August’s Whisky News

There was a surprising amount of whisky news about this summer, so if you were away, then you can catch-up below.

Industry Updates
Holyrood Park Distillery, the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for over 90 years, has been given the green light by planner (BBC News). And work has started in Glasgow on the construction of a new £10.5 million distillery (Glasgow Live).

A record 1.6 million people visited Scotland’s whisky distillery’s in 2015, spending a total of £50 million, according to a study from the Scotch Whisky Association (The Herald).

Whisky producers have warned that the recent Brexit vote is likely to result in a big rise in tariffs imposed on exports in key growth markets (BBC News).

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society unveiled its new Kaleidoscope whisky bar, as part of a £300,000 refurbishment (The Spirits Business).

Auchentoshan has challenged bartenders to create their own bitters using new-make spirit, with the chance to be involved in making a limited-edition single malt whisky (Bar Magazine).

Perthshire-based Strathearn Distillery is set to auction the first 100 bottles of its single malt whisky, which will reach maturity in December (The Spirits Business).

Organisers of next month’s Spirit of Speyside: Distiller event have promised free entry for anyone with a personal connection to one of the region’s distilleries (The Press & Journal).

New Releases

  • BenRiach Single Casks Batch 13 – comprises 12 single malts, ranging from 16 to 40 years old (The Whisky Business)
  • Benromach Distillery Bottling – limited to 238 bottles, the 16 year old comes from cask 757 (The Drinks Report)
  • Big Peat Edinburgh Edition – released to coincide with the Fringe Festival (The Spirits Business)
  • Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil’s Casks Inspired Limited Edition – produced by marrying together whiskies that have been matured in both Oloroso sherry casks and red wine barriques (The Whisky Business)
  • Glenfarclas 1986 Refill Sherry Butts – limited to just 1,094 bottles (The Whisky Business)
  • Haig Club Clubman – a new release from the David Beckham range has been created to be drunk in combination with cola (!) (Drinks Business Review)
  • Jura One For The Road – launched to mark the retirement of distillery manager Willie Cochrane (The National)
  • The Dalmore Quintessence – the first and only single malt whisky with a five red wine cask finish (The Whisky Business)
  • The Exceptional – a new series of small batch Scotch whiskies (The Drinks Report)
  • The Glover 18 – the hybrid Scotch and Japanese whisky follows on from Adelphi’s two previous expressions (The Spirits Business)
  • The Lakes Distillery has launched a limited-edition whisky and three new expressions of The Lakes Gin (Bar Magazine)
  • Tomatin launched a limited edition trio – including a 14 year old Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 year old Caribbean rum and 21 year old Oloroso sherry (The Whisky Business)
  • Tomatin Cu Bocan 2005 Vintage Limited Edition – just 11,400 bottles have been made available worldwide (The Spirits Business)
  • Tomntoul Tlath – joins the distillery’s core range (The Drinks Report)
  • Wemyss Malts two new exclusive single cask bottlings – only available from Kingsbarns Distillery (The Drinks Report)

And finally
A whisky-mad pilot flies from Grimsby to John O’Groats to buy a bottle of Old Pulteney 12 year old (Grimsby Telegraph)