Gateshead Whisky News – 21st June 2019

Yet another awesome Whisky Lounge Edinburgh Festival is in the bag, folks, and Connas managed to survive (and recover) from the resulting night out with Mark Watt in time to bring you this week’s news, which this week covers collapsing warehouses, more Macallan auction stuff and a Highland Park charity bottling!

 

  • Walker Blowing Hot and Cold

Johnnie Walker is set to launch two limited edition Game of Thrones-themed expressions, called A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire. With a bit of luck, they’ll print the lyrics as well…

 

  • Erin’s Flying!

The Department for International Trade have reported that global sales of Irish Whiskey have increased by 300% in ten years. WOW!

 

  • Springer In Douglas Laing’s Step!

Douglas Laing have extended their Xtra Old Particular (XOP) single cask range with the launch of XOP The Black Series. The first release is a 1994 single cask Springbank. Nice…

 

  • Discovering Bardstown…

The Bardstown Bourbon Company have launched the Discovery Series #1, a blend of four Kentucky straight Bourbons aged 5-13 years. Interesting…

 

  • Port O‘Dronach

Glendronach have released a limited-edition Port Wood expression. And you can pick one up around £60. Happy days…

 

  • Maturation Rules Updated!

Following a public consultation conducted by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the rules that govern Scotch whisky have been amended to allow a greater range of casks for maturation in a move designed to create more “flexibility”. Exciting times! (credit where it’s due, the folks at Diageo were calling for this back in January ’18, good on them!)

 

  • Buffalo Progresses…

Buffalo Trace is “marching ahead” with its £950 million expansion plan as the construction of a bottling hall nears completion

 

  • Woodford Welcome!

Woodford Reserve distillery has officially opened its new visitor centre. Let’s go!

 

  • On Yer Bike, Laddie!

Former Bruichladdich warehouse operative Josh Wood is cycling from John o’ Groats to Land’s End for The Brain Tumour Charity. Go and donate a couple of quid, he’s a gud’un…

 

  • Awards Time!

Glenmorangie bagged a nice award at the International Whisky Competition for its 1991 Vintage malt.

Meanwhile, Distell whiskies accounted for 33 of the prizes at the International Spirits Challenge, awesome efforts!

 

  • Rum Finish From ‘Scotia!

Glen Scotia have released a limited-edition single malt finished in a rum cask to celebrate the Campbeltown Malts Festival. I’ve had some, it’s niiiiice…

 

  • Auction Stuff (this bit doesn’t appear as often, hmmmmm… )

Looks like a Macallan might be making silly money on the secondary market, again…

 

  • Clynelish Approved…

Diageo have been granted planning permission to renovate the Clynelish distillery visitor experience as part of its £150 million (US$215m) investment in Scotch whisky tourism. Sounds like my bags need packing…

 

  • Rebranded ‘Fiddich…

Glenfiddich has rebranded its 12yo, 15yo and small batch 18-year-old whiskies. Looking Slick…

 

  • Did You Spill My Drink?!

A warehouse containing thousands of whiskey barrels at the O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky, has collapsed. Thankfully, no one was injured….

 

  • R’open

Since their official opening last week, Roe and Co have released more details of their visitor experience… I’m going. Soon…

 

  • Barley Update…

Kilchoman here, with an update on how the barley to be used in its 100% Islay expression is getting on. Nice…

 

  • Farm To Table From, Errrr, Slipknot?

Masked metal maniacs Slipknot are releasing a whiskey, ahead of their next album. It’s that good, for all I know…

 

  • Highland Park Supporting Excavation!

Highland Park have released a special edition single malt in support of the Ness of Brodgar Trust in Orkney. Good on them!

 

  • A Shining Bulleit!

Bulleit Distilling Co. opens its spanking new visitor centre next week! I could rack up some serious air miles at this rate…

 

  • And Finally…

If you thought my God-daughter’s joke last week was impressive [We didn’t – Ed.], wait till you hear Mark Watt’s effort from last Saturday night…

“I had a legal battle over my last holiday…I lost my case…”

Genius! See you next week folks, have a great weekend!

Connas

[Cover Image courtesy of Connas’ mate – Gateshead Lad, Leo Douglas]

June 21st, 2019|Blog, Whisky News|

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