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The Hendrick’s Gin Palace: a new home for Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s Gin producer William Grant & Sons has unveiled The Hendrick’s Gin Palace – a £13 million expansion to its site in Girvan said to be a “…playground for experimentation, invention and curiosity”.

The new base for Hendrick’s Gin not only doubles its capacity to meet demand, but houses an array of habitats for flora, machines and humans alike. This includes a wall garden, a Victorian-inspired palm house, two botanical hot houses, two still houses, a laboratory for master distiller Lesley Grace and a lecture theatre. Oh, and a bar. Obviously.

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Ten delightful dark rums to enjoy beyond Rum Month

Similar to how dogs are not just for Christmas, rum is not just for Rum Month. As July nears its end, we take a look at ten terrific dark rums for you to enjoy now and savour during months that aren’t quite lucky enough to be officially designated as Rum Month.

All good things must come to an end, and that includes Rum Month. However, there is nothing stopping you from taking the things you have learnt during Rum Month and applying these lessons to other months of the year. Y’know, months like August, March, November, et cetera. We may not have mentioned your favourite month there, but rest assured, other months do exist.

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Diageo’s biggest winners and losers in 2018

Diageo has done its sums and presented the results of its 2018 financial year – we’ve had a good ol’ nosey to see how its brands performed. Get ready for some number, folks.

If you sit squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram that shows people who like tasty boozes and people who like business-y gubbins, this is one of the most exciting times of the year for you – when drinks companies start posting their full-year results. As one of the biggest drinks companies in the world, Diageo’s full-years results are always good for having a nose through, which we did.

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Categories : American Whiskey, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Diageo eyes Baijiu boom with potential Shui Jing Fang investment

Diageo has proposed upping its stake in the company that makes premium baijiu brand Shui Jing Fang. Could there be a baijiu boom on the way? Do you fancy getting ahead of the curve like the hip specimen you are? We take a gander…

Earlier this week, drinks giant Diageo shared the news that it has proposed a plan to increase its stake in Sichuan Shuijingfang, a baijiu producer based in Chengdu, China. While the drinks giant currently holds a 39.71% equity stake in the producer, it could top it up to 60% if the move comes off.
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Terrific Tomatin celebrates super-sized whisky growth

The Tomatin distillery has just released its results for the most recent financial year, showing its turnover climbed by an incredibly impressive 24.6%!

It was a good year for Tomatin in Inverness-shire. Financial results released by the Scotch whisky distillery covering the period between 31 December 2016 to 31 December 2017 show that Tomatin’s turnover grew by 24.6% year-on-year – tantalisingly close to 25%!

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Plans unveiled for new whisky distillery at Craggan

Speymalt Whisky Distributors, parent of the Benromach distillery and Gordon & MacPhail, has announced plans to build a brand new malt whisky distillery at Craggan in the Cairngorms National Park.

News of new whisky distilleries continues to be music to our ears, and the hits keep coming. Plans have just been announced for a brand new malt whisky distillery to be built at Craggan in the Cairngorms National Park by Speymalt Whisky Distributors. As the parent company of the Benromach distillery and long-running whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, setting up a second distillery ought to be an exciting project with a particularly delicious result – more Scotch whisky for us all to enjoy!

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Diageo to invest a whopping £150 million in whisky tourism!

Diageo has announced plans to create a state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Scotland’s capital, as well as upgrading its existing 12 distillery visitor centres – a project that encompasses an investment of £150 million in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector.

Distillery visitor centres and whisky experiences have become essential pilgrimages for many whisky enthusiasts around the world, and Diageo has announced plans for a £150,000,000 investment over three years in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. You’d best get preparing your suitcases, travel kits and holiday shorts.

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Diageo introduces (most of) the 2018 Special Releases

Diageo has unveiled 9 out of 10 of the always hotly-anticipated Special Releases bottlings for 2018, due to be hitting shelves in autumn – with one whisky’s identity remaining a secret until later this year. 2018 will be the first year the Special Releases won’t feature a Port Ellen or Brora since the series launched.

Diageo has given us a tantalising peek at most of the Special Releases expressions due to be launched in autumn. These bottlings never fail to fascinate the whisky enthusiasts of the world, and once again a good few of them have us raising our eyebrows in excitement.

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The cream of the crop – Irish cream liqueurs are good

We’ve offered our blog readers two delicious alternatives to Irish whiskey for this St. Patrick’s Day – poitín and gin. However, there remains another path you could follow. The Path of Irish Cream Liqueurs.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog posts this week, you’ll have seen two features each offering up a switcheroo on the traditional tipple of Irish whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day (which is occurring this Saturday, 17 March). Our Adam gave us an in-depth history lesson on poitín, while our Annie took us on a whistle-stop tour of Irish gin distilleries. This is all well and good, but you might be thinking there’s another tipple well worth exploring. I am, of course, referring to the extreme excellence of Irish cream liqueurs.

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Delicious Developments at the Dornoch Distillery

  • We chat with Philip and Simon Thompson to get the scoop on the Dornoch Distillery’s whisky and gin developments
  • We also taste their range of 10 Experimental Batch Gins, which you can get your hands on right now, exclusively from Master of Malt

  • It’s fair to say that we’re excited about what’s going on at the Dornoch Distillery. Simon and Philip, the Thompson brothers (no relation to the Thompson Twins), were already running the award-winning Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar, which specialises in rare old whiskies offered at a fair price. Then they go and announce they’re founding a whisky distillery with a plan to “…make a style of whisky which has long been extinct”, alongside creating gins from scratch – no bought-in neutral grain spirit used whatsoever. Consider our interest piqued within an inch of its life.

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    Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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