Booze News! (August)

1st – 8th: 

Johnnie Walker releases ready-to-drink whisky and ginger ale! Read more here.

The historic Lexington-based James Pepper distillery will restart production. Read more here.

Artist rendition of James E. Pepper Distillery

Following Bunnahabhain renovations, Distell considers upgrading the Perthshire-based Deanston distillery. Read more here. 

Littlemill releases 27-year-old single malt for £2,250 per bottle. Read more here.

Littlemill 27-year-old single malt

Tullibardine release ‘The Murray’, a 13-year-old single malt aged in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine casks. Read more here.

The Isle of Raasay will begun production in September, and hope to release its first whisky in 2020. Read more here.

Smokey Monkey

Ardnamurchan spirit officially becomes whisky three years after the distillery laid down its first casks. Read more here.

Monkey Shoulder releases a peated-variant ‘Smokey Monkey’ as a bar exclusive. Read more here.

Copper & Kings three new bottlings

Douglas Laing & Co. has released a Sherry cask-finished edition of Rock Oyster. Read more here.

Kentucky based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. have unveiled three brandy-based gins. Read more here. Read more here.

Wild Turkey Master’s LKeep 1894

Wild Turkey honours the oldest rickhouse on its estate with launch of Master’s Keep 1894. Read more here.

A $10,000 glass of Macallan is declared ‘a fake’ following an investigation. Read more here.

Glenmorangie Aster re-released after 5 year absence

Glenmorangie to re-release the ‘Astar’ following a five-year absence. Read more here.

Two champagne houses have launched organic cuvées. Read more here.

Stratford-upon-Avon base Shakespeare distillery unveil mulberry gin liqueur. Read more here.

9th – 16th:

Jim Beam have released a vanilla-flavoured Bourbon. Read more here.

Bruichladdich unveil four expressions as part of its new Octomore Eights Masterclass series – including world’s peatiest whisky! Read more here.

The Octomore Eights Masterclass series

Royal Mile Whiskies to launch an online auction website. Read more here.

Liverpool-based Halewood Wines & Spirits, owner of The John Crabbie whisky brand, plans for Edinburgh distillery. Read more here.

Today, Crabbies is best know for alcoholic ginger beer

A grape-free wine has been developed in America. Read more here.

Independent bottler Weymss Malts is launching the Wemyss Family Collection. Read more here.

Bladnoch Pure Scot Virgin Oak

Lindores Abbey Distillery to start production this September. Read more here.

The revitalised Bladnoch distillery unveiled Pure Scot Virgin Oak. Read more here.

Puni Nova (Right)and Alba (Left)

Italy’s first – and currently only- malt whisky distillery makes its debut in the UK market. Read more here.

Constellation Brands buys Funky Buddha brewery. Read more here.

First Ed. Black Bowmore 1964

A first edition Black Bowmore 1964 sells for ‘record price’.  Read more here.

Islay to get a new Scotch whisky festival this October! Read more here.

Ciroc French Vanilla

Ciroc unveils French Vanilla flavour vodka – designed for cocktails. Read more here.

Macallan have pulled bottles after ‘fake’ scandal. Read more here.

Diageo’s 2017 Special Releases

Diageo’s 2017 Special Releases included a blended malt. Read more here.

Ole Smoky whiskey to launch across the US and Canada. Read more here.

The Lakes liqueur range

Sazerac has begun distilling at its recently acquired Tennessee whiskey distillery. Read more here

The Lakes Distillery unveils three new liqueurs. Read more here.

Bunnahabhain unveils travel retail exclusive single malt. Read more here.

Booze News! (May)

1st – 8th:

1. Berry Bros & Rudd have sold The Glenrothes single malt whisky back to Edrington after seven years ownship. Read more here.

