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Below is a full list of whisky news on Planet Whiskies. But if you would like to browse through the latest news month, please click on the below links and this will take you to the month in question. I did this as this page was becoming very long and just want to make it easier for the users of this site to find the information they are after. I have only been collection the latest whisky news for the last few months, but over time these links will increase.

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Below on this page is a full archive of all the Whisky new for 2009

Latest Whisky News - Highland Park Launches Tasting Collection - 18th December, 2009

Highland Park Launches Tasting CollectionHighland Park single malt Scotch whisky has for the first time launched a Tasting Collection allowing consumers to sample five of Highland Park’s award-winning single malts.

Assuring undeniable quality with Orcadian hallmarks of smokiness, peat and heather-honey, the Tasting Collection comprises five 5cl miniatures of the most popular Highland Park expressions, 12, 15, 18, 25 and 30 year old... Click to read more

 

Latest Whisky News from Dalmore - Limited edition from The Dalmore - 16th December, 2009

The Dalmore - 1981 AMOROSO FINESSEThe Dalmore Distillery have just announced the release of a brand new and strictly limited expression - The 1981 Amoroso Finesse. This stunning single malt has spent 26 years in American white oak bourbon barrels followed by a short, intense period in Amoroso sherry casks from world renowned bodega... Click to read more

Join THE BALVENIE WAREHOUSE 24 for free and receive a free whisky tasting notebook

Below is a banner from the Balvenie Distillery. All you have to do is click the banner and sign up for free to their website and you will receive a Free WHISKY TASTING NOTEBOOK. You will also be entered into prize draws and find out the latest news for Balvenie Distillery.

Latest News from the whisky industry - Isle of Skye goes to the races - 16th December, 2009

Isle of Skye logo - Mature Scotch WHisky - 8 Year OldEdinburgh 16 December 2009: Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky has announced a new sponsorship deal with Scottish Racing.

The exciting new partnership, to commence in January 2010, will name Isle of Skye 8 Years Blended Scotch Whisky as the sponsor of the Scottish Racing ‘Trainers’ Championship’ and official whisky partner at all five Scottish Race courses - Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth. Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse is famous for a reason as new ad is unveiled - 16th December, 2009

Famous Grouse new tv advertThe Famous Grouse has launched a new TV advert this Christmas for fans of Scotland’s Favourite Whisky, conveying the brand’s unique blend of wit and charm, as the next instalment in the Winter Grouse Season marketing plan.

First aired on Monday 23rd November, the new ‘Diamante Dog’ advert draws a contrasts between the enduring fame of The Famous Grouse brand with the superficial, fleeting fame prevalent in today’s Z-list... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Highland Park reveals new bottling the Earl Magnus Edition 1 - 15th December, 2009

Highland Park reveals new bottling the Earl Magnus Edition 1 - 15th December, 2009The internationally acclaimed and award winning distillery, Highland Park announces the launch of its latest premium single malt whisky, The Earl Magnus Edition 1 - a perfectly-balanced natural strength bottling taken from hand selected casks from the turn of the last century.

This limited edition expression provides lovers of this award winning single malt liquid with the opportunity to experience or collect a very distinct bottling that captures a time in history through its tasting and the story that is told.

The bottling celebrates the life of Earl Magnus, an 11th century Christian; a man of peace and great authority who ... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Euan talking about The Octave from Duncan Taylor - 10th December, 2009

Euan talking about The Octave from Duncan Taylor - 10th December2009Quote from Euan: “I’m ecstatic that in my fifteenth year of maturing whiskies in Octave casks that I now have a range that actually is called “The Octave from Duncan Taylor”.

Many years ago, more years than I care to remember, I made small casks as a Cooper at Glendronach Distillery for private clients of the Distillery. I always noticed that they produced fantastic spirit over a very short period. They were fun to make and to supplement my meager wages! I began to make Octave and Firkinsize casks for friends, family and if truth be told for anyone that would buy them. I remember filling them with whatever malts I could lay my hands on from the local “off licence”. After a few months ...Click to read more

Latest Whisky news from Glenrothes - Scotland mixes it up with the Glenrothes ultimate gentleman's cocktail contest - 8th December 2009

The Glenrothes Ultimate Gentleman’s Cocktail ContestMix it, swirl it, zest it up – 17 of Scotland’s elite bartenders showcased their cocktail culinary skills last week as part of The Glenrothes Ultimate Cocktail Contest; the first national competition of its kind held at the award-winning Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh.

Using The Glenrothes Select Reserve as the base spirit the bartenders from well known drinking haunts including Bramble Bar, Tigerlily and Blythswood Hotel were tasked with creating a top class, top notch tipple.

Contestants were given only three minutes to create a cocktail which contains at least 30ml of The Glenrothes Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Tuesday 8th December, 2009

Scotch whisky exports showing the way out of recession - 8th December 2009

Scotch whisky exports showing the way out of recession - 8th December 2009New figures released today (8th December 2009) show that more than 807 million bottles of Scotch Whisky were shipped abroad during the first nine months of 2009.

Global shipments grew by 1.5 per cent compared to 2008, despite recession, according to the export figures (January-September 2009) published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Values were 3.5 per cent down on the previous industry record in 2008, reaching £2.11 billion – the industry’s second best export value performance at the end of September. Click to read more

Glengoyne Distillery - Merchants make their Choice - 7th December, 2009 Glengoyne Distillery - Merchants make their Choice - 7th December, 2009

Dumgoyne, 7 December 2009: Award-winning Glengoyne Distillery has challenged some of Scotland’s best known and highly respected independent whisky retailers to select a rare limited edition single cask from the Glengoyne warehouses that they would be proud to name The Scottish Merchants’ Choice

Taking place in Glengoyne distillery’s state-of-the-art Blending Room, the group of six whisky connoisseurs nosed, sampled and debated a wide range of Glengoyne’s finest malts before collectively selecting a 12 Years Old, Sherry HHD cask 57.8% vol. to have the honorary title of The Scottish Merchants’ Choice. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Chivas Brothers named IWSC distiller of the year at international wine & spirit competition - 27th November 2009

Alan Winchester and Desmond Payne collect the Distiller of the Year Award at the IWSC27.11.09 - Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, was named IWSC Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last night.

The competition’s top award for spirits producer is the result of Chivas Brothers’ unmatched tally of trophy and medal wins including the Trophies for best gin for Beefeater 24, and best single malt Scotch whisky under 15 years for Strathisla as well as eight Gold Best in Class medals across the portfolio. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Chivas 12 magnum by Christian Lacroix  takes top design prize at prestigious Monaco Luxepack exhibition - 27th November 2009

Chivas 12 magnum by Christian Lacroix takes top design prize at prestigious Monaco Luxepack exhibition - 27th November 200927.11.09 - Hot on the heels of the unveiling of their high profile design collaboration, Chivas Regal and Christian Lacroix are celebrating winning the Jury Prize at the Monaco Formes de Luxe 2009 Awards for its stunningly designed Chivas 12 Magnum by Christian Lacroix. It is the first time that such an award has ever been presented to a spirit brand, recognising both partners’ innovative and bold approach.

The Formes de Luxe awards in Monaco are presented each year as part of the Monaco Luxe Pack international exhibition to the most exceptional examples of packaging in 14 categories including glassware, wine and spirits packaging, perfume packaging, promotional materials, fine food packaging, make up and innovative decoration. Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Thursday 26th November, 2009

Alcohol consensus is achievable say distillers

Alcohol consensus is achievable say distillers - 26th November, 2009The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has today (26 November) re-affirmed the industry’s commitment to work with all parties to address alcohol misuse and change attitudes to alcoholin Scotland.

