whisky newsFriday’s here, folks! The working week is over and Connas has yet another bumper instalment of whisky news for you, with updates from Jim Beam, Macallan, Bunnahabhain and more – enjoy!

 

  • CV’s At The Ready!

Both Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond distilleries are on the lookout for a Whisky Blender! Have a go, why don’t you!

 

  • Chocolate Treats From Scallywag…

The good folks from Douglas Laing have unveiled Scallywag ‘The Chocolate Edition’ #2 ahead of World Chocolate Day. Sweet…

 

  • Tomintoul… And All That Jazz…

Tomintoul have created a 12-year-old Scotch whisky blend with London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to mark the venue’s 60th anniversary. Nice…

 

  • Jameson, Jameson, Jameson x 3

Irish Distillers have unveiled a new global travel retail exclusive, called Jameson Triple Triple. It’s triple-distilled and blended from a combination of ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, along with casks that have been seasoned with fortified wine from Malaga in Spain.

 

  • Bunnahabhain Builds!

Construction of the new visitor centre at Bunnahabhain distillery is under way…

 

  • Fets On A  Mission!

Fets Whisky Kitchen in Vancouver have filed an appeal and are awaiting the ‘Reconsideration’ from the powers that be in the dispute over a large quantity of SMWS whiskies that were confiscated from them and impounded more than 18 months ago. Solidarity…

 

  • Award for Lost Distillery!

Gerston Archivist, a whisky from Lost Distillery Company, has scooped 1st place within the Best Blended Malt Scotch category at The International Whisky Competition, well done to them!

 

  • With a Rebel Yell!

Lux Row Distillers have launched their first ‘international release’ bourbon as it continues to meet growing demand from whiskey drinkers in the UK. Rebel Yell French Barrel Special Finish has been finished in toasted oak wine barrels for 6 months [Interesting that they reckon they can still call it a bourbon, then? – Ed.], and there are 6000 bottles available.

 

  • Pernod Picks Up For Myanmar

Pernod Ricard have completed the acquisition of a 34% stake in Seagram MM Holdings, a joint venture designed to produce and distribute whisky in Myanmar. Interesting…

 

  • Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged!

Scottish Field are offering you all an opportunity to become a Whisky Judge! Why not find out how hard it is!

 

  • Duty Hikes Could Be Damaging… […and ursine excreta might be found in arboreal areas…]

The UK Spirits Alliance are calling for the government to freeze duty for the length of parliament and then reform it…

 

  • Jim Beam Facing Fire Fine…

Beam Suntory is facing the possibility of a substantial fine after a fire started by lightning at one of their Jim Beam warehouses led to the deaths of thousands of fish and other aquatic life in the Kentucky River…

 

  • Trouble At t’Mill for Diageo…

Diageo could be hit by strike action from their Scottish workforce following an “overwhelming” rejection of an “insulting” pay offer.

 

  • Charity Auction Stuff…

The whiskies available at the Whisky Ambassadors Charity Auction have been announced! And there’re some Bobby Dazzlers in there!

 

  • Auction Stuff

There’s some very intriguing Macallan – including a 72-year-old – up for grabs this month.

Meanwhile, Bonhams have a full set of Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series [Holy Heck! – Ed] available to bid on next month…

 

  • Bottle Cap Challenge!?

Amorim have developed a cork with an embedded NFC code, in the hope that it will deter counterfeiters…

 

  • Big Ten For Tiree! 

Tiree Music Festival has teamed up with Tiree Whisky Company to produce a specially commissioned small batch Speyside single malt to commemorate 10 years of the remote island festival.

 

  • And Finally…

Pubs, here’s the long and short of them…

Thanks for popping in one and all! I’ll be back for more next week!

Onwards!

Connas.