Whisky Me gains £75,000 investment on Dragons’ Den

Entrepreneurs Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson secured a £75,000 (US$105,000) investment on hit BBC programme Dragons’ Den for their whisky pouch subscription club, Whisky Me. Broadcast in the UK last night (13 May) on BBC1, Aske and Stephenson secured the investment from three of the dragons – Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Tej Lalvani. All three dragons made an offer for Whisky Me, with Aske and Stephenson eventually negotiating a joint investment with all three…

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Edrington rebrands Naked Grouse whisky

The Macallan owner Edrington has debuted a new identity for blended malt Naked Grouse that aims to make whisky ‘more accessible’. The brand has been renamed Naked Malt and its bottle has been redesigned, but the liquid’s recipe remains unchanged. The new, 100% recyclable packaging is embossed with a barrel, a reference to the blended malt’s six months spent in first-fill oloroso Sherry casks. Elaine Miller, global brand controller at Naked Malt, commented: “For our…

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Whisky grain supplier goes into administration

Alexander Inglis & Son, UK supplier of grains and cereals to the distilling sector, has gone into administration after suffering ‘weak trading’. Tom MacLennan and Chad Griffin, of business advisory firm FRP, have been appointed joint administrators of Alexander Inglis & Son. The company was founded in 1950 and supplies cereal, barley, seed and fertiliser to customers in the whisky, malting and distilling sectors. The firm operates five grain stores across east Scotland and the…

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Whisky Auctioneer prepares for Islay Festival Auction

More than 240 limited edition Fèis Ìle Scotch whiskies will go under the hammer this month, including sought-after bottlings from distilleries such as Port Ellen and Bowmore. Whisky Auctioneer will open the online auction tomorrow (14 May), and run the sale until 24 May. The Islay Festival Auction has been described as the ‘most extensive and complete collection’ of whiskies produced by distillers on the Scottish island. The bottles come from ‘Pat’s Whisky Collection’, a…

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Penderyn to open £5m distillery in North Wales

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn will open a new £5 million (US $7 million) distillery in Llandudno, North Wales, on 17 May. The new facility is housed in the former Old Board School, built in 1882; the building has also been home to the Conwy Council archives. Penderyn gained planning approval for the site in May 2020, and received a £1.4m (US $2m) grant from the Welsh government to help fund the work, allowing for renovations…

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