SB meets… Leonard Russell, Ian Macleod Distillers

The managing director of family-owned spirits firm Ian Macleod Distillers tells us what’s in store for the Rosebank revival. How has the company changed since you joined the family business? How has the spirits industry evolved in that time? I joined the business in 1989 and so much has changed since then. As a company, we have morphed from spirit blender and whisky broker into a fully integrated distiller, blender and bottler. We acquired Broxburn…

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Glengoyne unveils its oldest whisky

Scotch brand Glengoyne has released a 50-year-old expression as its oldest whisky to date and will offer one bottle for free via a ballot. The online ballot is open to groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry with a description of their perfect moment for savouring the 50-year-old whisky together next year. Entrants have until 14 December to submit their moments. Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne, said: “When we…

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What’s on this weekend

Halloween at The Ivy To mark the spookiest time of the year, The Ivy Soho Brasserie has created a menu of Halloween-inspired cocktails. Available today (30 October) and tomorrow (31 October), the London venue will serve up drinks including The Secret Potion, which combines Silent Pool Rare Citrus Gin, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters and Champagne, and the Midnight Margarita, made with Cazcabel Reposado Tequila, Briottet Crème d’Abricot, lime juice and orange bitters. Alongside…

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Top 10 spirits marketing moves in September 2020

Last month’s most notable marketing campaigns included a new art-themed competition from Italian aperitivo Italicus, and time-inspired initiatives from Scotch whisky brands Bowmore and Glengoyne. In September, a number of brands debuted their latest marketing efforts including Scotch whisky producers Bowmore and Glengoyne, which were both inspired by their link to time. Meanwhile, William Grant & Sons debuted playful campaigns for its Fistful of Bourbon and Monkey Shoulder brands. Fistful of Bourbon made fun of…

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Glengoyne rolls out 100% recyclable redesign

Ian Macleod Distillers has unveiled a new brand identity for its Glengoyne Scotch whisky range using 100% recyclable packaging and released the second expression in its Legacy Series. The brand overhaul will see the Glengoyne range become fully recyclable, free of plastic and magnets, and locally sourced, with nearly all of the material coming from Scotland. The new design will be rolled out this month across the range. The new identity will include an updated…

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