Friday is upon us once more Loungers. And the winter “Quiet Spell” is well and truly over in TWL HQ! New things are coming thick and fast, and as per usual Connas has taken an hour or two out of dealing with it to engage in the far more important task of keeping you up to date with the comings and goings of the whisky industry in the past week!

Duncan McGillivary

It is with great sadness that we received news that Duncan McGillivary passed away this week. An engineering genius, and altogether warm hearted, welcoming individual. Largely responsible for the revitalization of Bruichladdich distillery. His loss will be profoundly felt throughout the whisky world. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the wider community on Islay. The place will not be the same. RIP.

SMWS Glasgow-a-go-go!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society have officially opened their brand spanking new Members Room in Glasgow. I was there on Wednesday, it’s niiiiiiice!

Dewars Agave!

Dewar’s have created a blend finished in Ilegal Mezcal casks. Hmmmm, this is interesting…

Brown Foreman Direct!

The good folks at Brown Foreman are hoping that a recent re-structure will lead to a surge in growth following “short-term disruption” ….

A Dram For Jim!

Diageo are commemorating Master Blender Jim Beveriges’ 40 years in the industry with a very special Johnnie Walker Release. Check this out!

Cocktail For St Patrick’s Day

The team from Slane Distillery have put together a special cocktail for St Patricks Day. Happy Days…

The Bible According to Penderyn!

One of Penderyns Single casks has scooped European Whisky of the Year in the 2020 Whisky Bible.


Dewars have re-affirmed their commitment to producing whiskies with age statements… Fair play…

Glenfiddich closed to visitors…

Following concerns over coronavirus Glenfiddich have decided to close their visitor centre.

You are my Larsson!

Sweedish Distillery Mackmyra have hire a new CEO in the form of Johan Larsson. And best of luck to him!

New Daftmill!

Following a slight issue with distribution, the ballot for the new Daftmill is now open!

Glenallachie Gaining!

GlenAllachie have obtained a £30 million (US$38m) funding package to support their international expansion. Wowzer!

Jameson on high!

Jameson have headed to the “world’s highest Irish bar” in Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Just in time for St Patricks day…

No Hurry From Tulli’

The folks from Tullibardine have added a 15 year old expression to its core range of whiskies. Nice….

Investment growth…

Rare whisky increases in value more quickly than, vintage wine and cars apparently. Some of it tastes great too…

Ardbeg have teamed up with Brewgooder to create a limited edition beer… Wouldn’t mind a try of this!

Bye bye Mickey!

I sincerely hope that Mickey Heads is partaking in a dram or two following news that he has set a date to retire as Ardbeg Distillery Manager. Thanks for all of your hard work, Mickey, enjoy a long and well earned retirement! 

Glenmorangie aim to save the Giraffe…

The good folks at Glemnorangie are heading a global conversation around the conservation of the Giraffe. Good on them!

And finally..

As we’re all under threat from a viral pandem….STOP THE PRESS!

Nice to see someone is picking up the REAL news stories!

Thanks for tuning in everyone, since I can type in isolation if needs be, I’ll be here next week with more Whisky News!


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