December has landed, folks! And no doubt you’re in deep philosophical and political turmoil as the most important decision of our time remains in the balance. So, until you’ve made your mind up over which dram to choose for this year’s festivities, why not occupy your collective consciousnesses with this week’s whisky news, straight out of Gateshead…

  • GI Approved!

The Scotch Whisky Association have registered Scotch Whisky as a geographical indication (GI) product in Indonesia, said to be “another important milestone” for the category.

  • Select Kavalan Distillery At 10!

Kavalan have launched a ‘Distillery Select’ expression, with the intention of supplying “quality at a good price”. And since Ian Chang has put it together, my guess is that’s exactly what it will be! He’s a top bloke, is Ian…

Not only that!  Kavalan have also released two anniversary bottlings to celebrate a decade since the launch of the first Kavalan whisky. I’d love to get my mitts on some of these!

  • Charity Auction Stuff…

Our friends at Whisky.Auction have raised a whopping £350,000 for environmental charity Plastic Oceans. Awesome numbers!

Also, a rare bottle of Chivas Regal 50 year old (one of only four) has raised £21,780 in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, so well done to all involved!

  • Our Definition, Our Definition Is This…

The European Union has finalised its new Spirit Drinks Regulation, which will include “refined and improved” definitions for spirits. Interesting…

  • Sustainability Abilities…

Diageo’s president of global supply and procurement, David Cutter, has been given the additional role of chief sustainability officer. This is the first role of its kind within the company. Let’s hope it can make a positive impact!

  • Land, Lakes, And Air!

The Lakes Distillery have secured listings in World Duty Free stores for their Steel Bonnets whisky and Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur [No doubt off the back of Steel Bonnets getting the Gateshead Thumbs Up earlier this week – Ed. ]. What with their first general release on the horizon, this is great news…

  • Auction Stuff

It’s happened! A Macallan has finally sold for a million quid (£1.2m to be precise) at auction…

  • Errrr, Space-side?

Scotty (of Star Trek – Beam Me Up fame) has lent his name to a new brand of Scotch. ‘Montgomery Scott’ is bottled at 40% and will be available in March. Make it so, etc…

  • Teeling, Mavericks!

Now that Teeling have their own whiskey, they’ve secured a distribution deal with our buddies at Maverick Drinks, good on ’em!

  • G&M: Private, And Rare. Like, Reeeeeeaally Rare…

Gordon and MacPhail have announced two new additions to their Private Collection: A 1954 Glenlivet and a 1968 Caol Ila! That’s the oldest Caol Ila EVER BOTTLED! Wowzer!

  • Royal Charity…

Bottles of the single cask of 30 year old Royal Lochnagar 1988, donated by Prince Charles (as we reported recently) will be available to purchase via ballot on 31st December. Proceeds will go to the Prince’s Foundation…

  • Benromach 40!

Benromach are releasing a limited edition 40 year old from a single Refill Sherry Hogshead cask. Only 184 bottles are available worldwide, so be quick. And as ever, get me one and you’ll get a shout-out on Gateshead’s leading whisky news blog!

  • Arran, And On, And On And Twenty One…

Isle of Arran have added a 21-year-old expression to their core range, and it’s their oldest core range bottle to date!

  • And Finally…

There’s advertising, and then there’s Advertising. This new Lagavulin effort is the latter…

Keep warm, Lounge Types, and we’ll see you back here next week for more!

Connas