A rare painting by Winston Churchill featuring the famously bibulous British World War II leader's favourite brand of whisky fetched nearly £1 million at auction in London on Tuesday.
A rare bottle of Scotch whisky has sold for a world record £1.5m at auction in London. The Macallan 1926 60-year-old single malt from cask number 263 had been estimated to sell for between £350,000 and £450,000. Sotheby's, which held the auction, did not release the identity of the buyer.
Proposals to open a “world-class” whisky tourist destination in one of Edinburgh's most prominent empty buildings is set to go ahead. Drinks giant Diageo's plans for the former House of Fraser building at the west end of Princes Street are expected to be passed next week. They have been recommended for approval by council planning officers.
Exports of Scotch whisky hit a record high last year, according to new figures. Analysis of HMRC data by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) found exports grew 7.8% by value to £4.7bn. The number of bottles exported also reached record levels, growing by 3.6% to 1.28 billion.
A rare bottle of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck, on which the novel and film Whisky Galore were based, is to go under the hammer in Scotland. The bottle of Ballantine's is thought to have been recovered from the wreck of SS Politician in the 1950s or 1960s.