Connas seems to be a tad confused with all of the talk of record-breaking temperatures this week. Apparently, its like this in Gateshead all year round. We’re not sure what the Met Office think about that! Even if you don’t trust his reflections on Gatesheads climate, you can always count on him to deliver your weekly whisky news report with pinpoint accuracy! Take it away fella…

  • Doddies Dram Lands!

Doddie Weir has taken delivery of a rare consignment of Scotch whisky to raise money for his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to get one people, he’s a top bloke!


  • Pick the next Glengoyne!

Glengoyne are inviting consumers to decide what goes into its next single cask bottling as part of a live-streamed tasting! Imagine the responsibility you be taking on people!


  • Charity Auction Stuff!

Nc’nean, the new distillery at Morvern peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, are auctioning their first ten bottles of its much anticipated first Single Malt Whisky ever released for charity. Great stuff…


  • Epicurean Three!

Douglas Laing have announced the launch of a new single cask expression, from its Epicurean Wood Series. There’s no stopping those folks!


  • Craig on Toast!

Elijah Craig have announced the launch of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Apparently, the Toasted Barrel adds an extra layer of sweet oak complexity to the traditional bourbon. Interesting…


  • Virginia Sweep for Bowman!

Three of A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s bourbons were honoured at the 2020 International Whisky Competition, sweeping the category for Best Virginia Whiskey. Excellent work team!


  • St Kilian on a mission!

St. Kilian received: Best in Show by Country; Spirit of the Year; Whisky of the Year (Signature Edition Four); Gold / 97 points (Signature Edition Four); Best Spirit by Value; Best Spirit by Package. At the London Spirits Competition! Awesome effort!


  • Pernod, in the USA…

Following a spate of acquisitions, Pernod have high hopes for American Whiskey…


  • Ardb’eer

The good folks from Ardbeg have released a beer, and the proceeds are going to aid clean water projects. Nice…


  • Paddy Places!

Paddy’s Irish Whiskey placed in two categories at the 2020 International Whisky Competition, earning a gold medal and was named the Best Blended Irish Whiskey. Impressive….


  • Whisky Show Cancelled.

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, this years Whisky Show has been cancelled, but fear not! The team have all kinds of on-line shenanigans to keep us entertained!


  • DiageO’shaughnessy…

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company has made a number of new appointments, including hiring former Diageo executive Mike Duggan as CEO. Interesting…


  • Smokin’ Rum!

The shy and retiring folks from Smokehead have launched a Rum finished expression. I’d imagine this being anything but subtle!


  • Peated Kavalan STR!

Kavalan will release their second shaved, toasted, and re-charred whisky in October, which will also be the distillery’s first peated expression. You’ll most likely need to get in line behind a certain Mr Ludlow for this one…


  • Zero Waste Achieved…

Diageo have managed to hit their target for waste to landfill. This is a good thing!


  • Don’t forget the Motor City, y’all…

A new TV advert to highlight a Motown song by writer and producer Frank Wilson, called Do I Love You (Indeed I Do). Has been created by Uncle Nearest. But you’ve probably already heard that on the grapevine…..


  • JJ Corry, on!

The results of JJ Corrys crowd chosen blend have been collaborated and “The Lock In”, is now available!


  • Not Tarriffic.

US Tariffs on Scotch Whisky are to remain in place. Not good.


  • And Finally….

Just been reminded of this insight from the late, great, Sid Waddell

When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer… Bristow’s only 27.

The man was a genius!

That’s all for this week folks!

Stay cool, and I’ll see you next week for more, whisky news!

Connas