Responding to publication of the Alcohol (Scotland) Bill, the SWA reiterated its support for the majority of the Scottish Government’s recommendations, but warned that minimum pricing would not address alcohol harm, was probably illegal under EU law, and would damage Scotch Whisky at home and in export markets. Click to read more

Out and About with Number One Drinks Company

Out and About with Number One Drinks Company - Japanese WhiskyA sunny weekend in September saw Number One Drinks exhibiting at Whisky Live Paris. Again, the event was brilliantly planned and attended by an audience both knowledgeable and too polite to giggle at my poor French. The Card Series was well-received and, predictably, Karuizawa 1967 proved very popular.

Other exclusives for La Maison du Whisky included a Hanyu 1985 which yielded but 61 bottles and two very rare bottlings of Kawasaki Single Grain whisky, one from 1976 and the other from 1981. Thanks go to Nick Sikorski for his tireless assistance all weekend plus his excellent Japanese. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - New china golf sponsorship deal announced by Ballantie's - 24th November, 2009

 As ballantine’s secures global brand ambassador in mcdowell

New china golf sponsorship deal announced by Ballantie's -As ballantine’s secures global brand ambassador in mcdowell -  24th November, 2009Ballantine’s, the world’s No 2 range of blended Scotch whisky, is reinforcing its global commitment to the world of golf with the appointment of 2008 Ryder Cup golfer Graeme McDowell as Global Brand Ambassador.

The collaboration coincides with the signing of a sponsorship deal for the Scotch whisky brand with China’s Omega Mission Hill World Cup – in which McDowell will join the world’s finest players to represent their countries including 2009 Ballantine’s Championship winner Thongchai Jaidee. Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Monday 23th November, 2009

Right blend for scotch as new whisky law comes into force - 23th November 2009Right blend for scotch as new whisky law comes into force - 23th November 2009

Landmark Scotch Whisky Regulations covering every aspect of the making, bottling, and labelling of Scotch Whisky come into force today (23 November 2009).

The far-reaching new rules provide robust legal protection for Scotch Whisky from imitations, whilst ensuring consumers receive clear and consistent information on bottle labels. Introduced by the UK Government, the Regulations reinforce the integrity of Scotch and will support the future ... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - New look for Glengoyne - Edenmill Festival - 20th November, 2009

Edenmill Christmas Food & Drink Festival on the 28 November, 2009

20/11/09 - Following on from the immense success of the inaugural Christmas Food and Drink Festival at Glengoyne Distillery last year, Glengoyne and friends are preparing for an even bigger event this winter at local farm and shop, Edenmill.

Packed with a host of exhibitors offering even more top quality food and drink, entertaining cookery demonstrations, unusual gift ideas and a lot of merriment, there will be something for all the family. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - GOLD for Glengoyne – second year in a row - 20th November, 2009

GOLD for Glengoyne – second year in a row - 20th November, 2009 - Scottish Field Award 2009Dumgoyne, 20 November 2009: Judges of the internationally famed and highly respected Scottish Field Whisky Challenge (SFWC) surprised even themselves this year, by once again awarding Glengoyne 21 Years Old Highland Single Malt Whisky the top accolade of overall 2009 Distillery Bottling of the Year – for the second year in a row.

In an unprecedented turn of events, the experienced panel of judges, rigorously blind tasted 50 samples, split over three categories (under £30, £30-£75 and over £75), before awarding the overall top trophy of Distillery Bottling of the Year 2009 to Glengoyne 21 Years Old. The judges were especially impressed that Glengoyne once again came top of the leader board, despite competing against a new batch of nominees and Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Thursday 18th November, 2009

All whisky adverts to display responsible drinking message - SWA calls for a ban on alcohol sales below tax

All whisky adverts to display responsible drinking message - SWA calls for a ban on alcohol sales below taxAll future Scotch Whisky adverts and printed point of sale materials are to carry a responsible drinking message.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced the tough new measures today as part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to discourage the misuse of alcohol and help tackle Scotland’s problem drinking culture.

The new requirement is part of a revised SWA Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky. . Click to read more

Templeton Rye Whisky news - Straight from the still - Keith Kerkhoff Distiller - 18th November, 2009

Yes, it's my turn and don't change the channel. Hi, this is Keith Kerkhoff, distiller and co-founder of Templeton Rye. Prior to becoming involved with Templeton Rye, my profession was (and still is) grain and livestock farming. I have phased out the livestock now, didn't like the smell. Click to read more

Get a first glimpse of the new TV advert from the Famous Grouse! - 18th November 2009

Get a first glimpse of the new TV advert from the Famous Grouse5th November 2009 - The Famous Grouse is set to launch a new TV advert this Christmas for fans of Scotland’s Favourite Whisky, bringing together the brands unique blend of wit and charm. The advert isn’t set to air until Monday 23rd November, and so to get your own sneak preview just click on the link:

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Latest Whisky News - The Glenrothes Ultimate Gentleman’s Cocktail Contest - 12th November 2009

The Glenrothes Ultimate Gentleman’s Cocktail Contest12th November, 2009 - The Glenrothes is hosting The Ultimate Gentleman’s Cocktail Contest in The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on Monday the 30th of November, starting at 6.30pm (until late), and would be most delighted if you could don your flat caps and finest tweed in joining them for an evening of entertainment.

Hosted by The Glenrothes’ own mixologist Andy Gemmell, the competition will bring together 14 of Scotland’s finest bartenders and showcase their skills in designing, preparing and creating a top class tipple.

Using The Glenrothes Select Reserve, these specially selected chaps and chappettes will go head to head in creating a cocktail that encompasses everything that a gentleman would want from a beverage with finesse. Click to read more

Smokehead takes the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards by storm - 5th November, 2009

Style icon of the whisky world, Smokehead was the drink of choice at the fifth Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards gala ceremony, which took place on Monday 2 November at the Park Lane Hotel, London.

“Smoke and Coke” was the star of the show along with rock superstars such as Iggy Pop, who was named ‘Living Legend’, and Ronnie Wood, who was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award. Other winners sampling Smokehead on the evening included Band of the Year, Iron Maiden and Album of the Year winners, AC/DC. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Edenmill Christmas Food & Drink Festival - 10th November, 2009

Experience the Real Taste of Malt and the Real Taste of Food

A fun day of entertainment and stalls for all the family, Edenmill Farm is hosting a Christmas Food and Drink Festival, packed with local and trusted food and drink partners. Showcasing the best of Scottish produce including Glengoyne Distillery, Loch Fyne Oysters and WEST Beer, with cookery demonstrations from Tom Lewis, Monachyle Mhor and Ian Brown of the Ubiquitous Chip...Click to read more

The Famous Grouse launch the famous St Andrew’s day celebrations - 9th November 2009

Celebrating St. Andrews Day - The Famous Grouse have invested in a support package to give the on trade all they need to create a festival atmosphere on Scotland’s national day. 9 November 2009 - The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s favourite whisky, has announced further details of activity in the run up to St Andrew’s Day, which will encourage Scots to observe their national saint’s day with a proper knees-up. Forming part of the Winter Grouse Season, The Famous Grouse have invested in a support package to give the on trade all they need to create a festival atmosphere on Scotland’s national day.

