What an amazing time was had at Newcastle Festival last weekend. The most exhibitors we’ve ever had, lovely Geordie whisky lovers, and sold out masterclasses. Thanks to everyone in attendance, it was a great day!

So great, we barely even noticed that Connas buggered off early to catch a flight to London!

He’s back in his beloved Gateshead now, and primed to deliver this week’s whisky news! Read on…

Give us a break!

The Cotswolds distillery are urging the government to implement tax breaks for small distillers. Good for them…

Elixir Islay Re-do!

Elixir Distillers have submitted an altered planning application for their distillery on Islay, it’s now a more “traditional” exterior design. Nice…

– Yellow Rose of Europe….

American whiskey brand Yellow Rose have launched in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany…

Irish outpace the Scots!

It seems that sales of Irish Whiskey are growing at a faster rate than Scotch in the US. Interesting…

43-year slam- Dunc!

Glengoyne are marking the retirement of their long serving assistant manager, Duncan McNicoll, with a very special bottling. I approve of this sort of thing….

Kilchoman Still House Party…

The good folks at Kilchoman had a bit of a do to mark the official opening of their new still house the other week. Looks like a fun time was had by all!

Brora Brand Ambassador?

Diageo are advertising for the roll of Brand Ambassador for the newly revived Brora Distillery. Fancy a go?

50-year-old up for grabs!

Think your funny? Pun your way to a free bottle of 50-year-old Whyte and Mackay, here!

Grants Distribution….

William Grant & Sons are launching their own distribution company in Germany next year, with Markus Kramer at the helm as managing director.

India Premium

Diageo have increased their shareholding in United Spirits to 55.9% as part of the firm’s long-term premiumisation strategy in India.

Distillery Boom!

There were 80 new distilleries registered in the UK last year. Wow!

Still Booming!

And there’s no sign of them slowing down, as planning permission has been granted for what will be the most northerly distillery in mainland Scotland…

Auction Stuff

Next month, Sotheby’s spirits auction will contain the oldest Karuizawa and Macallan whiskies ever bottled. Impressive…

Distell of a haul!

Distell have scooped an incredible 11 awards at this years World Whisky Awards. Awesome work team!

Jane The Second…

Diageo have started their Craftswomen programme with the launch of two limited edition Johnnie Walker and Bulleit whiskies, including a new Jane Walker bottling.


Glenfarclas have a 62-year-old on the way, and even the packaging looks EPIC!

Go See Glendronach!

There’s a shiny new visitor centre at Glendronach, I’ve been meaning to visit for AGES!

New Wemyss!

Wemyss have 8 new single malts available. Can’t See them lasting long!

1 million Reserve!

Sales of Woodford Reserve have broken the one million case barrier!

Oldest Red Breast!

Irish Distillers have unveiled its oldest permanent Redbreast, a 27-year-old aged in Port barrels. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some of this!

Funding Found!

Nc’nean, have successfully raised over £1.7m in funding through both crowdfunding and private investors, AND they should have whisky with us this year! Awesome stuff!

And Finally….

The one person who “likes” the whisky news on Facebook every week made himself known last Saturday at Newcastle Festival.

Didn’t even ask for an autograph.

That’s why I love the whisky industry!

All the best folks, I’ll be back the same time next week for more!

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