April’s Whisky News

Here’s your round-up of all the latest whisky news:

Industry News
The BenRiach Distillery Company – which owns the GlenDronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh Scotch whisky brands – has been sold to Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman Corporation for £285 million (The Herald).  And Chivas Brothers has reported profits down by 12%, despite the continual popularity of Glenlivet (Press & Journal).

An application has been submitted to develop the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for nearly a century near Holyrood Park (STV News).  Locals in Dingwall have also been invited to invest in the community’s new distillery, with the aim of becoming the first community-owned operation (BBC News).

The Herald speaks to the new owner of Bladnoch Distillery, David Prior, about his plans to revive the distillery’s fortunes (The Herald).

Master of Malt has announced that, with immediate effect, age statements will be added to future releases of its ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottlings – going against the current industry trend (The Whisky Business).  Rumour has it that Diageo is readying the launch of a new whisky under David Beckham’s Haig Club brand (The Drum).

The Scotch whisky industry had better watch its back, as it’s predicted that its rivals – including Indian, Irish and American whisky – will experience growth of 5% per year between 2015 and 2020 (Press & Journal).

Jura has announced the line-up of experiences for its 2016 Tastival, which takes place on 25 & 26 May (The Whisky Business).  After kicking off last year, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is holding another tasting as part of its Flavour Behaviour project on World Whisky Day (Edinburgh Evening News).

And the world premiere of the Whisky Galore! remake is due to close this June Edinburgh Film Festival (Daily Record).

New Releases

  • anCnoc 2001 Vintage – matured for more than 15 years in Spanish and American oak casks (The Grocer)
  • Elements of Islay Peat – a new blended malt, created by marrying together whiskies from a handful of Islay distilleries (Bar Magazine)
  • The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask – initially launched in Singapore, prior to global roll-out (The Drinks Report)
  • The Epicurean – joins Douglas Laing and Co’s Remarkable Regional Malts collection (The Whisky Business)
  • The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – previously known as The Alba Reserve, this has been relaunched to make it easier for consumer to understand what is contained in the malt (Bar Magazine)
  • Wemyss Malts Spring Single Cask Collection – the independent bottlers unveils six new whiskies, ranging from 18 to 35 years old (The Spirits Business)

And finally
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has recruited the world’s first whisky sniffer dog (Telegraph Food).