In brief

25 July, 2008

The oldest unopened case of Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has gone on public display as part of National Museums Scotland's new gallery, Scotland: A Changing Nation. The case is one of

50 shipped to Illinois in the 1930s. Robert Ransom, director of sales and marketing, said: "We have no plans

to open this remarkable case of Glenfarclas. It is fitting that it will now be on public display and help illustrate the importance of the whisky industry

to Scotland."

Toorank Distilleries is launching Di Antonio Sambuca in the off-trade. Initially developed as a house brand for the on-trade, it has been made more widely available due to "real demand from

retail outlets looking to provide a 70cl full-strength sambuca that can compete with the existing brands", according to sales director Chris Lake. Di Antonio Sambuca is available in cases of 6x70cl bottles for 46.96, with an rrp of 11.99 for a single bottle.

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, is opening the doors of its Longmorn and Allt a'Bhainne distilleries for visitor tours and tastings. Taking place during August and September, the tours cost 10 per person and will walk visitors through the malt-making process. Commercial heritage director Douglas Callander said: "Whisky enthusiasts visit Speyside from all over the world and are always keen to see working distilleries. The two distilleries, although very different in design and appearance, are both key to the production of Chivas Brothers Scotch whisky products."

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