Whisky News time, Lounge types! And various online communications would suggest that Connas does not translate “Locked down in Gateshead” as a negative occurrence. It would also appear that he is making tentative steps towards the pastime known as non “professional” drinking at home. We’ll try and provide some screenshots of his antics should we be able to! In the meantime, here he is to keep you up to date with this week’s comings and goings in the whisky world!

  • Stoic Solidarity…

As the Coviod 19 crisis continues, the list of companies switching to producing alcohol for sanitiser continues to grow. Bacardi, Sazerac, William Grant and Distell are all chipping in.

In addition to this, Distell have confirmed that 10% from all sales of Deanston, Tobermory and Bunnahabhain will be donated to help support on-trade workers who are currently unable to earn. Brilliant Idea.

Diageo have also taken the decision to close all their facilities in India.

The folks from Compass Box are getting creative with their fund raising!

In addition to Brown Formans huge donations to covoid 19 relief efforts. Their Jack Daniels brand are spear heading a campaign to help keep people connected. Good on them!

And, the entry date for the second annual Scottish Whisky Awards has been pushed back because of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Lakes too Oceans!?

The Lakes Distillery has secured a £3.5 million asset-based loan to help triple its production capacity. Huge numbers!

  • H B, B W!

Glenallachie’s Billy Walker has picked up a clutch of honours from this years World Whisky Awards, and all on his 75th Birthday! Many Happy returns Sir!

  • Pende’win!

Penderyn have also picked up 3 awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards. Well done team!

  • KINGSbarns

While Kingsbarns have picked up Best Lowland Malt Whisky the World Whiskies Awards. Happy Days!

  • Berry’s Big Numbers

Amidst a spike in on-line trade Berry Brothers and Rudd have announced record sales. Interesting…

  • Spring Oath!

In its sixth year, the Blood Oath Bourbon series continues with Blood Oath Pact No. 6 which launches this spring.

  • First Sherry from Filey!

Our buddy Joe Clark from The Spirit Of Yorkshire Distillery has put together their first ever Sherry Finished expression. Can’t wait to try this….

  • Killer Gorm!

The next instalment of Kilchoman Loch Gorm will be with us on Monday people! Get on your starting blocks!

  • Buffalo Chinkapin!

Incarnation number 4 of the Charter Oak Series from Buffalo Trace is here!

Turn Out from Leith…

This month SMWS outturn is now live!

  • And Finally…

I have, in the past, (quite rightly!) been accused of having a slightly tongue-in-cheek approach to our weekly news update, especially at this specific point.

On this occasion, consider this ‘THE MOST SERIOUS I CAN POSSIBLY BE’.

As we’re all consolidating and re-assessing what we have, what’s important to us, and taking time evaluate how we live. Please, when this is all over – GO TO THE PUB.

Stay Safe Folks
See you soon!

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