Gateshead Whisky News

Happy (whisky) New(s) Year folks!

Since Connas still hasn’t broken his only ever New Year’s resolution (FYI – “avoid becoming an Olympic Gymnast, at all costs” – 1999-2000) it’s safe to say that he won’t be relenting on the whisky news for the foreseeable!

  • Harvey Nicks Whisky!

Harvey Nichols have released 280 bottles of a peated Burgundy cask-matured English whisky as part of its own-label range…

  • Al Young Obituary…

We are saddend to hear that Legendary Four Roses Brand Ambassador and Historian at Four Roses Al Young has passed away. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

  • More Distillery Only!

Diageo are continuing with their recent trend of ‘Distillery Only’ bottlings with Blair Athol being the latest to release one. I approve of this behaviour!

  • CMO CBE!

Diageo chief marketing and innovation officer, Syl Saller, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2020, for her services to business and workplace equality. Excellent news!

  • England Booming!

If you’re over visiting from Italy, Norway, or Sweden, you will most likely be going to visit an English brewery, or distillery. Nice…

  • Auld Reekies Clock!

As part of building the new Johnnie Walker experience in Edinburgh, Diageo are fixing the famous clock that hangs outside the premises on Princess Street.

  • Cotswolds hits the Mark!

The Cotswolds Distillery have raised one million pounds to fund the expansion of their distillery! Exciting times!

  • Full Beam on India!

Beam Suntory have their heart set on breaking into India, having introduced both Yamazaki, Hibiki AND the brand new “International Blend” Oaksmith on to the market

  • SMWS Facelift…

Our friends from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society have had a little bit of a re-brand, and it’s looking niiiiiiiiiiice…

  • Berrys to China, via BenRiach!

The good folks from Berry Brothers & Rudd have a special bottling for Chinese New Year, a 2008 BenRiach. There are only 100 in the UK so be quick!

  • New Superpowers!

Powers whiskey has undergone a complete branding upgrade. Check this out!

  • Darling Buds of Mey…

Goldfinch have released the first in its new Mey Selections Rare Cask Series– a limited edition single cask bottling of a rare first fill Oloroso sherry cask from Glen Ord Distillery.

  • Parental Beaming!

Beam Suntory have announced that staff will receive 26 weeks parental leave. Good on them!

  • Loch Ness Lost…

Duncan Taylor lost a legal battle, with a gin and absinthe producer, to trademark the “Loch Ness” name. Never mind…

  • Oak of Eden…

Sanctified Spirits have added a wheated Bourbon to its Oak & Eden bottle-finished whiskey range. Interesting…

  • Auction Stuff…

Fancy buying a cask of whisky? Cask Trade are hosting the “world’s first” online auction dedicated to casks of whisky this month. Get Amongst It!

  • Top of the Bill!

Our good buddy Dr. Bill Lumsden of Glemorangie and Ardbeg, has officially been inducted into the Icons of Whisky Hall of Fame. Well deserved…

  • Whyte and Mackay Winners!

The International Wine and Spirits Competition crowned Whyte and Mackay Whisky Producers of the year, and they’re rightly very happy about this!

  • There was a new whiskey from…..

The first whiskey from Limerick in 100 years is available now people!

  • Five up for Fiddlers!

No doubt our great pal, Jon Beach, will be celebrating since his bar, Fiddler’s in Drumnadrochit, gathered a fifth SLTN Whisky Bar of the Year. Well deserved, a more welcoming host you couldn’t wish to meet!

  • Huge Haul!

The team from have unearthed an amazing collection of whiskey in County Tyrone, which dates as far back as the mid 1800’s! WOW!

  • Port Ellen, Permitted!

Plans for the new distillery at Port Ellen have been passed, and we should have new spirit THIS YEAR! Awesome work…

  • Port of Leith, Previewed!

The good folks designing and building the Port Of Leith Distillery have made a snazzy new video depicting all stages of the build, impressive….

  • Big Peat, Passes!

The last of the Big Peat Aged Trilogy Vintage Series is with us, and it’s a 1992 vintage. Nice…

  • Auction Stuff…

Bonhams reported strong growth for their Wines And Spirits section in 2019

  • And Finally…

2020 best be ready, we’re going to tear it up!

All the Best!

See you Soon



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