Seasons Greetings, Loungers! It’s the last whisky news update until the next one! So enjoy it before Connas sacks off his Christmas shopping and goes to the pub instead!

  • Scrum Moray!

Glen Moray have launched an exclusive single cask bottling in partnership with the Edinburgh Rugby team.  Edinburgh have beaten Newcastle twice recently. Not Gateshead.

  • Coooooooooooooonsider yourself, Independent!

Woolf Sung Ltd have launched the Artful Dodger Whisky Collective; a range of independently bottled, single malt Scotch whisky. I wonder if Fagin is taking a cut…

  • Diageo Building Bourbon!

Diageo are planning expansion in America with the build of a US$130 million whiskey distillery in Kentucky, which is expected to be operational by 2022. They’re not shy…

  • Rare Macallan…

Fear not, Loungers, auctions are not the only place you can spend thousands on a bottle of Macallan. They’ve just released Macallan 1978 vintage Fine and Rare Collection bottling and a Macallan 52 Year Old, weighing in at £9,250 and £38,500 respectively. Whoa…

  • The Bush On Acacia Avenue…

Bushmills has released an Irish single malt whiskey aged in acacia wood.  It’s a Distillery Exclusive bottling available for £74, from the distillery, obviously. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a Distillery Exclusive…

  • Award Haul For Benromach

Benromach cleared up with a hat-trick of accolades at this years Icons of Whisky awards. Congrats to all of the team!

  • Two Strange Compasses

Our buddies from Compass Box have released two limited edition expressions, a one-year-old “sacrificial spirit” called Stranger & Stranger, made with 1% 18-month-old grain whisky and 99% long-aged single malt; and the return of popular blended malt Juveniles.

  • 50 Year Old Tomatin!

Tomatin has released just 70 bottles of its oldest expression to date: a Tomatin 50-year-old single malt priced at £10,000. I like Tomatin, this intrigues me greatly…

  • Moonshine On Leith!

Crabbie’s and Co. have commenced production at their Edinburgh distillery, bringing single malt whisky distilling back to the city for the first time in almost a century.

  • Douglas Laing Close Out Celebrations With Port Ellen and Big Peat…

Douglas Laing are concluding their 70th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a 1982 vintage Port Ellen and a 26-year-old Big Peat bottling. Have I ever mentioned that I give whisky news shout-outs in return for whisky?

  • Tax Troubles…

The Distilled Spirits Council are not happy with President Trump’s tax limitations on exports. Awwwwww….

  • Talexa…

Diageo has created a new voice-activated Amazon Alexa skill for Talisker single malt, to encourage whisky tastings at home. Wonder if that means Colin Dunn can have a day off now…

  • First From The Wight Isle…

The Isle of Wight now has its first ever whisky! Happy Days…

  • Charity Funds!

The fifth round of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund grants have been awarded. And thirteen charities who specialise in tackling alcohol misuse have benefitted to the tune of £175,000. Good on ’em…

  • Auction Stuff…

A whisky investment company has instigated scientific research into suspected fake whiskies purporting to be from before 1900 sourced from undisclosed retailers and auction sites. Startlingly, some of the suspected fakes were fake. And Auntie Beeb picked it up, ooooh…

  • And Finally…

Oh, Christmas Tree. Raasay Distillery have pulled out all the stops this year…

That’s all for this week folks! Have a great festive season, and we’ll see you soon for more whisky news!

All the Best!

Connas