Apparently, Connas beloved Gateshead FC have been the victims of an international crime syndicate. Their sole intent is to stifle GFC’s greatness, via scurrilous means, following their defeat in the National League N/S play-off Quarter Final Last week. Or so he would like us to believe! Thankfully, SPECTRE are yet to infiltrate his Wi-Fi connection, so he is more than capable of providing you with this week’s Whisky News!

  • Transparent ‘Laddie!

Bruichladdich have launched a campaign to highlight the need for more transparency across the Scotch whisky category. I approve of this. I approve GREATLY!

  • Buffalo Race!

Runners from all 50 US states and seven countries participated in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s 19th annual Great Buffalo Chase 5k which was held virtually for the first time over July 4th weekend. Brilliant effort!

  • Glenallachie to the Pub!

The good folks from Glenallachie are making 116 bottles of their whisky free to independently owned pubs hit by lockdown. A wonderful sentiment!

  • Yoichi Brandy!

Nikka have released two limited edition single malts finished in apple brandy casks to commemorate the marriage of their founders 100 years ago.

  • 2020 Spirit Works!

The American Distilling Institute have awarded Spirit Works distillery with Prestigious Bubble Cap Award for Excellence, Innovation and Community Leadership. Great work!

  • Two Week Warning!

The deadline for entries to the Scotch Whisky Awards is 14th August. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!

  • Happy Birthday Johnnie!

Diageo have released information of some celebratory bottlings commemorating 200 years of Johnnie Walker. They’ll be with us in October, and they look awesome!

  • Labelling against obesity…

The UK government are launching a consultation regarding plans to provide calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages to tackle obesity. Interesting…

  • Barrel Sale…

Whisky barrel marketplace Cask Trade will host an online auction next month featuring more than 20 casks. Nice…

  • Diage-open!

Diageo have announced a staggered approach to reopening their distilleries. Probable best to check before you go!

  • Rocking a 95!

Phil and our buddies at Rock Town in Arkansas bagged an excellent 95/100 for their Four Grain Bourbon at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Great work!

  • Cotswolds Open Imminent!

The Cotswolds Distillery will be open for tours from 3rd August, people! Go see them!

  • Boutique-y take on the world!

That Boutique-y Whisky Company will release a new range of whiskies next month, the first collection in a new themed “World Series”.

  • Spirit Running in Donegal!

Sliabh Liag distillers produced the first legal whisky in Donegal in 200 years last week. And they’re now looking for investment via crowd funding. Exciting Times!

  • The Colour of Mull!

Tobermory have released a nice colouring book for you, to take you to Mull from the comfort of your own home!

  • Uist Plans Land!

The Uist Distilling Company have announced plans to build a £6.5 million whisky distillery at Gramsdale on Benbecula. Looks epic!

  • Glen-Tish!

Glen Moray have teamed up with chef Ben Tish to create a range of tapas-style recipes and cocktails for summer. I like the sound of this….

  • Marketing Update!

The Scotch Whisky Association has updated the Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky, which includes emphasis on ensuring any communications do not cause serious or widespread offence.

  • And Finally…

The moral victory was ours, and that’s the last I’ll say on the matter.

See you back here next Friday Folks!

Remain Remarkable!