25/6/2006 Springbank launches new homepage.
Springbank Distillers have launched a new
and better looking hompage. They now also have a forum
for their Springbank Society.
Springbanks hompage >>
Colorado Whiskey! Jess Graber, majority owner and manager of
Stranahan's. Colorado Whisky has just tapped the
distillery’s first barrel, produced in April 2004. The
2004 output was 1,000 cases only, so interested
customers should hurry if they want a sip of the 2004
batch. Another chance will come next year when the 3,000
casks from 2005 will be made available.
The whiskey is selling in select stores in the Denver
area for around $54.95.
12/5/2006 Glenfiddich moves parts of bottling operations
owner of Glenfiddich has shifted some of the bottling
operations at the Dufftown distillery to a site at
Bellshill, near Glasgow, it emerged yesterday.
A spokesman for William Grant and Sons said the move was
because of increased sales of its Glenfiddich single
malt, the world's biggest seller.
Industry sources said it was more likely because of the
increased costs of having its bottling operation at a
site so far away from the marketplace.
The whisky firm's spokesman said about 25-30% of
bottling previously carried out at Dufftown was now done
at Bellshill. The move has had no implications on jobs
and he said it did not mean any dilution of the
marketing claim that Glenfiddich was the only Highland
whisky to be distilled, matured and bottled at its own
distillery. He said the whisky being bottled at
Bellshill was still being "cut" to bottling strength
with local water at Dufftown.
Worldwide sales of Glenfiddich are now running at about
840,000 cases a year; too much bottling for the Dufftown
site to cope with, said the spokesman, adding: "We are
now paying the price for years of success."
He said the group would not be bottling any of its
Glenfiddich premium range off site, and added that
Grants - which also owns the Balvenie distillery at
Dufftown- had ambitious plans for its Highland brands.
Source: This is North Scotland
8/5/2006 The Macallan enhances Fine
and Rare Collection!
The Macallan has released the latest vintage single malt
to join its Fine & Rare collection, the 1975 Macallan.
According to the company, The 30 years old single malt
whisky takes its place alongside The Macallan’s
unparalleled selection of 39 Fine & Rare vintage single
malts ranging from 1937 through to 1975. Expressions
from the range are highly sought after and the 1926 and
1972 vintages have now all been sold.
The extraordinary expressions of vintage Macallan from
the Fine & Rare collection are each carefully selected
for their unsurpassed quality and rarity representing
the finest single malt from that year.
Bob Dalgarno, whisky maker at The Macallan, comments:
“It is a great privilege to select the latest vintage to
join the Fine & Rare collection, which we expect will be
warmly received by whisky lovers worldwide. The precious
cask chosen, number 8845, is an American oak hogshead
previously seasoned with bourbon. Remaining undisturbed
for 30 years, it is a truly outstanding example of The
Macallan from this year.”
Source: Scottish food and drink
5/5/2006 Severe storm damage Buffalo
Severe thuinderstorms and high winds have moved through
central Kentucky, damaging two historical warehouses at
Buffalo Trace Distillery. Warehouse C (1881) and B
(1879) both suffered significant damage. Fortunately
there no injuries. Source: Press Release
30/04/2006 Scots toast landmark
victory on Indian whisky!
EDINBURGH: Scotland's whisky industry is toasting a
landmark legal victory after a court blocked an Indian
company from claiming that its whisky was Scottish-made.
The Scotch Whisky Association said its members would be
protected from unfair competition by the decision of a
court in Delhi to stop Golden Bottling, a company based
near Jaipur, from using the name "Red Scot" on one of
its brands. The ruling could have ramifications for
attempts by Scotland's whisky producers to increase
their share of the spirits market in a country with more
whisky drinkers than anywhere else in the world.
About 600million litres of whisky are consumed in India
each year, and this figure is expected to rise
dramatically over the next few years as the country's
wealthy middle class continues to expand and import
taxes are reduced.
Whisky exported from Scotland currently accounts for
less than 1 per cent of the Indian market, but Scotch
whisky producers have little doubt that India has the
potential to earn them billions of dollars.
