Gateshead Whisky News

We’re past halfway through January folks! If you’re still de-toxing from the festive period, never mind! You can keep up with the industry comings and goings via everyone’s favourite Gateshead-based whisky nerd! Take it away Connas…

  • Irish on the up!

Bolstered by whiskey, Irish alcoholic drinks exports grew by 8% in 2019, to reach €1.45 billion, according to a report released by Dublin-based agency, Bord Bia. Happy Days…

  • IWSC in the USA!

The good folks from the International Wines and Spirits Competition are now looking to spread the word of whisky in the United States! Fair play!

  • New Year, new Dewars!

To mark Chinese New Year, Dewars have brought out a Limited Edition 18 year-old in fancy packaging!

  • Balvenie on the Road!

Balvenie have kicked off January in style with a series of takeovers at leading UK bars, with six of Australia’s leading bartenders! Keep an eye out!

  • Today Loch Lomond, tomorrow….

Scottish distiller Loch Lomond Group has expanded its global travel retail team with the creation of two roles, regional director for Asia travel retail and GTR commercial and trade marketing executive.

  • Black Bottle 10!

Scottish Distiller, Burn Stewart, have re-introduced their 10 year-old expression to the Black Bottle range. Good!

  • Malt Making in Moffat….

Dark Sky Spirits have received £320,000 in funding to build a brand new whisky distillery in the Scottish town of Moffat…..

  • Dalmore for New Year!

Dalmore are celebrating Chinese New Year with a limited edition 28-YO release AND a special pack for the iconic King Alexander III.

  • Nikka out of time…

It would seem that popularity has put such a strain on Nikka’s older stock, that they are discontinuing some of their older age statement whiskies.

  • Turn Out for SMWS

Details of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s January outturn are here! They’re looking good…

  • Tariffs and Politics…

Trade bodies have called for an end to US tariffs on certain EU distilled spirits, after research estimated up to 78,600 US jobs could be lost if the tariffs continue or are increased.

And UK drinks firms are being encouraged to explore China for business opportunities, post-Brexit.

  • Monkey Shoulder, getting Jiggy with it!

Apparently, Monkey Shoulder have designed a measuring Jigger which pours with 100% accuracy. I’ll believe it when I see it…

  • Lakes Stake Sold!

The Lakes Distillery have sold a minority stake in their business to an Investment Company, in order to continue with expansion! Interesting…

  • Edrington Korea Closures…

Edrington (owners of Highland Park and Macallan among others) have confirmed they will close its Korean operations at the end of March.

  • Ex-wine from Tomatin…

Tomatin have bottled their first ever whisky from a Sauternes Cask. And its only a 42 year-old with a 1977 vintage!

  • Filey Bay, the Second Coming!

Our good friend Joe Clark from Spirit of Yorkshire has been a busy chap! After debuting the first Filey Bay back in October, the second incarnation is already with us. Awesome Work Sir!

  • Penderyn In the Press!

Busy times for Penderyn folks! Not only has their whisky been granted “Kosher” status, but their whisky has been given some belting reviews!

  • 5 Archival Series!

Macallan are celebrating its original advertising campaigns from the 1970s, 80s and 90s with the fifth release in its Archival Series. Nice hat…

  • And Finally…

You can “Tiptoe”, but you don’t refer to them as “Toe tips”. However….

You can’t “Tip Finger” but you do refer to them as “Fingertips”.


Hey-Ho Loungers! These things are sent to try us!

We’ll see you back here next week for more Whisky News!



Read last week’s Gateshead Whisky News if you missed it!