Another Friday is upon us, Loungers! Time to settle in with Connas for this weeks weekly news roundup!

  • Islay Gets Wings…

Loganair have announced another flight route to Islay starting in their summer timetable. This one is from Edinburgh, could be handy for all you peat-heads out there…

  • Good Deed Ambassadors…

The charity auction (previously reported) put together by various of the industry’s brand ambassadors raised an awesome £10,000! Well done everyone, awesome effort…

  • Doubles All Round At United Spirits!

The Diageo-owned Indian drinks group United Spirits saw its 2018 first half net sales grow by 14%, while profit after tax increased by more than 50%… Impressive…

  • Crown Royal, In The Bag…

Canadian whisky brand Crown Royal have teamed up with country music star Thomas Rhett with the intention of giving away one million care packages to those affected by natural disasters. A worthy cause…

  • Worth The Waitrose?!

Our buddies from the Cotswolds Distillery have secured a nationwide listing in Waitrose, not bad for a distillery that’s only been going since 2014!

  • Dave Pickerell

The sad news that WhistlePig Master Distiller Dave Pickerell has passed away was announced this week. Responsible for some of WhistlePig’s most famous bottlings, most recently the collaboration with Metallica to produce their ‘Blackened’ whiskey, Dave’s loss will be felt deeply in the industry. Our thoughts are with his friends and family…

  • New Advertising Laws In Ireland…

Ireland’s minister for health Simon Harris has signed a “groundbreaking” law to ban alcohol advertising near schools and play areas and restrict visibility of alcohol in stores over the next two years.

  • Copper King Cask Opportunities!

The Sutton-on-the-Forest distillery Copper King is selling 100-litre first fill ex-Bourbon casks for £2,200 each. Buyers will receive an invite to a celebratory event this winter to see the filling of the first ever cask at the distillery.

  • Second Chateau For Benromach

Following the launch of Benromach 2009 Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish last year, the distillery has launched another limited edition Benromach single malt finished in Château Cissac wine casks under its Wood Finish range. The expression has been matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks before moving to Château Cissac wine casks, from the French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux, for two years.

  • MacNair’s resurrected!

Glenallachie are marking their first birthday under the ownership of the Billy Walker Group by reviving the MacNair’s whisky brand. The revival comprises three non-chill filtered expressions: a No Age Statement, a 12yo and a 21yo, all bottled at 46%. Nice…

  • Snuggle Malt Whisky Society…

The SMWS have released details of their winter outturn, and they want you to get warm and cozy, bless them…

  • Gates Open For Lone Wolf…

The team behind the fiercely contrarian brewers Brewdog have appointed former Diageo Futures MD David Gates to look after the Lone Wolf distillation arm of their business  [Gamekeeper turned poacher? – Ed.]. Best of luck guys…

  • G&M Go Private…

Gordon & MacPhail have unveiled a new look for their Private Collection range with the launch of two new releases, an ultra-rare Inverleven 1985 and a 44 year-old Glenrothes 1974. The Private Collection range encompasses rare and exclusive single malts personally selected by members of the Urquhart family, owners of the company for four generations.

  • And Finally…

Las Vegas and prohibition are obvious bedfellows if you ask me!

That’s all for this week folks! You know where it’s at, you know when it’s coming, and you know how to get all the whisky news you need in a week’s time!

Until then, Loungers…

Remain Remarkable.

Connas