Salutations Loungers! As this blog is posted, the TWL Team will be up to their eyes in the London Whisky Weekender! With oooooooooooooodles of whisky-related shenanigans afoot! Clearly, if you’re reading this, you’re not there – so console yourselves with the dulcet tones of Gateshead’s Greatest Banjo Player… Here’s Connas with the news from Daftmill, Glendronach and more!

 

  • Irish Make Their Own Luck!

Irish Distillers – owners of Jameson and Redbreast (among others) – are celebrating their biggest ever success at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Awesome work…

 

  • Constellation Expands!

Constellation Brands have expanded their footprint in American whiskey by acquiring a majority stake in Nelson’s Green Brier distillery.

 

  • Glenallachie Open!

Glenallachie have opened their new visitor centre and launched an exclusive single cask bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival.

 

  • Where The Peat Has No Name…

The good folks at Compass Box have released the second edition of their No Name blended malt whisky, which combines two heavily peated single malts.

 

  • Tamnavulin Launch Sherry Cask!

Speyside distillery Tamnavulin have added a single malt matured in three different types of Sherry casks to their core range.

 

  • New Speyside From Rattray

A. D. Rattray have a new limited edition single malt in the form of the Cask Speyside 10 year old, interesting…

 

  • Four of the Best…

Charles MacLean, Michael Urquhart, Dennis McBain & Ian Millar were singled out for special recognition at the opening dinner of the 20th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. And rightly so…

 

  • Protection in South Korea

Scotch whisky has been registered as a certification trademark in South Korea, enhancing legal protection for the category…

 

  • UK Bourbon!

American Eagle 12 year old, a Tennessee bourbon from Halewood Wines and Spirits has made its debut. Interesting…

 

  • Kilchoman Feis Day Schedule!

Feis Ile Festival is very soon. I am very excited. And Kilchoman have announced the lineup for their day of celebrations!

 

  • Port Ellen Getting Closer!

The plan for the soon-to-be-revived Port Ellen Distillery has been submitted to the council. Ooooooh!

 

  • Proper 12 Billion

Apparently, the Proper Number 12 brand – the Irish whiskey from MMA fighter and Gateshead-phobic scaredy cat Conor McGregor – is now worth a billion dollars

 

  • Walsh Whiskey Double Up…

Walsh Whiskey have created a new core expression for their Writers’ Tears range, which blends together Irish whiskeys aged in American and French oak casks.

 

  • Glendronach, Home And Away…

The new Glendronach Boynsmill 16 year old – named after the distillery’s home – will be available from Travel Retail in September…

 

  • Quinta Ruban Gets Age Statement!

Glenmorangie’s port-finished Quinta Ruban now carries an age statement of 14 years old, so now we know!

 

  • Daftmill At Berrys!

Our friends at Berry Brothers and Rudd are hosting the first ever official Daftmill tasting outside of Scotland. This will be awesome…

 

  • Johnnie Gets The Go-Ahead!

On 8th May, authorities approved plans for the multi-million pound Johnnie Walker Sensory Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, happy days!

 

  • And Finally…

Rumours of me attempting to revive my fledgling career as a club singer have been greatly exaggerated…

*Clears Throat*

Heeeaaaaadaaaaaaaafffaaaaaawwww.….

Thanks for popping in, folks – see you in a week for more!

Connas