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Pernod Ricard sells three whisky brands

Pernod Ricard sells three whisky brands

Pernod Ricard has sold its Glenallachie, MacNair’s and White Heather whisky brands to a private consortium. The Glenallachie Consortium - led by Billy Walker, former managing director of the BenRiach Distillery Company - has purchased the Glenallachie Distillery in Scotland for an undisclosed sum from Chivas Bros, the Scottish whisky arm of  Pernod Ricard. The final transaction is expected t...

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AWH finalises deal to buy Nant Whisky

AWH finalises deal to buy Nant Whisky

Nant whisky is finally back on track following Australian Whisky Holdings agreeing to pay $1.7million for the Nant whisky brand and equipment at the distillery.   It's been a tumultuous 12 months leading up to the sale of the award-winning whisky brand.   It was revealed last year that bankrupt former owner Keith Batt had used an unorthodox barrel investment scheme to fund the busine...

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Diageo's Tanqueray overtakes Beefeater for the first time

Diageo

Reporting by Naomi Kaplan Diageo’s Tanqueray has overtaken Pernod Ricard’s Beefeater in gin sales for the first time, with Tanqueray’s volume sales growing by more than 15% in 2016. According to the spirits business , Tanqueray’s 15.38% sale rise saw the brand selling almost three million cases globally. The brand's success has been attributed to its positive performance acr...

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Four Pillars wins two Masters at the 2017 Gin Masters

Four Pillars wins two Masters at the 2017 Gin Masters

Results from the  2017 Gin Masters  have been announced overnight, with Four Pillars awarded Master status for two of its gins - Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin and Spiced Negroni Gin.   Sixteen spirits experts gathered in London to assess the entries, blind tasting more than 150 gins divided by price and variety. Each expression was judged on its own merit and scored according to appe...

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$20,000 Bowmore whisky released in Australia

$20,000 Bowmore whisky released in Australia

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is releasing five bottles of its $20,000 50-year-old whisky in Australia. Only 159 bottles of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old have been created internationally, the fifth and final edition of the exclusive Black Bowmore 1964 distillation, and the last cask to be rediscovered after spending 50 years in cask maturing in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults, the world’...

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Australia's Top 5 Whisky & Bourbon Bottle Shops

Australia

drinks trade magazine has surveyed its readers to compile the list of Australia's Top 5 Whisky & Bourbon Bottle Shops and it's a corker ... or should we say a screw cap? The magazine asked readers to nominate the go-to place to enjoy these spirits.  It's the first time bottle shops have been included in the whisky and bourbon call out, with the awards previously focussing on whisky and bour...

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Bacardi buys minority stake in Teeling Whiskey

Bacardi buys minority stake in Teeling Whiskey

Bacardi has bought a minority stake in Dublin-based Teeling Whiskey. Teeling was established in 2012 by Irish entrepreneur Jack Teeling, who was later joined in the business by his brother Stephan. V olumes for the brand jumped 44% last year to almost 31,000 cases. Teeling whiskies are stocked in 800 bars and 1700 outlets in Ireland and the company exports to more than 50 international markets. T...

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Diageo Acquires George Clooney's Tequila Brand Casamigos

Diageo Acquires George Clooney

Multinational distiller and distributer Diageo has acquired tequila brand Casamigos  for $1.32 billion. The premium brand, co-founded four years ago by Hollywood’s golden boy George Clooney, will be added to Diageo’s ever-growing tequila portfolio, which already includes the likes of Don Julio, DeLeon and Peligroso. Diageo hope the acquisition will strengthen the distributor&rsqu...

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Mix, Mingle and Meet Your New Favourite Product at The Drinks Industry Show 2017

Mix, Mingle and Meet Your New Favourite Product at The Drinks Industry Show 2017

The Drinks Industry Show is back for two jam-packed days of Seminars,  Masterclasses and Spirit Tastings. To be held from the 26 th – 27 th of June at Sydney’s Luna Park, the program will cover the hottest issues facing the industry right now, from the importance of design, branding and social media to the shift away from physical stores to online sales. Event Curator and former P...

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