whisky newsRead all about it, folks! Since the national news has had nothing of interest to report this week, why not immerse yourselves in yet another bumper edition of the Gateshead Whisky News, with stories from Bladnoch, Macallan, Diageo and more – if it stays this busy, there’s a chance Connas will have done some real work for once!

 

  • Bladnoch Backlash…

The team at Bladnoch have come in for some criticism from the Scotch Whisky Association following some ‘overly sexualised’ images in social media posts, that were ‘demeaning’ to women.

 

  • Rum Head!

Ian Macleod Distillers have launched an incarnation of their Islay Single Malt finished in Rum Casks. Smokehead Rum Riot will be available in duty free outlets soon!

 

  • Growing Crystal!

Our pals at Glencairn Crystal are celebrating 15 consecutive years of growth. And so they should! Awesome achievement, everyone! 

 

  • Woodford A Million Strong!

After a huge push from their owners Brown Forman, Woodford Reserve are fast approaching the million cases in one fiscal year mark. Wowzer!

 

  • ‘Rood Awakening!

Holyrood Distillery, the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years, will officially open on 30 July. Happy Days…

 

  • All Scotch Whisky Rooted In Aberdeen? 

The city of Aberdeen could have been the site of the first Scotch whisky still, according to [Aberdonian] researchers who came across a record from 1505. Interesting…

 

  • Stirling Prize For Macallan?

Macallan’s new £140m distillery has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 – the accolade given to the UK’s best new building of the year…

 

  • First In 40 For Midleton…

A 26-year-old man from Blarney in Co. Cork has become the first new cooper to be appointed by Irish Distillers at its Midleton distillery in 40 years…. Good Lad!

 

  • Port For One!

Lakes distillery has released the One Port Cask Finished blended whisky, the latest in its range of blends containing whisky from both England and Scotland. Note the new style bottle, maybe a spoiler for the single malt due out later in the year?

 

  • Irish Sweep Up!

Looks like the Irish have more than just an Open Winner to celebrate! Irish Distillers literally cleaned up at this year’s International Spirits Challenge… 

 

  • Year Of The Wolf!

Wolfburn also have reason to be in celebratory mood, as their Langskip single malt whisky has scooped the coveted ‘Best In Show’ award – and won a double gold medal – at the Singapore World Spirits Competition

 

  • There’s Oak In My Dram!

Sanctified Spirits have partnered with Texas-based Rahr & Sons Brewery to launch two new “in-bottle-finished” whiskeys [Eh? – Ed.] under their Oak & Eden brand. Hmmmm…

 

  • Cask? Anyone?

Whole cask whisky sales firm the Whisky Cask Company has launched to cater for the growing “demand for premium single malt Scotch”.

 

  • Tuning Up On Raasay…

Our buddies from Raasay Distillery have announced the acts for their Raasay Tunes event in September, and it looks impressive to say the least!

 

  • Blah, Blaaah, Brexit, Bah, Doom, Blah, Blah, Tariffs, etc…

A no-deal Brexit could lead to a decline in the drinks sector, and tariffs are still a threat. In other news, grass is green…

 

  • Special Releases Teaser! 

Diageo have dropped some details of this year’s Special Releases… And they intrigue me…

 

  • Wine Finish For Kerr

Loch Lomond have released a limited edition single malt Scotch crafted in partnership with US women’s golf icon, Cristie Kerr. The 2002 Vintage was finished in French oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir red wine…

 

  • Visiting Time At Bladnoch!

The 25th of July will mark the official opening of Bladnoch distillery’s new state-of-the-art Visitors Centre in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. About time, too!

 

  • New Milroy’s!

Our pals at Milroy’s are opening a new venue in September, and it looks fricking amazing!

 

  • Wheat’ford!

Not content with achieving output of a million cases, Woodford Reserve have added a new permanent expression to their range, which features wheat as the dominant grain. Busy times for peeps across the pond!

 

  • Auction Stuff…

Some record prices from Just Whisky auction house this month!

 

  • And Finally…

Jack Bauer there, going full Gateshead

Stay safe folks, use sunscreen, stay hydrated, watch the roads, and most of all…

Be back here in seven for more Whisky News!

Connas