In brief

l A bottle of whisky salvaged from the SS Politician sold for £4,200 at an auction at Bonhams in Edinburgh. The bottle was part of a cargo of 28,000 cases of whisky lost when the ship ran aground off the Outer Hebrides in 1941, and later made famous by Sir Compton MacKenzie’s book Whisky Galore and the film of the same name.

A blog site has been launched by Suntory’s Yamazaki Japanese single malt whisky. The Malt Moments site has chapters on the story of Japanese whisky, distilling and ageing methods and the use of mizunara oak.

Global Brands’ VK Lemon and Orange flavours were the exclusive RTD brands served at last weekend’s Reading and Leeds music festivals. The company’s Four Roses Bourbon also had a presence as the only imported whiskey.

Halewood International is targeting the gay and lesbian community with its Sidekick shots brand. It used last week’s Manchester Pride festival to test reaction to the brand via sampling.

Glenmorangie has added Finealta to its Private Edition range of whiskies in travel retail. The whisky is a marriage of different ages and cask types made using a recipe from 1903.

Glenrothes is inviting consumers to become whisky makers for a week in a new competition. The contest will run from October until the end of January and will get consumers involved in all aspects of whisky making, from malt milling to cooperage, and the chance to make their own bottle of whisky, and win a trip to Edinburgh.