Feis Ile 2021 is almost underway folks! And Connas has managed to calm his excitement to the point where he has once more delivered your weekly whisky news update. You lucky ducks!

  • Festival in a Box Ago-go!

Acclaimed whisky events provider The Whisky Lounge (you’ve probably heard of them) have confirmed the line up for next months “Festival In a Box”, YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS PEOPLE!

  • Diage’feis!

Details of the Lagavulin and Caol Ila Fèis Ìle bottles have been announced. The Lagavulin bottling is 13 years old and has been matured in refill American Oak casks and finished in high char Port-seasoned casks. And the Caol Ila has been matured in refill American-Oak and finished in high char Moscatel-seasoned casks and is 12 years old. And you’ll be able to get them here, SOON!

  • Herd of Buffalo!

Twenty-five whiskeys produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded medals at the 2021 San Francisco Spirits Competition Awards. TWENTY-FIVE! Awesome work!

  • Morrison Reveal!

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers have unveiled their portfolio of whisky brands, including a new 15-year-old Islay single malt. Most engaging…

  • Glen Scotia Fest is here!

Glen Scotia have revealed the schedule for this year’s virtual  festival which will go live next month. On June 7, for the second year running, the festival will be run entirely digitally, with whisky fans from all around the world able to access a range of different events and content by visiting www.glenscotia.com/festival.

  • Cairdeas Incoming!

Laphroaig have unveiled its 2021 Cáirdeas bottling, a whisky finished in a Pedro Ximénez cask. Can’t wait for this one!

  • Redbreast Disappears!

With just 924 bottles available globally, over 11,000 people signed up for a chance to purchase this year’s Dream Cask Oloroso Sherry Edition, launched through Redbreast’s online members’ club, The Birdhouse.  Wowzer!

  • Cheers from Douglas Laing!

Douglas Laing’s Old Particular “Cheers to Better Days” mini-series, bottled in celebration of a brighter future ahead is here. It comprises of a Jura 12 Years Old Single Malt, Port Dundas 16 Years Old Single Grain, Linkwood 12 Years Old Single Malt and a Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old. Get amongst it folks!

  • A beer with The Dubliner…

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, have announced the launch of their first expression in a new collaborative limited-edition Beer Cask Series, with the Rascal’s Brewing Company. Nice…

  • Arbikie Net Zero!

After a successful Phase 1 feasibility study, Arbikie are applying for Phase 2 funding – and a share of a £10 million funding pot – to implement zero-carbon green hydrogen as their primary process fuel. Excellent Work!

  • Covid Relief…

In challenging times, it’s reassuring to see the big players step up when needed. Diageo are stumping up £4.5m funding for covid relief in India. Well done.

  • Waterford Art…

Waterford Distillery has teamed up with artist Leah Hewson to produce a bottle label for its new single malt. Groovy…

  • Glenfarclas Milestone!

Glenfarclas have released a limited edition single malt whisky to celebrate their 185th anniversary.

  • Cask Strength Irishman!

Walsh Whiskey, have announced the launch of its 2021 ‘The Irishman’ Vintage Cask, limited-edition bottling. At 54.8% ABV and produced using a combination of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskeys, and matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. Cool….

  • Bladnoch Collection!

Bladnoch Distillery released its annual Single Cask Collection in limited quantities on the 26th of May. The 2021 collection consists of 6 unique single casks, hand selected by Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage as the very best that were maturing at Bladnoch’s 204 year old estate this year. Interesting.

  • St Andrews Day for Scottish Whisky Awards

This years Scottish Whisky Awards with be held in Glasgow and be broadcast live on 30 November 2021. St Andrews Day, no less!

  • Auction Stuff

Holyrood Distillery in Edinburgh has partnered with Whisky Auctioneer to offer three ‘extra special’ whisky casks up for charity auction.

  • Private ‘Moray

Glen Moray have launched their Private Cask Collection, a series of handpicked, small-batch whiskies, the first of which is a sweet Marsala finish. Impressive…

  • And Finally…

I really hope that next week is that last virtual Feis Ile I ever attend! Bring it on!

See you soon!