Seven days have passed since your last instalment of whisky related babble from the mind of Gateshead’s best banjo player! [I’m going to go ahead and assume that this isn’t a euphemism. -Ed.] Here’s Connas once again with your weekly whisky news roundup featuring yet another new range from Johnnie Walker, a fire at Jim Beam and the oldest ever Talisker…

 

  • Secrets From Chivas…

Chivas Brothers have released their biggest ever single malt collection. The Secret Speyside Collection includes 15 single malt scotch whiskies from four Speyside distilleries: Caperdonich, Longmorn, Glen Keith, and the Braes of Glenlivet distillery…

 

  • All The BenRiach!

BenRiach have released TWENTY-FOUR single cask bottlings! 24! Bet there’re some awesome drams among this lot!

 

  • From Tazzy, Via France!

Renowned Tasmanian distillery Sullivan’s Cove also have a brand-new offering, this one matured in French Oak which previously held Australian White Wine. Interesting….

 

  • International Jersey For Walker! 

As part of their 200th anniversary Johnnie Walker have partnered with Scottish Rugby.  Nice…

 

  • Ian Murray Scholarship Awarded…

William Grant & Sons has named The Whisky Shop’s Kat Keough-Jack as the sixth recipient of the Ian Murray Spirited Solutions Scholarship. Good on them! [And while we’re at it, let’s raise a glass to a very funny, dedicated whisky man. RIP Ian – Ed.]

 

  • Into the Rabbit Hole!

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard have obtained the premium bourbon brand Rabbit Hole. [Do you mean ‘bought’, Connas? Because ‘obtained’ kind of makes it sound like they nicked it – Ed.] I wonder if we’ll see more of it over on this side of the pond?…

 

  • Five High For Sazerac!

No less than five of Sazerac’s Canadian whiskies were Highly Commended at this year’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Awesome work…

 

  • Walking The Regions! 

There’s a new Johnnie Walker range [Another one, seriously? – Ed.] that highlights four Scotch whisky regions: the Highlands, Lowlands, Islay and Speyside. Cool… [Wonder why they missed out Campbelt… Ah, right – Ed.] 

 

  • Management Potential!

Diane Farrell, Senior Site Manager at the Talisker Distillery is recognised in Management Today’s annual 35 Women Under 35 list, which celebrates a handful of the UK’s most impressive women in business. Awesome achievement…

 

  • 41-Year-Old Talisker!

Talisker have unveiled the second whisky in their Bodega Series – a 41-year-old, the distillery’s oldest single malt to date. 

It’s a 1978 vintage…

I was born in ’78. Just saying… [Yeah, right, Connas.  I’ll pick you one up after I’ve paid off my new spine, yeah? – Ed.]

 

  • Fire Concern…

Worrying reports out of Kentucky as a fire has caused huge damage at a Jim Beam Warehouse. [Update – no-one was injured, thankfully – but 45,000 barrels of whiskey were destroyed – Ed.]

 

  • Auction Stuff!

Those lovely brand ambassadors have put together another charity auction featuring one-off bottlings and all kinds of amazing whisky, with all proceeds going towards The Benevolent Society. Go and have a look…

 

  • Diageo, Happy With That…

In response to the relaxing of the rules around cask maturation last week, Diageo (who campaigned for the change relentlessly) have expressed positive vibes

 

  • Cask Auction Stuff…

Independent Scotch brand Cask 88 have launched a whisky auction site, said to be the first online platform dedicated to full cask sales…..

 

  • New Threads For Whyte & Mackay…

Whyte and Mackay have unveiled a snazzy new bottle design…..

 

  • Tariffs And Turbulence…

There’s been a lot of talk of US placing tariffs and charges on whisk-e-y from this side of the Atlantic this week, and here is the response from the Scotch Whisky Association[tl;dr: three words, rhymes with ‘No luck yourself’ – Ed.]

 

  • And Finally… 

I don’t care what anyone says, BAR TOWEL ORIGAMI IS ALWAYS FUNNY! 

ALWAYS! [Surely no-one said it wasn’t, Connas. Calm yourself – Ed.]

Pleased I got that off my chest! Thanks for popping in again folks, see you back here next week for more!

Connas

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