The SWA has estimated that there may be as much
counterfeit as real whisky sold in India, largely
because import taxes of up to 525 per cent for genuine
Scotch make it a product that many Indians, while
aspiring to drink it, cannot yet afford. The ruling in
Delhi brings to an end a legal battle, begun in April
2004, when the SWA sued Golden Bottling under Indian
legislation designed to bring the country into line with
global trade standards on product descriptions.
Judge Madan Lokur of Delhi High Court said the words
"Red Scot" suggested that the whisky was produced in
Scotland. Source: The Australian
19/02/2006 Distillery For Sale! Do you want to own a distillery? If you have around
£200 million you could get your hands on the largest
grain distillery in Europe, the Scottish Invergordon
Distillery on the Cromarty Firth. But don’t get too
confident - the world’s second biggest distiller, Indian
United Breweries, is rumored to have taken an interest
in the grain distillery.
Invergordon Distillery was founded in 1961, employs 180
staff and is one of eight grain distilleries left in
Scotland, and the last one in the Highlands. Source: The
Heaven Hill Fills Five Millionth Barrel Of Kentucky
Bourbon Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the nation's largest
independent family-owned distilled spirits producer and
the world's second-largest holder of aging Kentucky
Straight Bourbon Whiskey, celebrated the 31st of January
the filling of Bourbon barrel 5,000,000. Heaven Hill is
only the second Bourbon producer to reach the historic
"Heaven Hill recognizes this milestone first and
foremost as a celebration of the legacy of my father and
his four brothers. They played a major role in the
development of a unique American industry," said Heaven
Hill Distilleries President Max L. Shapira. "This
occasion is also testament to the craftsmanship of the
Beam family. The result of their stewardship is unique
and innovative American Whiskey enjoyed worldwide."
Between yesterday's milestone and the time the first
barrel was filled on Friday, December 13th, 1935, Heaven
Hill has seen dramatic changes in the country and the
industry, but remains true to its mission as a
family-owned and operated Kentucky company. "As we
continue on our journey to ten million barrels and
beyond, our family will navigate the future by building
on the wisdom and hard work of earlier generations,"
The five millionth barrel was "bunged off" by sixth- and
seventh-generation father and son Master Distillers
Parker and Craig Beam in a brief ceremony at Heaven
Hill's new cistern room on the Bardstown company's
campus. Every drop of Heaven Hill whiskey has been
distilled by a Beam.
The occasion also recognized 45 years of service by
Master Distiller Parker Beam. Parker Beam is a "Lifetime
Achievement Award" winner by Malt Advocate Magazine. He
will be presented with a commemorative yeast jug at the
09/02/2006 The Bruichladdich Bar The Spirited Soap Company uses whisky to make
transparent soap. Ailsa Hayes, as a pharmaceutical
research chemist with Glaxo SmithKlyne, learnt that to
make transparent soap it requires alcohol to clarify it.
Made from vegetable oils using the traditional ‘cold
process’ technique, the soap is cooked with sugar,
vegetable glycerine and finally the spirit is added. The
soap is then scented with essential oils – so you don’t
smell like an alcoholic.
Commissioned by the distillery, The Bruichladdich Bar is
made by the same technique to capture the very essence
Instead of girly perfumes, the soap is naturally scented
using whisky-drenched oak shavings from the inside a
Bruichladdich cask. It gives a toasty, cold-tar sort of
aroma – altogether more butch. And because the casks are
charred on the inside in the barrel-making process the
soap is both transparent and almost jet black.
Ideal for the true single malt enthusiast....
22/01/2006 New whiskyrange from Wemyss
Vintage Malts. A new range of whisky is launched by Wemyss Vintage
Malts. The company is Scottish and is owned by the
family with the same name. They have just recently
started and have had help from the whiskyexpert Charles
Maclean to select casks for their whiskyrange. The
whisky are bottled "by region" and are Highland,
Speyside, Islay and Lowlands. ABV is 46% and they cost (RRP)
Read more about Wemyss >>
09/01/2006 Michael Collins -New Irish
Whiskey From Cooley Distillery Cooley Distillery, the only independent Irish-owned
distillery in Ireland will release a new whisky brand in
march 2006. The whisky has been named for Michael
Collins, the Irish hero who was at the forefront in
Ireland’s struggle for independence and the man behind
the treaty of 1921 creating the Republic of Ireland.
