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New Speyside distillery for Chivas

The second largest player in the Scotch whisky industry and makers of such famous brands such as Chivas Regal, Aberlour, Royal Salute, Ballantine’s, 100 Pipers and Scapa has announced plans to open a new distillery in Speyside.  French owned Chivas announced earlier in the year that it would be looking to increase its whisky producing capacity by 25% in the coming years and building a new distillery on the site of the old Imperial distillery close to the village of Carron is key to their expansion plans. Chivas have already announced plans to increase production at Glenlivet by a whopping 75% as well as increasing production at other whisky distilleries. Glen Keith distillery is also being re-opened.  All this will mean an extra 5 million litres of whisky each year.

The new site near Carron is not a done deal and has to get past the planning department and they are expecting some objections as the site is visible on a popular walking route, however, Chivas have committed to building a whisky distillery which fits in with the local environment.

Pernod-Ricard now own 21% of Scotch whisky production and there plans are in response to Diageo’s £1bn of new investment in whisky distilling.

Glenfiddich single malt sells for $52,000 Canadian dollars

The Canadians have set a new record for the most expensive bottle of whisky sold on Canadian soil. A bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve single malt scotch whisky was sold to a couple known only as Laurie and Dave for $52,000 Canadian dollars (£33,000) at auction and all proceeds were donated to charity.  The lucky charity was Wounded Warriors who are a non- profit organisation who support injured Canadian troops.  The 1 of only 11 bottles of Glenfiddich was collected by the founder of Wounded Warriors, Wayne Johnston who stated ‘I am truly overwhelmed with the level of support we’ve received from the William Grant & Sons family distillery through this auction’ He continued ‘Every penny from this bottle’s auction will go towards wounded Canadian soldiers and their families’.

This very rare whisky was bottled in recognition of ‘wee Janie Roberts’ or Janet Sheed Roberts to give her proper name who was the granddaughter of William Grant. She was an early whisky pioneer and is largely credited with the success of William Grant & Sons scotch whisky distillers.  The question is an obvious one, why was the name never changed to William Grant & Daughters?

Former Macallan chairman sells his old bottles

Allan Shiach the former chairman of Macallan is putting up his Macallan scotch whisky collection for sale the 72 bottles include two bottles which were distilled in 1928 and are said to worth up to £10,000 each. There are also 2 rare bottles from 1946 and a single malt whisky from 1951 which are estimated at around the £5000 mark.  The auction will take place at McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow at the end of October and excitement is building as there a several serious Macallan collectors. Allan Shiach has reportedly said that he believes the bottles are too pricy to drink and too pricy to replace so decided to sell up.

Allan Shiach was born in Elgin in the north east of Scotland and a key town for whisky production and distribution. He has worked in the whisky industry for just short of 50 years and rose to become the Chairman of Macallan-Glenlivet.  He left his post in 1996 when Macallan-Glenlivet was bought out by the Erdington group. Allan Shiach was not just a stalwart of the whisky industry and whisky enthusiast but this talented Scotsman was also a screenwriter and his most famous work was an executive producer of hit film Shallow Grave which starred Ewan McGregor. The collection is a mix of Macallans which also tell you a little about the man who collected them.