Hello Braw Spirit readers and happy Burns Night when it comes.

Here’s what we’ve been reading this week.

2014 – Week 4

A toast to Burns as Famous Grouse host specials events this weekend to celebrate the bard.

Northern Ireland gets new distillery as the first distilling licence in over 125 years is granted to Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin, Co Down.

And so does Dublin with the sons of Cooley Distillery founder Jack Teeling planning to open a distillery in the Irish capital.

Tastes like… PG Tips. Gangs in Blackpool have been caught selling whisky bottles filled with cold tea to unsuspecting bargain hunters.

Suntory says no. Japanese drinks monolith denies reports that they are in talks to buy White & Mackay from United Spirits Ltd.

Foreign ingredients. English malting barley is increasingly being imported to meet demand for Scotch whisky.

Records. Smashed. Macallan ‘M’ sells for £381,620 at Hong Kong auction; a new world record price. Rumours that it was a bottle of Mountain Dew are, as yet unconfirmed.

Aberfeldy gets an upgrade as the Dewars World of Whisky visitor centre closes for a few months for refurbishment.

Pickled fish? The Glen Catrine Bottling plant has been fined £12,000 after 5,000 litres of whisky was accidentally spilled into the River Ayr in September 2011.

Festival frolics. Inverness Whisky Festival is on 4th/5th April and tickets go on sale for this year’s Speyside Whisky Festival on 1st February.

Not just an empty vessel; a study of whisky glasses shows that they do make a difference.

‘Grim’ does not do this justice; 11 things you didn’t know about picklebacks.

Capital Whisky flights. The SCOTCH bar in Edinburgh’s Balmoral is launching a selection of whisky journeys for groups.

Cask rockers. Mogwai release their own single cask whisky to coincide with the launch of their new album.

(Featured image: the guardian)

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