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Industry “absolutely shocked” by proposed Scottish alcohol advertising ban

Published:  18 January, 2023

The Scottish government is in the midst of a consultation, seeking views on potential restrictions to alcohol advertising and promotion in Scotland.


The Islay Boys secure planning for new distillery

Published:  01 August, 2022

The Islay Boys have announced planning permission for a distillery and brewery building at Glenegedale in Laggan Bay on Islay. 


Ardbeg enthusiast buys one-of-a-kind 1975 Islay single malt for £16million

Published:  11 July, 2022

A one-of-a-kind 1975 cask of Ardbeg Islay single malt Scotch whisky, which survived the distillery’s two brushes with closure, has sold to a private collector in Asia for £16million. 


Pernod Ricard UK expands portfolio with new super-premium US whisky

Published:  02 February, 2022

Pernod Ricard has announced plans to distribute American whisky Rabbit Hole in the UK – the first European market to receive allocations of the brand.


Calls made for UK to suspend US whisky tariffs as EU agrees deal

Published:  01 November, 2021

The Bourbon Alliance has called on the UK Government to remove tariffs on American Whiskeys following news that the US and EU have agreed a deal.


Scotch Whisky Association receives UN recognition for sustainability commitments

Published:  20 September, 2021

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has become the UK’s first food and drink trade association to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner.


Long Read: No more spirit of fair play for American whiskeys

Published:  05 August, 2021

The Government is currently considering levying a 25% tariff on US wine imports reaching the UK. But there is another long-suffering category in American whiskey, which was left out of a recent revision and five-year suspension on tariffs for spirits travelling between the US and Britain. Greg Mefford, international sales director at spirits maker Luxco, looks at the implications for a popular category.


Bourbon Alliance calls on government to remove tariffs

Published:  06 July, 2021

The Bourbon Alliance has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and trade secretary Liz Truss MP to ‘free the spirit’ and remove tariffs.


Exclusive distribution deal for Berry Bros and Walsh Whiskey

Published:  29 March, 2021

Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) Brands has signed a deal as the exclusive distributor in the UK for Irish whiskey producer, Walsh Whiskey, from the 1 April, 2021.


Academic study proves terroir’s influence on whisky

Published:  17 February, 2021

A new academic study has provided “conclusive proof” of terroir’s influence on whisky, potentially paving the way for an Appellation Controlée system for whisky in the same way as wine.


SWA publishes revised industry marketing code

Published:  30 July, 2020

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has published the fourth edition of its Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky.


SWA calls on whisky fans to urge government to ‘call time on tariffs’

Published:  20 July, 2020

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has launched a campaign urging whisky lovers to write to their MPs underlining the damage that US tariffs are causing to the Scotch whisky industry and asking them to “urge the government to call time on tariffs”. 


SWA reiterates urgency of resolving transatlantic trade dispute as US tariff remains

Published:  17 February, 2020

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has called on the EU, US and UK to "redouble their efforts" to resolve transatlantic trade disputes quickly to enable Scotch and American whiskies to revert to tariff-free trading.


Council gives green light for Moffat’s first legal Scotch whisky distillery

Published:  30 January, 2020

Dumfries & Galloway Council has approved plans for a single malt whisky distillery to be built in Moffat, marking the town’s first legal Scotch distillery.


Harvey Nichols adds single barrel English whisky

Published:  03 January, 2020

Harvey Nichols has expanded its own label spirits portfolio with a peated Burgundy cask single barrel English whisky.


Diageo launches ‘AI selector’ to help people find their perfect single malt

Published:  28 November, 2019

Diageo has launched a digital experience that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies in a bid to help people to find their perfect single malt Scotch whisky based on their preferences for certain flavours.


Johnson urges Trump to lift tariffs on Scotch

Published:  06 November, 2019

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged US President Donald Trump to lift tariffs on Scotch whisky.


Glen Moray responds to mixologist demand for single malt mixer

Published:  25 October, 2019

Glen Moray has responded to mixologist demand for single malt cocktail mixers with a new range of ‘bitters’.


Rising to the occasion

Published:  23 September, 2019

Global challenges remain but malts and modern brands have given whisky producers a new spirit of quiet confidence, says Tom Bruce-Gardyne


Scottish government calls for post-Brexit protections for whisky

Published:  01 August, 2019

Scotch whisky must retain its current protected status if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Fergus Ewing, the Scottish government’s secretary for the rural economy, has said.