Glen Grant has announced the retirement of master distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE, who will leave his role at the end of June, after a six-decade long career.

Suntory Global Spirits (formerly Beam Suntory) has restored a further 80 hectares of peatland through its Peatland Water Sanctuary programme on the Scottish island of Islay.

US wine company Jackson Family Wines has entered the American whiskey category with the launch of its Stonestreet Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

After 18 years at the company, Balblair distillery manager John MacDonald has announced his retirement.

Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced the opening of a central London visitor centre, the distillery’s first official home outside of Kentucky.

Label 5 blended Scotch whisky has launched its first single grain whisky which will initially roll out in the UK market.

Scotch whisky brand Aberfeldy has partnered with Argentinian Winery, Finca Ambrosia, for the most recent edition to its Wine Cask Collection.

Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co has entered the single malt market with the launch of its non-age statement Strathearn single malt.

The Demeter Collection, created to recognise the work of women in the whisky sector, has raised nearly £50,000 at auction for the OurWhisky Foundation.

Danish distillery Stauning is expanding its core portfolio with the launch of a new expression, Høst (40.5% abv).

William Grant and Sons has launched a new high-aged blended Scotch brand, Wildmoor.

English sparkling wine producer, Nyetimber, has announced an agreement in principle to purchase The Lakes Distillery in a deal worth £71 million.

Scotch whisky legend Ian Urquhart has passed away aged 76, after an illness, with his family by his side.

The Artisanal Spirits Company, owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Single Cask Nation, has reported an 8% revenue growth in its preliminary results for the year to 31 December 2023.

The Dalmore has collaborated with the V&A Dundee to launch two new Highland single malt whiskies as part of its series Luminary No2.

Rosebank Distillery has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public this June for the first time since 1993. 

Label 5 Scotch Whisky plans to reinforce its ‘Glocal’ marketing campaign throughout 2024 with a wide range of activations in its priority global markets.

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen Distillery has reopened on the island of Islay more than 40 years after closing its doors.

Isle of Skye single malt distillery Torabhaig has announced the launch of the third instalment in its Legacy Series which follows the journey to a ten-year-old expression.

As part of its celebrations for International Women’s Day 2024 the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has released five single cask whiskies selected by an all-women tasting panel.

This International Women’s Day, The Lakes Distillery has released a limited-edition single malt whisky to celebrate inclusivity in whisky.

Compass Box founder and whisky maker John Glaser has announced he will be stepping down from the business after 23 years.

Total US spirits exports hit a record high in 2023 boosted by the EU’s suspension of tariffs on American whiskey, according to a new report by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Traditional though this category may seem, there have been changes at the top and the introduction of new names.

There’s no sign that the giant of this category, Jameson, is in any danger of being toppled from its number one spot.

­This sector is nothing if not consistent, as evidenced by the minimal change in the bestsellers.

Japan continues to dominate in this category with two names in particular standing out.

Whisky producer, The Artisanal Spirits Company (ASC), and owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), has acquired US-based independent bottling brand, Single Cask Nation.

Never Say Die, the UK-based Kentucky straight bourbon has announced its launch in the US following its UK launch in September 2022.

French spirits maker, Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of The Chuan Pure Malt Whisky in China.

Irish Distillers, the Irish whiskey subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, has announced the appointment of Dave McCabe as master blender.

UK single malt whisky Jura has announced the retirement of distillery manager Graham Logan, following three decades of service.

Michter’s has been named The World’s Most Admired Whisky brand in the third edition of the annual top 50 list released by Drinks International.

Irish whiskey giant Jameson has announced the launch of a 21 year old whiskey aged entirely in rum seasoned casks.

Distillers are calling for the permanent removal of EU imposed “debilitating tariffs” on American whiskey, which are scheduled to be reimposed and doubled to 50% on 1 January 2024.

The Distillers’ Charity hosted its second biennial One of One Auction, in partnership with Sotheby’s, comprising a selection of ultra-rare Scotch whiskies.

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has announced the release of its inaugural whisky, one of the first single malts to be produced in the Scottish capital in a century.

Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard’s dedicated Scotch whisky arm, has announced plans for its first distillery on the Scottish island of Islay.

For the fourth year in a row, Buffalo Trace owner, Sazerac Company, has been named American Whiskey Producer of the Year by Drinks International’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

The Cask Whisky Association (CWA) has launched to create a safe environment for whisky enthusiasts and customers to buy and sell casks.

The House of Suntory has announced the launch of a centennial Hibiki 21-Year-Old release and a limited edition Hibiki Japanese Harmony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Japanese whisky distillery.

Isle of Skye single malt distillery Torabhaig has announced the launch of Allt Gleann, a batch strength release that completes the current chapter of the Torabhaig Legacy Series.

The Macallan has introduced The Macallan Colour Collection, a new range of age statement whiskies, exclusively available in global travel retail.

Bladnoch Distillery has appointed a new leadership team to help accelerate its global growth. 

American drinks group Brown-Forman has announced the launch of its own distribution business in Slovakia, bringing distribution in-house for the first time since the company entered the market.

Edrington UK has announced the appointment of its latest UK brand diplomat for Maker’s Mark bourbon, Charlotte Pederson.

Irish whiskey liqueur Shanky’s Whip has signed a new distribution deal with global drinks distributor Amber Beverage Group.

A new survey conducted by the OurWhisky Foundation has detailed the extent of sexism that women working in the whisky industry face.

Islay single malt Ardbeg has released Ardbeg Anthology: The Harpy’s Tale, the first of a new experimental series from the LVMH brand.

Fife distillery InchDairnie, has announced the release of a Scottish Pot Still whisky as the latest edition to its experimental PrinLaws Collection.

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