Gateshead Whisky News

November! And there’s no chance of the TWL thinking about slowing down towards the end of the year, as we’re gearing up for our last 2 huge shows in Nottingham and Liverpool! So while everyone else is busying themselves with heavy lifting, why not entertain yourself with the fruits of Connas’ “Desk” “Job”…

  • Dougie gets a Distillery!

Douglas Laing & Co have moved into distilling with the acquisition of Perthshire-based Strathearn Distillery. Interesting…

  • Levels rise for the Lakes….

It looks like the folks at the Lakes Distillery are on course to DOUBLE production by summer, nice…

  • Scotia 45!

Glen Scotia have released their oldest expression to date, a limited edition 45-year-old. That’s even older than me!

  • Auction Stuff.

It’s been a busy week for Secondary Market news folks!

News of the biggest ever collection of Rare Whiskies coming to public sale came to us via the folks from Whisky Auctioneer.

And there have been THREE firsts for high prices at auction. Firstly, a miniature sold at auction fetching £4,000! And a record price of £54,450 for a 40-year-old Brora was achieved. THEN a 1926 Macallan stole headlines when it was sold for £1.5m, crazy numbers!

  • Alas, Smith Awards!

There’s been a Double Gold for A Smith Bowman at the North American Whiskey Awards… (ed – seriously? More awards? Are there any left for anyone else?)

  • Elijah Rye…

If you happen to be lucky enough to be in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Oregon in January 2020. You’ll be able to by the new Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye! Get me one while you’re there…

  • Sullivan’s Anniversary!

Sullivans Cove are celebrating 25 years, and they’re marking the anniversary with a limited-edition 21-year-old

  • It’s all fund and games!

The world’s first regulated and publicly listed investment fund for whisky has expanded to the UK, you may want to take a look, if you have a spare £85,000 lying around…

  • United Consumption Slows!

United Spirits have reported 7% a rise in net sales, however they also stated that there was an impact from “consumption slowdown”. Interesting….

  • Feeling Parched…

The Norfolk Parched got a score of 96.5 in the Whisky Bible, there are only 2041 bottles and you can buy some here!

  • Beveridge get his medal!

Diageo’s Jim Beveridge has been formally presented with his OBE from The Queen. Huge congratulations sir!

  • Parks and Lagavulin!

Nick Offerman has teamed up with Islay distillery Lagavulin to launch a limited edition 11-year-old. Just take my money….

  • Trustworthy Cask Trading?

An entrepreneur has partnered with numerous spirits professionals to launch Cask Trade, with the intention of creating a “Trustworthy” marketplace for trading whisky casks. Intriguing…

  • It’ll be Rasaay, this Christmas….

Our Friends at Rasaay are now offering 30ltr casks to purchase, go on, be a devil…

  • “And we’d like some of your money, for whisky and bee…. Well, just Whisky actually”

The folks behind Islay Ales are seeking funding to build a combined brewery and distillery, which will produce single malt and the Scottish island’s “first” rum.

  • General Manager for Johnnie Walker Experience…

Barbara Smith, the chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will join Diageo to head its new tourism experience for Johnnie Walker in Edinburgh, as well as the group’s network of distillery visitor centres across Scotland. Exciting Times!

  • Kirstie to Moray

Kirstie McCallum has been named as the new Head of Whisky Creation for Glen Moray, they’ve got a good one there! Best of luck, all!

  • Aberfeldy from Vino!

Aberfeldy have expanded their range with the launch of a 15-year-old expression finished in wine casks, from Bordeaux no less. Fancy….

  • Glencairn Masters!

Certification program “The Council of Whiskey Masters” have teamed up with our friends from Glencairn Crystal, endorsing it as the official glass for whiskey and is used across the globe. Fair play…

  • Last Drop, First place!

2 bottlings from “The Last Drop” we’re given high praise From Jim Murray this year…

  • Penderyn on Brexit…

Penderyn’s CEO, Stephen Davies, has spoken to The Metro about Brexit, and he makes some fair points…

  • Glen Moray Turn Back Time!

Glen Moray are getting right behind “Old Fashioned Week” to the extent that they’ve even launched their own bitters! Shake me one up while you’re on!

  • Hunter Old and Rare!

Details of Hunter Laing’s new Old and Rare Heritage Series have landed, and they look a bit special, to be fair…

  • And Finally….

When outsourcing goes wrong!

That’s all for this week people!

We’ll be here for more this time next week, until then…

Remain Remarkable!



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