whisky newsIf Connas was hoping that the summer holidays would be a quiet time in the whisky press, he’ll have been disappointed. Here’s Gateshead’s own with another bumper weekly news update including stories from Glenfiddich, Brora, Glen Moray and more!

  • Finlaggan Not Winning!

Islay stalwarts Finlaggan have scooped a Silver at this years IWSC awards for their Red Wine-matured offering. Happy Days!

 

  • Annandale Outlaw Monarch!

Annandale have created a blended Scotch whisky tie-in for a Netflix film based on the life of Robert the Bruce and named it Outlaw King! Interesting…

 

  • Major Stride for Walker

The team at Diageo have made huge leaps forward in their transformation of Glenkinchie, Caol Ila, Clynelish and Cardhu distilleries, as well as the global flagship visitor experience in Edinburgh, as part of a £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism. Wowzers!

 

  • Auction Stuff…

If you’re a big bourbon collector, there’s a bunch of really rare stuff at Just Whisky this month…

 

  • Caddie With That?

Royal Dornoch Golf Club have licensed the use of their famous crest and tartan on a unique Highland single malt. They’ve not done that before! Nice…

 

  • Key To The Door From Moray!

Glen Moray have another whisky in their Elgin Heritage Collection with the launch of a 21-year-old malt finished in Port casks. If it’s anything like the 18yo I had for the first time last week, it’ll be awesome…

 

  • Cù Bòcan Revamped!

Cù Bòcan have partnered with specialist drinks branding agency, Thirst Craft, for a distinctive redesign. Fancy…

 

  • A World Of Taste!

The Spirits Business have named the ‘Taste Masters’ winners in the World, Irish and American categories of their annual competitions. Some big names in here…

 

  • ‘Fiddich To The East!

Glenfiddich have launched two limited-edition drams, called Glenfiddich Black Queen and Glenfiddich Ice Breaker, for their Spirit of Taiwan series. The whiskies are finished in Vina  Formosa Rosso, a Taiwanese red wine…

 

  • Kyrö Killing It!

Huge expansions are underway at Kyrö Distillery in Finland! Looks awesome…

 

  • Way Of The Bowmore Dragon!

A new Bowmore 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition is with us, and it uses the same parcel of Sherry casks as the 2012 expression of the Bowmore 30-Year-Old Sea Dragon. This will fly!

 

  • Give Us The Shoulder!

William Grant have appointed Jody Buchan as their brand ambassador for Monkey Shoulder. Best of luck, fella!

 

  • SMWS Experimental!

Our buddies at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society have released the fifth Blended malt in their Experimental range, called Old Fashioned. It’s an 11-year-old blend, matured in a first-fill IPA beer, bourbon and sherry casks. And there’s only 2122 of them, so be quick!

 

  • The Prince Of Wolfburn!

The Prince of Wales visited Wolfburn Distillery last week. He likes a distillery visit, does HRH…

 

  • New Laga!

There’s a new 10-year-old Lagavulin and I can’t wait to try it!

 

  • Tracing Elmer…

Buffalo Trace have announced the release of a 100-proof commemorative bottling: Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Single Barrel Bourbon. Proceeds from the bottle sales will go towards Frankfort VFW Post 4075, where Elmer was a member until his death in 2013. Good on them!

 

  • Heavenly Constellation Deal…

Constellation Brands have agreed to sell their Black Velvet Canadian whisky to Bourbon giant Heaven Hill Brands for $266 million. That’s generally referred to in Gateshead as “a lot”…

 

  • South Africa Protects The Irish!

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in South Africa, that’s nice…

 

  • 56 From The Last!

Last Drop Distillers have unveiled a 56-year-old blended whisky, the oldest Scotch blend the importer has bottled to date. That’s older than me! Just…

 

  • Diageo’s Fungal Neighbours

A couple in Falkirk are suing Diageo, claiming that mould on their property is caused by evaporating alcohol from one of Diageo’s premises and is therefore negatively affecting house prices.

 

  • New Brora!

A new Lagavulin AND a new Brora announced in the same week! They are REALLY spoiling us!

 

  • Redbreast Flying!

Check out the list of accolades Irish Distillers have claimed recently! Wow! Respect is due…

 

  • And Finally…

Beer makes “society stable” apparently. Fair enough…

That’s us done for this week, folks! See you in seven for more!

Connas