A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
However, both parties have warned the talks may not lead to a deal.
United Spirits is the Indian drinks company controlled by Vijay Mallya. Mallya also founded troubled airline Kingfisher.
The joint statement from United Spirits and Diageo confirms “that Diageo plc is in discussion with United Spirits Limited and United Breweries (Holdings) Limited in respect of possible transactions for Diageo plc to acquire an interest in United Spirits Limited. However there is no certainty that these discussions will lead to a transaction.”