Benriach debuts ‘smokiest’ single malt

Scotch whisky distillery Benriach has released its ‘most intensely smoked’ single malt to date, called Smoke Season. Benriach said smoky whiskies are not typically associated with Speyside, however a look back at the distillery’s archives found that heavily peated single malts were favourable in the region during the 19th century. To celebrate the time of year where peated spirit runs through its stills, the Speyside distillery has unveiled a small-batch release that captures Benriach’s seasonal…

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Glen Scotia seeks Victorian images of Campbeltown

Campbeltown-based whisky distillery Glen Scotia is asking people worldwide to share photography of the Scottish town from the mid-19th and early-20th century. The single malt whisky producer is seeking photos that depict the whisky industry during the Victorian period. At the time, Campbeltown was known as the ‘whisky capital of the world’ and housed more than 30 operating distilleries. Iain McAlister, master distiller and distillery manager at Glen Scotia, said: “The contribution Campbeltown has made…

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Whisky collection sells for $9.1m at auction

A set comprised of 3,900 bottles of whisky has become the highest value private collection sold at auction from a single collector – with a bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare setting a new record at US$1.4 million. ‘The Perfect Collection’, which contains more than 3,900 bottles of mostly single malt Scotch, has been built up by the late American private collector Richard Gooding. Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer split the collection between two separate auctions,…

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Johnnie Walker ad complaint not upheld

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed a complaint against a Johnnie Walker TV advert that claimed it was irresponsible because it encouraged immoderate drinking. The TV advert in question was for Johnnie Walker Black Label and aired on 25 November 2020. The advert began with a scene showing a bottle of the blended whisky and a glass just over halfway full with what looked like whisky, ice and an orange peel on the counter…

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Scotch whisky exports plummet £1.1bn in 2020

Exports of Scotch whisky fell by £1.1 billion (US$1.5bn) in 2020 to its lowest level in a decade as a result of the pandemic and US-imposed tariffs, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. In 2020, exports of Scotch Whisky fell 23% by value to £3.8bn (US$5.3bn). The number of 700ml bottles exported dropped by 13% to the equivalent of 1.14bn. According to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the export figures are the lowest they have…

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