It’s whisky news time people! As ever, here’s Gatesheads second favourite son (after Colin Dunn) (You didn’t know that Colin was a Gateshead lad, did you?) with all you need to know from the industry this week!

  • Continuing Solidarity

The outpouring of industry support from the Industry during the Covoid 19 is not showing any signs of relenting.

Beam Suntory have donated £121K to help hospitality workers in India and £222K to support Hospitals and care homes in Spain.

The Drinks Trust has raised £400K for UK based workers within the industry on zero hours contracts.

The Spirits Business’ Covid-19 Campaign to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Drinks Trust, is now up and running.

Elixir Distillers have blended a Karuizawa whisky using spirit distilled between 1963 and 1984, which will be offered in Whisky.Auction’s charity sale.

There’s also a cheeky Midleton 2001 that’s worth a look.


Teeling have released a limited-edition bottling from their Distillery Exclusive range, with all proceeds earmarked for charities supporting frontline workers.

Distilleries are continuing to switch to producing alcohol for sanitise with Loch Lomond, John Distilleries, Copper Rivet and Heaven Hill all stepping up.

  • Support Requests…

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association have requested government support for the industries supply chain, and a six-month cut on alcohol duty.

  • On-line Getaways!

Since we’re all on lockdown, businesses are doing their best to keep us entertained online with all kinds of activities….

Here at The Whisky Lounge we’ve got the ball rolling with some virtual tastings, available here! £5 of each tasting pack sold goes to drinks and hospitality workers charities…

Old Pulteney want to transport you from the confines of your home to the whisky’s quiet coastal hometown of Wick!

Both Ian Macleod Distillers and The Three Drinkers have spanking new podcasts coming your way.

BenRiach and GlenDronach will be doing Instagram Live sessions to keep you entertained, while Ardgowan and Tamdhu will be hitting you with some fascinating Facebook Live action!

  • Labelling Love…

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US are encouraged by huge changes in the rules on Labelling and Advertising.

  • Ichiro’s Ltd!

A Limited Edition from Ichiro’s is now available to pre-order. A Malt & Grain Japanese Blended Whisky will be shipped at the end of April.

  • Berrys Charity

Berry Bros & Rudd have selected the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) as its charity partner for the next three years after the company’s wine buyer was diagnosed with the illness. Good Stuff.

  • What Whisky? No. WATT WHISKY!

Our great pals and industry legends Mark and Kate Watt are setting up their own independent bottling company. Go and give them some funding love!

  • St Kilian Arrives!

Saint Kilian Signature Edition One, the first release from German Distillery Saint Kilian landed last week. Best of luck everyone!

  • Platinum Lochs!

Loch Lomond Group brands have cause to celebrate after Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old and Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old both received platinum honours at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In all, they recorded twelve separate medals! Great work team!

  • Sea Faring Irish!

There’s a brand-new Irish Whisky on the market folks, Currach Irish Atlantic Kombu Kelp is the first whiskey to be finished in seaweed charred casks. This interests me greatly…

  • Canadian Best!

Vancouver Islands “Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery” scooped 3 awards at this years World Whisky Awards. Happy Days!

  • Roaming to Buffalo!

Whisky Magazine has named Buffalo Trace Distillery the global Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year 2020. While the distilleries Brands Picked up no less than 18 medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, including a Double Gold for Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Great News!

  • English Rum Back!

Norfolk’s English Whisky Company have brought back their popular Rum Cask expression. That’s a good thing!

  • Masters Up!

Masters of Malt recorded record online orders at the end of March. Awesome numbers…

  • Auction Stuff…

The second instalment of the HUGE Mr Richard Gooding auction from Whisky Auctioneer can now be previewed. It looks all kind of awesome, to be fair…

  • Matsui Wins, in San Francisco………..

Matsui Pure Malt Whisky The Kurayoshi 8 Years has won the Double Gold Award at San Francisco World Spirits Competition, nice….

  • Ludlow in your Christmas Hamper?

The man himself, Mr. Eddie Ludlow (well his book, anyway) has been short listed for a prize from Fortnum and Mason, no less. Congrats fella!

  • Bartons Double Gold!

More good news out of the World Spirits Competition as Bartons Bottled in Bond picked up a double gold! Nice..

  • Chinkapin Trace!

The fourth instalment of Bufallo Trace Old Charter Oak Chinkapin Oak series is here!

  • Raasay Programming!

Raasay Distillery has launched an exclusive cask membership programme, which will see the site’s first 45 casks made available. Form an orderly line!

  • And Finally…

I’m used to a certain amount of working from home. But not everyone is lucky enough to live in Gateshead, so I’m aware that it can be challenging being stuck at home 24/7. So, some of you may find this useful!

That’s all for this week folks!

Thanks for popping in again. Stay Strong, and we’ll see you back here next week!


Read last week’s Gateshead Whisky News if you missed it!