It’s Friday folks! Your whisky news correspondent, Connas, has just returned from the Last Ever Dramboree all misty-eyed and melancholy, with stories of shenanigans and japery which are now confined to history! But he still gets paid to write your whisky news update, so have at it, you big softy!

  • Fashion Over Fermentation…

The folks at Benriach have teamed up with Kestin Hare menswear to create a clothing line designed to reflect the distillery’s whisky and heritage. I always fancied a sherry-finished singlet…

  • Busy At Bladnoch!

Not only have Bladnoch added an “accessibly-priced” 10 year old to their core range, they’ve also released a 29 year old Bicentennial bottling. Matured initially in Oloroso casks and finished for 18 months in Moscatel casks, there are only 200 bottles available at an RRP of £5,000…

  • Balvenie Bullseye…

Balvenie have a new 50 year old on the way! Bottled at 42.1%, the vatting of four American Oak Casks has yielded 110 bottles. ‘Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962’ will be available in August for a RRP of £27,500. Get me one while you’re there…

  • Grant’s Growing…

From this month, Grant’s Family Reserve will be renamed Grant’s Triple Wood. AND three new core expressions will be added to their range: Triple Wood Smoky, Rum Cask Finish and Grant’s 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish. Interesting…

  • 200 Year Comeback!

After a 200 year hiatus, not to mention £7.9 million investment from a local businessman, distilling is set to return to the city of Newry. The Matthew Darcy Company is aiming to build a distillery on a historic site in the city, with the aim of creating 50 jobs and a target output of 9000 cases of their Old Newry Single Malt Irish Whiskey per year. They’ll also be marketing sourced whiskey under newly-acquired heritage brands including Blackthorn, The Native, Hand-in-Hand and Killeavey Cream! They’re not wasting any time…

  • Landscape Escapade…

Arran released the first whisky of the landscape-inspired Arran Explorers Range on 10th July. The Arran Brodick Bay 20 year old is available here at £130, limited to 2 per customer…

  • Macall-out?

Macallan have finally after about fifteen years removed a number of bottles from their distillery display due to concerns over their authenticity…

  • Dr Rachel Barrie!

Benriach/Glendronach/Glenglassaugh Master Blender Rachel Barrie has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science for her expertise and service to the whisky industry at Edinburgh University. Well-earned and well-deserved, say us.

  • Auction Stuff (I imagine Mr Forbes will be getting his teeth into some of this as well…)

This mini of Macallan is expected to make up to £1000 at McTears. [We’re the People’s Auction Roundup, Connas! We don’t get into any of the fancy stuff. Also, you’re fired for not reading my blogs. – Ed.]

The auction for the first 100 bottles of the Lakes Distillery inaugural release, ‘Genesis’, has ended, with buyers paying between £745 and a staggering £7500 for this piece of liquid history.

Famed miniature collector Alex Barclay is selling off his collection to make way for his grandkids. I hope they appreciate it!

And Eddie Ludlow decided not to take my advice and bid on this. He missed out on a bargain if you ask me. ’66 Bowmore for £51k, cheap as chips?!?!?! [With a heavy heart I fire thee once again, for wanton abuse of interrobangs – Ed.]

  • And Finally…

No way, Rosé

I’ll be back next week with more whisky news guys and girls! Stay Safe!

Connas