Gateshead Whisky News

Happy Friday, people!

It’s been another busy week in the whisky world, and once more Connas has compiled everything you need to know in one handy update. Straight out of Gateshead…

  • Pappy on the way!

The annual release of Van Winkle Bourbons will land next month! No doubt they’ll disappear at a rate of knots!

  • Aberlour from Bourbon!

The traditionally sherried, Aberlour A’bunadh, now has a bourbon barrel-aged incarnation “Aberlour A’bunadh Alba” interesting.

  • Charity Auction Stuff…

£370,000 has been raised for the The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre following a charity whisky auction hosted by Whisky Auctioneer. Amazing Numbers!

Also, Buffalo Trace recently released the sixth millionth barrel of its multi-award-winning bourbon – Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – from which 400 bottles have been filled and donated to a variety of charities and causes across the States, to auction off and help raise funds. However, one lucky bottle has made its way to the UK and online whisky auctioneers, Just Whisky have added it to their October auction with all proceeds being donated to UK charity, Breast Friends and Family.

  • New Dornoch Bottlings!

There’s a new range of bottlings available from the folks at Dornoch, they’ve had some belters in the past…

  • Smoky English Virgin is Here!

The first-ever peated whisky from the English Whisky Company is now available!

  • Castle Pernod!

Pernod Ricard have been on quite the spending spree! Their acquisition of both Castle Brands and Firestone Robertson has been finalized….

  • Alice in, Tequila?

Hard rockers Alice in Chains have launched a Tequila barrel-finished Bourbon, hope it doesn’t need a facelift….

  • Huge week for G and M…

Gordon and Macphail have not only had confirmation that their distillery in the Cairngorms can go ahead. They have also released details of a new 1956 Glen Grant commemorating George Urquhart’s legacy. Wowzer!

  • Heaven Larceny!

Heaven Hill Distillery have announced the Larceny Barrel Proof Series. Nice….

  • Maple Rye!

Templeton Rye have announced a Maple Cask Finished expression, which is the first limited-edition expression in their Barrel Finish Series.

  • SMWS on the way to Glasgow!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will open a new venue on Bath Street in Glasgow early next year! Can’t wait to visit this one!

  • Glenn Tutssel Obituary

Penderyn Director and Designer Glenn Tutssel sadly passed away recently, our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.

  • 25% Tariff Given the Go-ahead

The World Trade Organization has formally backed the US 25% import tariff on single malt scotch whisky. I have a feeling this will not go down well in some quarters…

  • Jim B and B!

You can stay at Jim Beam for $23 a night. Happy Days!

  • Special Releases Unveiled!

Diageo have revealed full details of all eight whiskies making up this year’s Special Releases series, including a 29-year-old from closed distillery Pittyvaich. (I was at the launch, they’re great).

  • Woodford Masters!

Details of the latest addition to the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon are here, most intriguing…

  • Myths from Compass Box…

Compass Box have brought us Myths & Legends  a series of three Limited Edition whiskies, created to challenge certain Scotch “myths” and celebrate the creative opportunities offered by blending. These sound great…

  • New Kilchoman!

There’s a new 2010 vintage Kilchoman with us folks, and it’s sounding amazing!

  • All’s Fayre at Glen Garioch!

Glen Garioch are having a Fayre in December to launch of a brand new expression, the Glen Garioch Missouri Single Cask 1363. Go and have a look if you can!

  • Auction Stuff…

Two rare Macallan Lalique 50 year olds have exceeded their estimates at Bonhams last week….

  • And Finally…. announced that they are calling it a day this week.

It has been an important resource for everyone in the industry since its inception. Their fair and uncompromising journalistic approach is something not easily accessed in today’s whisky world. To say that it will be missed is the very definition of an understatement. (that’s an understatement mate. – ed)

I give sincere thanks to everyone who has given their time, energy and enthusiasm to the project. And most importantly I hope that the excellent work that you’ve done stands you in good stead for the future.

Stay Strong.



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