In brief

07 March, 2008

The packaging for Glengoyne Burnfoot has caught judges' eyes in the†Wine & Spirit Design Awards, winning a gold medal and the Best Dark†Spirit award. The premium whisky†was praised by

Wine & Spirit magazine for "successfully marrying

hi-tech and heritage - using the original†name of the Glengoyne distillery alongside modern GPS satellite graphics†on an eye-catching carton and†bottle combination". For†a†full list†of the winners go to

wine-spirit.com.

Morgan's Spiced Out of the Ordinary tour will culminate with two final shows at The Arches in Glasgow on March 20 and Edinburgh's Liquid Room

on April 12. Both will play host to headline DJ and dance acts, the names of which are currently being kept under wraps. Visit morgansspiced.co.uk for more information and ticket prices.

Amaretto liqueur Disaronno was sampled by more than 1,200 people at Vivienne Westwood's Red Label catwalk show. Celebrities Kimberley Stewart and Kelly†Osbo urne were among the A-list models, singers and TV stars at the after-show party, which was

backed by†Disaronno as the show's official drinks†sponsor.

Bruichladdich has taken home victory†in this year's Drammies. The Islay-based producer, described by one†voter as the "indie rockers" of Scotch, won

Distiller of the

Year with 49†per cent of votes in its category. Glenfarclas†won most underrated whisky with 52 per cent of votes

and Highland Park, Ardbeg and Laphroaig also scooped top prizes. It is the second year that Kevin Erskine, founder of thescotchblog.com, has run the Drammies competition.




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