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Scottish Independence and Scotch Whisky

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With th...

Irish whiskey eyes a slice of Scotch's global pie

We've had a reminder this month of the high levels of investment being ploughed into the renaissance of Irish whiskey by emerging players....

Comment - An Opinion on Scottish Independence?

On Thursday 18 September, the residents of Scotland will take to the polls to consider a question, their answer to which could have huge rep...

Scotching Rumours the Whisky Boom is Over

Is the fabled Scotch whisky boom subsiding?...

Latest Interviews

Interview - Edrington CEO Ian Curle Pt II 23 Jan 2014

Olly Wehring

In the first part of just-drinks' interview with the CEO of Edrington, Ian Curle set out why his company was bringing its global distribution in-house and investing heavily in its The Macallan Scotch whisky. In part two, Curle talks about his company's unique ownership structure and shares his thoughts on the next possible golden era for Scotch.


Interview - Bruichladdich's CEO Simon Coughlin 20 Nov 2012

Andy Morton

Two months ago, French spirits and Champagne firm Remy Cointreau paid GBP58m (US$90.3m) for Islay Scotch maker Bruichladdich.

Latest News

LIVE BLOG: Industry responds to Scotland 'No' vote 19 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom. The 'No' campaign received 55% of votes, compared to 45% of voters in favour of independence. Follow live round-up of reaction from the drinks industry here:


SWA secures ORIGIN membership 5 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has bolstered efforts to protect its geographical status by joining the Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network (ORIGIN).


Mexico's H1 Tequila exports up 16% - report 4 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

Mexico's Tequila exports jumped 16% to US$568m in the first half of this year, local media has reported.


Russia bans Ukrainian alcohol - report 14 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Russia's food safety watchdog has announced an import ban on a number of beers and spirits produced in Ukraine, according to reports.


Scotch industry on guard for Russia sanctions 8 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is “closely monitoring” Russia's trade sanctions after the country banned food imports from the UK and other western countries.

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