There are no days off in the whisky industry, folks! And there’s been so much activity in the past few weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking that all distillery holidays have been cancelled for the foreseeable! But fear not, you needn’t leave the comfort of your Mediterranean balcony, Tuscan restaurant or Gateshead Probation Suite… Connas has compiled the whole lot into one easy, accessible update, featuring Ardbeg, Jim Beam, Bimber and more! Read on….

 

  • Plant Packs a Prize!

Leven packaging plant has been awarded with Diageo’s top manufacturing award! Well done all!

 

  • First Bimber!

The peeps at Bimber Distillery will release ‘The First’ their inaugural single malt whisky next month. And they want people to drink it! Fancy that!

 

  • Beam Bet on Bourbon Boom!

According to the new CEO of Beam Suntory, Albert Baladi, the American whiskey category “still has much more room to grow”, so he’s aiming to make Bourbon “the world’s whisk(e)y”. So he’s investing $60 Million in Clermont, reintroducing the James B. Beam Distilling Co.  Good lad…

 

  • You Can Always Go, Downton…

Ahead of the release of the Downton Abbey film, Harrogate Tipple distillery have created a new gin and blended whisky inspired by the popular historical period drama.

 

  • I Fought The Law, The La…… Hold On!

The Scotch Whisky Association have dropped their lawsuit against Virginia Distillery. Apparently, being made in Virginia is enough to prove it’s not from Scotland…

 

  • Spirit Stability

The newly formed UK Spirits Alliance are urging spirits producers to write to their MPs calling for a duty freeze for the length of parliament and “reform of the duty system”. Solidarity, etc..

 

  • Illumination, Over Time…

Indie bottler Whisky Illuminati have launched a new series of single malts designed to explore how the whisky develops over time. Interesting….

 

  • Auction Stuff

A full set of the highly sort-after Hanyu Series has sold for a staggering £755,000! Wowzers!

 

  • Peated Park!

Highland Park have turned up the peat levels higher than they ever have for their brand new ‘Valfather’ expression

 

  • Cotswolds Awards!

The good folks at The Cotswolds Distillery picked up a whole host of awards at this year’s International Wines and Spirits Competition. Good on them!

 

  • Angry Man, Gets Angry…

Conor McGregor’s antics have led to some people not wanting to buy his whiskey…. 

 

  • Strike Action Planned…

Workers at three of Diageo’s plants plan to move forward with strike action since talks over pay have ended without a satisfactory conclusion. Tough times for all involved…

 

  • Turkey Keeper!

Wild Turkey have released their oldest Rye ever! Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye, the fourth release in the Master’s Keep series, has an RRP of £150…

 

  • SMWS Gathering

Our buddies at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society have LOOOOOOOOOAAD’s of fun events happening during the Edinburgh festival. Go and have a look if you’re in town!

 

  • Would You Stay If She Promised You Heaven?

Penderyn have debuted ‘Rhiannon’, which is the seventh expression in their Icons of Wales series. Points if you guessed the reference in the headline!

 

  • Top Ten To Watch!

About Time magazine have announced their Top Ten Women to Watch in the Drinks Industry. Great to see the founder of Ncn’ean Distillery, Annabel Thomas and our buddy Helena Nicklin from The Three Drinkers TV show representing!

 

  • CHARITY AUCTION STUFF!

The annual Whisky Ambassador charity auction is now LIVE! GO AND BID ON IT, PEOPLE!

 

  • ‘Kinchie Tattoo!

There’s a new Glenkinchie in town folks, and it’s a limited edition to mark the Edinburgh Tattoo!

 

  • Glasgow Smoke!

Glasgow Distillery Company have revealed a peated version of their 1770 single malt, and it’s available to pre-order!

 

  • Aldi XV!

Aldi is set to launch a 25-year-old Glen Marnoch as part of their new Spirits of Scotland Festival this month. Fair Play…

 

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  • Life’s An Ardbeg Beach! 

There’s a new Ardbeg 19yo, people! Taking its name from the Traigh Bhan beach, this is the first age statement expression to be added to the Ardbeg core range in nearly 20 years! Awesome…

 

  • And Finally…

I joined Instagram this week. What an absolute sell-out!

That’s your whack for now, folks! You know what’s happening here at the same time next week. BE THERE!

Connas