Gateshead Whisky News

February is all but with us people! And our sights are firmly set on our first festival of the year in Newcastle! We’ve got all kinds of loveliness lined up for the whisky lovers of Tyneside and surrounding areas. So watch this space for more info! And while you’re waiting, here’s Connas firmly situated just across the River Tyne suppling you with this week’s Whisky News!

  • Macallan Stake, anyone?

Suntory have acquired a 10% stake in Edrington (owners of Macallan and Highland Park to name but two!) for an undisclosed sum. I bet it’s a lot!

  • Tariffs, HOW MUCH!?!?

Both the Scotch Whisky Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States are calling for an end to tariffs that could cost up to £100 million this year! They could buy a bit of Macallan for that!

  • Even Bigger Peat!

Douglas Laing have concluded The Big Peat The Vintage Series with the launch of a 27-year-old Islay blended malt. Happy Days…

  • Rye, rye, ryyyyyyyyyyyyyeeee, Arbikie!

The good folks at Arbikie have announced their second ever bottling of Rye Whisky, and good on them, I say….

  • Flying High with Craigellachie!

Craigellachie 39 Year Old Single Cask has launched exclusively at Heathrow – making it the oldest and rarest Craigellachie bottling available to buy. Wowzers!

  • Last of the Irish Oak!

Irish Distillers have unveiled the third and final whiskey in its Dair Ghaelach collectionMidleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest. Wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some of that!

  • Another Last for Douglas Laing!

Douglas Laing have been busy bees this week! First, the last of the Big Peat Vintage Series, and now the last of the Old Particular Elements Series, with this 12 year old Jura!

  •  And Finally…

I’ve been giving this quite some thought, and the two celebrities I’d least like to fight are…

  1. Bob Mortimer
  2. Bjork

As you were!

Come back for more whisky news next week folks!

See you then.


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