August’s Whisky News

As the summer fades into the distance, there’s still plenty of time to catch-up on all the latest whisky news.

Industry Updates
The market for rare whisky has surged in the first six months of 2017, according to Rare Whisky 101 (BQ Magazine).

Scotch Whisky is one of the first applicants for New Zealand’s ‘authentic products’ register (Insider).

Ardnamurchan’s spirit has officially become whisky after its passed its third birthday (The Spirits Business). And the only whisky distillery in North Wales is set to begin producing its own whisky (BQ Magazine).

Willian Grants plan to boost capacity at its Girvan plant by more than a quarter (Daily Record). And the owner of the John Crabbie’s whisky brands looks set to return to Edinburgh after plans for a micro-distillery were unveiled (Scotch Whisky).Royal Mile Whiskies is set to launch a new auction website, with a focus on ethical auctioneering (Scotch Whisky).

Aldi’s  Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which is priced at just £17.49, has been awarded a gold medal at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters (Independent).

And scientists have revealed why whisky tastes better with water (The Guardian).

New Releases

  • Ardbeg An Oa – the first new permanent expression in the distillery’s line-up for nearly a decade (Bar Magazine)
  • BenRiach Single Casks Batch 14 – comprised of seven different bottlings with ages between nine and 12 years old (The Whisky Business)
  • Diageo Special Releases – the company’s annual release of rare whiskies includes a blend from all 28 of its distilleries (Forbes)
  • GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1991 – launched to celebrate the upcoming release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Scotsman Food & Drink)
  • Glenmorangie Astor – the fan favourite returns with a limited edition release (Imbibe)
  • Highland Park Dragon’s Legend – a no-age statement expression made using a higher percentage of peated malt (Scotch Whisky)
  • Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch – experimental whiskies which are designed to form the foundation of Scotch cocktails (The Whisky Business)
  • Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask – double matured and finished in quarter casks (The Spirits Business)
  • Octomore 8s Masterclass range – which includes the 08.3 which is thought to be the “most heavily peated Octomore to date” with 309ppm peated barley (The Spirits Business)
  • Smokey Monkey – created for bartenders after repeats calls for a smoky, mixable blended malt (Scotch Whisky)
  • SMWS Exotic Cargo – the first ever blended whisky from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Insider)
  • SPEY Speyside Wildlife Collection – features artwork created by the distillery’s Artist in Residence (Drinks International)
  • The Lost Distillery Company Dalaruan Distillery – from Campbeltown’s ‘lost’ distillery (The Drinks Report)
  • The Naked Grouse – relaunched as a blended malt containing no grain whisky, offering a ‘more robust’ flavour (Scotch Whisky)
  • Weymss Malts Family Collection – created using handpicked casks that claim to have the perfect balance between wood and whisky (The Whisky Business)

And if you bought a bottle of The Balvenie Tune 1509 Batch 4, then you might want to consider returning it, after the wrong whisky was mistakenly filled into some bottles (Scotch Whisky).

And finally
Here’s an interesting one. A man paid a Swiss hotel £7,810 for one dram of The Macallan, which claimed to be from 1878 (Business Insider). But his raised some suspicions in certain parts of the whisky industry, with questions asked about the label in particular and accusations that it could be a fake (Scotsman Food & Drink). In response, The Macallan removed “a few” exhibits from its Craigellachie home (Press & Jorunal)