dram which I have no doubt Rabbie Burns would have loved.

  • 15th January 2024
    Bladnoch Samsara Review
    Review of Bladnoch distillery's Classic Collection core range Bladnoch Samara, the ratio of ex Bourbon and ex Californian red wine casks selected by Bladnoch whisky maker, Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage has made it for a dram which would pair extremely well with a Cranachan desert or indeed any desert at a Burns Supper.

  • 15th January 2024
    Bladnoch Liora Review
    Review of Bladnoch distillery's latest addition to their Classic Collection, the Bladnoch Liora, and the first Bladnoch bottled at 'Distiller's Strength' of 52.2% ABV. No surprises here given the selection of Bourbon and New Oak casks, a powerful dram and more than a match for any spicy Haggis at a Burns Supper. The best dram in the Classic Collection so far.

  • 11th January 2024
    New Gordon & MacPhail CEO To Focus On Benromach and The Cairn
    Gordon & MacPhail, the family-owned whisky specialist based in Elgin, Speyside, has announced the appointment of Phillip White as Chief Executive. Phillip will assume his role in early April 2024, steering the company through its next phase of development with a primary focus on expanding its international footprint for proprietary brands such as Benromach and The Cairn.

  • 4th January 2024
    Artisanal Spirits Company Acquires US Based Single Cask Nation
    A bit of whisky business news to kick-off the new year, the Artisanal Spirits Company plc, known for its exceptional whisky and global experiences, and the owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, has acquired Single Cask Nation, an independent bottling brand based in the US.

  • 21st December 2023
    Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series Frankfurt Edition
    Maker's Mark has unveiled the Frankfurt Edition, the latest limited release in its travel retail exclusive Wood Finishing Series, a collection which is said to capture the unique character and flavours of the world’s most dynamic cities for whisky fans travelling the globe.

  • 12th December 2023
    Glenglassaugh Sandend Whisky Advocate ‘Whisky of the Year 2023’
    The outstanding Glenglassaugh Sandend which was crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie and unveiled in June this year has clinched the top spot in Whisky Advocate’s esteemed Top 20 Whiskies of the Year through an overwhelmingly positive consensus.

  • 12th December 2023
    Ardgowan Appoint Sales and Marketing Director
    In whisky business news, Ardgowan Distillery, which is currently under construction in Inverclyde, is planning for the future with their latest appointment, the distillery has has named a new Sales and Marketing Director as it kicks off the development of its impressive £20 million state-of-the-art 'cathedral of whisky'.

  • 11th December 2023
    4 Douglas Laing Whiskies Marking Chinese Year Of The Dragon 2024
    Glasgow based independent Scotch whisky distillers, blenders, and bottlers, Douglas Laing & Co has revealed not one but four limited edition whiskies to mark the Chinese Year of the Dragon 2024. They are offering Rock Island Cask Strength bottling as well as 3 whiskies from their their esteemed Exceptional Single Cask selection - Old Particular Craigellachie 10 Years Old, XOP Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old and an XOP Carsebridge 46 Years Old.

  • 7th December 2023
    The SMWS Release New Christmas 2023 Gift Membership & Bottle
    New for Christmas 2023 from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the world’s biggest whisky club, Gift Membership and a Bottle tailored to the recipient’s personal taste for £129.

  • 7th December 2023
    Berry Bros & Rudd 2023 Winter Release
    Berry Bros & Rudd conclude their 325th anniversary year with their final seasonal release of 2023, 4 Scotch Single Malts, a Scotch Single Grain, a English Single Malt and a Jamaican Rum.

  • 6th December 2023
    The Macallan A Night on Earth - The Journey
    The Macallan A Night on Earth - The Journey, the second limited edition annual release in the Night on Earth series, a balanced combination of first-fill American ex-bourbon barrels, along with European and American sherry-seasoned oak casks.

  • 6th December 2023
    White Peak Wire Works Full Port Christmas Release
    Derbyshire's White Peak Distillery has unveils a new addition to their coveted Wire Works collection just in time for Christmas: the Wire Works Full Port. Crafted in limited quantities, this release has been matured solely in Tawny Port casks, resulting in they tell me, a sumptuous flavour profile.

  • 6th December 2023
    White Peak Team Up With Sat Bains For 3 Single Cask Releases
    White Peak team up with Michelin Star Chef Sat Bains to select and release 3 single cask whiskies, the Wire Works Whisky RSB (Restaurant Sat Bains)Cuvee Collection.