2. Eastside Distilling has purchased controlling stake in producer Big Bottom Distilling. Read more here.

Oregon-based Big Bottom Distilling

3. The Scotch Whisky Association sets its sights on Canada following the CETA. Read more here.

4. Bombay Sapphire forced to recall 77% alcohol gin in Canada. Read more here.

Bombay Sapphire recall 

5. Simferopol distillery in the Ukraine has been fined over Johnnie Walker ‘whiskye’ rip-off. Read more here.

6. The UK based Wine and Spirit Trade Association has published a General Election Manifesto. Read more here.

Highland Park 14 yo, single cask.

7. Highland Park has unveiled a Heathrow airport exclusive whisky. Read more here.

8. Hendricks gin launches ‘quinnated’ gin Orbium. Read more here.

Hendrick Orbium – from a parallel universe.

9. Teeling have release their first bottling of the Brabazon series. Read more here.

9th – 16th: 
1. Buffalo Trace have launched an Organic Six Grain Whiskey, the newest addition to its Experimental series. Read more here.
2. The Lakes Distillery has expanded The One blended whisky range with launch of limited edition, Pedro Ximinez cask finish blend. Read more here.
The One Pedro Ximinez finish
 3. Chilgrove Spirits has released a new gin using British and Australian botanicals. Read more here.

4. Kyoto Distillery has launched two new expressions; Kin No Tea and Kin No Bi Navy Strength. Read more here.

Ki No Tea (left), Kin No Bi (right)

5. The Dram Team co-founder, Chris Borrow, is set to launch a whisky festival in Bristol. Read more here. Read more here.

6. Diaego have been hit with a £107 million ‘Google Tax’. Read more here.

7. American rye whisky producer WhistlePig, has been granted $25 million in credit. Read more here.

8. Tanqueray launches a London gin train – for £450 a ticket. Read more here.

Deerness gin (left) and vodka (right)

9. Deerness Distillery launches its inaugural Sea Glass gin and Into the Wild vodka later this month. Read more here.

10. UK supermarket chain Asda will stock The Lakes Distillery’s vodka, gin and whisky in 18 stores throughout the north west. Read more here.

Theo Fennel’s £18,000 tequila short serving set.

11. British jeweller Theo Fennel has created an £18,000 tequila shot serving set. Read more here.

12. Beam Suntory have confirmed plans to release a premium Japanese gin. Read more here.

Crown Royal’s new wine barrel finish

13. The oldest official bottling of Brora is to auctioned off at Bonhams. Read more here.

14. Crown Royal launched a new wine barrel finish. Read more here.

17th – 24th: 

1. Hayman’s Gin has returned to London. Read more here.

2. Lidl has released a trio of £17.49 Scottish single malts. Read more here.

Lidl’s new Islay (Left), Highland (Centre) and Speyside (Right) single malts.

3. Virginia Distillery Co. have launched their cask purchase programme. Read more here.

4. Wine and spirit merchants Berry Bros & Rudd have opened a second London store. Read more here. 

Virginia Distillery Co.’s Virginia Highland Malt Whisky

Booze News! (April)

1st – 7th: 

1. World’s highest outdoor whisky bar – Alfresco 64 – opens on 64th floor of skyscraper in Bangkok, and will serve an exclusive Chivas Regal blend. Read more here.

2. A collection of Macallan whiskies – the Lalique Legacy Collection – set a world record for price for any lot of whisky sold at auction, after selling for $993,000. Read more here.

Macallan Lalique Legacy Collection

3. The fourth edition of Fusion Whisky and Adelphi’s Scotch-Japanese fusion blend The Glover is launched. Read more here.

4. New English whisky distillery Princetown receives planning approval, and will become the highest whisky distillery in the UK. Read more here.

Princetown Distillery
5. Templton Rye breaks ground on distillery. Read more here.

6. Benromach unveils 41 year old single malt whisky. Read more here.

7. Brown-Forman unveils Slane Irish whiskey. Read more here.

8th – 15th: 

1. Highland Park announce Rebus30, in honour of 30th anniversary of fictional crime detective John Rebus. Read more here.

