Fall in whisky sales pushing producers out of South Korea

Dwindling whisky sales in South Korea have driven several leading spirits producers out of the Korean market in the past year, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Last year, Diageo revealed plans to close its whisky bottling plant in Incheon, South Korea. According to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, while imported beers, mixed drinks and wine have experienced “strong success” in South Korea, the whisky category – the majority of which has historically been Scotch – “continues to…

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Edrington Korea confirms closure

The Macallan Scotch whisky owner Edrington has confirmed it will close its Korea operations at the end of March. Edrington Korea was based in Seoul. Further details regarding Edrington Korea’s closure are not yet being revealed. A spokesperson for Edrington said: “After a review of our business model in the Korean market, it is our intention that Edrington Korea will cease operations by 31 March 2020. “We have entered into consultation with our people to…

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Cutty Sark signs new distributor in Germany

MBG Group has signed an agreement with La Martiniquaise-Bardinet to distribute the French firm’s Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky brand in Germany. The distribution deal came into effect from January 2020. Cutty Sark blended Scotch was launched in 1923 and was acquired by La Martiniquaise-Bardinet in 2018. It was previously owned by Edrington. The whisky blending process for Cutty Sark includes a 21-day marrying process. Andreas W Herb, CEO of MBG Group, said: “We are…

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Highland Park Triskelion brings together three master whisky makers

Edrington-owned Scotch brand Highland Park has brought together three master whisky makers to collaborate on single malt release Triskelion. Current Highland Park master distiller Gordon Motion worked with former master whisky maker Max McFarlane and master whisky maker emeritus John Ramsay to produce Triskelion, which brought together more than 100 years of whisky-making experience. Launching globally this month, Highland Park Triskelion uses whisky matured in a combination of first-fill Sherry-seasoned Spanish oak butts, first-fill Sherry-seasoned…

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Highland Park launches 21-year-old single malt

Edrington-owned Highland Park has added a 21-year-old single malt Scotch whisky to its portfolio. Highland Park 21 Year Old: August 2019 Release was made using six first-fill Sherry-seasoned European oak casks, four first-fill Sherry-seasoned American oak casks, and five refill casks. The whisky comprises “almost identical quantities” of liquid from each cask type, delivering an ABV of 46%. Tasting notes include grated nutmeg, root ginger and sun-ripened orange peel, leading to ripe mango, pear and…

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