Happy Friday, Loungers! The team are on the road with lots of treats for attendees at Birmingham Whisky Festival (we’ll see you there!). In the meantime, immerse yourselves in this week’s whisky news direct from East Gateshead, via the ever random mind of our own Connas…

  • The Candyman Can…

Following the news that Cotswolds Distillery have secured a place on the shelves at Waitrose, Sir Dominic Cadbury, the former chief executive and chairman of confectionary giant Cadbury, has joined the board of directors.

  • Beyond Here Lies Nothin’… But Whiskey!

Bob Dylan has released a new limited edition 10-year-old Tennessee Bourbon under his American whiskey range Heaven’s Door. He must have sorted out the beef he was having with Heaven Hill a few months back… Happy Days!

  • 60’s BowMORE…

Bowmore have launched one of their rarest whiskies to date – a 52-year-old single malt distilled in 1965. And, in all seriousness, who do I have to kill to try some of it?

  • Is It Me Or Is It A Bit Drafty?

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association have concluded that the draft Brexit agreement is a “compromise but a positive step”. That’s that sorted then…

  • Yeah, He’d Better Apologise…

Smack-talking MMA fighter Conor McGregor has issued an apology because they’ve run out of Proper No.12 whiskey. Much the same as when he complained about the quality of the beer on Gateshead High Street.

  • IWSC Awards…

The International Wine and Spirits Competition annual awards was held in London last week. Among the lucky winners was Whisky Exchange founder Sukhinder Singh. His 20 years in the industry earned him the Outstanding Achievement In The Scotch Whisky Industry Trophy. Congratulations Sir, well deserved to say the least…

  • DL And C with the last of the XOP. And It’s from PE!

Douglas Laing have announced the final edition of their XOP Platinum Series. And it’s only a Port Ellen! Wowzer!

  • Auction Stuff

An anonymous bidder payed a record £342,271 for a cask of Macallan at Bonhams in Hong Kong last week. This eclipsed the previous record by more than £49,000! Crazy times!

And there’s more! A stash of pre-Prohibition whiskies will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York next month. Some ridiculous examples of liquid history here…

  • Stills In At Brora!

The new stills are in at Brora! The new stills are in at Brora! The new stills are in at Brora! Yay!

  • Bardstown Massive!

Heaven Hill, producers of Elijah Craig and Evan Williams whiskey, are pumping US$65 million into expanding their operations in Bardstown, Kentucky. And it looks epic!

  • Macallan NOT THE STUFF AT AUCTION!

Although collectors go mad for it on the secondary market, Macallan still sell whisky off the shelf! And they’ve just brought out a global advertising campaign to remind you!

  • Waterford Distillery, They’re Down With Agronomy…

Ever the passionate advocates of provenance and traceability, Waterford Distillery have appointed Grace O’Reilly as terroir agronomist. Their intention is to grow understanding of the barley and its influence on their whisky. Good on them, I say…

  • Festival Mothballed (Not Ours! Don’t Worry!)

US independent bottler the Jewish Whisky Company have decided to mothball their Whisky Jewbilee festival in order to focus on their Single Cask Nation range…

  • Last Drop Bourbon…

The Last Drop Distillers has released only 44 bottles of a 1982 bourbon sourced from the Buffalo Trace distillery. If you can find one, it’ll cost you around £3200 and you’ll get a free mini with it, awwww!

  • Single Cask Spectrum of Eight Glenallachie…

Glenallachie’s Billy Walker has selected eight single casks with the intent of showcasing the diversity of spirit they can produce. I want some… Just sayin’…

  • And Finally…

I’m developing a taste for Armagnac, this interests me greatly…

That’s all for this week, Ladies and Gents – you’ve got 7 days to recuperate before your senses are assaulted with another instalment of Whisky News! Be there, I dare you!

Connas