This month’s top releases include a Champagne tankard designed by Pol Roger, honey-flavoured Cognac and a 48-year-old blended Scotch.
Scotland’s “first” single estate Scotch whisky distillery, Ballindalloch, has been officially opened by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Diageo has fallen below analysts’ revenue estimates in every region this quarter, as overall sales dropped unexpectedly.
Bernard Walsh, founder of Irish whiskey brand Walsh Whiskey, has claimed that if he had set up his company in Scotland he would have got “five times as much government support” than he does in Ireland.
Bacardi has confirmed it has acquired a minority stake in independent Scotch whisky producer Compass Box – two days after entering the Bourbon market.
Last year saw the value of Scotch whisky exports drop by up to 39% in half of its 20 top markets, contributing to an overall 7% decline in 2014.
The Glenlivet has launched its new permanent expression Founder’s Reserve in the UK, after first being unveiled in October last year.
Label 5 Scotch has surpassed 2.6 million cases in annual sales and has the stock to grow further, according to Sylvia Bernard, international marketing director at brand owner La Martiniquaise.
Acker Merrall & Condit’s latest Hong Kong sale achieved HK$45 million, which the house says will put it on track to be the world’s leading auction house in the first quarter of this year.
The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by nearly 5% last year alone, with over 4 million bottles of Scotch left on the shelves compared to 2013.
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