A major campaign of consumer engagement to persuade whisky fans to come forward and share their favourite thing about Scotland, whether it’s something that makes them smile, something that makes them proud or a unique Scottish experience, is to be launched at www.3011makeitfamous.com. Here users can share their favourite, upload a photo and find a local pub participating in St Andrew’s Day celebrations. ... Click to read more

Highland Park Distillery, Orkney - 6th November, 2009 - First flow of Orcadian Vintages from the creators of the best spirit in the world - Highland Park releases 1964 and 1968 premium editions

Highland Park releases 1964 and 1968 premium editionsNovember 6th 2009 - Highland Park is launching the eagerly anticipated 1964 and 1968 expressions from the distillery’s new Orcadian Vintage Series in response to the growing international demand for high quality aged single malt whisky.

The success of Highland Park’s recently released 40 year old, the 30 year old before it and the distillery’s impressive climb in exports over the last four years has enabled the award winning distillery to address the growing demand for exclusive bottlings for the premium connoisseur customer.

Over the next five years Highland Park will release up to ten exclusive Vintage limited editions. Max McFarlane, Highland Park’s acclaimed Whisky Maker will hand-select casks from... Click to read more

The Famous Grouse unveils limited edition timorous beasties packaging - 5th November 2009

The Famous Grouse has unveiled its limited edition carton designed by well known Scottish designers Timorous Beasties5th November 2009 - Scotland’s favourite whisky, The Famous Grouse has unveiled its limited edition carton designed by well known Scottish designers Timorous Beasties, and announced an exclusive listing with Waitrose over the Christmas period.

The nostalgic illustration takes the style of the iconic Timorous Beastie toile designs, and depicts a visual history of the brand and its origins in Perth, Scotland at Bordeaux House, along with the famous bird itself.

The UK is one of four main markets* distributing the bespoke packaging, and will be releasing only 24,000 of the limited edition cartons across the country, providing a real collectors’ item for whisky lovers over the Christmas period. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Colin Montgomerie and Gavin Hastings visit Glengoyne Distillery - 5th November, 2009

Glengoyne Distillery’s Marketing Manager, Sarah Bottomley presents Colin Montgomerie with the personalised commemorative bottle of Glengoyne5th November, 2009 - Colin Montgomerie and Gavin Hastings visited Glengoyne Distillery this week as they set out on a charity walk along the West Highland Way.

The sporting stars, who are walking the famous route along with 30 Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin employees, stopped off at Glengoyne, Scotland’s Most Beautiful Distillery, for a warming dram of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky.

Hotel groups Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin ... Click to read more

The Famous Grouse champions the category with winter grouse season support package - 5th Nov 2009

The Famous Grouse Experience at Scotland's Oldest Distillery 5 November 2009 - The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s best selling whisky, has released details of the ‘Winter Grouse Season’, its most comprehensive package of marketing activity yet. Expected to be the highest investment in marketing activity within its competitive set, this pack will support the trade not only during the vital sales period over Christmas but all the way through from November to March.

During these challenging economic times The Famous Grouse is committed to driving consumer... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Ewan McGregor and Eva Green signed bottles of Glengoyneto be auctioned for charity - 28th October, 2009

Four bottles of Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky signed by Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, will be auctioned to raise money for charities for Cash for Kids and Beatson Cancer Care Centre.28 October 2009, Dumgoyne: Ewan McGregor and co-star Eva Green signed bottles of Glengoyne whisky for charity at the recent wrap party for The Last Word, the movie they have just completed filming in Glasgow.

Hosted by Glengoyne Distillery at Govan Town Hall, Chef Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor, served up fresh fish and chips from his MHOR fishmongers, along with deep-fried Mars Bars in a Glengoyne 17 Years Old batter, as an ironic representation of Scottish food. The two Glengoyne cocktails, their old favourite The Kilt Lifter and Glengoyne Royale – chosen to celebrate Eva Green’s role in Casino Royale - proved a massive hit with ... Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - The Famous Grouse - The Black Grouse - 27th October 2009

The Black Grouse spreads its wings

A bottle of Black Grouse - Growth is sales around the UK in 200827 October 2009 - The Black Grouse, distributed by Maxxium UK, has secured a significant increase in off-trade listings, with new accounts including over 400 Tesco stores, 171 Asda and 300 Morrison stores nationwide in addition to its existing listing with Sainsbury’s.

This expansion builds on the success the brand has enjoyed since it launched into the UK in 2008, which has seen the brand grow by +18% in the last 9 months.

The Black Grouse is a brand with significant investment behind it this Christmas. It is being supported by a nationwide sampling campaign in 64 ... Click to read more

Latest News from Drambuie - THE ROYAL LEGACY OF 1745™Takes Gold at Cannes - 22nd October 2009

The Royal Legacy of 1745™, receiving a Gold Medal in the prestigious Drinks International Awards at TFWA Cannes. 22 October 2009, Edinburgh: DRAMBUIE® is celebrating the highly successful launch of the world’s finest cask infused malt whisky liqueur, The Royal Legacy of 1745™, receiving a Gold Medal in the prestigious Drinks International Awards at TFWA Cannes.

Revealed for the first time at the world’s largest travel retail exhibition, The Royal Legacy of 1745 was awarded a Gold Medal for Best Drinks Launch at TFWA Cannes 2009, a category which included strong competition from the likes of Remy Cointreau’s Louis XIII Rare Cask and Nicolas Feuillatte’s Cuvee 225 Rose Champagne. ... Click to read more

 

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Thursday 22nd October 2009

Minimum pricing illegal European court rules

Scottish Whisky Association Latest Whisky NewsSerious blow to Scottish alcohol minimum pricing plan - In a major blow to Scottish Government plans to introduce minimum prices on alcohol the
European Court’s Advocate General today ruled that minimum pricing is illegal.
The Opinion said minimum prices were ‘not necessary in order to protect public health’ and were a distortion of competition.

The ruling follows complaints to the Court by the European Commission against Austria, Ireland and France for violation of EU rules in trying to impose national minimum pricing for... Click to read more

Latest whisky news - Smokehead at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards - 22 October 2009

Smokehead at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards Smokehead at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Award - Plus the chance to win tickets to Classic Rocks’ Award Week gigs

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is to be served at the iconic Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards, cementing its position as an edgy, top quality... Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industry - Drambuie® Unveils THE ROYAL LEGACY OF 1745™ - Travel Retail Exclusive - 19th October 2009

rambuie® Unveils THE ROYAL LEGACY OF 1745™ - Travel Retail Exclusive19 October 2009, Edinburgh: DRAMBUIE® is delighted to announce the launch of the world’s finest cask infused malt whisky liqueur - The Royal Legacy of 1745™.

Launching this week at the Travel Retail exhibition, Cannes TFWA, The Royal Legacy of 1745 celebrates the centenary of the first commercial bottling of Drambuie in Edinburgh in 1909. A travel retail exclusive, The Royal Legacy of 1745 is a sublime interpretation of the original royal spirit enjoyed by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News -Glengoyne strengthens its Travel Retail offering -12 Years Old Cask Strength Single Malt -19th October, 2009

Glengoyne strengthens its Travel Retail offering -12 Years Old Cask Strength Single Malt19 October, 2009, Broxburn, Scotland: Ian Macleod Distillers is building on the success of its award-winning Travel Retail range, with the introduction of an new exclusive, one litre Glengoyne 12 Years Old Cask Strength at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes.

The overall design of the 12 Years Old Cask Strength Single Malt reflects all of the elements at the heart of Glengoyne, especially the brand’s commitment to its heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. Presented in a black matte tube with glossed embossing and gold foiling, additional exclusive luxury cues for the Travel Retail market include greater emphasis on the terms ‘Cask Strength’ and ‘Natural Colour’ and a .... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - New look for Glengoyne Burnfoot - 19th October, 2009

New look for Glengoyne Burnfoot19 October, 2009, Broxburn, Scotland: Ian Macleod Distillers will today unveil an exciting new design for its award-winning Travel Retail exclusive, Glengoyne Burnfoot at the Cannes TFWA World Exhibition.

