We have whisky news, people – everything from Redbreast to Lagavulin with a little Jack Daniel’s action thrown in! While Connas has been off enjoying the hospitality in Campbeltown and on Islay, he’s managed to string a few sentences together so that you lucky lot can stay up to date! Here we go…

 

  • Pages Of Arran

A book which documents the Isle of Arran’s long lasting affinity with whisky production has been released in celebration of the new Lagg Distillery opening this summer. Might have to dust off the reading glasses for this one…

 

  • A Drop Of The Blacks Stuff, Anyone?

Kinsale-based Blacks Brewery and Distillery has released information on its plans for a new whiskey founders club initiative, allowing Irish whiskey enthusiasts the chance to purchase their very own cask.

 

  • A Pair Of Jacks!

Jack Daniel’s have released the second version of their Jack Daniel’s Legacy Edition

 

  • New Caol Ila From G & M

A new Caol Ila 14 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice matured in Hermitage wine casks is now available from Gordon & Macphail.

 

  • Diageo, They Look After The Kids!

Diageo have started the global rollout of their new parental leave policy, offering several regional businesses a minimum of 26 weeks paid in full to both parents. Good on them I say…

 

  • Lagavulin & Caol Ila Fèis Bottlings Confirmed (And I’ve probably tried them by now.)

The last of this year’s Fèis Ile bottlings have been confirmed folks! A 19 year Old Lagavulin and a 22 Year Old Caol Ila, nice… (I hope…) 

 

  • Hunter Laing, On The Rocks…

Hunter Laing & Co have also unveiled a new whisky at this year’s Fèis Ìle: Scarabus Specially Selected. It’ll be available worldwide from the middle of June…

 

  • HP In The Frame!

Highland Park have announced the launch of Søren Solkær 26 Years of Photography: a single malt that’s been created in honour of Danish photographer, Søren Solkær. Interesting…

 

  • Caskay Of Raasay…

There’re all kinds of opportunities to purchase casks from Raasay distillery these days, even bespoke 30-litre ones. Have a look why don’t you, it’s Fathers Day soon!

 

  • Irish Gift Of The Gab!

There’s a new Irish whisky podcast on the go, folks! Could be worth a listen…

 

  • Party Time!

The good folks at The Cotswolds Distillery are having a summer festival, go see them!

 

  • Litigation Payout…

The High Court in London has ordered former United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya to pay US$135 million to Diageo. Oooooof… [Yeah, good luck with that – Ed.]

 

  • Brexit…

Apparently the wine and spirits industry may be vulnerable to Brexit. Who’d have thought it!

 

  • Redbreast Goes On The “B” of the Bang!

924 bottles of Irish Distillers’ Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition single potstill whiskey sold out in just 14 minutes this Monday… [… and will be appearing at an auction near you in the very near future – Ed.]

 

  • And Finally…

I was just sitting out in the sunshine at Laphroaig, and it occurred to me…

I bloody love whisky, me!

That’s all, folks! I’ll check in from Gateshead next Friday!

Onwards!

Connas

[Thanks once more to Connas’ mate – Gateshead Lad, Leo Douglas – for our lovely cover image.]