Greetings Folks! February has landed, and it looks like the PR departments have shaken off their festive hangovers. Connas’ inbox has been inundated! Observe…

  • Bains Aged…

Bain’s Cape Mountain have launched the oldest ever South African whisky! The limited edition Bain’s 15 Year Old Single Grain Whisky is exclusive to Big5 Duty Free, Cape Town International, Tambo International Airports and The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. Only 3600 bottles have been made available, so don’t dawdle…

  • Tariff Talking…  

US Trade body The Distilled Spirits Council and 45 drinks businesses have urged the US to negotiate with Mexico and Canada to end retaliatory tariffs on American whiskey. ‘Bout time…

  • Swedish Spirit On The Beach!

Our friends from Sweden’s Mackmyra distillery have partnered with Plantation Rum to create a Macmyra single malt aged in rum casks from Barbados and Jamaica.

  • Can I Get A Relaunch…

Diageo are relaunching the J&B Rare brand…

  • The Customer Is Always Right!

Following huge consumer demand, Brown-Forman has released Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked 2019 Edition… So does that mean it’s quadruple oaked?

  • GlenWyvisit… (see what I did there!?)

GlenWyvis distillery is partnering with Scottish hospitality operator Cobbs to open a visitor centre focused on the history of illicit distilling in Scotland. It’s all above board this time…

  • Virtual and Actual Buffalo Tours…

Not content with breaking a record for distillery visits, Buffalo Trace now offers virtual tours as well! Whoa…

  • Parting Tears

Ireland’s Walsh Whiskey Distillery and Italian drinks group Illva Saronno have ended their joint venture with immediate effect following a dispute over the future direction of the business. Thankfully, the supply of their whisky brands will be uninterrupted…

  • Ready, Raasay, Go!

Pre-orders for the first ever Raasay whisky will be available from 14th Feb… Get on it!

  • Lagg Lyrics…

The winner of the competition to pen the brand new Lagg Distillery’s official poem has been announced… Good Skills…

  • Holyrood Gear Up For Opening!

The girls and guys at Holyrood Distillery are getting ready to open their visitor experience in Edinburgh, with the appointment of Debs Newman as Director of Visitor Experience. Best of luck everyone!  

  • Exciting Openings Updates!

Port Ellen AND Rosebank are still both reopening and I’M VERY EXCITED! Port Ellen AND Rosebank are still both reopening and I’M VERY EXCITED! Port Ellen AND Rosebank are still both reopening and I’M VERY EXCITED! Port Ellen AND Rosebank are still both reopening and I’M VERY EXCITED! Port Ellen AND Rosebank are still… [The subsequent 57 paragraphs of this item have been edited for reasons of space, redundancy and excessive frothing likely to cause an affront to common decency – Ed.]

  • Kingsbarns, First In Line…

Fife distillery Kingsbarns have released their flagship single malt. Congrats all round….

  • Busy ‘Morangie!

Directly off the back of an announcement that Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (their parent company) have reported growth, Glenmorangie have released the brand new Private Edition Allta. It will come as no surprise to you that I’d like to get my hands on some of that!

  • And Finally…

Is there such a thing as a toaster that fits a full slice of bread in it anymore!? Grrrrrrr… [Help is available, Connas. Or buy smaller bread? – Ed.]

That’s all for this week folks, have a great weekend! See you next week!

Connas