Since its original launch in 2007, Glengoyne Burnfoot has received a number of accolades for its innovative and creative design. Building on this, the new packaging strengthens Burnfoot’s position within the multi-award winning Glengoyne range, while maintaining its successful marriage between modern, .... Click to read more

Latest News from the whisky industy - The Whisky Show 2009 - 15th October 2009

Please click the below banner to read about all the latest news regarding The Whisky Show 2009. On this page you will find the latest going ons with the show and the latest photos.

Latest News from the whisky industry - Hopscotch Festival - 13th October 2009

Hopscotch Festival - 16th to the 22nd November 2009VANCOUVER, BC - October 13: FoodConnect.com’s Hopscotch Festival returns for its thirteenth year in 2009 as Canada's biggest whisky and premium beer festival; with many new and exciting changes on hand. The week long event, taking place November 16 – 22nd, brings industry experts and brand ambassadors from across the globe into Vancouver to celebrate “the water of life” while ramping up the excitement within the city, as we gear up for the 2010 Olympic Games.

There are a limited amount of tickets left for one of the festival’s main events, the Thursday Night Grand Tasting Hall.   Between 6-10pm, on November 19th, guests can taste and learn about the more than 200 whisky... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Ann Miller awarded whisky festival ambassador of the year 2009 - 12th October 2009

Jim Royan, Festival Chairman presenting Ann Miller with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Quaich at the Festival's Annual General Meeting, Knockando Distillery on 2nd October 2009.12.10.09 - Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard is celebrating another Spirit of Speyside achievement with the news that their International Brand Ambassador Ann Miller has been named the whisky festival’s Ambassador of the Year 2009.

Miller was recognised for her commitment to the Festival since its inception over ten years ago, including planning and organising the Grand Finale Homecoming Music Event in Aberlour, which was attended by more than 1,200 ... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Chivas Brothers reveals premium seasonal gift offerings - 12th October 2009

Chivas Brothers Gift Pack Portfolio12.10.09 - Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has unveiled eye-catching seasonal offerings for premium brands Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet and Aberlour. Combining luxury and style, the gift packaging aims to attract new and existing customers during the busy holiday period.

Chivas Regal, the flagship Scotch whisky brand of Chivas Brothers, has introduced a limited edition gift tin for its 12 Year Old expression. The contemporary new design embraces the heraldic icons synonymous with the brand, displaying them in a variety of finishes. The striking, contrasting graphics on the metal...Click to read more

 

Templeton Rye Whisky news - Straight from the still - 9th October 2009

Greetings from Templeton!

Our beautiful summer is over in Templeton and the harvest is in full swing. The distillery is busy as usual, and we've had lots of visitors during our last few open tour days.

Many of you have been asking about our increased allocation during the holidays so I wanted to take a minute to explain this to you. As you may know, our product spends at least four years aging in the barrel. We can't go back in time and make more so we "have what we have" until some of our scaled-up production becomes available late next year. We've chosen to allocate the product we...Click to read more

Latest Whisky News -Glengoyne goes down a storm at ScotFest 2009 - 5th October, 2009 

 Glengoyne Brand Heritage and Commercial Manager, Stuart Hendry demonstrates the art of whisky blendingGlengoyne Distillery proved the big pull at the one day ScotFest celebrations in Central Scotland earlier this month, tempting visitors to the Glengoyne Tent with tutored whisky tastings and offering samples of their handcrafted, multi-award winning whisky throughout the day. The Glengoyne team also hosted special blending sessions giving visitors the chance to learn the art of the Master Blender and create their very own unique blended whisky.

The tasty aromas and culinary creations of chef Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor hotel, also appearing in the Glengoyne Tent, enticed visitors with his cookery demonstrations, blending Glengoyne’s Real Taste of Malt with ingredients from... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Highland Park Distillery, Orkney - October 1st, 2009

The best spirit in the world announces partnership with the UK’s most spirited publisher

The best spirit in the world announces partnership with the UK’s most spirited publisherHighland Park single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has entered a partnership with leading independent publishing house Canongate, winner of UK Publisher of the Year 2009, to create unique literary themed sampling experiences at specially selected book festivals across the UK.

The Orcadian whisky’s sponsorship will focus on delivering a strategic sampling activation programme amongst an audience of over 170,000 book lovers at Cheltenham Literature. ...Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Glengoyne 12 Years Old joins award-winning core range - 1st October, 2009  

Latest Whisky News - Glengoyne 12 Years Old joins award-winning core range - 1st October, 2009 Dumgoyne, 1 October 2009: Glengoyne Distillery is launching an exciting new edition to its acclaimed core range: Glengoyne 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Like all of Glengoyne’s Single Malts, the 12 Years Old is distilled from air-dried barley, untainted by harsh peat smoke, capturing the authentic ‘Real Taste of Malt’. At 43% strength, with a natural, golden colour, the 12 Years Old has scents of coconut oil, lemon zest, honey and dried malt. With a warming mouthfeel, its initial palate is of toffee apples and cinnamon spice, while a touch of water brings out ginger, fresh orange and shortbread. The balanced finish is further mellowed by hints of sherry and soft oak....Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Glengoyne Distillery celebrates a summer of success - 28th September, 2009 

Glengoyne Distillery celebrates a summer of success - Press release date  28th September, 2009Dumgoyne, 28 September 2009; Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne, has reported its busiest summer season in its 175 year history with a massive 43% upsurge in visitor numbers in August alone.

Last month, 7,672 tourists visited the picturesque distillery located in the heart of the Trossachs, compared to 5,366 for the same period in 2008.

Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne’s Brand and Development Manager commented: “It has been a fantastic summer... Click to read more

Latest News - The Macallan 57 Year Old Single Malt Whisky in Lalique Decanter- 21st September, 2009

The Macallan 57 year old single malt whisky in Lalique decanter21.09.09 - (Perth, Scotland) Iconic luxury brands The Macallan and Lalique have launched the third decanter in The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. The Macallan in Lalique Finest Cut decanter contains an exceptionally rare 57 years old single malt whisky valued at USD$15,000 and goes on sale in September 2009.

The Finest Cut decanter has been designed by the legendary French crystal house Lalique, exclusively for The Macallan. A limited edition of just 400 have been produced, each individually numbered and available in selected... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Chivas Regal - 3rd September 2009

Chivas Regal 18 Takes Leadership of the Ultra Premium Scotch Category

Chivas Regal 18 Takes Leadership of the Ultra Premium Scotch Category - Ist September 2009Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has today announced that its Chivas Regal 18 Year Old whisky has become the clear leader of the global ultra premium Scotch category* having tripled its sales since 2004.

Chivas Brothers relaunched the brand in 2004 with new packaging and a new positioning that reflected its luxury offer whilst retaining links to Chivas Regal’s iconic status. In the past year it sold over 2.5 million bottles (or 200,000 9l cases) achieving ... Click to read more


Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - Thursday 3rd September 2009

Scottish Legislative Programme - SWA Response

Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green CommitmentsIn response to publication of the Scottish Government’s legislative programme today, which includes plans to introduce minimum pricing of alcohol, The Scotch Whisky Association said: “We support a firm line on alcohol misuse but Government claims that minimum prices will not damage Scotch are wrong and worryingly blind to the long-term harmful consequences for Scotch Whisky sales globally.

