whisky newsHappy Friday, folks! And it’s been another busy week in the whisky world! As always, here’s Connas with all you need to know, from the last John Walker to the latest from Wolfburn and Bimber distilleries…

 

  • Come For The Views And Take Them Away!

Our good buddy, the accomplished lensman Konrad Borkowski, has managed to set up his own gallery on Jura! It looks awesome, so make sure you drop in if you’re on the Island!

 

  • Curiously Glen Moray…

Glen Moray have expanded their Elgin Curiosity range with a single malt finished in agricole r(h)um casks. And it intrigues me greatly…

 

  • Kilchoman Double Up!

The new still house at Kilchoman is finished, and on-line! Happy days!

 

  • Charitable Buds Of Mey…

A new brand of traditional Scottish products, Mey Selections, has been created by the North Highland Initiative charity, launching a new series of single cask whiskies to support local Highland businesses. Good on them…

 

  • Wolfburn Clear Up!

Check out the big bag of awards Wolfburn have been picking up! Wowzers, Wolfburn!

 

  • Festival Bottling From Cotswolds…

Cotswolds Distillery have announced their first port cask release, which will be available for purchase exclusively to festival ticket holders on the day of their Summer Festival. Go get some!

 

  • A Dozen New ‘Dronachs!

Batch 17 from the GlenDronach Cask Bottling programme is with us, and there’s 12 of the blighters! There’ll be some great whiskies in here…

 

  • Pricing Implementation Success… 

A NHS Scotland report has confirmed that the minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol policy has been “implemented effectively”.

 

  • Ian Macleod’s Accord With Cornish Pirates

Ian Macleod Distillers have signed a three-year sponsorship deal with English rugby union team Cornish Pirates… Maybe they’ll find out where the Rum has gone…

 

  • High Society Accolades!

Our buddies at the SMWS have swept up a load of awards at the IWSC this year – well done, guys!

 

  • Open Spirit!

York People! Go and see the folks at Spirit of Yorkshire for their open day TOMORROW! They’re a good lot!

 

  • Cyber Tongue!

Scientists have developed an artificial tongue that can analyse whisky for all kinds of differences between whiskies. This will help clear up all the issues with fake bottles we keep hearing about, but never actually see. 

 

  • The Taste of Brexit…

More conjecture over what might happen in twelve weeks’ time once we know what is/isn’t happening here…

 

  • Ard’best!

The International Whisky Competition have announced Ardbeg as the Distillery of the year. Well done to the team! Always enjoy seeing Micky, Jackie and the crew…

 

  • Bimber Limber Up!

The good folks at Bimber have significantly increased the capacity of their distillery ahead of their first single malt release in September. Awesome news…

 

  • Pernod On Firestone!

Pernod Ricard have acquired yet another distillery with the purchase of Texan whiskey producer Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. They’re on a roll!

 

  • Last Cask!

330 bottles of the final instalment in The John Walker series will be with us soon. And it’s called The John Walker, Last Cask. Can’t think why….

 

  • Romancing The Barley!

Bruichladdich have released three new single malt vintages as part of their Barley Exploration series. They sound the part too!

 

  • How Do They Do That!?

Compass Box have given us an insight into how they developed the second in their No Name series… Geek-tastic….

 

  • Rye-ld Turkey

Wild Turkey have released their oldest ever Rye whiskey to the global market. Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye contains casks aged between 9 and 11 years. Nice…

 

  • First Ever Dalmunach!

The first ever release from Chivas’ Dalmunach distillery landed a week ago as part of the Distillery Reserve Collection. They kept that quiet!

 

  • It Was A Very Good Year…

There’s a new 1978 vintage Glen Garioch on the way – click the link for details on how you can get tickets to the fancy launch dinner… I was born in ’78. Hmmmmm…

 

  • And Finally…

A certain fish and chip shop in Newcastle looked at me as if I was an idiot for asking if they sell gift vouchers. We’ll see who’s laughing last…

That’s all for this week, folks! Stay Savvy! [Or Saveloy? Sorry, I’ll get my coat – Ed]

Connas