Calls to end US-EU tariff war or risk thousands of jobs

Alcohol trade bodies have called for an end to US tariffs on certain EU distilled spirits, including single malt Scotch, after research estimated up to 78,600 US jobs could be lost if the tariffs continue or are increased. Trade body the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) and numerous other groups have written to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging an end to the tariff dispute. The US imposed tariffs on various EU…

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Dalmore 28yo Scotch marks Chinese New Year

Scotch whisky The Dalmore has bottled a 28-year-old single malt to mark Chinese New Year and simultaneously launched a celebratory gift pack for its King Alexander III expression. This Chinese New Year will begin on 25 January and marks the Year of the Rat. The 28-year-old Dalmore expression has been aged in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks and Graham’s Tawny Port pipes. Only 1,300 bottles have been created, with 300 earmarked for Asia travel retail.…

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Berry Bros bottles BenRiach for Chinese New Year

Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has bottled a 2008 vintage BenRiach single malt Scotch to mark Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year, the Chinese festival that marks the start of the Chinese calendar, will begin on 25 January, with 2020 being the Year of the Rat. Bottled at 58.3% ABV, the single malt whisky is limited to only 100 bottles, priced at £88 (US$115) per 700ml.…

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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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Diageo begins restoring famous Edinburgh clock

Leading spirits producer Diageo has started restoring the dormant clock on the corner of Edinburgh’s Princes Street as part of its Johnnie Walker visitor experience. The famous cantilever clock fell into disrepair and has been inoperative for several years. Now, as part of Diageo’s investment in the Johnnie Walker Princes Street visitor experience, leading UK clockmaker and specialist heritage clock restoration firm Cumbria Clock Company has been recruited to dismantle the clock and restore it…

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