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Diageo North America launches 100% recycled plastic bottle – American Whiskey News

Diageo North America launches 100% recycled plastic bottle

Seagram’s 7 Crown American whiskey will move its PET formats to 100% recycled plastic bottles

A reduction of virgin plastic that is the equivalent of removing 100 million 500ml plastic bottles, which, if laid out in a row, would represent 11,957 miles (almost 5 trips between New York and Los Angeles)

Plainfield, Illinois, June 2020 – Today Diageo North America announces that its iconic blended American whiskey Seagram’s 7 Crown bottles will be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). The move is a first for the brand and for Diageo.

Building on a decade long commitment to making its packaging more sustainable, Diageo North America will remove virgin plastic from Seagram’s 7 Crown bottles across all its PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) formats: 1.75l, 750ml, 375ml and 200ml. This change will reduce the use of virgin plastic by almost 1000 tons annually – the equivalent of removing 100 million 500ml plastic bottles, which, if laid out in a row, would represent 11,957 miles (almost 5 trips between New York and Los Angeles).

The new bottles will be on shelf across the Seagram’s 7 Crown range in the United States from the end of June 2020. A variety of the brand’s formats in glass bottles will remain alongside the new recycled PET bottles. As stated on the product’s label, Diageo encourages consumers to recycle so the material can be used again for bottles or other purposes.

“Great packaging is essential for our brands. Consumers expect our packs to be of the highest quality, while also being functional and sustainable,” said Jason Sorley, Brand Director, Diageo North America. “We are very excited to have Seagram’s 7 Crown move to 100% recycled PET, reinforcing our commitment to both innovation and minimizing its environmental footprint.”

Ronald Holmes, Packaging Director, Diageo North America added: “We continue to take an innovative approach towards delivering sustainable packaging designs and are proud that this move supports our goal to increase recycled content across our brands globally to 45%. Using recycled materials to make packaging reduces the carbon footprint of our brands, raises awareness with consumers, and encourages the industry to follow.”

Last year, Diageo announced an investment to reduce the amount of plastics used in its beer packaging operations. It was followed by a Guinness Open Gate Brewery announcement that all Baltimore-brewed limited release canned multipacks available for purchase at the brewery will be sold in ecofriendly carriers as an alternative to the standard plastic rings typically used for beer.

These innovations bring Diageo closer to its ambitious targets for use of plastics. In 2018, Diageo announced new plastics targets for 2025 and beyond. Its targets aim to ensure that 100% of plastics used are designed to be widely recyclable, or reusable or compostable, and made from recycled material. In December 2017, Diageo committed to phasing out the use of plastic straws and stirrers from its offices, events, promotions, advertising and marketing globally – and advocates the same to its partners and customers. Diageo is pleased to be a signatory to Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.


Ensure 100% of our plastic use is designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable), using plastics that allow for increased consumer recycling rates
Achieve 40% average recycled content in our plastic bottles – and 100% by 2030
Continue to invest in circular economy opportunities and other sustainable packaging breakthroughs
Accelerate our support for recycling by increasing collaboration, particularly where we have influence, and engaging with Governments, peers and consumers to facilitate improved recycling.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo NA.

About Seagram’s 7 Crown

Seagram’s 7 Crown is an American icon with a rich heritage dating back to the 1930s. A blended American whiskey, Seagram’s 7 Crown has a legacy of bringing people together through its easy-to-drink, smooth liquid. Seagram’s 7 Crown is casual, approachable and has a taste profile that stands the test of time on its own and in its signature drink, the 7 & 7. For more information, visit seagrams7.com and follow us on Instagram @seagrams7. Seagram’s 7 Crown encourages all consumers to please enjoy responsibly.

Kamiki Sakura Wood Whisky is awarded with “91 POINTS” from Ultimate Spirits Challange 2020! – Japanese Whisky News

Kamiki Sakura Wood Whisky is awarded with “91 POINTS” from Ultimate Spirits Challange 2020!

Osaka, JAPAN, 01th August 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge United State’s most prestigious and progressive international spirits competition, Kamiki Sakura Wood Whisky was awarded with “ 91 POINTS ” Excellent Highly Recommended within overall entrants.