"Minimum prices will hurt Scottish distillers at home and overseas. Government figures show little evidence that this measure will tackle alcohol misuse, begging the question how high the price of alcohol will have to be ... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News for Ardbeg Distillery - 1st September, 2009

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Launch - Inspired by Europe’s Largest Whirlpool

Ardbeg - The Ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe iconic whisky distillery Ardbeg – which has won the coveted World Whisky of the Year title two years running – announces today (Tuesday 1st September) the launch of Ardbeg Corryvreckan - a whisky inspired by the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Corryvreckan is Europe’s largest, and the world’s second largest whirlpool. It lies near Jura and Islay, Ardbeg’s island home. Considered by the Royal Navy as one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the British Isles, the Corryvreckan whirlpool can be heard from a distance of ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Glengoyne Distillery - ScotFest Festival - 20th August 2009

A One Day Festival Celebrating Food & Drink Producers and Designers Based in Scotland 

ScotFest - Sunday 20th of September from 11.30 – 4.30 at Cochrane Park in Alva. 20 August 2009 : ScotFest, featuring the Glengoyne Tent, is opening its doors to visitors on Sunday 20th of September from 11.30 – 4.30 at Cochrane Park in Alva.

As main sponsors Glengoyne Distillery will take centre stage in the Glengoyne Tent, presenting tutored tastings and offering samples of their handcrafted, multi-award winning whisky throughout the day. The Glengoyne team will also be hosting special blending sessions where visitors can learn the art of the Master Blender to create their very own unique blended whisky. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Highland Park - Scandinavia is where the Hjärta is for Highland Park - 20th August 2009

Limited edition single malt celebrates Scandinavian heritage and Highland Park’s Orcadian home

In recognition of its Scandinavian heritage and newly refurbished Orcadian distillery visitor centre, Highland Park is launching a limited edition single malt, Hjärta. The bottling, which means heart in old Norse, captures the historic bond between Scandinavia and Orkney.

Until 1468 Orkney was under Nordic rule and the islands passed to Scotland when King James III of Scotland was betrothed to Margaret, daughter of King Christian I of Denmark and Norway. Orkney has never forgotten its Scandinavian heritage and Hjärta has been launched to mark the total refurbishment of Highland Park’s visitor centre, itself a celebration of the rich history of the islands. Click to read more

Chivas Regal reinforces luxury values with contemporary packaging update - 17th August 2009

Chivas Regal new packaging for their 12 year old blended Whisky bottleChivas Regal, the original luxury Scotch whisky, has updated the packaging of its 12 Year Old flagship product, augmenting the premium cues and contemporary relevance of the brand that created the luxury whisky category in 1909. The new packaging, available in markets from September 2009, sees each element of the bottle and gift carton refined and crafted to further enhance the luxurious and fresh look, maintaining Chivas Regal’s iconic on-shelf presence.

The new design, which will be available around the world, remains true to Chivas Regal’s roots and takes inspiration from its richness, masculinity and heritage – qualities that heighten its appeal to increasingly discerning consumers who value the substance and style of iconic brands such as Chivas Regal. Click to read more

Highland Park named ‘Best Spirit in the World’ as sales soar - 17th August 2009

Highland Park’s 18-year-old single malt Scotch whisky has been crowned ‘best spirit in the world’ for the second consecutive time by leading US independent whisky expert Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal’s Top 115 Spirits in the World.

The news comes as the Orkney brand enjoys record sales and the accolade follows impressive growth over the past four years. In that time, sales have soared by over 80 per cent, catapulting the Edrington subsidiary into the world’s top 10 single malt Scotch whiskies for the first time in the distillery’s 211-year history. Click to read more

Templeton Rye Whisky news - Straight from the still - 12th August 2009

Templeton Rye Second Annual Rock & Rye event held on the 8th August 2009Greetings from Templeton. Thank you to everyone who attended our Second Annual Rock & Rye event over the weekend. It was a big success and more importantly, a great time.

Our goal for Rock & Rye is to work with the town and make Templeton THE place to be for one night each summer. We definitely accomplished that goal, and I would like to say "thank you" to all of our friends in Templeton, the Templeton Rye team and our friends and family for their dedication and hard work.

I would also like to thank the Woodfellas for the wonderful lunch and scrambling to accommodate the surprising
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Latest Whisky News -New Awards. New Dalmore Awards at Scotch Whisky Tasting- 6th August, 2009 

The Dalmore 40 received the highest grade awarded by the independent Beverage Testing Institute in their recent Scotch Whisky tasting, scoring an outstanding 98 out of 100. The Institute, made up of retailers, restaurateurs and expert writers, also scored The Dalmore 1974 at 97, and The Dalmore King Alexander III at 94. Click to read more

Latest Whisky News -Highland Park celebrates fourth year of book festival sponsorship.- 4th Aug, 2009 

Highland Park celebrates fourth year of book festival sponsorship.Highland Park single malt, distributed by Maxxium UK, has once again teamed up with the Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 15-31) as the headline sponsor of the Book Festival’s iconic venue, the Spiegeltent.

This is the fourth year that Maxxium UK has implemented the sponsorship which is focused on delivery of a strategic sampling activation programme amongst an audience of over 200,000 book lovers. The Highland Park Spiegeltent, a striking 20th century Belgian wooden tent which houses the Festival’s bar and cafe, is the main venue for the sampling programme where visitors attending events will be able to enjoy a free dram of award winning Highland Park 12 year old single malt. ...Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - Glengoyne hosts BBC Golf Correspondents' 10th Annual Dinner - 24th July, 2009 

The people in the photo are as follows: L-R Iain Weir, Marketing Director, Ian Macleod Distillers; Robbie Hughes, Glengoyne Distillery Manager; Golfer and Broadcaster Peter Alliss; Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne Brand Heritage and Commercial Manager and Gordon Doctor, Director of Whisky Operations, Ian Macleod Distillers.24.07.09, Dungoyne: Glengoyne Distillery recently hosted the cream of the golf broadcasting world for an exclusive dinner, crafted by award-winning Chef Tom Lewis, and tasting of the rarest and most valuable Glengoyne, The 40 Year Old.

Held during The Barclay’s Scottish Open at nearby Loch Lomond the regular event, now in its tenth year, originally started as a way for the hardworking BBC golf team to let their hair down during a busy season. The annual dinner has grown in numbers over the ...Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - All our experience, distilled into one collection - July 22nd, 2009

The Macallan 1824 Collection

The Macallan 1824 Collection is a new family of single malts from The Macallan. Developed exclusively for the brand’s third largest market - Global Travel Retail -where it has been the fastest growing major Single Malt in the last five years and is currently ranked number two by volume.

The Collection is available in all key Travel Retail outlets in the Americas and Europe and has just been launched in Asia at Singapore airport. The Select Oak expression has secured listings onboard a number of airlines including Air Canada, Delta, American Airlines and Continental.  ...Click to read more

Select Oak ~~ Whisky Maker’s Edition ~~ Estate Reserve ~~ The 1824 Limited Release 1824 decanter

The Famous Grouse Master Blender retires after 40 years in industry - 15th July 2009

The Famous Grouse recipe to be passed on to the next generation.

John Ramsay, Master Blender for The Edrington Group has announced that he will be retiring from his position on 31 July 2009. Following a two and half year handover, Gordon Motion, will take over as the company’s new Master Blender. 15.07.09 -John Ramsay, Master Blender for The Edrington Group has announced that he will be retiring from his position on 31 July 2009. Following a two and half year handover, Gordon Motion, will take over as the company’s new Master Blender.

The position of Master Blender is unquestionably one of the most important and complex roles held in the whisky industry, highlighted by the fact that only six such positions exist across all of the major Scottish distillers. ...Click to read more

Templeton Rye Whisky news - Straight from the still - 1st July 2009

claireHey all, quick update for you from the Templeton Rye intern!

