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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Glen Luss Distillery gets green light

Scotland’s Glen Luss has secured planning approval to build a new distillery on the shores of Loch Lomond. Glen Luss first revealed plans to open the distillery in April 2020, with the aim of raising £3 million (US$3.7m) through its Founder’s Club. The Glen Luss Distillery will produce a range of premium drinks, including a single malt Scotch whisky, a gin, aged and new make rums, small batch vodka and a line of craft beers.…

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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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Fewer than 1% of Scottish on-trade staff catch Covid-19

The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) has reiterated the on-trade’s ability to control the spread of Covid-19 across venues, as data shows fewer than 1% of staff members have caught Covid-19. Members of SHG, which employs more than 6,000 people, revealed there have only been 32 positive cases of Covid-19 among staff from July to Christmas 2020. From 15 July to 9 October, there were eight positive cases among staff and 15 among customers. This was…

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UK distillery numbers hit record high in 2020

The number of distilleries in the UK reached a record high in 2020, with more than 100 new registrations, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. New HMRC figures cited by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) found that the number of UK distilleries increased by 124 in 2020, up 28% compared with 2019. The increase marked the first time the number of distilleries has risen by more than 100. The total number…

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