In brief

02 May, 2008

The Dalmore 1974 and Jura 1974 will join the Whyte & Mackay 40 Year Old and the Dalmore 40 Year Old to complete the Rare and Prestige collection o f whiskies. Only 220 bottles of The Dalmore 1974 will go into the UK, priced


in a black leather box featuring a metal stag's head. The Jura 1974 has a price tag of 499 and

comes in an antique hinged box with gold lettering. Both releases

have a

signed certificate of authenticity from master distiller Richard Paterson.

Spirits producer Old St Andrews has begun a push for gin brand Pink 47 in the off-trade after winning a hat-trick of awards. The premium London dry gin, which has an abv of 47%, will be on shelves in Tesco this month after winning top UK spirit in the Tesco 2008 Drinks Awards. The brand, which has an rrp of 19 and is expected to appeal to women, also won a silver medal in the International Spirits Challenge 2007 and was commended in the Bartenders Challenge 2007.

Halewood International has secured a listing in Sainsbury's for its recently launched pre-mixed vodka and tonic in a can. A four-pack will retail for 4.99 and will be merchandised in the spirits fixture alongside gin and vodka brands.

Richard Burrows,

governor of the Bank of Ireland, has unveiled the new-look

Northern Ireland banknotes featuring the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. A new 5 note will also go into circulation to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the distillery's licence to distil.

Photographer and film producer Mike Figgis has created a series of images inspired by Glenmorangie and the five senses. The exhibition - Glenmorangie 5 Senses - is free to the public and will run for two weeks from May 13 at Proud Camden

in the Stables Market in Camden. A specially-created cocktail containing Glenmorangie Original, fresh lemon, honey and sugar syrup will be exclusively poured during the show.

Islay-based whiskey distillery Bruichladdich has reported a 58% increase in pre-tax profits for the year to Dec 31 2007

- up to 831,000. Single malt sales increased 34% against average industry growth of 3%, according to the distiller, who added that, despite high barley and oil costs, distillation volumes increased by 10%.

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