Over the past month and a half I have gotten to know the Templeton Rye brand and even more importantly, the Templeton Rye team. I've had a great experience so far and I've been learning a lot. Since starting in May, I have had the opportunity to work on several important projects and events and have been getting to know a lot of Templeton Rye fans! ...Click to read more

Scottish Whisky Association - Turkey whisky tax reform toasted by distillers - 1st July 2009

Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green Commitments An agreement between the EU and Turkey, eliminating tax discrimination against Scotch Whisky,has given a major boost to Scotch Whisky’s prospects in Turkey, an important emerging market for distillers.

News of the breakthrough on spirits tax reform, part of Turkey’s EU membership talks, follows a 30 per cent reduction in the tax discrimination faced by Scotch Whisky in Turkey in April 2009. ...Click to read more

The Famous Grouse experience invests £500,000 in new state-of-the-art interactive show - 1st July 2009

The new show at The Famous Grouse Experience is tested outThe Famous Grouse Experience, Scotland’s most visited distillery, has invested half a million pounds to create a brand new interactive 3-D show using pioneering new technology to take visitors into the world of The Famous Grouse.

The new show will launch on 2nd July 2009 and follows on from the first, hugely successfully show, which first opened seven years ago and was awarded a BAFTA for Best...Click to read more

Whisky and wildlife partnership wins top charity award - 30th June 2009

A UK photo of the Famous Grouse - Black Grouse bottleRSPB Scotland and The Famous Grouse was honoured to be presented with the 'Best Partnership' award at the Scottish Charity Awards (hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - SCVO) in Edinburgh on Thursday, 11 June for the ongoing partnership which saw the launch of a new whisky.

Last year The Famous Grouse launched a new blend -The Black Grouse. The Black Grouse is a unique blend of The Famous Grouse mixed with Islay malts to create a rich smoky, peaty taste, and 50p from the sales of each bottle are donated to the RSPB for urgent black grouse conservation.

The money goes towards habitat restoration work for the threatened species, which has declined dramatically in recent decades. To date, the deal has raised £30,000 for the charity. Concentrated efforts to help the bird by maintaining and expanding suitable habitats on RSPB reserves and ...Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Joint Media Release from Scottish Rugby and The Famous Grouse - 26th June 2009

Spirited showing by Scottish Rugby’s longest serving sponsor

The Famous Grouse, Scottish Rugby’s longest-standing sponsor, has announced today that it is extending its partnership.

Scotland’s favourite whisky, is committing to the sport in Scotland for a further two years as official spirit of Scottish Rugby in a six figure deal.

This means that the whisky – created by Perthshire grocer Matthew Gloag in 1896 and recently voted Best Scottish Brand over the last 50 years by ... Click to read more

Latest News - Scottish Whisky Association -Italian success for whisky distillers - 26th June 2009

Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green Commitments A long fight by the Scotch Whisky Association to protect consumers from imitation ‘Scotch Whiskies’ in Italy has come to a successful end in the Italian Supreme Court.

In the late 1980s, a number of imitation ‘Scotch Whiskies’ were found on sale in major retailers in Italy. All the ‘whiskies’ were supplied by a Mr Angelo Vendrame operating under several trading names. Despite the use of Scottish sounding names such as ‘MacQueen’, ‘Clan 55’, ‘Jackson’s’, ‘Gold River’, ‘Royal Club’ and ‘Sullivan’ none of the products was genuine. Some were specifically mis-described as ‘Scotch Whisky’ on labels, whilst others... Click to read more

Latest Whisky News - High spirits mark the end of the World Fly Fishing Championship 2009 - June 25th, 2009

Photos from the World Fly Fishing Championship 2009. For a full list of the people in the photo please look to the bottom of the article

To see the names of the people in this photo please click through to the article page

25 June 2009, Dumgoyne: International sportspeople enjoyed a taste of Scotland’s famed hospitality, with a memorable Gala Dinner and prize presentations to celebrate the conclusion of the hugely successful 29th World Fly Fishing Championships, which took place around the Stirlingshire village of Drymen.

Sponsored by local distillery, Glengoyne, it was the first time the World Fly Fishing Champions has been held in the UK, with 27 teams and 177 international sportspeople taking part. Britain did exceptionally well, with the English team taking gold over all and Scotland securing a well-deserved third place. English team member, Iain Barr also received gold in the individual category. Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - The chance to enjoy the perfect Homecoming Dram - 25th June, 2009

A photo of the bottle Isle of Skye Blended WhiskyBroxburn, 25 June 2009: In celebration of this Homecoming year, Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky is not only tempting visitors to The Misty Isle with a dram of the award-winning Scotch, but is extending the invitation to the whole of Scotland.

This summer, Ian Macleod Distillers, producers of Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky, has developed an extensive on and off-trade campaign to promote not only the brand’s exceptionally smooth and mellow flavour, but encourage visitors to head to Skye and experience the spectacular island firsthand.

Building on their collaboration with VisitScotland’s Perfect Day campaign, which has already included a competition and £1-off vouchers Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry -The Macallan holds inaugural dinner in record breaking surroundings - June 19th, 2009

The Macallan holds inaugural dinner in record breaking surroundings - June 19th, 200919 June 2009 - The Scotch Whisky Experience, formerly known as The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, played host to a group of businessmen from the luxury world at the first private dinner to be held in the room containing the world’s largest collection of whiskies.

Featuring 3,384 bottles, the record-breaking collection was built up over 35 years by Brazilian whisky enthusiast, Claive Vidiz, who scoured the world for whiskies to create the magnificent collection which he kept at his home in ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Chivas Brothers creates perfect blend of support as it joins trees4scotland conservation project - 16th June, 2009

Chivas Brothers have teamed up with tree4scotland projectChivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has teamed up with Trees4Scotland to plant oak trees in their new woodland project in Perthshire, Scotland.

Trees4Scotland is an organisation dedicated to planting new woodlands in Scotland. One of their projects ‘Teaghlach Wood’, which means family or clan wood, is a unique tree initiative near the village of Comrie in Perthshire, where 35 hectares of woodland will be planted. Tree varieties will include oak, birch and ash to help combat climate .... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - A whisky for every Dad this Fathers’ Day - 16th June, 2009

A wide selection of whiskies available from Edrington Group for Fathers' Day on the 21st June 2009

Whether your Dad is a whisky connoisseur or newcomer to ‘the water of life’, this menu of award winning whiskies will ensure you choose something special to make him smile on 21 June.

Make your Dad famous this Fathers Day with a personalised bottle of The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s favourite whisky.  Personalise the label on the front with ‘Dad’ or your ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Five Star hat-trick for Chivas Brothers visitor centres- 12th June, 2009

A photo of Strathisla Distillery receiving its  award for a  Five Star visitor center status by Visit Scotland, the country’s official national tourism organisation.Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, is celebrating following the news that Strathisla Distillery has been awarded Five Star status by Visit Scotland, the country’s official national tourism organisation.  Strathisla Distillery is the third of the company’s visitor centres to maintain or achieve the highest Visit Scotland accolade in the past year, with The Glenlivet and Aberlour Distilleries recently enjoying the same success.

The Visit Scotland Quality Assurance Scheme was set up to help tourists distinguish the quality of visitor attractions and accommodation around the country. Quality Advisors assess each and every outlet by visiting the venue without prior notice and rating it against a wide range of ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Chivas Brothers Claims Trade Mark Victory in China- 10th June, 2009

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old Whisky BrandsChivas Brothers has claimed a victory in the battle to protect the esteemed reputation of its flagship Scotch whisky brand Chivas Regal in China. The name CHIVAS (both in English and Chinese characters) and CHIVAS REGAL (in English) have now been recognised by the Chinese Trade Marks Office (CTMO) as well-known trade marks in China.  

