Hello Braw Spirit readers! Here’s the whisky news we’ve been reading this week.

2014 – Week 10

What does the future hold? The Drinks Report publishes an paper predicting the year ahead for global brands.

Bonnie Bonnie Banks Private Equity. The Loch Lomond Distillery Company is bought by Exponent.

It’s not all about the Scotch. The global market for non Scotch whisk(e)y has grown significantly during the past 8 years according to a new report. Maker’s Mark is also undergoing a $67m expansion.

Risky business. UK Treasury warns that the term Scotch Whisky may lose its protected status if the country becomes independent.

It’s time to speak up. The Scotch whisky industry needs to be more vocal on their plans if the Referendum result is Yes.

Suntory strikes again? The Japanese drinks giant is reportedly in talks to buy a significant stake in New Delhi-based Radico Khaitan Ltd’s liquor business.

Bidding war. Over 20 parties are in the race for Whyte and Mackay. It has now been confirmed that the sale will not include Dalmore and Tamnavulin as Diageo is retaining these distilleries.

[Insert name here] gets new distillery. This time it’s Harris.

London calling. East London gets it’s first distillery in over a century with the setup of the East London Liquor Company.

Mini Mo. Aimed at the “Luxury Connoisseur Market, Mortlach releases four new expressions, packaged in 500ml bottles. Not everyone is impressed.

Down with the machines! Real whisky is handcrafted, says Burn Stewart’s master blender.

Whisky for mixing. The Albion Racing Club releases a British Spiced Malt to target younger drinkers.

It’s a bargain? Master of Malt releases 60-year old speyside, and it’s only a grand.

Springbank and friends. The Campbeltown Malts Festival runs from 21-23 May this year.

Books and drams. Bladnoch joins up with the Wigtown bookshops to host the Whisky, Words and Wisdom programme of events in May.

Doctors liked Whiskey. During Prohibition, distiller’s licences were issued for the prescription of whiskey as a genuine medicine.

(Featured image: The Spirits Business)

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