Growing curiosity about Scotch credited with boosting visits .
Trade anger as tougher planning law is voted down .
Eden Mill unveils blueprint for £3.1 million facility to bolster whisky production .
An initial report showing falling sales is far from conclusive .
Love of whisky led Tatsuya Minagawa from Japan to Speyside .
There's still time for chefs to apply for the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland’s inaugural Andrew Fairlie Scholarship
An annual fundraising cycle for The Ben was on track to raise around £5000 for the licensed trade charity .
Ten young people have taken their first steps towards careers in hospitality via a training partnership .
Work to upgrade the visitor experience at Clynelish Distillery near Brora is expected to get underway in the next few weeks after plans were rubber-stamped .
Buzzworks’ flagship Prestwick venue transformed .