About.Kamiki Whisky:

Kamiki Sakura Wood is a new premium expression of multiple award winning Kamiki whisky with a unique maturation of first in Japanese Cedar and later Japanese Cherry Wood – Sakura for a final note. Kamiki Sakura Wood has already won 8 awards. Kamik Sakura Wood is ; “THE FIRST WHISKY IN THE WORLD WITH JAPANESE CEDAR and SAKURA CASK FINISH”


About the Ultimate Spirit Challenge

Ultimate Spirits Challenge is the definitive spirits evaluation company today. Ultimate Spirits Challenge provides unparalleled value, offering results that are reliable and easily understandable in today’s marketplace, creating opportunities for the industry, and establishing the platinum standard that defines what beverage evaluation should.




Ian Macleod Distillers’ brand-new Smokehead Rum Rebel, Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky finished in rich Caribbean rum casks, arrives on UK shores for International Rum Day on August 16th 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky unleashes brand-new bottling Smokehead Rum Rebel for International Rum Day August 16th. The rich, smoky, salty Islay whisky rebel is finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks creating culture colliding carnage and a melding of mouth-watering tastes.

Bold and boisterous as ever, Smokehead is disrupting International Rum Day with a tantalising twist on the humdrum for rum fans, beckoning them to the Smokehead whisky dark side.

Priced at £54.99 with an ABV of 46%, Smokehead Rum Rebel will be available to buy from www.smokehead.com and many UK specialist and online retailers.

As a toast to International Rum Day, Smokehead are ripping up the rulebook and careering away from convention by crafting a brand-new, bold cocktail that will not be for every rum fan:


Fans of rum are in for a shocking surprise with the new Rum Rebel Smokito. The warm dried spices and fruity sweetness come thundering through with Smokehead’s signature extremes of peat and punch. A confounding twist on their favourite drink that’s unlike anything they dared to try before.


  • 50ml Smokehead Rum Rebel
  • 25ml lime juice mixed with 25ml water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Fresh mint
  • Few flakes smoked Maldon sea salt


Add mint and sugar to the glass and stir for 2 minutes. Add the lime and water and stir for a further minute until all the sugar has dissolved. Add ice and pour the Smokehead into your highball glass. Sprinkle with a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt and enjoy!


Sunday 16th August will see Smokehead brand ambassador Mikey Sim host an episode of Smokehead TV on the brand Instagram and Facebook channels (@smokeheadwhisky). During the episode he will taste Rum Rebel, as well as show Smokeheads how to craft the Smokito signature cocktail and showcase a special boilermaker serve.

Commenting on the new expression, Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction. When our rich, smoky, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable.

“We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day.

Like all our Smokehead whiskies, Rum Rebel is not for everyone. This whisky is for the fearless.”

Smokehead Rum Rebel joins the family of Smokehead Original, Smokehead High Voltage and the latest release Sherry Bomb, a smoky Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks. 

*Smokehead always encourages responsible drinking* 

Media information:


f: www.facebook.com/smokeheadwhisky

i: www.instagram.com/smokeheadwhisky



About Smokehead:

  • Smokehead is an Islay Single Malt Whisky and has been given a bold new look by Ian Macleod Distillers.
  • Smokehead has been labelled the wild one of Single Malt Whisky and is not for everyone.
  • Award-winning premium Scotch whisky that has an attitude-led positioning and smoky taste. 

About Ian Macleod Distillers:

  • Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, blenders and bottlers.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers is the world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky company, producing and selling over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank and Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few.

Jack Daniel’s Launches “Stand By Your Bar” T-Shirt Program – American Whiskey News

Jack Daniel’s Launches “Stand By Your Bar” T-Shirt Program

All net-proceeds from campaign will benefit United States Bartenders’ Guild

Lynchburg, Tenn. (August 11, 2020) – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is launching a new philanthropic initiative called “Stand By Your Bar” which allows fans to purchase a customized t-shirt in support of their hometown bartenders. All net proceeds will benefit the United States Bartenders’ Guild National Charity Foundation. 

Beginning today, everyone can visit https://www.customink.com/fundraising/jackdaniels where they can choose from over 225 customized t-shirt options varying from city nicknames to hometown area codes across the US. 

