July has arrived Lounge types! And there have been some huge announcements in the whisky world this week. Read on for your weekly information replenishment from Gateshead’s Whisky Communicator in Chief!

  • Exploring with Angus!

Produced by Angus Dundee, Milestone Beverages have added a single grain and blended whisky to its Taisteal Explorer’s Scotch Series…. Onwards!

  • Woodford Five!

A new limited-edition Woodford Reserve aged in five different barrels along with the 2020 iteration of its Old Forester Birthday Bourbon are with us people! Nice…

  • Charity Auction Stuff…

£240,000 has been raised for Speyside charities after 450 bottles of Glenfiddich 2007 Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020 were sold at auction. Astounding numbers!

  • Results Delay…

Practical issues at Diageo have delayed the publication of their 2020 fiscal results

  • George Bond!

But fear not folks, a delay in reporting has not stopped Diageo from announcing the launch of a new Bottled-in-Bond expression, from George Dickel Tennessee whisky! Happy Days…

  • Arran Blending!

Arran have announced that they are actively combining spirit in cask from their new Lagg Distillery with that of spirit from their established Lochranza Distillery for a future blended malt release… Interesting idea!

  • Vintage Walsh!

Walsh Whiskey, have announced the launch of their 2020 vintage of its The Irishman’ Vintage Cask bottling.

  • MORE Charity Auction Stuff!

William Grant & Sons are to host an online auction featuring more than 300 lots to raise money for two charities, The Drinks Trust and The Ben in Scotland…. There’re some amazing lots up for grabs here…

  • Support Continues…

Proof Drinks are donating beverage packages to the on-trade worth £250,000 in an effort to help venues “maximise their profits” following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Tariff Troubles….

The possibility of additional tariffs on Scotch whisky exports to the US are “deeply worrying”, the Scotch Whisky Association said, as it called for the UK, US and EU to resolve their transatlantic trade disputes.

  • Luxco UK!

Luxco have appointed Lightbox Brands as its new distributor in the UK to help build on the growing demand for Bourbon and rye whiskeys.

  • No Championship? No problem!

Loch Lomond Whiskies, have unveiled a new special edition single malt to mark the Championship that was due to take place in July this year.

  • Social Media Action…

Edrington Beam Suntory, Brown Forman, Diageo and Pernod Recard have suspended advertising on social media for the month of July in a bid to address hate speech.


Diageo, have announced the launch of a new limited-edition series of single malt, each of which are said to be “the first and last of its kind”.

The Prima & Ultima Collection, is comprised of eight single vintage malts, from distilleries including Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Mortlach and Port Ellen. WOW!

  • Constellation Investment…

Constellation Brands will invest US$100 million in black and minority-owned alcohol businesses over the next 10 years as part of a new programme.

  • Plastic Action!

Suntory have teamed up with 11 companies on a new joint venture that will develop innovative technology for used plastics. Encouraging….

  • Filey Open!

Our Buddies at The Spirit Of Yorkshire are re-starting distillery tours, have a look here for booking information!

  • Neutral Bulleit

Bulleit Bourbon’s new whiskey distillery in Kentucky will be Diageo’s first carbon-neutral site. Impressive!

  • New Macallan!

There are two new Macallans in their Double Cask range, folks! ‘Nuf said…

  • One has another two!

The Lakes Distillery have announced the launch of two new expressions as part of its ‘The One’ collection. The One – Orange Wine Cask Finished Whisky. And The One – Sherry Cask Finished Whisky.

  • Bimber Sell Fridges!?

Bimber Distillery has announced the launch of a new limited-edition expression, in partnership with Selfridges. Can’t see this lasting long!

  • And Finally!

Eddie is continuing his quest for Booze ‘n Tunes next week with the one and only Dawn Davies! Dawns got top banter, you should tune into Desert Island Drams at 21.00 on Wednesday night!

Otherwise I’ll see you back here next Friday, people!