Spirits in brief

12 January, 2007

Plans are in place for the first distillery in the Borders. Scottish Borders Enterprise is currently carrying out a study into the project and if it gets the go-ahead, a new lowland single malt whisky could be produced as early as 2008.

Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky will be attending this year's London Boat Show, giving maritime enthusiasts the chance to sample or purchase a dram while admiring the restoration of four boats at the Classic Boats stand.

Berry Bros & Rudd has teamed up with Boisdale to produce three limited edition single malt whiskies. The range includes Caol Ila 1996 (rrp £26.50), Glen Grant 1972 (rrp £69) and Clynelish 1992 (£29.50), and is bottled at 46 per cent abv.

Diageo has added the spirit Swell Fun, or Shui Jing Fang, to its portfolio after buying a for a 43 per cent stake in Chinese Sichuan Quanxing Group . Diageo will be responsible for developing sales of the brand in global duty-free outlets and international domestic markets.

Burn Stewart Distillers has launched a website for its Black Bottle Scotch Whisky - www.blackbottle.com - enabling consumers to access tasting notes and trace the brand's history.

Whisky lovers from 142 countries have named Bruichladdich Distillery Distillery of the Year. Votes for the 2006 Drammies were cast online by members of the public and the industry at The Scotch Blog - a site dedicated to commentary on the Scotch whisky industry. Islay-based Ardbeg distillery was among the list of finalists.

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