Collins will be available both as a blend and as a
single malt. The blend is a mix of pot- and
column-distilled whiskeys which are aged for five years
minimum. Because the whisky has been aged in small casks,
the whisky has matured rapidly and should be in good
’drinking condition’. The single malt is pot distilled
and created from both grain and barley. Peat is used
during the drying process, which means that Michael
Collins will be an addition in the peated range coming
from Cooley distillery.
Cooley Distillery also produces Kilbeggan and Locke’s as
well as Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single
Malt and a few others.
Michael Collins will be available in both Ireland and in
the United States in March, 2006. The blend, Michael
Collins Irish Whisky, will be available in the liter,
750ml, 375ml, and 50ml sizes. The Michael Collins Single
Malt Irish Whiskey will be available in the 750ml size.
Source: PR Newswire
03/01/2006 New Glen Garioch Visitor
Centre The Glen Garioch Distillery at Oldmeldrum near
Aberdeen has just opened its new visitor centre. The
£200,000 facility is owned by Morrison Bowmore and is
the newest addition to the visitor centers Morrison
Bowmore are establishing on Islay and at Auchentoshan,
near Glasgow. Source: Thisisnorthscotland.
02/01/2006 New Owner of Glen Grant
Distillery Italian drinks group Campari has purchased Glen
Grant distillery in Rothes, Scotland for €115m. Glen
Grant was established in 1840 and is the leading single
malt whisky in Italy and sells 350,000 nine-litre cases
internationally. Source: BeverageDaily.
Read more about Glen Grant Distillery
13/12/2005 New Laphroaig Campaign Jim Beam Brands, who recently acquired Laphroaig
from Allied Domecq, are soon launching a new campaign to
boost sales of the famous Islay Single Malt. The
campaign will be focused on key countries such as UK,
the US, France and on the duty-free market. Laphroaig
currently sells 140,000 cases per year. Source: Sunday
07/12/2005 New Web Design by Morrison
Bowmore Morrison Bowmore Ltd, the owner of Auchentoshan,
Bowmore and Glen Garioch, have launched their new
website. The previous heavy flash page has been replaced
with a clean and modern design.
Visit Morrison Bowmore
03/12/2005 Luxury Bottling by The
Macallan Together with the luxury brand Lalique, The Macallan
launches a limited range of 50 years old single malt
bottled in a crystal decanter. The 470 individually
numbered decanters are valued at £3,500 and will be sold
in select stores in the UK, America, Russia and Asia.
Source: Scottish Food & Drink
21/11/2005 Glenfiddich Enters China William Grant & Sons, the largest independent
distiller in Scotland is in the process of establishing
business in Shanghai, China. The new company will be
named William Grant & Sons Shanghai and will be fully
operational in January 2006.
William Grant & Sons are the firm behind Glenfiddich,
one of the world’s most successful whisky brands. Recent
sales figures show a surge in profits by 4.1 per cent to
£71.5 million last year, mostly due to a strong sales
growth for the company’s premium brands. Source:
19/11/2005 Whisky Gains in Russia Most people know that Vodka is the most popular
alcoholic beverage in Russia. Ever since 1812, the top
importehttps://www.thewhiskyguide.com/files/news/d spirit besides vodka has been cognac; however,
if the sales statistics for 2005 prove to be correct,
this year single malt Whisky sales will exceed premium Cognac for
the first time.
Single Malt whisky is the fastest growing spirit in
Russia and is the preferred drink for the Russinan elite,
consisting of ex KGB, oligarchs and gangsters. The top
four best selling single malts in Russia are Glenfiddich,
Macallan, Glenmorangie and Bruichladdich.
