Happy Friday, Lounge Types! You’ve made it to the end of another week, and after last week’s deluge, Connas was hoping for a relaxing weekend in Edinburgh and a relatively quiet week in whisky news. Well, he can hope all he wants, because it’s been MANIC. So here’s all you need to know from the whisky world…

  • Numbers Up!

There’s now 128 operational distilleries in Scotland! That’s the most there’s been since 1945 (and I don’t mean a quarter to eight!). Awesome…

  • Edrington, Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, WYOMING!

Scotch heavyweights Edrington have acquired a minority stake in Wyoming Distillery and will henceforth oversee all sales, marketing and distribution of Wyoming Whiskey’s range. I wonder if we’ll see them on this side of the pond?!?!?!!

  • Bon AWARD!

Our pals at the Bon Accord in Glasgow have been named the UK Whisky Pub of the Year! Well deserved in my opinion, congrats to Paul and the team, they’re a good bunch…

  • Eight at 100%

Islay farm distillery Kilchoman have launched the eighth instalment of their 100% Islay series. Everything in the bottle was grown and produced on the Island, AND there’s snazzy new style branding, I approve…

  • Auction Stuff…

You may have the bottle, but have you got a cask?! Mulberry Bank Auctions have announced what they claim is the first ever dedicated Cask Auction.

Also, the auction for Teeling’s inaugural bottling of their own whisky ended with a hammer price of £10,000! That’s a record breaker!

And if you’re in the market for some new wheels, check out what Balvenie are putting up for grabs

  • Return of the ‘Riach…

BenRiach are bringing back the 12 year old Sherry Wood Expression, and it’s already been winning awards in San Fran! Nice…

  • Lakes Floating?

The Lakes Distillery is considering listing shares on the stock exchange. Fair play to them… (Random fact, Bassenthwaite is the only Lake in the Lake District. You’re welcome…)

  • Act Your Age!

Glenrothes have announced that they are replacing their current ‘Vintage’ range with an updated ‘Age Statement’ range. This will make it easier for a certain son of Gateshead to explain the whiskies when he helps them out at Festivals…

  • Compass Points to Spain…

Artisan blenders Compass Box are adding a new bottling to their core range for the first time in five years. The Story of the Spaniard, bottled at 43% abv in June 2018, contains 48% ex-Sherry cask-aged whisky and 25% ex-red wine cask-aged whisky. Interesting…

  • Poet And You Know It?

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a wordsmith (not me, I can barely string conkers, never mind sentences) [No comment – Tireless Proofreading Ed], Isle of Arran distillers have announced a competition to find the official Poem of their new distillery, Lagg

  • Land, Sea and Grants…

William Grant and sons are attempting to simplify the conversation around flavour with two new mystery single malt bottlings under the name of Aerstone. ‘Sea Cask’ is the traditional Speyside style, while ‘Land Cask’ is in a Peated Highland style…

  • ‘Dronach Set For Take Off!

Glendronach have a new travel retail offering! Glendronach Forgue is a 10 year old aged in a mix of Oloroso and PX sherry casks and is available from a duty free outlet near you now, with a RRP of £60.

  • Wolfburn Still Prowling…

Wolfburn Distillery has today launched its fourth permanent single malt whisky expression, named ‘Langskip, taken from the Norse name for “Longship”. And it’s at 58%, wow…!

  • “Making Their Way, The Only Way They Know How…”

Yeeee Haaaaaaw, WhistlePig have announced the fifth instalment of their Boss Hog range, I’m sure Uncle Jesse would not partake…

  • Ice With That?!

Ardgowan have pulled out the stops and released their first ever blended malt, and it contains whisky which has been to the south pole! There are 600 bottles priced at £500 available here…

  • And The Circle Is Complete…

The folks at Diageo have revealed the last of this years Special Releases range. A blended malt containing Caol Ila, Oban, Clynelish, Talisker, Inchgower and Lagavulin that they’ve named Cladach[Totally missed a trick, they should have called it C.O.C.T.I.L. – Acronym Ed.]

  • And Finally…

Is SMWS bingo a thing? [No. – Ed.]

Like “Mannochmore………….. Sixty-Four!” [Still No. – Ed.]

Just wondering… [How about this? “P45….. Connas, you’re fired!” – Ed.]

That’s all for now folks! See you at a device of your choice next week, for more whisky news!

Connas