Good Morrow, Loungers!

I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too. Thursdays, I don’t care about you. Its Friday, Whisky News! And it’s been a busy week! Observe…

  • Edrington Do A CEO Shuffle!

Edrington have announced that their CEO Ian Curle will retire next year and will be succeeded by Scott McCroskie, current Managing Director of The Macallan. Best of luck to all…

  • 40 Year Crabbie’s!

John Crabbie & Co. have launched two whiskies, a 25 year old and 40-year-old – the brand’s oldest release to date. Check out the fancy packaging!

  • G’funk In The Trunk!

Glenfarclas have launched a £100,000 trunk containing 50 vintage single malt whiskies from 1954 to 2003. It’s thought to be the largest single collection ever released by a distillery. Wowzer!

  • Brown Forman Stay Strong…

Brown Forman have reported a net sales increase of 2% in the first six months of fiscal 2019, boosted by double-digit gains from emerging markets. That’s big money…

  • Basil Hayden’s Ageing!

Basil Hayden owners Jim Beam have announced a new edition of the high-rye bourbon and it’s their oldest yet! Basil Hayden 10yo promises ‘increased complexity’ and is slated to appear in limited quantities every year at holiday season at an RRP of $60.

  • Grain And Sustain!

Former Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge has revealed plans to open a distillery in Kentucky, producing bourbon and rye whiskey “the old fashioned way”.  Among a plethora of sustainable processes, the distillery will convert the naturally occurring stillage (the by-product of Bourbon production) into energy through a biomass digester and will capture heating and cooling through a geothermal pond loop. I’m a big fan of a good geothermal pond loop, so good on them!

  • New Vintage Jura!

Two new single malts are available from Jura: a 28 year old, and a 1988 vintage that are intended to be reflection of their “new house style”. Intriguing…

  • Bladnoch Goodbye…

Ian MacMillan, the master distiller of Bladnoch distillery, has announced he will be leaving Bladnoch in 2019. For the past three years he’s played a crucial role – alongside owner David Prior – in completely rebuilding the distilling operation of Bladnoch. Best wishes!

  • Bow Street – Top Of The World!

Irish Distillers have announced that Jameson Distillery Bow St. Dublin was named the World’s Leading Distillery Tour at the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony in Lisbon on December 1st. Awesome work…

  • Auction Stuff

A collection of pre-Prohibition American whiskey, Scotch and Cognac proved to be highly coveted at Christie’s New York auction as numerous lots “smashed through” pre-sale estimates. Check out these numbers…

  • G&M All Star Packaging!

Gordon & MacPhail have been recognised for their premium portfolio of exclusive single malt whiskies at The Spirits Business 2018 Design & Packaging Masters, securing three ‘Master’ accolades. Well deserved if you ask me…

  • Hall Of Fame For Barrie!

Master Blender Rachel Barrie has been inducted into Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Rachel is responsible for Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh, and is one of only a handful of female master blenders in the world of whisky. Well deserved!

  • Grandeur x 10 For ‘Dronach

The 10th Batch of Glendronach’s Grandeur is with us! It’s a sherry cask 27 year old bottled at 50.1%! Once again, shout outs available to anyone who donates me one!

  • First Cotswolds Cask Strength!

The Cotswolds Distillery has released a cask strength single malt expression, The Founder’s Choice. Aged in shaved, toasted and re-charred casks, it’s bottled at 60.9% and has an RRP of £64.95…

  • ‘Livet 35 for Dubai Duty Free…

Glenlivet are celebrating the 35th birthday of Dubai Duty Free with an exclusive 35 year old, only available at the airport itself. And it’s only £10k! Bargain!

  • And Finally…

One day a year he “works”! No wonder the country’s in the state it’s in… [Watch out Connas, you’ll be going on the Naughty List! – Ed]