Highland Park Rebus30

2. Glenlivet launch three new single casks exclusively for travel retail, including Fore Burn 19 year old sherry cask, Watercairn 18 year old bourbon cask and Tarland cask strength.  Read more here.

3. Basil Hayden launches straight Rye whisky. Read more here.

Basil Hayden Rye

4. Boutique-y launches tiddly-winks inspired grain whisky. Read more here.

16th – 23rd:

1. Irish Waterford Distillery secures €20 million funding for “Phase II”. Read more here.

2. Ian Macleod have revamped premium blends Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip Read more here.

Redesigned Sheep Dip & Pig’s Nose

3. The UK wine industry has announced it will be planting 1 million vines this, contributing £50 million to the UK economy. Read more here.

4. Kilchoman releases it’s seventh edition of 100% Islay bottling. Read more here.

5. Rye whiskey producer Sagamore Spirit Distillery have opened their Maryland distillery. Read more here.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery

6. The world’s largest collection of Karuizawa has broken records at auction. Read more here.

7. William Grant & Sons have purchased American Tuthilltown Spirits. Read more here.

8. The number of English distilleries has risen by 413% in 6 years. Read more here.

9. Mackmyra opens an experimental distillery. Read more here.

10. Diageo will cut 105 Scottish jobs. Read more here.

24th –  30th:

1. There are plan for the first whisky distillery in Derbyshire. Read more here.

Derbyshire’s First Whisky Distillery

2.  Counterfeit market could reach US $2.3 trillion. Read more here.

3. Johnnie Walker grows Blenders’ Batch portfolio. Read more here.

Johnnie Walker Bourbon & Rye Cask

4. Highland Park have released their new bottled design and additions to their range. Read more here & here.

5. Glen Moray have new additions to their range. Read more here.  

New Glen Moray Bottlings

6. Whyte & MacKay have launched blended malt whisky brand Shackleton. Read more here.

7. Scottish single malt exports pass £1 billion, with total exports of Scotch passing £4 billion. Read more here.

Booze News! – 11/03/17

1.  Port of Leith Distillery secure £5million site, with planning application due to be submitted within 3 months. Read more here.

2. Jameson Distillery brand home to set to reopen after €11million redevelopment of Bow Street site. Read more here.

3. Bushmills Irish Whiskey plans £30 million and 62 acre expansion, including 29 new maturation warehouses and a fine water lagoon. Read more here.

Bushmills submits plans for 62 acre expansion

4. Australian Whisky Holdings takeover of Tasmanian Nant has been partially terminated due to the discovery that more than 700 casks sold under the Nant Distilling Company’s barrel investment scheme were never filled and do not exist. Read more here.

5. A landlord in Scotland accepted £40,000 worth of stolen rare whisky as rent payment. Read more here.

6. Pernod Ricard launch caviar-infused vodka, L’Orbe, which will cost you £175 for a 200ml bottle. Read more here.

Pernod Ricard launch caviar-insfused vodka: L’Orbe.

7. Coffee chain Starbucks start selling coffee made using beans that have been aged in whisky barrels. Unfortunately, this is only available for a limited time from their Seattle Roastery. Read more here.

Booze News! – 04/03/17

1. New chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, and also the first woman to take on the role, is Karen Betts. Read more here.

New Chief Executive of the SWA

2. Planning permission granted for new £12 million Lowland distillery Ardgowan. Read more here.

3. Planning permission granted for new Highland distillery, Ardross. Read more here.

4. Craft beer company BrewDog to launch hotel named “DogHouse” in America, with beer spa treatments, hot tubs, and beer on tap in the bedrooms. Read more here.

BrewDog to launch beer hotel DogHouse

5. Heineken launches two new craft beers, a Bavarian-style Pilsner and an American-style IPA, under Maltsmiths Brewery label. Read more here.

6. American Limestone Branch Distillery introduces “Minor Case” Straight Rye Whiskey. Read more here. 

7. Benromach launch Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and finished in Sassicaia wine casks. Read more here.

Benromach launch Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009