Posts Tagged ‘Chivas Brothers’

Scapa comes of age – again.

December 28, 2008

For the second time in under five years Scapa Distillery willbe changing the age of their standard malt. In 2004 (when the distillery was refurbished) the age went from 12 to 14 years old. Now a 16 year old is making it’s way onto the market, replacing the 14 year old.

The age changes have all been accompanied by a design change as well:


The new edition is being made available as I write this, and some stores already have it in stock. It’s still unpeated, ex-bourbon matured and bottled at 40%. In additon a price hike is added to the change this time, a £20 price hike none the less (Arkwrights Whisky and Wines has the 14yo at £31.20 and the 16yo at £52.99). Scapa’s getting pushed into the premium segemnt now, maybe not the bt thing to do – but if stocks are running low it might be better to be on the market than disappear completely.

Hopefully a more reasonably priced expression will come in a few years time, maybe a 8 year old again?


Breaking News: Glendronach sold to BenRiach

August 28, 2008

Chivas Brothers Press Release:

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits, has today announced the sale of the Glendronach distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd.

Christian Porta, Chairman and Chief Executive of Chivas Brothers, comments: “We are pleased to be selling this distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd, who will be able to give it the attention and commitment it deserves. We currently have 13 operational malt distilleries, including the recently re-opened Braeval distillery and we have also started significant expansion plans for The Glenlivet Distillery, which is one of the top 15 priority brands of Pernod Ricard. Therefore, our focus is to continue to develop and improve these distilleries.”