October & November’s Whisky News

Things have been busy, busy, busy recently, so here’s two months of whisky news for you. Industry Updates The Scotch Whisky Association has lost out in its attempt to block the Scottish Government’s minimum pricing policy (The Scotsman), but the organisation has now appealed to the UK Supreme court (Daily Telegraph). Meanwhile, the Association’s chief
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February’s Whisky News

And in a blink, there’s February gone.  In case you missed anything, here’s a round-up of all the latest whisky news Industry Updates The Scotch Whisky Association is pressing for a further 2% cut in excise duty in next month’s budget, outlining the industry’s value to the UK economy (BBC News), with an economic impact
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January’s Whisky News

The first month of the year was BUSY, so here’s a round-up of all the latest whisky news.   Industry News The most exciting news of the month was the announcement by Hunter Laing & Company would be building Islay’s first new distillery in more than a decade. The £8m Ardnahoe distillery will be built
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November’s Whisky News

As we tick over into the final month of the year, here’s all the latest whisky news from November. Industry News According to the Scotch Whisky Association, the decline in overseas sales in recent years is slowing.  Exports for the first half of this year totalled £1.7bn, representing a 3% fall in value compared to
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October’s Whisky News

In case you missed some of it, here’s all the whisky news from the past month: Industry Updates The Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced a second annual event, Dramfest, which will bring distillers from across the region together under one roof next September (from The Press & Journal). Plans have been unveiled for
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Top Tips for buying whisky this Christmas

So, with only eight shopping days left until The Big Day (which always ends up being an anti-climax), here’s my tops tips for buying a bottle of whisky for someone this Christmas. 1. Do your research Loads of people regularly ask me what sort of whisky to buy their dad/brother/uncle for Christmas, but when I ask
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Drinkmonger Christmas Fair @ Edinburgh City Chambers

On Sunday afternoon, as Edinburgh’s Christmas markets started to sparkle below, I found myself perched on top of the city attending the very first Drinkmonger Christmas Fair. Held in the historic surroundings of the Capital’s City Chambers, the event is effectively a wine and spirits version of Royal Mile Whiskies annual Whisky Fringe.  A sister
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