Top 10 spirits industry fines

From multi-million-dollar bribes to illegal ‘pay-to-play’ schemes, the spirits sector has been handed some hefty penalties in recent years. We look back at some of the industry’s biggest fines. The spirits sector has been hit with some major charges in the past decade, including fines for oil leaks, distillery fires and trademark violations. Some of the biggest fines have happened in the US, where companies have been ordered to pay out for moves such as…

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Kate Nicholls and Richard Paterson made OBEs

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls and Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson were appointed OBEs in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Nicholls was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the hospitality sector, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nicholls commented: “While I am personally thrilled and honoured to receive this recognition, I have to pay tribute to the entire UKH team for their tireless work…

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Richard Paterson joins Wolfcraig Distillery

The new Wolfcraig Distillery, co-founded by former Whyte & Mackay chief executive Michael Lunn, has appointed Richard Paterson as master blender. Michael Lunn and co-directors John Moore and Jamie Lunn revealed plans to build the new £15 million (US$19m) Scotch whisky distillery near Stirling last month. The site is subject to planning approval with construction expected to begin in spring 2021. “We are honoured and proud to welcome Richard as Wolfcraig’s master blender,” said Michael Lunn.…

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Wildcat Gin adds passionfruit flavour to range

Scottish producer Whyte & Mackay has expanded its Wildcat Gin range with the launch of a passionfruit flavour. The Scotch whisky producer joined the gin category in October 2018 with the launch of Wildcat Gin. Wildcat Passion joins the Wildcat range, which includes the blackberry-flavoured Wildcat Bramble and the core Wildcat Gin. Bottled at 37.5% ABV, the new expression offers “zesty orange and passionfruit” on the palate. It is recommended mixed with lemonade or used…

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Whyte & Mackay offers chance to win 50yo whisky

Scotch producer Whyte & Mackay is giving consumers the chance to win a bottle of its new 50-year-old blended whisky, which has been priced at £5,000 (US$6,150). Scotch fans will have the opportunity to win one of 1,500 500ml bottles of the 50-year-old expression through a promotion advertised on 700ml and one-litre bottles of Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch whisky. Each promotional bottle label includes a unique code, which can be uploaded online to allow…

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