Hello Braw Spirit readers!

Here’s the whisky news we’ve been reading this week.

2014 – Week 9

What does the future hold? The SWA asks for clarity on the impact of a ‘Yes’ vote in the independence referendum for the whisky industry.

Speyburn gets bigger. In a move similar to Diageo’s various expansions, Inver House Distillers have announced plans to double the capacity of their Highland distillery.

Bacardi to buy Brown-Forman? The Telegraph reported that the world’s largest privately owned spirits group was interested in Jack Daniel’s owner. Unfortunately the rumour is based on old comments.

Diageo’s most expensive whisky yet. Brora 40 year old is released, and it’s seven grand!?!

Race for the Borders. After last weeks’ announcement that Mossburn distilleries are planning to open the first distillery in the Scottish Borders, it turns out that Tweeddale Whisky’s Alasdair Day is planning to do the same.

Practically a health drink. Nutritionists in Norway reveal that a glass of whisky every day can help remove blood clots in veins and arteries and reduce the risk of strokes.

Festival season. “Whisky Month” boasts a large variety of whisky events as part of the Year of Homecoming.

Malt & Music on Arran. Tickets go on sale for the annual distillery festival.

Irish Whiskey back where it belongs? Not quite, but there seems to be huge confidence in a whiskey industry which has struggled to keep up with Scotch since Prohibition.

The Great Whiskey Drought Cometh. There is unprecedented global demand for whisky and whiskey, but this can only lead to shortages in the future.

Kiwi Whisky gets respect. The 2014 edition of the Whisky Bible scores the New Zealand Whisky Company’s South Island Single Malt at 95 points.

Walking with whiskey. Irish Distillers launches the Cork Whiskey Way, a self-guided whiskey trail through Cork city.

Whisky from the afterlife. After Jack Daniel’s Frank Sinatra special edition, J.R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon has been created to celebrate the new season of Dallas.

Sacrilege! If you must mix your whisky into a cocktail, here’s 30 of the best recipes.

The Barrel-Man in Belfast. The Dirty Onion in the Cathedral Quarter celebrates its whiskey heritage with a unique sculpture.

(Featured image: Love Belfast)

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