Gateshead Whisky News

It’s Burns’ weekend people, and as we publish this our team are far and wide, across the country, delivering whisky tastings containing drams paired with specially selected Scottish Fare to mark the occasion! However you’re celebrating, Connas is here, once more, like a clockwork bad smell that won’t go away. To furnish you with this week’s whisky news!

  • Deal Phasing….

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US are urging China and the US to “continue negotiations” for a deal that removes tariffs on US spirits after the Phase One trade agreement between the two nations was signed. Interesting times….

  • Bringing the Irish home…

Beam Suntory (owners of Bowmore, Jim Beam, and Teacher’s among others) have appointed Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland as its spirits distributor in the Republic of Ireland. Makes sense I suppose…

  • McGregor to the US….

Revered mixed martial-artist Conor McGregor now has a platform for his “Proper Number 12” whisky in the US. He STILL wouldn’t last 2 minutes on Gateshead High Street.

  • Volumes Increasing!

The analysts at VINEXPO have done their research, and they estimate that global spirits volumes are expected to reach 2.8 billion nine-litre cases by 2023. That’s a lot!

  • New Stagg, Jr!

Buffalo Trace Distillery has released the latest batch of its Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As is the standard for all Stagg Jr. releases, Batch 13 is aged eight years and bottled uncut and unfiltered.

  • Arbikie Out There!

The Angus-based “field-to-bottle” distiller has agreed a substantial distribution deal with a leading US Importer, their “first major foray” into the US market. Nice…

  • Irish Emigration…

Drinks Ireland” are reporting that as a result of continued uncertainty in traditional markets, diversification into new and upcoming routes may be key

  • Auction Stuff…

Bonhams are tempting us with some huge Karuizawa action in their next auction

And Christies have named a Global head for their wine and spirits auctions.

  • Doddie’s Dram from Diageo!

Diageo have kindly donated a Cask of Glenkinchie to the “My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.” The Motor Neuron Disease charity set up by rugby legend Doddie Weir. Good on them!

  • Old and Rare, nearly here!

The dram list for this years Old and Rare show has just passed the 300 mark. This excites me greatly.

  • Buffalo Attraction!

Numbers visiting Buffalo Trace distillery have increased by 466% in the past 10 years! Awesome….

  • Mac “cat” llan….

Macallan have created a limited edition gift set for its Double Cask 12 Years Old to celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the cat, just so you know….

  • Taxing times…

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the UK government to reform the nation’s “unfair, outdated and restrictive” alcohol tax, and cut wine and spirits duty by 2% in the upcoming budget.

  • 3-up for the Exchange!

The new Whisky Exchange shop in London Bridge should be open for business by the end of this month! Happy days…

  • Haggis Hunting!

Our buddies at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society are hosting a Haggis Hunt to mark the opening of their new venue in Glasgow! You could win a membership if you find one, nice….

  • Johnny New Year

Diageo have partnered with award-winning artist Shirley Gong to create a limited edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottle to celebrate Chinese New Year. Nice…

  •  Forman of London!

Brown Foreman (owners of Glendronach, and Jack Daniels among others…) have a snazzy new HQ in London. Looking gooooood…..

  •  Ronnie’s Reserve!

Our friends at Berry Brothers and Rudd have launched 6 Single casks curated by its Brands Heritage Director and genuine whisky trade legend Ronnie Cox. These will be great….

  • And Finally…

It would appear that some of you may have been listening to me. Good work, keep it up.

And come back next week for more whisky news!



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