15/11/2005 The Macallan Woodland
Estate Macallan Distillery now offers whisky buffs the
opportunity to buy a package including a tree which will
be planted next to the distillery and a 12 year old
bottling called The Macallan Woodland Estate.
No more than 1,000 trees will be planted. The Macallan
Woodland Estate will be priced at £95 and the offer will
be limited to The Macallan website. Source: Edrington
07/11/2005 Johnnie Walker Anniversary
Blend Released To celebrate its 200th anniversary, Johnnie Walker
releases 200 bottles of ‘Johnnie walker Blue Label
1805’. The youngest drop in the bottle is 45 years old
and most of the single malts used to create this
exclusive blend no longer exist.
The whisky is presented in a handmade Victorian- style
writing case with an antique nib pen. In the pack is
also included a replica of Alexander Walker's (John
Walker's grandson) original handwritten recipe book.
06/11/2005 Tons of Whisky Lost at Sea Tons of whisky and liquor have been swept into the
sea off the coast of Wales. The container carrier
Endeavour shed its payload near the Pembrokeshire coast.
The four 40ft containers were swept overboard about 35
miles from St Ann's Head. Three of the containers each
contained 22 tons of whisky while a fourth contained 26
tons of unidentified liquor. Source: ic Wales.
04/11/2005 New English Whisky Company Andrew Nelstrop, a 33 year old English businessman,
is planning to open his own distillery. However the site
of his distillery will not be Scotland or Ireland as
most people would presume -but in Norfolk, England.
Nelstrop plans to invest £1 million in the Norfolk
Whisky Company, which will eventually include a bottling
plant, shop and visitor centre. The distillery will
produce 100,000 bottles of cask-strength single malt
whisky a year. Source: Scotsman.
01/11/2005 Two New Bottlings From
Bunnahabhain Islay distillery Bunnahabhain launches two new
bottlings, 18 years old and 25 years old. Source:
Scottish Food & Drink.
13/10/2005 Four-Grain Bourbon by Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve will launch its super-premium Master’s
Collection. The roll-out starts in October, in Kentucky,
with major markets to follow.
The bourbon is bottled at 92.4 proof and will retail at
$79.99 for a 750mL. Whiskies in the Master’s Collection
are limited in quantity and exclusively triple-distilled
in copper pot stills at The Woodford Reserve Distillery.
Even the whiskies’ unique bottle shape will mimic that
of a copper pot still (see picture).
The launch introduces Four-Grain Bourbon. Traditionally,
Kentucky bourbon distillers rely on a three-grain mash
bill with corn serving as the majority grain, malted
barley necessary for natural starch-to-sugar conversion,
and rye as the preferred grain for creating a spicy,
fruity character. According to Chris Morris, Master
Distiller of Woodford Reserve, the use of wheat will
give the whisky a softer, nuttier influence than regular
11/10/2005 World's First Organic
The Organic Spirits Company, Surrey, UK, launches
Highland Harvest -the first organic whisky to be
accredited by the Soil Association (the leading
certifier of organic produce in the UK).
Highland Harvest is a blended Scotch and is made from
three organic malts and one organic grain whisky, which
have been matured in oak barrels for four years. Chris
Parker, managing director of The Organic Spirits Company
says: "There is an assumption that all whisky is organic,
when the reality is that modern techniques employed in
the creation of raw materials such as barely and maize
rely on the use of fertilizers, pesticides and
According to Parker, there are much lower levels of
methanol in Highland Harvest than in regular whisky.
Since methanol is the main cause for hangovers, trying
out this organic whisky might be a good idea. The
interested customer will have to pay about £15 for a
70cl bottle. Source: Scotsman
30/09/2005 Arran Distillery releases
10 years old! For the first time Arran Distillery releases a ten
years old whisky to the public. The destillery started
their production in 1995, and now they have bottled
1.200 bottles. Each bottle is signed by the Master
16/09/2005 Bottle Your Own Scotch Benromach Distillery in Forres, Speyside, offers its
visitors the opportunity to bottle their very own
Benromach for £50. Each bottle is numbered and signed
by Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank. This service is
also available at other distilleries throughout Scotland
such as Aberlour and
Source: This is North Scotland
US Wheat Whiskey Launched by Heaven Hill
Kentucky Distillery Heaven Hill is launching a new
product, the Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat
Whiskey. The bottle will be priced at $40 and will start
appearing on the shelves in late September 2005.
