Burn Stewart Distillers the owner of such Scotch whisky brands as Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader has changed hands.
Just recently it was acquired by South African company Distell for 2,2 billion rands (160 million pounds). This was an extension of the previous relationship between the companies - they were partners in marketing Black Bottle, Scottish Leader and Bunnahabhain in sub-Saharan Africa. This is actually the second large international acquisition for Distell, last time it bought French Cognac producer Bisquit.
Apparently, more and more international conglomerates appear from less known countries. Let's just hope that the quality will keep up, and the prices will not go up!
P.S. BSD runs the Tobermory distillery and it looks like they are having a little trouble. The manager said that main water source for the distillery dried out and the quality of the water is not suitable for the whisky. However, the fans of this particular whisky do not have to worry. After the water is back, the distillery will increase the output and will make up for the delay.