Salutations, fellow whisky news followers!

Connas has managed to dig himself out of the veritable landslide that was last week’s update, to bring you up to speed with the ever-changing face of the industry…. Here we go!

  • Into Eden!

After a 160-year hiatus, Single Malt Whisky has returned to St. Andrews. Eden Mill Distillery have announced their inaugural bottling, containing spirit from American and French Virgin Oak, and an ex-Pedro Ximinex sherry cask. Bottles 1 to 10 will be available via auction at the end of the month.

  • Stitzel-Weller Resurrect The Blade!

To mark their 83rd Anniversary, Stitzel-Weller Distillery [which opened again in 2014 after having been on hiatus since 1972 – Nerd Ed.] have re-released Blade and Bow 22 year old bourbon. This is only the third time this bourbon has been available, and each bottle will come with a golden key. (Ooooooh!)

  • Busy Times for Bunnahabhain 

Our buddies at Bunnahabhain must never sleep! Not only did they clean up at this years World Whisky Awardsthey somehow found time to put together their programme for this year’s Feis Ile and reveal their festival bottling. I hope they’re getting overtime!

  • ‘Roming Past 20

Gordon and MacPhail have officially owned Benromach distillery for 20 years! To celebrate this milestone a 20 year old limited (3000 bottles) edition bottling is being released. The RRP on the bottling is £299 and it’s been available worldwide since Monday. I’d love to get my hands on one!

  • Exchange Expand!

The Whisky Exchange has a new shop in London, situated on Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia. This is their second shop in the capital… [Well, third – but the one in Vinopolis is closed – Stickler Ed.]

  • Elixir Islay!
It’s been a busy week in Park Royal! TWE’s sister company Elixir Distillers, owners of the Port Askaig and Elements Of Islay brands have announced they have submitted plans to build a brand new distillery near Port Ellen on Islay. The as-yet-unnamed new distillery will be competing with Ardnahoe and Gartbreck for the titles of 10th, 11th and 12th distilleries on the island.
  • South African Whisky Rising!

As if the sweep from their stablemates at Bunnahabhain wasn’t impressive enough, South African distiller Bain’s has won World’s Best Grain for Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Master Distiller/Blender of the Year for Andy Watts at this years World Whisky Awards. Ever-growing competition in the world whiskies categories is making for interesting following to say the least, well done to Andy and all involved. (But be aware, if a Gateshead Whisky emerges, it won’t be so easy…)

  • Boutique-y Peaty!

The ever-quirky and always entertaining folks from That Boutique-y Whisky Company have announced some brand new whiskies this week. The new bottlings consist of a 50 year old (Yes, FIFTY YEARS OLD!) Blended Grain, and two single malts from Islay. One is their first ever Octomore at 6 years old, and it’s accompanied by a 15 year old Bowmore. All with pretty bespoke cryptic labels, niiiiice…

  • Party Time At Bowmore…

The running order for Feis Day at Bowmore has been published, and it’s looking awesome…

  • Auction Stuff

That’s some EXPENSIVE old whisky………. Wow.

  • Double Top Tali’…

The Diageo folks have announced that they’re releasing the oldest ever official bottling of Talisker. The 40-year-old single malt, finished in amontillado casks, is the first of a series of Talisker bottlings to be bottled under the “Bodega” range.

  • New Old Forester 

The long awaited Old Forester Distillery and visitor centre in Kentucky has finally been given the opening date of 14th June. The 70,000 square foot site on Main Street, Louisville has been in the pipeline since 2015 and cost a total of $45 million…

  • And Finally…

The Rock has launched a Tequila.

Wonder if he’s smelled it…

That’s all for this week folks, I’m off to Bristol for a big whisky festival!

See you on the flip side for more whisky news!