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US tariff on Scotch whisky has come into force

US tariff on Scotch whisky has come into force

A 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky has now been implemented by the USA. The value of Scotch whisky exports to the US grew from £280m in 1994 to over £1bn last year, but President Donald Trump’s administration has introduced a new tax on Scotland’s national drink, as part of what he perceives asContinue Reading

Peebles Hydro turns water into gin from hillside spring

Peebles Hydro has turned distiller as it launches a new gin, distillery and school, using water from its own hillside spring water. The 1881 gin, named after the year in which the iconic hotel opened, uses the same water from the rolling Borders hills behind the hotel, known as Shieldgreen, which has been supplying theContinue Reading

Decadent new pairing with honey and bramble gin

Edinburgh Gin has unveiled its most decadent flavour combination yet – Bramble & Honey Gin. The new spirit showcases a natural partnership of dark fruit and silky honey creating an opulent full strength flavoured gin. Bramble & Honey joins Edinburgh Gin’s contemporary full strength flavour gin portfolio which includes the category leading flavour profile RhubarbContinue Reading

Diageo unveils the 2019 Special Releases Collection

Diageo unveils the 2019 Special Releases Collection

Diageo has announced the highly anticipated launch of the 2019 ‘Rare by Nature’ inspired special releases whisky collection. Comprised of eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies from some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, this year’s line-up has been hand selected by master blender, Dr Craig Wilson. The collection launches with a visually impactful andContinue Reading

‘Father of Single Malt’ honoured with Centenary Release

‘Father of Single Malt’ honoured with Centenary Release

Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has released a single malt to honour George Urquhart, member of the second generation of the company’s owning family, in what would have been his centenary year. Laid down in 1956, the year ‘Mr George’ as he was known by colleagues, became senior partner, the 62-year-old single malt features spiritContinue Reading

A rare fayre is on the way at Glen Garioch Distillery

Glen Garioch Distillery is hosting its Rare Fayre Christmas event again this year. Taking place on Saturday December 7, Glen Garioch is oe of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and nestled in the heart of rural Oldmeldrum. Tthis is the fourth year the distillery has hosted its unique Rare Fayre event which continues to growContinue Reading

Highland Park ready to launch Esquire single cask

Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse with Breitling, the prestigious annual event hosted by Esquire. Taking place between 17-19 October at Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park’s global brand ambassador, is set to host a series of workshops where guests will be given the opportunity to learnContinue Reading

Live whisky tasting to stream on Amazon UK

Live whisky tasting to stream on Amazon UK

John Dewar & Sons has teamed up with Amazon for its first-ever livestream alcohol tasting and Amazon UK’s first-ever livestream event on 24 October. The intention is to help educate new and existing whisky drinkers on Scotch, and innovate within the alcohol ecommerce space. Ahead of the livestream, the Single Malt Discovery Collection, a limited-editionContinue Reading

A trio of whiskies to mark the festive season

A trio of whiskies to mark the festive season

Loch Lomond Whiskies has curated a gold-standard gift selection this Christmas featuring its top medal winners of 2019. Loch Lomond 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Loch Lomond 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky each won a Double Gold medal at this year’sContinue Reading

Calmel & Joseph: Finding the perfect blend

Calmel & Joseph: Finding the perfect blend

Peter Ranscombe returns to the Languedoc region in the south of France to learn how one négociant is taking the art of blending to the next level. AFTER spreading the gingham cloth over the trestle table, winemaker Laurent Calmel quickly began setting up his array of bottles and measuring cylinders. As the warm autumn sunContinue Reading