  • 4th December 2023
    North Star Spirits Scoops Independent Bottler of the Year Award
    The Scottish Whisky Awards 2023 marked a historic moment as North Star Spirits triumphed over long established, much larger competitors, claiming the Independent Bottling championship for the third time in just four years. Among North Star’s impressive liquid collection, a remarkable 12 of its whiskies were nominated for taste excellence.

  • 4th December 2023
    Crurated Announces Expansion Into The Prestige Spirits Category
    Online retailer, Crurated, launches into the World of Prestige Spirits. Partnering with the world’s most celebrated distilleries including exceptional curations from Samaroli Macallan, The Glenturret and Royal Salute.

  • 4th December 2023
    RAER Whisky Clinches Gold For Best Blended Scotch Whisky
    Once more, RAER, the independent, family-owned distillery situated near Glasgow in Jackton, has achieved triumph at the renowned Scottish Whisky Awards. Their RAER Pedro Ximénez Expression clinched gold, earning the prestigious title of the world's best blended Scotch.

  • 1st December 2023
    Loch Lomond Eyes Growth Of Its Unique Spearhead Single Grain
    Spearhead sets its sights on expansion while the Loch Lomond Group reintegrates the distribution of its pioneering single-grain whisky into its portfolio in the UK.

  • 1st December 2023
    Douglas Laing XOP Scallywag Tormore 35 Years Old
    Here is something a little special for you just in time for Christmas, Douglas Laing has unveiled the newest addition to their XOP series to commemorate their 75th Anniversary: the remarkable XOP Scallywag Tormore 35 Year Old.

  • 28th November 2023
    Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Gets New Look, New Name And New Price
    Glenmorangie has unveiled a new look for its 18 Year Old single malt and along with the new look it has a new name and a new price. Fans of the 18 year old northern Highland dram needn't worry as it will be the same 18 Year Old whisky they are already familiar with in the bottle.

  • 24th November 2023
    Cafe Drambuie At Edinburgh Airport This Festive Season
    If you are travelling through Edinburgh airport this festive season why not stop by Cafe Drambuie for a winter warmer, you will find it beyond security, adjacent to the Departures World Duty Free store.

  • 23rd November 2023
    Turntable - Starward A Scottish Australian Blended Malt Unveiled
    Glasgow based whisky blender Turntable has teamed up with Australian distillery Starward for their latest creative limited edition blended whisky created using 39% Starward, 29% Inchgower, 22% North British and 10% Caol Ila.

  • 21st November 2023
    Berry Bros & Rudd Mark 325th Anniversary With Laphroaig 1999
    Britain's oldest spirits and wine merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, are celebrating a historic 325 years with a new bottling handpicked by Chair Lizzy Rudd, Laphroaig 1999 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

  • 16th November 2023
    The SMWS Launches Drop & Dram Subscription Service
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is launching a new £45 per month subscription service which offers subscribers 3 X 50ml bottles of the Society's cask strength whisky each month, monthly society membership and access to purchase from their range of full size bottles, alternatively you could take out a annual membership for £85 for the year.

  • 14th November 2023
    Ardbeg The Rollercoaster £85,000 2 Bottle Set
    Ardbeg have unveiled, a rare 2 bottle set of single malts, one distilled in 1981 and the other in 1989. They are said to capture Ardbeg's rather turbulent times in the 1980's when the peaty whisky making distillery's future was not at all certain.

  • 14th November 2023
    Ground Broken For £20 Million Ardgowan Distillery Construction
    Ardgowan Distillery, the inaugural zero-carbon whisky distillery in Inverclyde, has initiated the construction of its £20 million visionary "cathedral of whisky". Muir Construction, based in Inverkeithing, is set to complete the first phase over the next 12 months.

  • 10th November 2023
    Inter Bev Picks Up Award For Its Human Resources Programme
    In whisky business news International Beverage's 'people-first' philosophy achieves significant recognition at premier HR Industry Awards with Sam Kirk earning the title of HR Director of the Year, while the Inter Bev Human Capital team secures a victory for their outstanding Health and Wellbeing program.

  • 10th November 2023
    Dunphail Distillery Fills First Casks And Opens Second Funding Round
    Dunphail Distillery is now in production and has filled their first casks, sherry butts and they have announced that they have now opened a second round of funding.

  • 8th November 2023
    Kilchoman 16 Year Old
    Kilchoman launches the oldest global release bottling to date, the Kilchoman 16 Year Old, a vatting of predominantly ex-bourbon barrels with just a hint of ex-Oloroso sherry casks in the mix.

  • 7th November 2023
    The Leith Export C0. Expands Its Whisky Range
    Leith Export Co. has expanded its whisky offering with the release of Perpetuity Batch #2, a Scotch blended whisky and Table Whisky, a single grain whisky.


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