The TWL team are primed and on the road to Edinburgh to deliver a huge show at the Assembly Rooms on George Street! While they’re all arguing about Eddie’s choice of music and ensuring the snacks are shared equally, here’s Connas with this week’s news, including takeover talk, new bottlings and an honour for Dr Jim Beveridge!

  • Loch Stock and Barrel!

The Loch Lomond Group (who own the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia distilleries and the remaining stocks of the defunct Littlemill) have been bought out by Hillhouse Capital, a global investment firm. Nice…


  • Whisky Booster!

Whisky is at the top of the list of food and drink products contributing to a 10% growth in UK exports! Wowzer!


  • Canadian – French!

Canadian whisky Crown Royal have launched a limited edition expression finished in French Oak, under their ‘Noble Collection’.


  • You Better ‘Cadam And Eve It!

Angus Dundee Distillers have received planning permission to build a world class visitor centre at Glencadam distillery in the eastern Highlands. I feel a road trip may be necessary…


  • Dr Jim Beveridge OBE

Johnnie Walker master blender Dr Jim Beveridge has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the Scotch whisky industry. Excellent news, congratulations sir!


  • Lyndsay In The Sky With Diamonds…

The good folks at Atom Brands are releasing a range of Islay whiskies in coming months. The first is a 10-year-old single malt called ‘Aerolite Lyndsay’. Interesting…


  • Laphroaig At The Flicks!

Laphroaig have teamed up with Picturehouse Cinemas as part of this year’s Opinions Welcome campaign. I quite like the idea of Laphroaig and popcorn…


  • Roe & Co On The Go!

Dublin’s Roe & Co is set to open the doors to a new £22.3 million urban distillery and visitor centre this month. It’s looking the part!


  • Teeling On The Up!

Teeling Whiskey Distillery visitor centre has generated almost €13 million in revenue since it opened four years ago and has been awarded a €200,000 grant to further develop facilities. Awesome numbers…


  • Distilling Some Wild Oats!

InchDairnie Distillery have created a single grain spirit from oats, making it the first Scottish distillery to use the cereal in “perhaps a century”. Interesting…


  • Head’s On The Web!

Our buddies at Cadenhead’s now have an official online shop! This makes me happy (and possibly a lot less rich!)


  • Lagg Open!

The brand spanking new Lagg Distillery on Arran opened its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday! Well done, everyone!


  • Art Of ‘Rothes

Glenrothes have partnered with Spanish ’Data Artist’ Xavi Tribó to produce a visual piece generated from the distillery’s technical data. Fancy…


  • Whisky Sales To Climb Further

The boffins at Edrington-Beam-Suntory[-CHOAM-Acme-MomCorp-Tyrell-Soylent-SkyNet-Stark-Wonka] have travelled into the future and returned with good tidings!  They forecast whisky sales will increase by 6% to £2.44bn by 2022. Huzzah?!


  • And Finally…

My Goddaughter told me a joke today….

Q: How many tickles does it take to make an Octopus laugh?


I approve! See you next week, folks! Stay safe!


[Cover Image courtesy of Connas’ mate – Gateshead Lad, Leo Douglas]