Hello Braw Spirit readers! We hope you’ve long-recovered from any St Patrick’s Day excesses; here’s the whisky news we’ve been reading this week.

2014 – Week 12

Lobbying success? After months of pressure, the chancellor scraps the ‘escalator tax’ and freezes duty on whisky. As expected, the SWA is happy.

Jack, however is not happy. Brown-Forman says Tennessee Whiskey is “under attack” as lawmakers consider relaxing the rules after lobbying by Diageo.

Save Bladnoch! Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery’s owner has gone into liquidation. Hopefully a new buyer can be found soon.

One. Billion. Dollars. Two Indian Whisky brands, Royal Stag and Officers join the elite group of high volume retail sales.

Deep pockets required. The world’s first private equity fund for Scotch Whisky prepares to launch in Hong Kong this June.

Clydeside whisky attraction. Glasgow Harbour’s Pump House to be converted into a single malt distillery and visitor centre.

More English Whisky. The Cotswold Distillery is due to begin distillation in the summer, bringing the number of English whisky producers to six.

Tullamore D.E.W. celebrates St Patrick’s Day milestone. Four shiny new stills arrived at the site of their new landmark distillery.

Feasting Famously. Tom Kitchin develops the menu for The Famous Grouse Experience’s annual food and drink festival. Tickets are on sale now.

Glen Grant goes large. Limited edition 50 year old released for Asian travel retail. Yours for $13,000 a bottle.

Ireland’s Pappy Van Winkle? Apparently Green Spot is a bit of a rare thing in the US. I guess I should be thankful that we can buy it at the supermarket!

Le Whisky App. The Uisge Beatha App is launched for the French market.

No more Glen McKenna. The story behind How I Met Your Mother’s fake Scotch brand.

Scotch in a milk factory. The Create:Eat:Whisky event is profiled by the Evening News. We’ll bring you a full review after the event!

Glorifying the Scotch. Wallpaper* and Glenmorangie team up to create a collection of whisky-inspired furniture and accessories.

Drinking handbook. Whisky: The Manual goes on sale.

(Featured Image: The Drinks Business)

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