It’s Friday folks! And signs of a rejuvenated on-trade are beginning to show in England. Let’s hope that the rest of the UK – if not the world! – can look towards safely supporting our friends in hospitality soon. In the meantime, Connas has managed to resist the call of the pub for long enough to furnish you with this week’s Whisky News! Read on…

  • Kava-lands Awards!

Kavalan has beaten out the competition to claim two prestigious Icons of Whisky’s 2021 awards:  “Visitor Attraction” for Kavalan Distillery and “World Whisky Brand Ambassador” for Kaitlyn Tsai. Great work team!

  • Glenallachie Single Casks!

Glenallachie have revealed a brand new batch of four Single Casks bottled exclusively for UK specialist retailers. Can’t see those lasting long!

  • Glen Scotia Festival Bottling!

Glen Scotia have released a 10-year-old expression finished in first-fill Bordeaux red wine casks to celebrate this year’s Campbeltown Malts Festival. Interesting…

  • Buffalo Tree-search!

Buffalo Trace Distillery and the University of Kentucky have joined forces on a 15 year research project to study the genetic responses of trees from various regions to different white oak forest establishment techniques in a rural field application.  Very cool…

  • Riff Doubled…

New Riff Distilling will begin a US$2 million expansion of its site next month, which will increase production by 50%. Most impressive…

  • Exclusive Waterford!

Speciality Brands are launching a new whisky from Ireland’s Waterford Distillery, Grattansbrook 1.1. And it will be sold exclusively in the UK. Nice..

  • Dennis Gets Sixty!

Great to see the dedicated service of Dennis Malcolm being marked with an incredibly special release of Glen Grant. The importance of his sixty years of contributions to the industry cannot be overstated and are unlikely to ever be paralleled. Congratulations Sir.

  • The World is Cordiners Oyster!

Bacardi has appointed Matthew Cordiner as global malts ambassador for the company’s portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies. Well done, fella!

  • G and M Do their bit!

Gordon & MacPhail have helped raise £5,000 for Outfit Moray, an outdoor learning and adventure charity. Good eggs, one and all!

  • Bladnoch Building!

Bladnoch have secured a £10 million loan to expand into new markets across the world.

  • Sustainable Walker!

Johnnie Walker have partnered with bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana to create a ‘revolutionary’ bar experience as part of the brand’s biggest sustainability campaign to date.

  • New Wolfburn! (if you’re quick)

The long-awaited eighth instalment in Wolfburns Kylver Series was released on their website at 12:00 on Thursday 15th April – YESTERDAY. You never know, there might be some left!

  • And Finally…

There is such a thing as a bad boss, this is an example of the opposite!

Onwards, Loungers!

See you next week,