Christian Porta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chivas Brothers, comments: “This formal recognition of Chivas as a well-known trade mark will strengthen ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Glengoyne Distillery - A Celebration of Scotland’s Finest - 10th June, 2009 

MHOR, Glengoyne, Loch Fyne and Tannoy logos

10 June 2009, Broxburn: Scotland has earned a world class reputation in fields as diverse as the arts, business and sport. In celebration of this innovative, inspiring and entrepreneurial spirit, four award-winning Scottish brands have come together to recognise the very best of today’s home-grown talent - Scotland’s Finest.

Acclaimed independent companies, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, Loch Fyne Oysters and Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor (MHOR), will be joined by Tannoy, one of the most prestigious audio brands in the world, to host a celebratory event in honour of Scotland’s Finest and most respected individuals.  Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry -New global digital platform for Chivas Regal - 4th June, 2009

A screen shot of the new global disgital platform from The Chivas BrothersChivas Brothers has unveiled a new global digital platform www.chivas.com that will integrate all online activity for its flagship Scotch whisky Chivas Regal. It will also create a global hub for the brand’s new Live with Chivalry communication programme, whilst allowing local affiliates to tailor online marketing in their regions.

In line with Chivas Regal’s core brand message Live with Chivalry, the new website offers a call to arms to Chivas consumers to join a worldwide movement behind Chivalry. Exhorting them to live their lives with Chivalry is the ‘Join the Movement’ module where consumers can upload their name, motto and ... Click to read more

Latest News - Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green Commitments - 3th June 2009

Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green CommitmentsScotch Whisky companies have pledged to cut their use of fossil fuels by 80 per cent by 2050,under the first industry-wide environmental strategy, published today (Wednesday 3 June).

The fossil fuel reduction amounts to an annual saving by 2050 of over 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of taking 235,000 cars off Scotland’s roads.

Cutting the reliance on fossil fuels is only one of a number of tough industry-wide targets, which include: a significant reduction ... Click to read more

The Famous GrouseLatest News - Whisky industry - The Famous Grouse Wins Title of Best Scottish Blend - 1st June 2009 - Scottish marketing stars shine at national awards  

The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s best selling whisky, picked up the title of ‘Best Scottish Brand for Past 50 years” at this year’s Marketing Society Scotland’s 2009 Star Awards.  

Creative talent from Scotland’s marketing industry - public and private companies on both client and agency sides – were out in force for the Awards ceremony at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow’s Merchant City on 29th May, which was hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay. Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - The Famouse Grouse Launches 'The Famous Dad Dance' 29 May 2009

The Famouse Grouse Launches 'The Famous Dad Dance' 29 May 2009 Dad’s all around the UK will be in for a laugh this Father’s Day (21st June 2009), as The Famous Grouse launches its entertaining new microsite ‘The Famous Dancing Dad’.

At www.thefamousdaddance.com, visitors can use a photograph to customise and create a film of their own dad performing a typically embarrassing dad-like dance, before sending it on to the man in question and sharing it with friends and... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Chivas Regal serves the stars at prestigious private bar in Cannes - 22nd May 2009

Chivas Regal serves the stars at prestigious private bar in Cannes - 22nd May 2009 Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has been at the centre of the celebrity party scene in Cannes over the last two weeks with residence at Chacha, the prestigious Parisian private venue which is positioned on the famous Croisette and produced by event agency ADR Production.

As the official Scotch whisky supplier to the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival, the globally revered brand has been enjoyed by the world’s most glamourous party-goers at the Chivas Regal bar, located in the centre of the exclusive Chacha scene. Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Templeton Rye Newsletter - May 2009

Greetings, Templeton Rye fans! Kevin Boersma, Distillery Manager here, giving you a quick update on things that are going on around the distillery in Templeton. We have been working hard on several projects including installing barn boards on a portion of our exterior, new copper rain gutters and a new sign on the outside of the distillery (photos below). We are just finishing up on a big landscaping project on the west side of the distillery where we planted an assortment of native grasses and flowers. It is going ... Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Chivas Brothers renews sponsorship of newly promoted Dumbarton Football Club - May 20th, 2009

Chivas Brothers renews sponsorship of newly promoted Dumbarton Football ClubChivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has announced it is to sponsor Scottish Football League team Dumbarton FC for the fourth consecutive season with its Ballantine’s Scotch whisky. The latest deal will run from the end of August 2009 until July 2010 and will see the continued use of the Ballantine’s logo on the team’s home and away strip.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Christian Porta, Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers says: “We are delighted to announce that Dumbarton’s most famous whisky, Ballantine’s, will continue to be associated with its most famous football team. Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky May 20th, 2009

Glengoyne Distillery logo20 May 2009, Edinburgh:  Award-winning Glengoyne Highland Single Malt has successfully secured an exclusive presence at Europe’s largest and most renowned audio-visual event, the HIGH END show in Munich (21-24 May),  thanks to a unique partnership with fellow Scottish brand, Tannoy.  

Built on the companies’ shared commitment and passion for outstanding craftsmanship and only the highest quality, the collaboration at HIGH END brings together Tannoy’s renowned ‘Made in Scotland’ heritage, with Glengoyne’s authentic ‘Real Taste of Malt’ credentials. Click to read more 

Ian Maclead Distillers Launch Rare Single Malt - A bottle of Chieftain's 40 Year Old SpringbankLatest News - Whisky industry - Ian Macleod Distillers Launch Rare Single Malt -  Chieftain’s 40 Years Old Springbank -- May 19th, 2009

19 May 2009, Edinburgh: Independent bottlers and distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers, is to launch an extremely rare, limited edition Springbank 40 Years Old from its award-winning Chieftain’s Single Malt Whisky collection to the domestic market in the UK and worldwide.

Distilled in 1968 at the famous Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown, only 398 bottles of this exceptional natural strength, natural colour and unchill-filtered whisky are available. It is the last, oldest and the best Springbank cask available from the current Chieftain’s collection. Click to read more

Latest News - Whisky industry - Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky May 19th, 2009

A bottle of Glegoyne 40 Year Old Highland Single MaltDumgoyne, 19 May 2009: For the first time in its 175 year history, award-winning Glengoyne Distillery is to release its oldest, most valuable, and very best, Highland Single Malt: the Glengoyne 40 Years Old

The embodiment of Glengoyne’s famed unpeated and authentic ‘Real Taste of Malt’, the natural strength 40 Years Old Highland Single Malt is regarded by the distillery to be one of the finest whiskies they have ever produced.   Its superior quality and flavour reflecting Glengoyne’s long standing commitment and enthusiasm for their craft and heritage.

Every detail of the design and presentation of the Limited Edition Single Malt was carefully considered to reflect the outstanding character and craftsmanship of the Glengoyne 40 Years Old. Even the producer of the stunning hand blown crystal decanter, Glencairn Crystal, a well-respected independent Scottish family company, was specially selected for its shared. ... Click to read more

 

Scotch exports show international resilience - Scottish Whisky Association - 8th May 2009

  • Global exports up 8% in 2008, breaking £3 billion barrier for first time

  • Exports earned £97 a second for the UK balance of trade

  • Industry predicts challenging 2009 but remains confident on long term
    prospects.

