whisky newsAugust is upon us, people! And the heatwave appears to be last month’s news! Here’s Connas with your weekly dose of comings and goings in the world of liquid sunshine, with stories from Oban, Macallan, Gordon & MacPhail and more!

 

  • My New Local, In Taiwan! 

Kavalan have opened a whisky bar on the Nanjing East Road in Taipei, and the design recreates the inside of the Kavalan Yilan distillery’s maturation warehouses. And you can get a dram directly from the Cask! Whoa…

 

  • Jura Waits For No Man…

Isle of Jura have unveiled new additions to their family of single malt whiskies with two 21-year-old expressions called Tide and Time

 

  • Tariff’ic News…

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States has received an additional US$400,000 in funding to deal with the impact of retaliatory trade tariffs, bringing the total amount awarded to the organisation since January to $1,215,000.

 

  • JD Hits The Street, On Your Feet…

Shoe designer Dominic ‘The Shoe Surgeon’ Chambrone has created seven prototype Jack Daniel’s-inspired trainers. They should keep you on the straight and narrow!

 

  • Whisky For The Dead Walking…

In their ongoing attempt to work with every TV show I’ve never bothered to watch, Diageo are set to release a Bourbon inspired by The Walking Dead

 

  • Tamdhu At Heathrow!

There’s a new exclusive single cask from Tamdhu distillery at Heathrow, in partnership with Dufry. A first-fill American oak Oloroso sherry cask whisky that was distilled in September 2003 and bottled in June 2019. The malt was selected by members of the Dufry team from a shortlist of five casks and is available now!

 

  • Condensing ‘Morangie

Our friends at Glenmorangie are getting a brand-new wing to house a condenser! Nice…

 

  • Full Beam Ahead!

Beam Suntory are investing $60 million to increase production of their small batch Bourbons – including building a new distillery in Clermont, Kentucky! 

 

  • Pay Dispute Continues…

It looks like continuing talks have borne no fruit between Diageo and some of their Scotland Based employees, as a pay offer has been rejected for a second time. Hopefully a speedy and acceptable solution can be found…

 

  • Chinkapin Technology! 

Teeling has revealed a new distillery-exclusive bottling that has been finished in Chinkapin virgin white oak casks… 

 

  • Single Cask Nation Army!

The folks from Single Cask Nation have released their biggest out-turn yet! And it’s looking awesome – I’d love to get my paws on some of that Clynelish 23yo…

 

  • Golden Oldies From G & M…

Gordon & MacPhail have unveiled their new Summer Collection, and it includes some of the oldest whisky releases from silent distilleries St. Magdalene and Dallas Dhu. Wowzers!

 

  • Heaven Hill Challenges ALS…

Kentucky-based Heaven Hill distillery have unveiled the limited-edition Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Rye Whiskey as part of their commitment to supporting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research and patient care. Good on them…

 

  • Princetown Investments!

English spirits producer Princetown Distillery are hoping to secure funding through a cask sale scheme launched by investment firm Spirit Traders.

 

  • Oban Bottling Bares Teddy…

Oban have a new distillery-only bottling, celebrating ‘three generations of whisky craftsmanship’. Oban Old Teddy is bottled at 51.7% abv and just 3,960 bottles are available for£150 per 70cl bottle. Best get your skates on!

 

  • Seriously Old Macallan!

Macallan have extended their Exceptional Single Cask range with the launch of a single malt distilled in 1950. And it’s only £44,600, I’ll have two!

 

  • And Finally…

The search for “extra leg room” continues!

That’s your lot for this week, folks – have an awesome weekend!

See you next week,

Connas