Friday is here, people! And Connas is all excited for the Old & Rare Whisky Show in Glasgow this weekend. Reports would also suggest the he’s off on a jaunt around Scotland’s west coast with Eddie afterwards, and they’re trying to claim it’s ‘Work-related’?!

Nice try, lads, but pull the other one… Anyway, here’s this week’s news!

  • Rare Eagle Released

Buffalo Trace Distillery have announced a new release called Double Eagle Very Rare, an ultra-rare 20-year-old bourbon. Wowzer!

  • Another 18 From Bow Street…

Jameson are releasing the next iteration of their Jameson 18-year-old cask strength edition, which finished its maturation in Bow Street, Dublin. Looking forward to this one…

  • Maverick, Directly From The Land Of Milk And Honey…

Milk & Honey Distillery have appointed Maverick Drinks as the exclusive UK distributor of their whiskies. Interesting…

  • Peat Is Ten!

Douglas Laing are marking a decade of Big Peat with a commemorative 10-year-old blended malt. And the art work on the bottle definitely doesn’t contain the likeness of our own Eddie Ludlow. Definitely….

  • Raasay’s 2020 Vision (I’m going to claim that I’m the first person to use that pun, I feel its overuse is on the horizon!)

You can now pre-order the first single malt from Raasay Distillery, and it’ll be delivered just before Christmas 2020. Exciting times!

  • Auction Stuff

The legendary Richard Paterson has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura to create a single bottle of 49-year-old Dalmore whisky named Dalmore L’Anima, which will be auctioned for charity. Good on them…

Another bottle of the Macallan Peter Blake 1926 is up for grabs at Bonhams, it’s only expected to make £500,000 to £700,000. Small change really…

Meanwhile Stateside, Hart Davis Hart are set to host the ‘largest spirits-only auction’ in US history!

And, bottle number one of the Royal Lochnagar from a cask donated by Prince Charles was sold for charity at auction for a tremendous £9100! Well done to all involved! Bottles numbered 2 to 20 will be auctioned for the same charity, soon…

  • Old & Rare Ardbeg!

The Whisky Exchange have revealed an exclusive bottling for its third annual Old & Rare Whisky Show – a 25-year-old Ardbeg single malt. I’m very excited about this…

  • Nattering in Waterford!

Gortinore Distillers have revealed plans to build a distillery and visitor centre in Waterford, ahead of the launch of its inaugural whiskey next week – Natterjack. Always good to see more whiskey being made in the Emerald Isle…

  • Wemyss In The Club!

Our buddies at Wemyss have launched a new website, a new club AND a 35 year old Caol Ila. Awesome efforts…

  • Pen-Doublin’

Welsh whiskymakers Penderyn now have planning approval for a second distillery, awesome news…

  • Balcones Bring The Pot Back To Texas…

A Texas Pot Still Bourbon has been added to Balcones core range. I like the sound of this…

  • Bringing Liberties!

Dublin now has its third whiskey distillery: Liberties Distillery officially opened on Wednesday, happy days…

  • And Finally…

Who is ED?

[You’re Fired – Ed.]

That’s your lot for this week, Loungers! I’ll make sure that I have time to fit in next week’s news while Eddy and I are working hard over on the West Coast!

Onwards!

Connas