“The folks behind the bar have long supported us at Jack Daniel’s and are the face and voice of our brand to so many of our friends around the world,” said Grant Adams, Jack Daniel’s Brand Manager. “Join Jack in leaving a tip that means the world to these individuals who are facing difficult times with the financial challenges of being out of work for an unknown period of time.”

T-shirts can be purchased through September 30 by visiting https://www.customink.com/fundraising/jackdaniels

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

About the USBG National Charity Foundation

The USBG National Charity Foundation was put together to help advance the lifelong stability and wellbeing of service industry professionals through education & charitable activities. This is done through three programmatic pillars: Social Responsibility  (Health & Wellness: physical, financial, and mental), Community Service, and Philanthropy. More information can be found at https://www.usbgfoundation.org

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

The Whisky Exchange “Our next Whisky Of The Year” – Scotch Whisky News


Last year we opened up our Whisky Of The Year nominations to our customers. You chose your favourite whiskies, and the most-nominated three joined a shortlist of six finalists alongside three chosen by our co-founder, Sukhinder Singh, and our head buyer, Dawn Davies MW. The response to this process was great, so we’ve decided to do it again: starting today, you can nominate your favourite whiskies to be included in the runnings for our Whisky of the Year 2021.



Simply nominating your favourite whiskies enters you into our first draw, but for a second chance to win, head over to our Facebook and Instagram profiles for more information.


ralfy review 838 – Glen Garioch 1997 @56.7%vol: (Batch 12) – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 838 – Glen Garioch 1997 @56.7%vol: (Batch 12)




Muskegon Craft Distillery’s Blend of Straight Whiskeys Available This Month

MUSKEGON, Mich., Aug. 5, 2020 – Muskegon-based craft distillery Wonderland Distilling is launching its very first product, a Blend of Straight Whiskeys, for retail sale this month. Created from individually- aged rye, corn and wheat whiskeys, the blend is expertly crafted by the Wonderland team for a truly unique, Michigan-inspired profile and taste.

Wonderland’s Blend of Straight Whiskeys is blended using the traditional Canadian method, with each grain—corn, wheat and rye—distilled on its own. By distilling, barreling and aging them separately, then blending them after maturation, Wonderland whiskey is blended with purpose to create a consistent flavor profile with every bottle. Every sip of Wonderland whiskey begins with a sweet nose of dark caramel, brown sugar, brioche and raisins, this blend has a long, caramel finish with a hint of fresh mint.

“Michiganders know what they’re going to get when they wake up every morning – a beautiful place to live, surrounded by the greatness of our lakes, the specter of our seasons and an adventure so close they can taste it,” said Mark Gongalski, CEO of Wonderland Distilling Company. “Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys is distilled for the adventurous soul, an ode to this place that formed us. We crafted our whiskey as a reflection of our connection to Michigan’s great outdoors.”

Designed to celebrate Michigan’s abundant natural wonders, the bottles feature a picturesque woodland scene, while the neutral color palette invokes hues found in nature and brings to mind an outdoor lifestyle aesthetic. Displayed prominently on the bottle is Wonderland’s product commitment:

Wonderland was born in Michigan. Made from the desire for adventure, appreciative of all the splendid lands and waters surrounding, it embodies the passion to live a life untethered. We set out to create the best lifestyle spirits brand, one distilled for the adventurous soul.

“Wonderland consumers deserve the very best our state has to offer, which is why we have been intentional with every aspect of our whiskey. From sourcing local ingredients as much as possible and developing local partnerships, to our Michigan-made distilling equipment, every bottle is crafted to be authentically Michigan,” added Gongalski.

Wonderland’s first Blend of Straight Whiskeys was created primarily from individually aged, Michigan-distilled rye and wheat whiskeys from partnering distilleries across the state, hand-blended with purpose to create a specific taste profile. Wonderland also began distilling its own whiskey in early 2020.

The distillery’s tasting room, located at 1989 Lakeshore Drive in Muskegon’s Lakeside neighborhood, is currently under construction. When it opens in late summer, it will offer spirits, cocktails, a bar, patio and a private room for events. Wonderland is currently handcrafting additional spirits, including vodka, gin and rum, which will be available in the tasting room and on retail shelves later this year. 


