William Grant to host #StandFast Charity Auction

Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons will host an online auction featuring more than 300 lots to raise money for two charities, The Drinks Trust and The Ben in Scotland. The #StandFast Charity Auction will take place online via Whisky.Auction from 19-28 July, and will be hosted by William Grant & Sons’ brands, including Hendrick’s Gin, Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Monkey Shoulder, Sailor Jerry, Tullamore Dew, Drambuie, Reyka Vodka and more. Items set to be auctioned…

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The impact of Covid-19 on the Scotch sector

Many Scotch whisky distilleries – and all visitor centres – have been shuttered to battle the spread of Covid-19. As the industry looks forward to getting back to work, The Spirits Business asks what happens next. *This feature was originally published in the June 2020 issue of The Spirits Business As one of the UK’s largest exports, Scotch whisky has enjoyed global success and was poised for further growth in 2020, despite challenges such as…

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Balvenie adds 19-year-old single malt to Stories series

Speyside distillery Balvenie has expanded its Stories range with the launch of a 19-year-old whisky, called The Edge of Burnhead Wood. Launched in May 2019, The Balvenie Stories collection is inspired by tales of “endeavour, craft and unexpected twists”. It comprises a trio of single malts: 12-year-old The Sweet Toast of American Oak, 14-year-old The Week of Peat, and 26-year-old A Day of Dark Barley. The new 19-year-old, The Edge of Burnhead, tells the story…

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William Grant closes Glenfiddich and Balvenie to public

Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons has closed all of its visitor centres indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. Scottish spirits firm William Grant & Sons, the owner of Glenfiddich Scotch whisky and Hendrick’s gin, said in a statement: “We have taken the precautionary measure to close our visitor centres globally until further notice. However, our distilleries remain operational. “We are not aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus at any William Grant & Sons…

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The week in pictures

A British team of four rowers has been crowned the winner of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge after travelling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 32 days, 12 hour and 35 minutes. Fortitude IV, which was made up of teammates Ollie Palmer, Tom Foley, Hugh Gillum and Max Breet, rowed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua, where they crossed the finish line on 13 January. The remaining teams…

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