Hello Braw Spirit readers! Here’s what we’ve been reading this week.

2014 – Week 3

It’s Suntory deal time! Most of the whisky-related headlines have been surrounding Suntory’s $16bn takeover of Beam, owners of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Laphroaig and Teacher’s. Not everyone thinks it’s a great deal however.

Next in the spotlight? The FT speculates that Brown-Forman be the next big whisky deal.

Star struck distillery; David Beckham visits the Diageo distillery in Leven, Fife.

Bad bet? Paddy Power may have contravened UN sanctions with gifts (including an Irish Whiskey set) to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Highland expansion as the Clynelish Distillery is getting at £30m facelift, Morrison Bowmore have also just taken ownership of the Harbour Inn on Islay.

Binge drinking. India consumes half of the world’s whiskey, the US is the largest Scotch whisky importers in the world but in Singapore they drink far, far more bottles of Scotch per head than anywhere else.

Back to black. Ever wondered why distillery trees look like they’ve been charred? All is explained here.

A good deal? The Whisky Auctioneer site is offering free registrations until 31st January.

Deep pockets required. The six (6) litre version of the Macallan M is expected to reach up to £314,000 when it goes up for auction in Sotheby’s Hong Kong which would be a new world record.

Uisge Beatha, literally as scientists have developed a whisky-inspired process to provide clean drinking water in Bangladesh.

Easy for you to say. A slightly tired and emotional looking Brian Cox shows how to pronounce the names of 40 Scotch whiskies.

Whisky tour inspiration? USA today has a guide to Japan’s whisky trail or why not visit Distillery Row in Portland, Oregon..

(Featured image: The Spirits Business)

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