A week in whisky: awards galore, Diageo deals and US craft distilling

Our favourite whisky news and articles this week.

Hello Braw Spirit readers, here’s what we’ve been looking at this week.

Season’s greetings from Braw Spirit!  Here’s what we’ve been reading about in the final week of 2013.

2013 – Week 52

More awards as Diageo is named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Advocate magazine.  Kilkerran also gets a gong for it’s Work in Progress 5 Sherry Wood (which we can confirm is delicious – full review to follow).

Not all good news however, as Diageo’s deal to buy United Distillers was annulled by an Indian court after a late petition. This prevents them offloading the increasingly valuable White & Mackay brand to meet anti-monopoly rules. Japan’s Suntory may enter the bidding for W&M.

Lidl does it again.  The discount supermarket’s own label Glen Orchy 5-year old whisky is scored 88.5 by Jim Murray in the 2014 edition of his Whisky Bible.  Not quite on the same level as last year’s ‘superstar’ 33-year old Maxwell release, but it still beats several more expensive rivals.

Corny business – after last week’s news about distilled coke, a US distillery is using Iowa sweetcorn to flavour its Sipp’n Sweet Corn Whiskey.

American craft distilling is on the rise, but the key to success is keeping it small.

Charles Grant dies – the lifelong president of William Grant & Son who was instrumental in making Glenfiddich the world’s leading malt whisky passed away in New York, aged 86.

High end blends as Cutty Sark’s 25 year old Tam o’Shanter is released.  Definitely on our whisky wish list.

Wishing you a very happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!

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