The London Whisky Weekender is approaching, Lounge types! And we’re all geared up for an awesome show at the Oval next weekend. Why not wet your whistle with a roundup of this week’s whisky news from Gateshead, with that man Connas!

 

  • Counting The Carbs. And The Saturated Fats. And The ABV, I Assume…

Beam Suntory have relaunched their corporate website with an ‘enhanced user experience’, it says here, including nutritional information on its brands.

 

  • Master McKee at Michters!

Following her retirement from the Kentucky-based distillery next month, Michter’s master distiller Pamela Heilmann will be succeeded by Dan McKee. Best of luck to all on their new ventures!

 

  • Making – Not Leaving – A Mark

Maker’s Mark have partnered with outdoor brand United By Blue on a new scheme which aims to remove more than 30,000 kg of waste from the world’s oceans and waterways. Good on them!

 

  • More Rare Whisky From G & M…

Single malt whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail have announced their Spring Collection, with a rare 38-year-old whisky at its heart. Wow, this lot are on a roll…

 

  • O’Tequila…

Ireland’s Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co has launched JJ Corry The Battalion, which they reckon to be the world’s first Irish whiskey finished in Tequila and mezcal casks.

 

  • Caol Ila Go Ahead!

Just in time for me visiting at the end of the month, Caol Ila have been given the go-ahead to build improvements to their visitor facilities. I land on the 24th, no rush folks…

 

  • ‘Morangie Festival Lineup!

Glenmorangie have announced their lineup of events for the first ever Highland Whisky Festival. And it looks very impressive…

 

  • Leader On A New Path…

Scottish Leader are to release their first ever blended malt. Interesting…

 

  • Big Peat Gets His Wings!

Family-owned whisky bottlers Douglas Laing have released a limited edition Big Peat blended malt to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund charity, called Big Peat The RAF Edition.

 

  • Finlaggan Via Espana!

The first ever 7000 bottles of Finlaggan single malt to be matured in Rioja Casks are now available, Olé!

 

  • Ncn’ean for Equality…

Highland distillery Ncn’ean is hoping to entice more women into the whisky industry by offering two week-long, all-expenses-paid internships.

 

  • Full-Timer At KC

Cooper King distillery have hired their first ever full time employee! Happy Days!

 

  • Labelled With 40 Years Service!

Scotland’s – and indeed the world’s – largest whisky packaging site in Renfrewshire was 40 years old in April, awesome effort!

 

  • Douglas Laing Offers Three New Scallywags…

Douglas Laing have launched three new products as part of their Scallywag Scotch whisky range, while simultaneously unveiling a new marketing push for the brand. Interesting…

 

  • 5-Star Clydeside

Clydeside Distillery has secured a five-star rating from the national tourism organisation. I’m going to make a point of popping in the next time I’m in Glasgow, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this place……

 

  • Wemyss Covered In Gold!

Our friends from Wemyss have struck gold in a big way at this years San Francisco World Spirits Competition… Awesome news…

 

  • Share In Some Pernod…

Brand owner Pernod Ricard have launched an employee share ownership scheme, allowing 75% of its workforce to invest in the business. Nice…

 

  • Ireland And Canada Trade…

The Irish Whiskey Association has called for speedy ratification of a trade agreement between the EU and Canada after Europe’s top court ruled the deal is legal. Understandable…

 

  • Scotch Contributions!

Scotch Whisky has contributed a massive £5.5 BILLION to the UK economy between 2016 and 2018. Staggering numbers…

 

  • Aberfeldy Underground…

Aberfeldy have opened up their secret underground VIP bar up to the public! So it’s not a secret any more!

 

  • And Finally…

Since my little wander past the hospital last week, I’ve been wondering:

If you’re a General and you have an accident, should you be insured by General Accident? And – if required – should you be treated for any injuries at the General Hospital…?

Hmmmmm…

Curiouser and Curiouser…

Onwards to the London Whisky Weekender, folks! I’m on Glenrothes, feel free to visit or avoid as is your preference! See you here next week!

Connas

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