Wonderland Distilling creates handcrafted spirits from Michigan ingredients – grains, fruits, botanicals and wood, combined with fresh Lake Michigan water and distilled through stainless stills with care and attention to detail. Wonderland was born in Michigan, made from the desire for adventure to embody the passion to live a life untethered. Wonderland is creating the best spirits, distilled for the adventurous soul – an ode to the woods, water, fields & manufacturing history that makes Michigan great. More information at wonderlanddistilling.com.

Kamiki Original Whisky is awarded with “2 SILVER MEDALS” – Japanese Whisky News

Kamiki Original Whisky is awarded with “2 SILVER MEDALS”

One of is at the Spirits Business The World Whisky Masters and the second one is at the London Spirits Competition 2020!

Osaka, JAPAN, 01th August 2020 Kamiki Whisky was awarded with the “SILVER” medal at the The World Whisky Master 2020 competition and one more “SILVER” Medal at the London Spirits Competition 2020– these are one of the world’s most progressive international spirits competitions.

About.Kamiki Whisky:

Kamiki is a new expression super premium Japanese Whisky with a unique second maturation technique, blend is rested for a second time in Yoshino Sugi –Japanese Cedar- casks to capture a perfectly smooth taste, a scent of sandalwood on the nose and a zest of green tea in the finish. Kamiki Original Whisky has already won 9 awards. Kamiki is “THE FIRST WHISKY IN THE WORLD WITH JAPANESE CEDAR CASK FINISH”


About The World Whisky Masters 2020:

In July 2020, The Spirits Business organized The World Whisky Masters competition in a drive to find and reward the finest World Whisky brands on the world stage. www.thespiritsbusiness.com

About The London Spirits Competition 2020:

The London Spirits Competition looks to recognise, reward and help promote spirits brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific spirits drinker. www.londonspiritscompetition.com




Scotch Galore Whiskies is a family owned business run by myself Stephen, my son Paul and wife Jacqueline. My first introduction into Whisky was as a young boy growing up in place called Maryhill in Glasgow back in the 70’s, and at that time Glasgow was surrounded by Whisky bonds. In those days my Dad Phil was employed as a lorry driver within the Whisky industry. So this gave me the opportunity to spend the holidays with my dad visiting Whisky distilleries throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. Now back in those days with no real health and safety this gave a young inquisitive boy the opportunity to explore the Whisky distillery warehouses and explore I did, and I can remember climbing up and over many a Whisky barrel and trying to help warehouse men push heavy Whisky filled barrels around the warehouses. Nowadays I enjoy nothing more than revisiting distilleries as Whisky being such a traditional industry nothing very much has changed in the passing years, today you can still see the sights, hear the sounds of the past, and of course you have those lovely, lovely distillery smells of wood and Whisky that take me back to those special days long, long ago spent with my late Dad.

Here at Scotch Galore Whiskies www.scotchgalore.com  My commitment to you my customer is, whether you’re a buyer or seller I aim to bring you a truly personal service I will endeavour to the best of my ability to treat each and every bottle you trust me with as if it is one of my own. My objective with your help is to bring a world class array of collectable and rare Whisky’s to a Global Market while never forgetting to offer you my customer a hassle and cost free premium service.

When selling with us it couldn’t be easier, when we receive your bottle we aim to have it photographed and online that day leading to the potential that your bottle could come in, in the morning be online and sold in the afternoon and your Money in your Account in 48 hrs. And all of this with no seller’s fees and you get 100% of the price you put on your bottle. That’s why we like to say that we are the alternative to Auctions, so if you have bottles that you would like to sell get in touch we can even arrange free collection from you by UPS or why not visit us at www.scotchgalore.com and see what we have to offer.


Up to 50% off whisky favourites! ✨ at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Shop up to 50% off in our Whisky Sale!

We’ve added tonnes of new drams to our Whisky Sale! Bag a bargain on exceptional whiskies from Macallan, Johnnie Walker and more – this week only (and while stocks last)!

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Last Chance: WIN a Highland Getaway with Fettercairn!

This amazing prize includes flights from any UK airport, luxury hotel and drams with Distillery Manager Stewart Walker. You have until midnight on Friday 14th August to order online any 70cl bottle from the official Fettercairn range – including the tasty drams pictured, as well as Fettercairn’s 40 Year Old and 50 Year Old.

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