In Brief

Four years for Booze raid

A man who robbed a Bargain Booze store in Congleton, Cheshire in June has been jailed for four years. Shane Meddings, 27, from Congleton was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on July 24, after pleading guilty to robbery. He and an accomplice had threatened a member of staff with a kitchen knife before taking cash from the till. An 18-year-old from Liverpool has been arrested and is currently on police bail.

Tax plan slammed

The British Retail Consortium has dubbed proposals to give councils the power to tax businesses to fund local projects "naive". The Communities and Local Government Committeee's report on supplementary business rates says councils should be able to charge businesses tax on top of business rates. The BRC said it was unacceptable to charge retailers more and said the tax would be "open to widespread abuse".

Under-age sales cost £480

Two Select & Save employees have been fined £180 and ordered to pay £300 costs after pleading guilty to selling alcohol to under-18s at their shop in Welland, Peterborough. Sajid Amin Yousaf and designated premises supervisor Nasir Amin Yousaf were fined £80 and £100 respectively. They were ordered to pay the fine at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Aug 2.

Links effect for malt whiskies

Carnoustie and K Club are the latest single malts to be released in the Bruichladdich Links series. Carnoustie features Graeme Baxter's painting of the 15th hole while K Club features his painting of the 16th hole of the famous Irish course. Both whiskies, created by Jim McEwan, are aged for 14 years in Quercus Alba Bourbon casks.

Wine Rack from the ruins

A former Thresher Wine Shop in Henleaze, Bristol, that was damaged by fire in May has reopened as a Wine Rack. The shop will reopen on Aug 11 with a party including a wine tasting, food, and prize draw to win a Veuve Traveller case. Area manager Jessica Wright described the store as "the jewel in the crown for the Thresher Group - the store manager and his team are so proud of their new store".

Laphroaig's spirit of the age

Beam UK is adding two super-premium Laphroaig Scotch whiskies to its single malt range. Launching in October, the 27-year-old 1980 vintage will be a limited addition to the range with a minimum recommended retail price of £500, while the Laphroaig 25-year-old, available in the UK from July, has a minimum RRP of £150.

Partida tequila

Partida tequila is distributed by Inspirit Brands in the UK, not by Cellar Trends as reported in OLN's July 27 issue.