Glenturret sales drop 30% in 2020

Luxury goods company Lalique Group reported a 30% decline in sales for Glenturret whisky last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In April 2019, Lalique Group paid £15.5 million (US$20.2m) for a 50% stake in Glenturret Scotch whisky as part of a joint venture with Swiss entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss. The brand was previously owned by The Macallan maker Edrington. According to Lalique Group’s full-year sales, Glenturret’s sales fell to €1.3 million (US$1.56m) in 2020. The…

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Bladnoch gains £10m loan to expand globally

Lowland distillery Bladnoch has secured a £10 million (US$13.8m) loan to expand into new markets across the world. The HSBC loan will allow Bladnoch to boost its distribution in markets, including Australia, China, the US, Israel and parts of Europe. The money will also help the site to improve its energy efficiency. Master distiller Nick Savage, who joined Bladnoch from The Macallan in 2019, said: “While trading conditions have been challenging in the face of…

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Edinburgh Whisky Academy unveils Irish whiskey course

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy has expanded its educational offerings with the launch of an online certificate in Irish whiskey. The new course was developed with the help of Irish whiskey experts Fionnán O’Connor and Matt Healy, with an aim to provide comprehensive online education for whisky fans and industry professionals in the UK, Ireland, the US, Europe and beyond. The certificate in Irish whiskey consists of eight modules, each designed to enhance knowledge and appreciation…

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Dewar’s debuts Port cask-finished whisky

Bacardi-owned Dewar’s has released a blended Scotch whisky finished in Port casks as the third expression in its Cask Series. The new Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth is an eight-year-old blend finished in ruby Port casks. The release coincides with the brand’s 175th anniversary this year. The whisky is the latest addition to the brand’s cask-finished range, which includes Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish and Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish. Brian Cox, vice president, Dewar’s,…

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Scotch sector unveils sustainability strategy

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has revealed its new “ambitious” sustainability strategy, which includes the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2040. The revised sustainability strategy for the Scotch whisky industry is said to build on progress made over the last 10 years, which includes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third. The refreshed strategy comprises of four main themes: tackling climate change, using water responsibly, moving to a circular economy,…

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