The new whiskey is made from 51 percent winter wheat, 39
percent corn and 10 percent malted barley. The five
year-old whiskey is distilled at the Bernheim Distillery
in Louisville but is bottled at the Heaven Hill
Distillery in Kentucky.
11/09/2005 Penderyn Whisky at Harrods
Penderyn, the first Welsh single malt whisky in 100
years, will soon appear on Harrods shelves. The famous
store will add Penderyn to its range of whiskies during
a showcase of fine British food in the Harrods food hall
during 5 September - 15 October 2005.
02/09/2005 Maxximum Acquires Canadian
Maxximum Acquires Canadian Club As a result of the
recent Jim Beam Brands acquisition, Maxximum Canada
announces the addition of Canadian Club Whisky to its
premium spirit portfolio. Together with three other
brands including Sauza Tequila this makes Maxximum the
third largest spirits group in Canada as a complement to
its number one position in imported wine. Source:
24/08/2005 £30 Million Additional Tax Could
Hit Scotch Whisky Industry
The Scotch whisky industry could be forced to pay an
extra £30m in tax charges if the Inland Revenue have
their way. The industry body the Scotch Whisky
Association has just lost a cort battle but is planning
to take the case to the House of Lords.
William Grant & Sons have previously won a test case on
the issue which originates from a ruling by the revenue
in 2002 that companies should pay tax on depreciated
stock every year, rather than when stock is eventually
sold. For most companies which sell and replaces stock
often, this technicality is not important. However, for
the whisky industry which stores their stock for at
least three years, an implementation would mean a
one-time charge of something along £25m-£30m in the next
5-10 years. Source: The Herald
23/08/2005 Triple-Distilled Islay
Whisky By Bruichladdich
a long forgotten Hebridean whisky, is being re-created
by independent whisky distiller Bruichladdich. Trestarig
is pronounced “trace-arak”, and is according to a 300
year old manuscript a triple distilled spirit that may
have it’s origins in ‘Arak’, the original Middle Eastern
spirit distilled from wine.
The recreation makes Trestarig the first
triple-distilled spirit in the western Isles in modern
times, and maybe it was about time; Master Distiller Jim
McEwan claims this is the best new spirit he has ever
tasted fresh from the run –which was unusually long, 7
hours. The ‘middle cut’ was made between 86% & 81.5%.
06/08/2005 LVMH Acquires Marketing
Rights for Glenmorangie Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)
has acquired distributing and marketing rights for
Glenmorangie from Brown-Forman. Brown Forman, one of the
largest American-owned companies in the wine and spirits
business, sold their shares in Glenmorangie PLC to LVMH
in the fall of 2004. According to Christophe Navarre,
CEO of Moët Hennessy, the transfer of marketing and
distribution rights is a natural consequence of that
07/27/2005 Highland Park Named No1
The American Spirit Journal has named Highland Park 18
yo the best spirit in the world. The magazine has
compiled a list of the world’s 100 finest distilled
drinks. According to Paul Pacult, the Managing Director
of the spirit journal who has compiled the list, the
Highland Park 18 yo was his favourite among vodkas,
tequilas, whiskies, rum and many other spirits from
around the world. Several other Scotch whiskies did well
on the list including Ardbeg, Bowmore and The Macallan.
Highland Park was founded in 1798 and is the
northernmost distillery on the Orkney Islands. Source:
07/15/2005 Compass Box has five years
Compass Box whisky company located in London, celebrates
its five year anniversary.
The American John Glaser founded the company with the
ambition to make high quality whisky for a new
generation of whiskydrinkers. The whisky comes from 12
different distilleries around Scottland and are all
blended to create new tastes.