Scotch Whisky exports reached a new high of over £3bn in 2008, underlining the industry’s vital importance to the Scottish and wider UK economy

In new figures published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the value of shipments increased by 8% to £3.06bn, earning £97 a second for the UK last year. For the fourth consecutive year, both bottled Malt ... Click to read more

Glengoyne 14 Year Old Heritage Gold - Glengoyne May 2009 Newsletter

Below is a snippet of the May newsletter for the Glengoyne Distillery. You can read more from the May newsletter by clicking on the read more link just below.

Celebrating the golden history, authenticity and craftsmanship encapsulated by Glengoyne for over 175 years, the Glengoyne 14 Years Old Heritage Gold was launched as our new travel retail exclusive at TFWA in Cannes October 2008.

This contributes to the developing portfolio of exclusive travel retail products which at present also includes Glengoyne Burnfoot.

Click to read the rest of the May 2009 Newsletter

Landmark exhibition tells the story of Scotch - Scottish Whisky Association - 6th May 2009

Over five hundred years of Scotland’s national drink will be brought alive this May and June with a landmark exhibition telling the story of Scotch Whisky through archive treasures held in the vaults of both the National Archives of Scotland and private industry collections.

For the first time in many years, the earliest written record of whisky distilling in Scotland will be on public display. The famous 515 year old Exchequer Roll is considered to be the industry’s ‘founding document’ and records King James IV granting Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey ‘eight bolls of malt wherewith to make acqua vitae’. Click to read more

Ardbeg Supernova Launched Today – Peatiest Whisky ever Produced by the Islay Distillery - 5th May 2009

Advance online release of 3000 bottles sells out in 112 minutes – fastest selling whisky in company’s 194-year history

An iconic whisky distillery on the remote island of Islay – which has won the coveted World Whisky of the Year title two years running – has launched a new single malt called Supernova, which the company is describing as “the peatiest Ardbeg ever”.

Three thousand bottles of Ardbeg’s latest whisky sold out in just 112 minutes when it was offered for sale online to a group of enthusiasts – making it the fastest selling whisky in the famous distillery’s 194-year history. It is now on general release from today (Tuesday 5 May). Click to read more

Latest News from The Glenrothes Distillery opens its doors to the public - 22 April 2009

A black and white photo of the Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. This distillery is now opening its door to the publicThe Glenrothes distillery in Speyside will be opening its doors to the public on Friday 8 May, offering a rare opportunity to discover the secrets of the award winning single malt. Established in 1879, The Glenrothes has historically been closed to the public. 

As part of the Speyside Festival celebrations, the distillery will be running two exclusive tours of the distillery in Rothes. Guided by Brand Ambassador Ronnie Cox and Speyside ... Click to read more

High visitors numbers give Glengoyne a cracking good Easter - 17th April 2009

A photo of the Dumgoyne Whisky DistilleryDumgoyne, 16 April 2009; Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne, has experienced a massive upsurge in tourists this Easter week, reporting the best visitor figures over the spring holiday in the distillery’s 175 year history.

Eager to learn about Glengoyne’s ‘Real Taste of Malt’, several hundred holidaymakers, the majority from England and northern Europe, visited the distillery during the Easter break – more than the last two years’ Easter weeks combined....   Click to read more

£3m New Look for Whisky’s Biggest Attraction - Scotch Whisky Experience - 17th April 2009

A photo of Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh’s five-star visitor attractionThe Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh’s five-star visitor attraction dedicated to exploring the story of Scotch whisky, is set to unveil a £3m new look for its popular whisky tour. Representing a major investment for the attraction, the new tour journeys from barley to bottle, exploring the diverse Scottish regions and unique processes of whisky production and culminating in an exclusive visit to the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whiskies.

Set at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, The Scotch Whisky Experience is ideally located in the heart of the old town and only a stone’s throw from historic Edinburgh Castle. The new tour takes a fresh approach to the visitor experience, blowing away the myths and stereotypes which surround Scotch whisky.... Click to read more

The Famous Grouse burns limited edition bottle raises money for hit- 8th April 2009

Iain Limond, Jeremy Speirs and David CochraneThe 250th anniversary of Robert Burns wasn’t simply a chance for thousands of revellers to enjoy a wee dram. The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s Number 1 whisky, helped many charities to enjoy a more prosperous 2009 by creating 250 limited edition bottles of 37 year old blended malt. 

In keeping with the humanitarian spirit of Burns, these bottles were only available for charity auction or raffle with a minimum value of £400. As a result, over £70,000 was raised at Burns Suppers and similar events around the world from auctioning The Famous Grouse limited ... Click to read more

Latest News - Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky April 02nd, 2009

02.04.09, Edinburgh: Glengoyne Single Highland Malt is building on its ‘Real Taste of Malt, Real Taste of Food’ credentials this Homecoming Scotland year, by forming a unique partnership with celebrated Chef Tom Lewis, of Monachyle Mhor, and iconic Scottish food producers Loch Fyne Oysters. Click to read more

The Isle of Jura - General Press Release - March 30th, 2009

The Isle of Jura - As Good As Life Used To Be

The Isle of Jura whisky DistilleryThere is no quick way of getting to the island of Jura.  The fastest method from London involves two planes, a ferry, and the best part of a day. Coming by car from Glasgow takes about the same amount of time.  George Orwell, who came here to write 1984, described it as "an extremely un-getable place." Things haven’t changed a great deal since then. 

Which is partly what makes this Hebridean island – producer of the award-winning JURA single malt – such a magical destination.  Only 7 miles wide and 30 long, Jura is inhabited by 5,000 deer and 180 people. Although private telephones were installed in the 1970’s, replacing the island’s three, don’t expect to get a mobile phone signal here, let along internet access. With one shop, one pub, a bank that comes once a week and its 180 year old distillery, it’s “as good as life used to be,” as the distillers ... Click to read more

Treasure trove of rare Highland Park single malt whisky discovered in Japan - March 27th 2009

- The sold-out 1977 Bicentenary Vintage re-released in UK - 

A treasure trove of rare Highland Park single malt discovered in Japanese warehouses has today been re-released onto the UK market.

The limited edition Bicentenary 1977 Vintage was originally launched in 1998 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Orkney distillery.  International demand was on an unprecedented scale and the bottling sold out almost immediately, fast becoming a collectors’ item. 

Jason Craig, Global Controller, Highland Park comments: “We were astounded to discover this rare stock in our previous distributor’s warehouses in Japan.  This is a very special expression of Highland Park and one which we thought had sold out and been consumed long ago.  The Japanese have long been recognised as discerning consumers and collectors of single malt whisky and, as a result, a significant proportion made the journey to Tokyo and beyond.  We decided to repatriate the remaining Bicentenary 1977 Vintage bottles to celebrate its extended Japanese sabbatical and offer whisky lovers a rare opportunity to enjoy this incredible single malt again.” Click to read more

Glenmorangie Distillery sweetens its future with an age-old custom - 27th March 2009 - Mantle of sweetening the stills passed from father to son

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The Famous Grouse experience brings in bird expert - 24th March 2009

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The Famous Grouse raises tens of thousands for charity - 16th March 2009

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News from the Glenmorangie Distillery on Islay - 2nd March 2009

The Glenmorangie Company is named Whisky Magazine’s Global “Innovator of the Year”... For the second year running

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Press Release from Highland Park Single Malt Whisky - 20 January 2009

DISCOVER THE ORKNEY HOME OF AWARD-WINNING HIGHLAND PARK SINGLE MALT WHISKY

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News from the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay - Press Release date 23th October 2008

Ardbeg Makes It a Double! Islay malt is announced World Whisky of the Year for 2nd Year running

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Big News from Ardbeg - Ultimate Islay malt is announced World Whisky of the Year

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