Newcastle Whisky Festival is only a week away (and it’s pretty much sold out!) so – pancake flipping aside – Whisky Lounge HQ is a hive of activity at the moment! Naturally, Connas has been avoiding all of that in order to keep you all up to date with this week’s Whisky News from the warm embrace of the Jewel in Tyneside’s Crown… [I think we can assume he means Gateshead, and btw we hope you like this week’s new cover image, courtesy of Connas’ mate: Gatesheed Lad, Leo Douglas – Ed.]

 

  • Smoky Skid Marks! [Ew, Connas – Ed.]

Smokehead have teamed up with Ducati to create a bespoke motorbike, The Smoker!

 

  • Bunna Applies The Blusher!

Work has started on the £10.5m upgrade of facilities at Bunnahabhain. This is going to be epic…

 

  • Rye for Paddy’s Day!

Kilbeggan have announced a small batch Rye for this year’s St Patrick’s Day, this interests me…

 

  • Possible MOM Data Breach…

There may have been a data hack at online retailer Master of Malt. They are currently investigating, this article contains information on how to address any concerns.

 

  • McGregor Tries To Grow Backbone…

Famous for being too scared to come to Gateshead, and some other MMA palaver, Conor McGregor is releasing his Proper No. Twelve Whiskey in the UK.

 

  • Welsh Icon Number 6!

Penderyn have added a peated portwood cask-finished expression to its Icons of Wales series to commemorate St David’s Day this year.

 

  • Giving Dublin Liberties!

Dublin Liberties Distillery is finally open, happy days…

 

  • Diageo First!

Diageo have appointed the UK’s first ever female apprentice coopers. Better late than never…

 

  • Auction Stuff…

Rare whisky has topped a luxury investment index.

Also, more shiny Macallan is on its way to auction!

 

  • And Finally…

There’s been some silliness going on of late. I’ve deliberately avoided commenting, mainly because Billy has done it better than I could…

That’s us done for this week, people!

Have a great weekend!

See you soon.

Connas