Monster, Asyla and Hedonism are rapidly becoming known brands
and are winning awards.
As a result, Compass Box is expanding and constantly
adds new countries to its list of export destinations.
06/26/2005 New world record for whisky
tasting! The old whisky tasting record was set in sweden in
2001. That time 1210 people did the tasting toghether.
The new record is 1610 and was set in Edinburgh. The
sponsor, the Easy Whisky Drinking Company was delighted
to bring the record "back home to were it belonged".
Source: BBC News
06/20/2005 On the Rocks on Purpose The privately-owned Islay distillery Bruichladdich
has just launched a new single malt –The Bruichladdich
Rocks. The new bottling is a challenge to whisky
puritans since it is actually designed to be drunk on
The whisky is matured in Bourbon casks before it is
finished in Grenache wine casks from south west France.
The whisky has been specifically designed by Master
Distiller Jim McEwan and is composed of whisky from
several contrasting years. Jim McEwan claims this allows
for great complexity and also states that “I never
thought I could actively recommend drinking a single
malt with ice… but with Bruichladdich Rocks you most
definitely can.” The Bruichladdich Rocks is bottled at
06/16/2005 New French Whisky
creation of the Glann ar Mor Distillery has been eight
years in the making. The distillery is situated on the
Northern coast of Brittany, France. Glann ar Mor means
"by the sea" in Breton. The distillery will produce both
peated and unpeated whisky. To make the peated whisky
the distillery will use malt with a phenol level of
Although the distillery is just about to open, there is
already a bottling for sale, the Taol Esa 1999. The
release is very limited, there are only 99 of the50 cl
bottles. The Taol Esa 1999 is not representative for the
whisky which will be forthcoming from the Glann ar Mor
Distillery however; the founders wished to gain
experience in the early stages of the planning process,
and Taol Esa, which means ’The Essay’ in Breton, is the
The wash for Taol Esa was made by a local distillery and
the whisky was distilled in a small wood-heated still.
It is an undeniably unique whisky considering
the circumstances under which it has been made. Taol Esa
was bottled at 46% at an age of slightly more than 4
years. It is unchill-filtered and has no colour
06/12/2005 New Vintage Bottling From
Balvenie Balvenie has recently launched a new bottling, The
Balvenie Vintage Cask 1971. David Stewart, the malt
master at Balvenie, has asked three retired Excisemen to
help him select the four over 30-years-old casks. No
more than 170 bottles of The Balvenie Vintage Cask 1971
will be sold in the UK.
Source: This is North Scotland
06/08/2005 Diageo Purchases Bushmills
from Pernod Richard Diageo has entered into an agreement with Pernod to
purchase Bushmills, the world’s second largest Irish
whiskey brand, for approximately 200 million. The deal
will also grant Diageo to purchase the bulk of Allied
Domecq’s Montana wine business for approximately 320
million. Montana is one of the leading New Zealand wine
brands and the number one New Zealand export brand.
The agreements are conditional upon the successful
completion of Pernod’s agreed bid for Allied Domecq
which Pernod and Allied Domecq have both stated they
expect to occur on 26 July 2005. Both acquisitions are
expected to close in late 2005 or early in 2006.
06/06/2005 Glenburgie Distillery
Re-opened! On June 3, Allied Distillers inaugurated their
completely rebuilt production building at the Glenburgie
Distillery near Forres. Allied lost five months in
production between the demolition of the old Glenburgie
and the completion of its successor. The reason for the
stop was that the old stills were moved into the new
production facility rather than installing new stills
and risk to alter the character of the Glenburgie
With the exception of the stills and the milling
equipment, everything else in the building is new,
including the state-of-the-art computer technology which
allows every aspect of the distilling process to be
controlled by just one person. The new Glenburgie
distillery will be capable of producing 2.8million
litres of spirit a year, compared to 2.3million at the
old distillery. The new distillery is built to hold
another two stills which would take capacity up to
4.2million litres. Source: This is North Scotland
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