We’re gearing up for our last festival of the year in Birmingham on the 25th, Loungers! And – not for the first time – Connas has taken some time out from doing “Proper Work” to bring you all up to date on this week’s whisky news!

  • Walker España!

The Johnnie Walker Flagship store opening in Madrid we previously reported on – En Español – has now opened (that was quick!). And it looks rather impressive…

  • Mortlach Travel Extension!

Mortlach has extended its recently revamped range with the launch of a Mortlach 14-year-old single malt, which will be exclusively available in travel retail. And reportedly, it’s the ‘spiciest ever’, that’s some claim…

  • Diageo Downsize…

With the intent being to focus on their premium spirits, Diageo are selling 19 of their “non-priority” brands – including Seagram’s Whiskey – to US firm Sazerac in a deal worth US$550 million. Pocket change in Gateshead, that…

  • Whisky Hula…

In preparation to launch the first Old Pali Road Whiskey, Hawaiian distillery Ko’olau will begin full production next month! Only available in retail, restaurants and bars in Hawaii. Local residents and visitors will also be able to take part in tastings and tours at the distillery.

(Random fact: Hawaiians consume more spam per capita than anyone else…)

  • Penderyn Plans!

Penderyn have revealed further details of their new multi-million-pound distillery and visitor centre in Swansea, which is expected to open in 2021. And the plans look seriously impressive…

  • Auction Stuff…

Details of lots in the previously-reported Whisky.Auction charity auction for Plastic Oceans have been released. AND THEY ARE UTTERLY AMAZING.

  • Ceramic Fantastic…

Douglas Laing have updated the ceramic packaging on their Premier Barrel range… Go on, have a look… [You’re fired, for making me read the phrase ‘eccentric yet romantic rhyming tasting notes’ – Ed.]

Douglas Laing company chairman Fred Laing said: ‘Probably perspicacious, provident, prodigiously provisioned proprietors, purveyors (preferably also purchasers) of panache will be palpably pleased by our provisioning of this particularly palatable pedigreed Premier Barrel.’ [You can go ahead and kill me now – Alliteration-phobic Ed.]

  • Caol Ila Revamp Update!

Since our initial report, Diageo have now officially submitted plans to “significantly expand” the visitor centre at Islay distillery Caol Ila as part of their £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism.

  • Red Spot Spotted!

After a 50-year hiatus, Irish Distillers have reintroduced Red Spot Irish Whiskey to their range of whiskeys. It’s available in Ireland from this month and will roll out to the US, UK, and France from January 2019.

  • Sazeraction!

Since they’ve just acquired a load of new brands from Diageo (see above), Sazerac have hired a new Head of Global Business. Chris Ritchie will be in charge of driving “strategic expansion” from the 1st of January. Best of luck to him!

  • And Finally…

I don’t care what our Editor thinks [Very evidently – Ed.], this is comedy genius…

“- Have you seen Enya’s next three fixtures?

– No?

– Sale (a) – Sale (a) – Sale (a)” [Sigh.]

That’s all for this week folks! Keep ’em peeled this time next week for all of your whisky news requirements!