It’s Whisky News time, folks! Connas has spent most of this week yo-yoing up and down the country on various whisky-related missions. So this week’s news is brought to you, in no small part, courtesy of LNER’s free wifi! Here we go!

 

  • The Name’s Glen… (No, hold on…)

Following a Double Gold at San Francisco’s World Spirits Competition, Glengoyne are releasing a combination of first-fill European and American oak Oloroso sherry casks, refill casks and bourbon barrels creating Batch Number 007 of their Glengoyne Cask Strength incarnation, nice…

 

  • Park Clean Up…

Thanks to support from the Highland Park Distillery, Orkney is set to become the first Scottish island to be photographed from the air in a project that will help local communities tackle the global problem of coastal litter.

 

  • Calva’box?

Our friends at Compass Box have created the “world’s first” Scotch and Calvados blend, and called it Compass Box Affinity. Always innovating, good on ’em…

 

  • Pig Flies!

WhistlePig has received a US$55 million line of credit from investment bank JP Morgan Chase to “accelerate” its rye whiskey production. Awesome numbers…

 

  • Aaaaaah Grasshoppa…

Tamworth Distilling has created a Bourbon infused with the foul-smelling foam excreted as a defence mechanism by the eastern lubber grasshopper. Sounds lovely…

 

  • Sam Tribute…

Sazerac have created a limited edition American-Canadian blended whisky that pays homage to Sam Bronfman, the founder of Seagram Company. Fair play..

 

  • World Record Dramming…

It looks like our friends from Bruichladdich have broken the world record for the world’s largest ever whisky tasting… Good Skills!

 

  • EBS Owning It!

Edrington Beam Suntory: Best Blended Japanese Whisky, Award for Recognizing Women’s Excellence in Manufacturing, AND enhancing their commitment to environmental matters. All in one week. Awesome stuff…

 

  • Check Mate For Lindores…

Lindores Abbey Distillery is to release a commemorative edition of its Aqua Vitae, Aqua Vitae Thabill, in honour of the all-star chess tournament that will take place at the distillery on 25th and 26th May. Players include Champions and Former Champions from around the world…

 

  • SMWS Festival Tour!

Looks like our buddies from the SMWS are hitting the road in a big way! They’re hitting all three Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay Festivals this year! Keep your eyes peeled folks!

 

  • Bull Racing!

Black Bull Scotch Whisky are sponsoring 19 year-old GT driver Sandy Mitchell for two of the biggest platforms in the sport. Nice…

 

  • HMRC At A Loss…

Concerns that HMRC may have mislaid distillery planning applications have risen… Hmmmmm…

 

  • SLIABH LIAG Celebrate…

Donegal’s Sliabh Liag Distillers scooped three gongs at this years Bartenders Brand Awards. Great effort…

 

  • Rebuild

Following the sad news out of Paris this week, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie owners LVMH have made a huge donation to the funds to help repair Notre Dame.

 

  • Travel Master Rebranded…

Glenlivet are relaunching their Master Distiller’s Reserve travel retail range, as the Triple Cask Series.

 

  • Must Be Talking To An Angel… (but not the big rusty one in Gateshead, obviously…)

The lovely folks at The Angel’s Share have launched a refillable version of their glassware, nice…

 

  • Hair Of the Dog…

BrewDog Distilling have unveiled new brands of gin and vodka, a series of limited edition whiskies created to pair with craft beer, and a redesign of its Lone Wolf Gin bottle.

 

  • Hebridean Festival Incoming!

The first ever Hebridean Whisky Festival is to take place across the islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris next month. Awesome News!

 

  • New Rattray

Indie bottlers AD Rattray have announced a bunch of brand new single cask offerings… Happy Days…

 

  • 1770 On The Runway…

You can now purchase 1770 Glasgow Single Malt at airports all across Scotland…

 

  • Auction Stuff…

This mega-rare bottle of George Roe is up for grabs soon…

 

  • Glen Moray Best In Category…

Glen Moray have picked up best in category for their 10yo Fired Oak expression. Well done all!

 

  • And Finally…

Don’t give your kids Unicorn Tears, folks.

Or your parents.

Or your second cousin 67 times removed.

Or anyone you’re not related to for that matter….

 

Anyway, that’s your lot for this week, Lounge Types!

See you in seven for more shenanigans…

Connas

[Thanks once more to Connas’ mate – Gateshead Lad, Leo Douglas – for our lovely cover image.]