Gateshead Whisky News

(Apologies for the lateness folks, nothing to do with Connas! Onwards…)

Friday is upon us once more Lounge-Types! And even as you’re reading this the TWL Team will be neck-deep in delivering Manchester Whisky Festival, I suppose you might even be reading this AT Manchester Whisky Festival! (ed – well, if Eddie had actually go this out in time!)

Regardless here’s your weekly whisky information dump!

  • New Strip on the Auch’y!

Auchentoshan have updated their packaging, snazzy…

  • Crime Stoppers…

£100,000 worth of whisky has been stolen from a Chivas Whisky Brothers’ secure site in Paisley. Shout if you know anything people!

  • Export Worries…

The Scotch Whisky Association have warned that new US tariff could result in a 20% drop in exports Thanks for that….

  • Down with this sort of thing!

So, some drinks groups are asking for the tariffs to be ended. You’re welcome…

  • Makers Limited!

Maker’s Mark have announced the launch of their first-ever nationally available limited-release bourbon. That’s nice…

  • Rankin’s a Keeper!

Gordon & Macphail Director and all-round top bloke, Stephen Rankin was made Master of the Quaich recently. Congratulations sir!

  • Finlaggan Gold!

Finlaggan Cask Strength has picked up a Gold and a Spirits Selection Revelation trophy at the 2019 Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial Bruxelles. Good on them!

  • Trademark Copyright!

The number of trademarks registered for spirits and liqueurs in the UK increased by 12% to 2,482 in 2018, according to law firm RPC. Uncomprehendingly “The Gateshead Whisky Company” is still available….

  • Three Buffalo

Buffalo Trace have expanded their Old Charter Oak series with the release of a new Bourbon matured in Canadian oak barrels. Interesting…

  • Dark Side of the, errr, Bird?

It’s time for the yearly Famous Grouse advert again folks!

  • Aberfeldy Flying!

There’s a new 15 year-old Aberfeldy in duty free from 1st November folks, and it’s been finished in Sherry Casks!

  • Dram Only Daftmill…

In an attempt to bypass those pesky Bottle Flippers, you’ll only be able to buy the next Daftmill release by the dram, from a bar. Good.

  • New York, New York!

Barton brands have 6, while Buffalo Trace brands have 12. What are they?

Medals at this year’s New York World Wine and Spirits Competition! (ed – of course!)

  • Kinahan’s Hybrid…

Kinahan’s has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first Irish whiskey range made using hybrid casks

  • The Tide is High!

Old Pulteney have launched a campaign in collaboration with Sustainable Surf, a California-based non-profit organisation which seeks to protect the seas by shifting people to a low-carbon, sustainable lifestyle. Fair play!

  • New Bimber!

The second release from London’s Bimber Distillery is available for pre-order. They let me try some while I was there last week, it’s very good!

  • Jacks Heritage

Details of this year’s Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel “Heritage Barrel” have landed, I can’t see them staying on shop shelves for long….

  • Glengoyne, the final instalment!

The fourth and final instalment of Glengoynes creative collaboration with Scottish contemporary artist, Jolomo, is here. Nice…

  • Penderyn win in Europe!

Penderyn have been named Europe’s best in this year’s Whisky Bible…

  • Grants get trendy…

William Grant’s consumer trends report has been published, and it makes for some interesting reading….

  • Auction Stuff.

There’s a whole cask of 1989 Macallan up for grabs at Bonhams in Hong Kong next month. This will be huge…

  • That’ll Teach You!

The old Teacher’s Building in Glasgow may become a Whisky Bar, I like the sound of that!

  • Murray likes Sazerac!

This years Whisky Bible has singled out no less than 9 whiskies from Sazarac brands for awards…

  • Balcones Country!

Balcones will be taking to the road with country musician Jarrod Dickenson in the UK next month. Rumour has it that Gatesheads premier banjo player may be in attendance on certain dates… Yeee Haaa!

  • Umeshu Pig Rye!

WhistlePig have launched a limited edition 16-year-old rye whiskey finished in umeshu-seasoned barrels, called The Boss Hog: The Samurai Scientist….

  • And Finally..

At least they came back with something nice!

That’s all for this week folks!

Come back for more this time next week!



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